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					UNIVERSITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON

COURSE GUIDE 2010

BA (HONS) FINE ART


CONTENTS

About this guide

Welcome

Attendance

The Wolverhampton Graduate

Academic Regulations

University Academic Calendar 2010/11

About the Course

Course information

Course Structure

Course Management and Staff Involved with the Programme

Where to Get Help with your Course

Employability & Your Personal Development Portfolio (PDP)

Health and Safety Issues

Career Opportunities and Future Study

Professional Placement

School Charter for Students

Academic Misconduct

Ethics

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

Learning, Teaching & Assessment

Module Descriptions



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About this guide

This guide will help you plan your course:

       BA (Hons) Fine Art

An optional placement year is available for this course on successful completion of level two.

It tells you which modules you must study and pass, and lists the optional ones which contribute to
your award. The Guide also offers you brief descriptions of each module, including general information
about assessment tasks, and an overview of how the Course can be used for future career choices.

You should read this Course Guide in conjunction with the Undergraduate Student Handbook; the
University‟s Principles and Regulations. Together these documents should provide you with all the
basic information that we think you will need for your period of study here.

You are encouraged to read this Guide through now. It will be a considerable advantage to you to be
familiar from the outset with the various aspects of your studies that are described. It may be that the
relevance of some of the sections will not be immediately obvious. Keep it somewhere accessible, so
that you can refer to it as needed. The answers to many of the questions that you will want to ask are
contained in it.

Obviously even in a document like this we have not covered every query and problem that you might
have about the course. If you find that there is something you need to know, please do not hesitate to
approach Maggie Ayliffe and Su Fahy (Course Leader). You can also consult the University‟s Student
Services Gateway as appropriate. We are pleased to hear your views and welcome suggestions for
ways of improving the operation of the Course.


  Please enter the contact details for       -----------------------------------------------------
  your Personal Tutor for your future        The name of your Personal Tutor will be given to you
  reference:                                 at the beginning of your course and can be checked
                                             via e:Vision

                                             MK501, 01902 322446
  Your local Academic School Office is:
                                             Monday to Friday 9.00 – 5.00pm


  Your Student Office (HERE 2 HELP)          ML058
  is:                                        01902 323602


Please note that in order to develop and improve the Course, it may be necessary on occasions to
amend or revise the details given in this Guide to Your Course.




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Welcome to the Division of Fine Art and Photography

On behalf of the Course Management Team I should like to extend to you a very warm welcome and
we would like to take this opportunity to wish you every success in your studies at the University of
Wolverhampton, and trust that your time at the University of Wolverhampton will prove to be enjoyable,
stimulating and rewarding.

These are some of the many courses run by the School of Art & Design which has itself established an
excellent reputation for the quality of its courses, for an innovative approach to teaching and learning,
and for the friendliness of its staff.

We believe it is important that you are encouraged to make your own contribution to the effective
operation and development of your chosen course. We are, therefore, keen to hear your views and
would welcome any suggestions that you may have about ways of improving any aspect of your course
and/or the student experience here at the University. In practice, you will have the opportunity to do
this through our student voice processes.

Remember that the outcome of your studies could affect the whole of your future career and therefore
study should certainly be your first priority. In resolving to work hard however, do not forget to have
time for recreation and social activities. Do take full advantage of the University facilities at your
disposal.

Su Fahy,
Divisional Leader Fine Art and Photography

Fine Art and Photography Staff team




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Attendance
The University recognises that you have made a significant investment in both time and money in
choosing to study for an undergraduate degree. Staff are committed to helping you fulfil your potential.
Your attendance at, and participation, in classes is a key factor in ensuring that you do so.

Attendance will help you to:

       Understand the subject area you are studying;
       Acquire and develop the skills and knowledge needed to ensure success;
       Prepare for and undertake assessments;
       Learn from and with your fellow students;
       Receive feedback from teaching;
       Participate in practical and group work;
       Develop your communication skills.

If you are unable to attend a class please let your tutor know that you are unable to do so. He/she will
then be able to give you advice on what was covered in the class, and what you need to do to catch up.
Please do remember how important attendance is to your success. The University considers this to be
so important that it reserves the right to review the position of students who fail to attend.


The Wolverhampton Graduate
By the end of your course, the university expects you to be a Wolverhampton Graduate who is
knowledgeable and enterprising, digitally literate and a global citizen.

Digitally Literate
Our graduates will be confident users of advanced technologies; they will lead others, challenging
convention by exploiting the rich sources of connectivity digital working allows.

Knowledgeable and Enterprising
Our graduates will know how to critique analyse and then apply knowledge they acquire in an
enterprising way.

Global citizens
Our graduates will bring informed understandings of their place and ethical responsibilities in the world.
Further information can be found on the University student webpage for Graduate Attributes.


Academic Regulations
This course adheres to the University‟s academic regulations for students undertaking an undergraduate
degree. A full version of these regulations can be found on the University web page for Policies and
Regulations. These regulations govern your course and will be binding on you. It is, therefore, important
that you read and become familiar with them.


University Academic Calendar 2010/11
University Academic Calendar for 2010/11 academic year for the delivery of the 20-credit framework.




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About the Course
BA (Hons) Fine Art

This guide outlines the modules which are available, teaching and learning styles and assessment tasks
for the BA (Hons) Fine Art. If there is anything you need to discuss further, please contact Maggie
Ayliffe, Course Leader Fine Art.

The Fine Art course at Wolverhampton is an intensive studio based programme, supported by technical
workshops, theoretical engagement and a wide range of study visits and opportunities to promote and
exhibit your work throughout the course. The course aims to:

● Provide you with an exciting and diverse introduction to contemporary fine art practice.
● Support you to acquire specialist knowledge and practical experience of working in painting,
  sculpture, printmaking, conceptual and social practice, film, video, photography, performance and
  installation.
● Encourage you to test and explore different approaches to fine art practice and to critically evaluate
  the relationship between idea, media, method and outcome.
● Enable you to develop an individually negotiated fine art practice informed by a relevant theoretical
  and contextual framework.
● Produce informed independent and reflective fine art practitioners who can adapt their knowledge,
  understanding and skills for a variety of professional contexts.

Most of the Fine Art teaching takes place in your studio. However, you will be actively engaged
throughout the course in developing essential research skills using on line and first hand investigations in
galleries, lectures and off site events. You will also be expected to develop a strong understanding of
how your practice as a student artist might fit into broader social and cultural contexts and the marketing
and presentational skills you might need to pursue a future career in the creative industries. The written
and contextual learning activities aim to make you familiar with a variety of writing skills and styles
including: formal academic essays, objective reporting, reflective personal evaluations, speculative
proposals and promotional marketing.

 Level 4: What is Fine Art?
  At level 4 you will have freedom to explore your own ideas in a supportive environment, working across
  all media specialisms. You will be encouraged to develop your making and thinking through technical
  workshops and the study of historical and theoretical issues.

 Level 5: The Art World and Cultural Awareness
  At level 5 you will develop a more independent approach to Fine Art practice and the course structure
  will allow you to deepen your understanding of your chosen media and establish the critical framework
  for your practice within a global market. You will also have the opportunity to engage in placements
  and exhibitions reflecting your interests and career aspirations.

 Level 6: Developing Practice: A Launch pad for the Future
  Intensive studio practice is core to Level 6, but you will also have the opportunity to explore in depth
  the specific relationship between medium, technique and theory in your own studio work. This is
  developed through tutorials, group seminars, extended writing projects and presentations to your
  peers. The course culminates in the Degree Show exhibition. This public event is widely attended, and
  is your launch pad for the future.


  Maggie Ayliffe

  Course Leader, Fine Art




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Course information

Blended learning

Your blended learning entitlements for BA (Hons) Fine Art are:

1. Access to a digital copy of all lecturer-produced course documents. e.g. module guides,
   assessment briefs, presentations, handouts, reading lists: All modules

2. Formative assessment/s opportunities on line with meaningful electronic assessment feedback:
   The Fine Art programme provides exceptional opportunity for formative feedback through a robust
   tutorial system. However because of the physical and visual nature of the work being discussed, this
   is not an appropriate online activity. Summative assessment feedback will be distributed online if
   appropriate.

3. Opportunities to collaborate on line with others in their learning cohort:
   The team proposes to run one blog per level through the year long 20 credit modules. These will be
   based around the concept of sharing research and information about events/ exhibitions etc. It is also
   proposed to have an online notice board ideally for the whole course to access.

4. The opportunity to participate in electronic Personal Development Planning (ePDP):
   This will be introduced in level 4 – contextual modules.
   You will be encouraged to use an e- portfolio as an archive of completed work throughout the course.
   At Level 6 you will be expected to create a digital portfolio with a view to creating a web presence or
   portfolio for sending out to external agencies using images and data collated in your e-portfolio.

5. Submission of all (appropriate) assessments online.
   All text based assignments can be handed in through a Pebblepad gateway if appropriate.

6. Opportunities to engage in interactive learning during all face to face sessions:
   Fine Art teaching is predicated on interactive face to face learning. You will be involved in a wide
   range of:
            Practical and theoretical workshops
            Group tutorials
            Supported Studio Practice
            Independent Studio Practice
            Seminar/Lecture presentations
            Field Trips
            Student presentations and reviews




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Assessment Methods

1. Fine Art Practice Modules
Studio Practice modules will be largely assessed on coursework. You will be expected to demonstrate
increasing levels of:
     Independence in terms of proposal, planning, decision making and risk taking through your
        course work and research journals.
     Contextual awareness in terms of identifying appropriate models of fine art practice that reflect
        on your interests and concerns and the ability to embed this knowledge legibly within your
        material outcomes.
     Conceptual development in terms of how the material outcomes display a clear understanding of
        key discourses in contemporary and historic art production and a sense of position in relation to
        those discourses.
     Technical competence in terms of use of materials.
     Professional practice in terms of your ability to devise appropriate technical and conceptual
        strategies for exhibiting the work, acknowledgement of the audience and marketing and display
        acumen.
     Reflection in terms of your ability to reflect upon your practice in the light of all of the above and
        communicate your emerging position through studio presentations and research journals.

2. Theory and Practice Modules
Theory and Practice modules (Fine Art Models of Practice, Off Site Projects and Fine Art Major Project)
will include an assessment of documentation of ongoing research and practice through a portfolio of
evidence or a summative report/Project Proposal. You will be expected to demonstrate increasing levels
of:
       Research and contextualisation in terms of your ability to independently locate appropriate
          research and external points of reference to extend your experience and study.
       Reflection in terms of your ability to evaluate a project, consider your role in its success or failure
          and action plan for the future.
       Presentational Strategies in terms of developing an increasing awareness of the contexts and
          audiences for your Fine Art practice and an ability to present your work and documentation
          appropriately.

3. Contextual Modules
Contextual Modules will include written assessments and presentations to your peer group. These
modules will follow School assessment guidelines for word count. In Fine Art you will be expected to use
these modules to develop an increasing depth of knowledge of the theoretical frameworks and contexts
that underpin your own practice and a strong general understanding of key practices and ideas that
characterise the diverse nature of contemporary fine art practice. You will develop a range of transferable
writing skills appropriate to careers in the creative industries: Academic essays, reports, proposals,
reflective & personal statements, correspondence and CV.

Support for learning

University provided support:
As well as providing general counselling support the University Counselling Service provides short
courses on topics such as "Self Confidence", "Stress Management and Relaxation" and "Life Skills".
They also provide study skills and academic support, providing short courses such as provide help in
areas such as "Writing and Assignment Skills", "Exam Techniques", "Enhancing Professional Skills",
"Personal Development Planning" and "Making Choices for the Future.

University Learning Centres provide general academic skills support to all students. You can make an
appointment with a study skills advisor for advice on areas such as academic writing, assignment
planning, exam preparation, and time management. In addition, there is a regular timetable of drop-in
and bookable workshops covering information and digital literacy skills, including academic referencing.
School of Art and Design students are supported by a designated subject librarian who is available to
support research and project work.

You can expect to receive support and guidance in the area of Personal Development Planning, so that
you: can understand better your learning process, have the skills and understanding to act on the
feedback, so as to become more effective and successful, collect evidence on your achievement to
enhance your employability. http://www.wlv.ac.uk/default.aspx?page=18450

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School support:
Study support is available through the Personal Academic Tutorial system with course tutors who are
familiar with your area of study. At the start of each year of your course you will be assigned a
Personal Tutor who will guide you through the induction process and provide support and academic
counselling throughout the year on an appointment basis. They should be able to offer you advice and
guidance to help you liaise with other staff and support facilities in the School and University. You
should meet your Personal Tutor regularly, which must include meetings that you are invited to at
critical points in your course.

Additional support can be sought through the School of Art and Design learning support unit. Staff are
friendly and approachable and are available to help when you have a problem. Staff can be contacted
through the University email or by booking an appointment through the Divisional Assistant. Additional
study support is provided through various communication systems, for example, WOLF, email and
PebblePad.

The Programme Manager provides academic counselling and will be accessible on an appointment basis
to discuss requests for extensions, requests for extenuating circumstances, general concerns about
study and student life and general programme planning. The Programme Manager will act as a first point
of contact in relation to leave of absence (including returning after leave), withdrawal, transferring to
another course (internal and external) and changes to mode of attendance. Your Course Leader will be
available thereafter for meetings by appointment to discuss leave of absence, withdrawal, transferring to
another course (internal and external), changes to mode of attendance, returning after leave of absence
and direct entrants.

Subject support:
Tutorials, workshops, seminars and meetings - provide the primary opportunities for students to interact
with staff on topics relating to modules. All modules provide at least one of these forms of face-to-face
support.

Feedback - tutors provide personalised written feedback on most summative assessments. The
mechanism for feedback from purely formative tasks varies between assessments, but will always be
provided in some form. On occasions tutors may provide generalised verbal feedback to the whole class
on points relating to an assessment.


Distinctive features of the course
     Fine art is a diverse and vibrant course in the School of Art & Design. It embraces a wide range
        of specialist media and creative practices including: painting, sculpture, printmaking, conceptual
        and social practice, film, video, photography, performance and installation.
     The course is taught by practising artists with strong research profiles and highly specific subject
        knowledge across the broad range of contemporary Fine Art Practice.
     A programme of practice led research modules will enable you to develop an in depth knowledge
        of the history, concepts and ideas aligned to your art practice.
     Exhibition and European study visits provide an exciting opportunity for you to engage with a
        wide range of contemporary fine art practice from around the world.
     Specialist sculpture, printmaking and digital workshops enable you to develop a range of
        technical skills and produce work to a high professional standard.
     Off site projects and placement opportunities regularly encourage students to present their art
        work and knowledge in a variety of professional situations. The Fine Art team retain strong links
        with the graduate community and you will find yourself part of a much wider community of artists
        stretching out from the University.
     Visiting artists provide context and experience of 'life after art school'. An optional placement
        year will give you extended real world experience




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             Course Structure for the BA (Hons) Fine Art Specialist Degree
       An optional placement year is available for this course on successful completion of Level 5 (see
     page 28)

                                               UG Academic Regulations
                 (This section does not apply to Higher Nationals, Foundation Degrees and RN/DipHE.)
Students will study:
Standard Full-time: modules worth 120 credits each academic year, taught over two semesters in the
academic year.
Part-time: normally modules worth no more than 80 credits each academic year.



Level 4
                                                 Year long modules
 C      4AD010      Introduction to Art and Design in Context                                                    20

 C      4FP007      Fine Art Models For Practice                                                                 20

                       Semester 1                                                      Semester 2
        4FP008     Fine Art Practice:                                    4FP010        Fine Art Practice:        20
 C                                                 20             C
                   Introduction                                                        Negotiated Project
        4FP009     Fine Art Media & Methods:                             4FP011        Fine Art Media &          20
 C                                                 20             C
                   Introduction                                                        Methods: Applied


Level 5
                                                 Year long modules
 C      5AD008      Critical and Contextual Issues in Art and Design                                             20

 C      5FP007      Off Site Projects                                                                            20

                      Semester 1                                                       Semester 2
        5FP008     Studio Practice: Research                             5FP010        Studio Practice:          20
 C                                                 20             C
                                                                                       Development
        5FP009     Fine Art Practice:                                    5FP011        Fine Art Practice:        20
 O                                                 20             C
                   Exploration                                                         Progression
 O      5AD009     Professional Experience 1*      20
 O      5AD011     Professional Placement (sandwich)                                                             40
                   This module is only core for students who study the sandwich mode of the course


Level 6
                                                 Year long modules
 C      6FP006     Major Project: Fine Art                                                                       40

                      Semester 1                                                       Semester 2
 C      6AD002     Dissertation                    20             C      6AD001        Creative Industries and   20
                                                                                       Opportunities
 O      6FP004     Fine Art Practice: Self         20             C      6FP005        Fine Art Practice: Self   20
                   Directed 1                                                          Directed 2
 O      6AD003     Professional Experience 2       20




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Course Management and Staff Involved with the Programme
Divisional Leader                                        Su Fahy                 2690
Divisional Assistant                                     Marina Gavriel          2446
Programmes Manager                                       Don Adamson             1928
Admissions and Student Support Officer                   Sharon Raybould         8426

Staff Involved with the Programme

The Award operates within the Division of Fine Art and Photography. The Divisional Leader is Su Fahy
who can be contacted in room MK509, on telephone extension 2690 or on email S.Fahy@wlv.ac.uk
Divisional Assistant is Marina Gavriel on telephone extension 2446.

Academic Staff Associated with Fine Art:                 Tel:    Room:     Email:
Maggie Ayliffe, Course Leader, S/Lecturer                1970    MK703        M.C.Ayliffe@wlv.ac.uk
Ben Carpenter, S/Lecturer, Fine Art                      3454    MK707     Ben.Carpenter@wlv.ac.uk
Andy Conio, S/Lecturer, Fine Art                         2579    MK705            A.Conio@wlv.ac.uk
Su Fahy, Divisional Leader Fine Art
and Photography, S/Lecturer                              2690    MK509           S.Fahy@wlv.ac.uk
Paul Harrison, S/Lecturer, Fine Art                      1907    MK707      P.A.Harrison@wlv.ac.uk
Andrew Hewitt, S/Lecturer, Fine Art                      1939    MK702        A T.Hewitt@wlv.ac.uk
Dr Alistair Payne, S/Lecturer, Fine Art                  8542    MK702        A.Payne2@wlv.ac.uk
Paul Scull, S/Lecturer, Fine Art                         1909    MK702           P.Scull@wlv.ac.uk

Technical Staff Associated with Fine Art:
Martin Kelly, S/Technician, Fine Art/Digital Media       1116    MK201     Martinkelly@wlv.ac.uk
Bryn Richardson, S/Technician, Fine Art                  1904    MK404aB.F.Richardson@wlv.ac.uk

Academic Staff Associated with Photography:
Su Fahy, Divisional Leader Fine Art
   and Photography, Course Leader                        2690    MK509          S.Fahy@wlv.ac.uk
Dr Peter Day, S/Lecturer, Photography                    3393    MK007           P.Day@wlv.ac.uk
John Fraser, Course Leader, S/Lecturer Photography       2956    MK007       J.L.Fraser@wlv.ac.uk
Dean Kelland, S/Lecturer, Photography                    1945    MK007     Dean.Kelland@wlv.ac.uk
Prof John Roberts, Professor, Art & Aesthetics           2017    MK704              jcr3@wlv.ac.uk

Technical Staff Associated with Photography:
Dan Collins, S/Technician, Photography                   1935    MKb19            dan.c@wlv.ac.uk
Andy Roberts and Tom Hand, Print Room Technician         1915    MK019      andy.roberts@wlv.ac.uk
                                                                              tom.hand@wlv.ac.uk
Other School Staff
Darren Hillman, Superintendent Technician                2549    MK517a      D.N.Hillman@wlv.ac.uk
Sheila Hind, School Manager (Administration)             3399    MK501b            s.hind@wlv.ac.uk
Dave Colton, Employment and Placements for SAD           1977    MK208           D.Colton@wlv.ac.uk
Dr Jane Cooksey, Centre for Learning Development         3526    MK404a      h.j.Cooksey@wlv.ac.uk

School of Art and Design Shop and Media Store

The School of Art and Design have a shop and a Media Store which are located on the ground floor of
MK building. The shop sells a wide variety of materials at reasonable prices. The media store has a
range of cameras, videos, lights, tripods and other multimedia equipment which you can borrow.

School of Art and Design: Reprographics
                                      Tel:               Room:             Email:
James Abernethy                       1615               MK210             J.A.Abernethy@wlv.ac.uk




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Where to get help with your course


General Enquiries
Divisional Assistant at the University - School of Art and Design office in room MK501

Module Related
Module Tutor/Leader
SAD Programmes Manager

Programme/Academic Related
Personal Academic Tutor
University Course Leader
University Divisional Leader

Extensions/Mitigating Circumstances/Course Transfer
SAD Programmes Manager or Admissions and Student Support Officer
Forms can be downloaded from e-vision (www.wlv.ac.uk/evision).

Study Issues and Support
University Study Skills Advisor LRC
wlv.ac.uk/skills

Students with additional support needs
SAD: Dr Jane Cooksey 323526
University: Student Enabling Centre 01902 321074

Personal Issues
Personal Tutor
University Student Gateway 322572

Student Gateway
University Careers and Employment Services 321414
SAD Placements: Dave Colton 321977

Complaints/Suggestions
University Reception desks, School Offices or on line at: http://www.wlv.ac.uk/PDF/ind_compl_proc.pdf

Getting involved
Have your say!
There are many activities you can get involved in by:
    Becoming a student representative
    Helping out at Open Days
    Helping out with school activities


Staff/Student Liaison

At the beginning of each academic session students will be invited to nominate a student
representative per course per level.

Staff/Student liaison meetings occur once per semester

Student Council meets twice per year

Course meetings between staff and students are held twice per year

Student representatives are invited to School Committees

Student Voice



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The involvement of students in the assessment of course quality is an established part of the
University‟s procedures. The Students‟ Union and your Course leaders will be able to tell you about
the representative roles available to students and the communication processes in the School. These
are important roles that benefit you and other students. Further information about student
representation and the Student Voice is available at the Students‟ Union website:
http://www.wolvesunion.org/



School of Art and Design – Prize List

The Caparo Prize for Creative Enterprise
The Craftline Award for Excellence in Ceramics
Daler Rowley Prize for Excellence in Graphic Communication
Daler Rowley Prize for Excellence in Painting
The Dean‟s Prize for Excellence in Design & Applied Arts
The Dean‟s Prize for Excellence in Digital Media
The Dean‟s Prize for Excellence in Fine Art & Photography
The Dean‟s Prize for Excellence in Visual Communications
The Express & Star Award for Excellence in Journalism & Editorial Design
Keith Cummings Award for Excellence in Kiln Glass Casting
The Light House Photographic Award for best Documentary in Collaboration with the University of
Wolverhampton
MDTi Prize for Excellence in Commercial Video Production
The Optimise Consultancy Award for Interaction Design
The Potclay Award for Outstanding Work in Clay
The RotoVision Award for Excellence in Editorial Graphic Communication
The Sandvik Prize for Excellence in Photography
The Sandvik Prize for Excellence in Sculpture
Simon Bruntnell Award for Best Glass Work in Show
Toppots Award for Achievement in Ceramics
The Valentines Studentship Prize for Ceramics
The Ed Bird Memorial Award
The Powercell Batteries Prize for Outstanding Work on Live Commissions in Graphic Communications
WoW! Stuff Product Innovation Award 2010




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Employability & Your Personal Development Portfolio (PDP)

What is „Employability‟?

„Employability‟ is concerned with the development of skills aimed at enhancing your employment
prospects throughout your time here at the University of Wolverhampton. Developing specialist subject
and academic knowledge is important for employers but they also want to employ individuals who are
able to:

     Communicate effectively,
     Work in a team and have good interpersonal skills.
     Solve problems
     Work on their own using their own initiative and are able to adapt to changing situations
     Be self-confident


How Will You Develop Your Employment Skills?

At the School of Art and Design we aim to provide you with the opportunity to develop these through
the modules you will be studying. The assessments you do for your modules are designed to help you
develop Subject specific skills through the research you undertake for the assignments. In addition,
they are also designed to help you develop other key skills such as your written communication skills.
Where you have formal presentations, this will build your self-confidence in addition to helping you
develop your skills of verbal communication. Working as part of a team will develop vital group-work
skills. Attending your classes regularly will further ensure that you have the opportunity to develop
other skills.

Throughout your time at the University, you will develop and be able to demonstrate a number of skills,
some of which are listed below:

     Working as part of a group
     Demonstrating teamwork skills and leadership skills
     Effective communication
     Written (via reports etc.)
     Oral (through formal presentations)
     Problem-solving
     IT skills (which include use of basic packages for word processing, spreadsheets, use of email
      etc.)
     Time management
     Attending classes on time
     Handing in your assignments by the deadline date

You may also be working part-time. The experience you gain within a work environment is a very
worthwhile one and also helps you to develop key skills. Dave Colton is the School of Art and Design
Student Placement Co-ordinator and looks after the WOLF topic – Employment and Placements for
SAD. This is another good way of developing skills which are valued by employers.

A useful introduction to PDP is incorporated in 4AD010 Introduction to Art and Design in Context.




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Career Opportunities and Future Study

The School of Art and Design has its own Creative Employability Studio which promotes student
enterprise and enhances their employability. The Studio assists students in securing work placements,
undertaking live briefs, engaging directly with employers and developing key employability skills. The
School is committed to raising student awareness of the opportunities that exist post graduation, and
the Creative Employability Studio is now recognised as the interface between education and industry
within the region.

This course will give you the necessary skills to pursue the huge range of exciting career opportunities
associated with contemporary Fine Art Practice.

For many Fine Art graduates the ultimate ambition is to become a successful artist, showing work and
taking part in exhibitions and events. The Fine Art course is designed to support students in achieving
this goal and indeed, Fine Art graduates from the University of Wolverhampton are now exhibiting
nationally and internationally on a regular basis. The next step towards achieving this ambition is to
undertake a post graduate or Masters qualification in Fine Art and students from this course are very
successful in making applications at this level. The course aims to provide students with the practical,
theoretical and promotional skills to support such career choices.

The Fine Art course also aims to support and develop students‟ vocational awareness and provides
opportunities for educational placements and professional practice. As a result a number of students
each year successfully apply to postgraduate teaching courses and many School of Art and Design
graduates are now teaching in the regions‟ schools and colleges. Fine Art graduates are also working
in museums and galleries as curators, educationalists, workshop facilitators, archivists and technicians,
having taken specialist postgraduate courses in these fields.

In addition, the Fine Art course aims to introduce students to less conventional approaches to building
careers in the cultural industries and many of our graduates are actively involved in artist led projects
for example curatorial cooperatives, independent galleries and studio groups which are now widely
acknowledged to contribute to urban regeneration and economic revival. To support this career
trajectory Fine Art students develop a vast range of transferable skills which include entrepreneurial,
project management and marketing experience, the ability to initiate, reflect and problem solve in a
range of situations and the presentation skills appropriate to working in professional and academic life.

Careers and Employment Centre              Simon Brandwood ext. 1279


Future Study
Postgraduate Courses:

          MA Art and Design
          MA Fine Art
          MA Design for Advertising

          All postgraduate enquiries to Jo Mills on ext 2213

Thinking of applying for AHRC funding for postgraduate study? Students should make it known to
tutors they are considering applying for funding by the close of semester one of the academic year of
proposed application. This will allow staff to coordinate and rationalise the application process.

Research opportunities:

          MPhil and PhDs in Art and Design (interdisciplinary combinations available)

          All research enquiries to Dr Dew Harrison or Jo Mills, tel: 01902 322213




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Professional Placements and Work Placements
An optional Professional Placement is available for your course. A placement in your chosen
specialism can give you valuable experience, build your confidence and give you a head start in
gaining employment in your chosen field.

The placement can either be a one semester work experience or a full one year placement.

For the full year placement the aim is to start in the September after the successful completion of your
second year. You will then return to University the following September to complete your final year.

For more information see the Professional Placement Handbook or contact Dave Colton, Employability
Co-ordinator. Telephone extension: 1977 email: d.colton@wlv.ac.uk.




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Health & Safety issues

YOU MUST NOT USE MACHINERY UNTIL INDUCTED IN THE SAFE WORKING PRACTICES FOR
                                YOUR AREA.

Undergraduate students will receive the appropriate health and safety induction for their specific
subject areas as part of their curriculum.

Postgraduate students should discuss with the Postgraduate Programme Manager their specific needs
for health and safety induction. It is important that this takes place as soon as possible after
registration.

ROOM DESIGNATIONS: A                Students may work unsupervised
                   B                Occasional checks by supervisors required
                   C                Supervision is required
                   D                Supervision at all times

THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL:
Eating and Drinking Only in designated areas. This is because of the inherent risk of fire and ingestion
of harmful materials
Smoking is not allowed anywhere on University property.

VENTILATIONS & EXTRACTION: Must be turned on at all times

ELECTRICAL APPLICANCES AND MACHINERY:
Turn off when you have finished using them. Turn off if you are the last to leave.

LEAVE THE AREA YOUR ARE WORKING IN SAFE:
When leaving insecure or risky work unattended always put a sign to warn others.

CLEAN UP SPILLS: Dispose of in the correct manner.

DO NO MAINTENANCE TO MACHINERY: See a member of staff – do not do it yourself.

REPORT ANY ADVERSE CONDITION: When using chemicals, powders or thinners etc.

NOTE POSITIONS OF FIRST AID BOXES, FIRE EXTINGUISHERS AND FIRE EXITS:
Do not obstruct fire exits and remove any obstacles you find from the path of an exit.

ALWAYS OBEY FIRE ALARM:
The staff are not given prior warning for any fire drill. It is imperative that you know the assembly point
for your building. Alarm bell testing is carried out, you will be notified when this occurs and you will not
have to leave the building.

FIRE SAFE „REFUGE‟ AREAS:
These are on each floor and are situated directly adjacent to the lift under the viewing windows. They
are intended primarily for wheelchair users but any casualty should be placed here. Reassure them,
then make your own way down the stairs and inform the Fire Co-ordinator as to exactly which floor the
person is on.

EMERGENCY INTERCOMS:
These are found on the landing adjacent to the lift. They alert SAD security. Misuse will lead to
disciplinary action.

REPORT ALL ACCIDENTS:
No matter how small as it may need to go into the accident book.
Accidents should be reported via the University‟s Accident Report Form which is available on-line from
the Department of Risk, Health and Safety: http://asp.wlv.ac.uk/Level3.asp?Level3=2136




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Additional information, which may not directly relate to certain subjects.

HASAWA:            Health and Safety At Work Act. The University is bound to provide a safe and
                   suitable place of work. This is a EU directive to Parliament. The University is
                   breaking the law if it does not comply with the HSAWA. As such, the School‟s
                   technical staff, under the guidance of SAD Safety Committee, and the SAD Safety
                   Advisor, have to do a great deal of preparatory background work to conform to the
                   HASAWA. This is done on your behalf and for your wellbeing:

CODES OF           These are Health and Safety policy statements that emanate from the
PRACTICE:          Vice Chancellor down to the various Health and Safety management groups.

MANUAL             Learn how to bend and stand correctly when lifting heavy objects that are
HANDLING:          deemed to be within your capabilities, and to assess when to use lifting equipment,
                   or seek help as necessary.

COSHH:             Control of Substances Hazardous to Health. All materials have to be verified to see how
                   safe they are to handle and use, before we purchase them.

RISK        Evaluate all risks and exposures, with materials, machinery and the working
ASSESSMENT: environment.

WORKING     Are step-by-step actions and operations that are ascertained from doing the
PROCEDURES: COSHH and RISK ASSESSMENTS. They take into account the aforementioned
            regulations to ensure safe working practices. Therefore, all of the precautions that
            we implement must be adhered to, or you will not be allowed to work. This is
            particularly pertinent with the wearing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), i.e.
            eye, face, ear, hand, feet and body protection. All are to British Standards.

All of this information is available to staff and students and is kept in the relevant Subject Technician‟s
Office. Copies are also kept in the Superintendent Technician‟s Office, MK517a.




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         CHARTER FOR STUDENTS STUDYING IN THE SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN

The School of Art & Design is a working partnership between its students and staff.
Students of the School of Art & Design are expected to have high aspirations. Studying in this supportive environment
offers you the opportunity to develop new knowledge, skills and behaviours that will enhance your career opportunities.




In order to help you achieve your objectives we shall endeavour to provide
          A stimulating and well-planned learning opportunity
          Appropriate resources, including books and computers/software
          Well-defined and appropriate programmes of study
          Opportunities to plan and review your progress
          Access to learning support
          Qualified, experienced and approachable technical and academic staff


We shall ensure that

        Written and verbal feedback will be provided on all assessments within 2-3 working weeks
        There are opportunities for you to comment on and influence your University and School experience, e.g., via
         student forums, student-staff liaison meetings, module questionnaires and student representation on School
         committees
        You will have access to information that you need to progress on the course, e.g., through module guides and
         award/pathway guides
        All staff treat you with courtesy and respect
        Equal opportunities is promoted
        We deal promptly and fairly with issues of concern raised by you



We expect you to:

         Review your progress
         Show courtesy and respect to staff and other students
         Attend all learning sessions, including tutorials, and act appropriately at all times
         Understand the requirements of your programme of study
         Understand the requirements of each module you are studying on (sessions to attend, assessment
          procedures etc)
         Respect and abide by the University regulations, e.g., Equal Opportunities Policy, ID Cards, quiet areas, no
          smoking, plagiarism, student conduct etc
         Bring all necessary equipment to studios and workshops
         Abide by health and safety procedures, including wearing personal protective clothing when required
         Hand in assessments on time and in line with assessment procedures
         Switch off mobile phones when in class
         Behave considerately in lectures and participate in group activities
         Keep your tutor informed if you have personal problems that affect your work. If any problem makes it
          necessary for you to seek an extension on the date on which your assessment should have been submitted,
          then do so before the deadline date.
         Seek approval for any change in your programme and submit the record to your tutor/lecturer within the
          deadlines. It is your responsibility to submit the form to your student registry
         Inform the Registry Administrator if your address/personal details/sponsor changes/or other contact details
          change
         Notify your personal tutor/module leader of any sickness or absence
         Support your student representative in their work on your behalf


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Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

The contacts for APL consideration within the School of Art and Design is Don Adamson.

Courses are based on the principle of accumulating sufficient „credits‟ at appropriate levels. The usual
means of gaining an honours degree is to complete the level 4 credit requirement, then move to the level 5
requirement and finally achieve the necessary level 6 requirement. In order to obtain the required credits
for your targeted award you need to study (and pass) a set of modules. Each award specifies the modules
(the „core‟ or „core option‟ modules) which must be studied as part of this set of modules. A single module
is normally worth 20 credits. However, it is not uncommon for students to have gained the knowledge and
skills developed in some of our modules through previous study at another institution, by virtue of their
normal work experience or via some other interest or activity. Clearly, where this is the case, it would not
be sensible or desirable for you to repeat this learning experience during your student for one of our
awards. Where we can clearly substantiate a student claim to already have the relevant knowledge and
skills to have satisfied the Learning Outcomes for one of our modules, it is possible to accredit that
achievement and thereby possibly shorten the period of student required for the target award.

APL (Accreditation of Prior Learning) is a process for recognising and assessing students‟ prior learning.
This recognition may give the learning a credit-value in a credit-based structure and enable it to be counted
towards the completion of a programme of study and the award(s) or qualifications associated with it. APL
includes:
       APEL- accreditation of experiential learning normally learning for which the student does not
          have a formal certificate from a recognised body, or
       APCL - accreditation of prior certificated learning normally previously assessed and certificated
          learning recognised for academic purposes.
Normally students will request consideration for APL prior to starting their course. Retrospective claims are
considered but may not be successful.

University information and guidance on APL can be found at:
http://www.wlv.ac.uk/Default.aspx?page=6932



Learning, Teaching & Assessment: What Can You Expect?

Learning and Teaching

Learning & Teaching Resources
There is a wide range of resources available for your learning, including on-line materials, web-based
information and, importantly, the online resources provided by the Learning Centres. Module information
will direct you to specific information sources, but there is an expectation that you will research your own
sources in order to enhance your achievement of the learning outcomes for the programme. In order to
locate resources relevant to Art and Design directly, visit the Learning Centre‟s home page at
www.wlv.ac.uk/lib, select „Subject Starting Point‟ from the left hand menu and use the links to navigate
through e-books, e-journals, databases and information on the web. If you require further subject-specific
help with resources, contact SAD Librarian, Tom Hicks.

Technology Supported Learning

Technology supported learning is useful for many aspects of your studies at the School of Art & Design.
The e-portfolio system, PebblePAD, is useful for personal development planning, for storing, recording and
reflecting on all aspects of your work and life here. Tutors are increasingly using technology supported
learning in many aspects of their teaching and as a means of communication with individuals and groups.
You will be introduced to both PebblePAD and WOLF (the university‟s virtual learning environment) at the
outset of your studies.




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Assessment

Types of assessment
The main source of information about assessment tasks are the module guide and assignment task brief.
The module tutor will provide a detailed briefing for each assignment. There is a wide range of assessment
tasks (further details can be found in the Undergraduate Student Guide –
http://www.wlv.ac.uk/default.aspx?page=13158), including:

         Project work
         Presentations
         Reports
         Team work exercises
         Work placement
         Written assignments
         Portfolio
         Research Journals

Marking of Assessments

The marking and grading of your work is a comprehensive exercise involving first-marking by tutors,
moderation by other tutors and the submission of assessments to independent external examiners who
monitor and advise, thereby ensuring quality and standards.

The normal return period for feedback on your marked (summative) work is three weeks after the date of
submission. You will receive a grade achieved and comments on whether and how you have achieved the
learning outcomes.

The processing of grades is outlined in the Undergraduate Student Guide.

Marking Criteria
In order to pass a module you will need to meet the learning outcomes indicated on the assignment brief
and all assessments. These criteria will be selected from the School of Art and Design assessment criteria
which is listed below:

        Level 4
       Creative Synthesis - Show the ability to produce creative responses to identified opportunities and/or
        requirements.
       Research - Show the ability to identify and access appropriate research and experimental methods in
        order to gather relevant material/data.
       Reflection - Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of evaluating one‟s own practice.
       Communication - Show the ability to identify an appropriate range of methods of communication visual,
        verbal and written.
       Visual analysis - Show the ability to identify an appropriate range of tools required in order to undertake
        visual analysis.
       Contextualisation - Be able to identify the importance of locating one‟s own activity within an identified
        wider context.
       Organisation - Show the ability to identify the necessity and value of organisation in a personal and
        professional context.
       Learning - Demonstrate a familiarity and engagement with appropriate modes of learning.
       Working with others - Show an understanding of the importance, significance and potential challenges
        of working with others.
       Production - Show the ability to identify and select appropriate making and manufacturing processes.

        Level 5
       Creative Synthesis - As Level 4 but, additionally: develop appropriate strategies to enhance and enrich
        one‟s own learning style. Also: demonstrate the use of appropriate strategies showing an awareness
        of intended audience, users and other external considerations.
       Research - As Level 4 but, additionally: demonstrate an ability to employ and interrogate an
        appropriate range of sources or data.
       Reflection - As Level 4 but, additionally: reflect on your own work in the context of that of others.


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   Communication - As Level 4 but, additionally: take into account the intended audience/context and the
    role that communication might play during, and on completion of, the work process.
   Visual analysis - As Level 4 but, additionally: employ and articulate methods of visual analysis taking
    into account users and audiences.
   Contextualisation - As Level 4 but, additionally: develop an awareness of the historical, theoretical,
    critical, cultural, environmental and technological contexts.
   Organisation - As Level 4 but, additionally: demonstrate an ability to plan and implement actions,
    identify targets and deadlines and organise resources.
   Learning - As Level 4 but, additionally: develop appropriate strategies to enhance and enrich one‟s
    own learning style.
   Working with others - As Level 4 but, additionally: demonstrate an understanding of the strategies
    necessary to work successfully with others.
   Production - As Level 4 but, additionally: demonstrate an ability to employ a variety of approaches to
    production that demonstrates the development of an appropriate range of skills.

    Level 6
   Creative Synthesis - As Levels 4 & 5, but, additionally: demonstrate the ability to identify and produce
    effective solutions, showing creative initiative in selecting responses appropriate to the opportunities
    and/or requirements. For written work, creative synthesis is substituted by information analysis and
    involves the ability to compound knowledge in a creative way through reading, research and other
    independent learning strategies.
   Research - As Levels 4 & 5 but, additionally: demonstrate the application of research methods to
    interpret, synthesise and draw conclusions from research for future work.
   Reflection - As Levels 4 & 5 but, additionally: draw conclusions from your evaluation in order to inform
    and develop one‟s own practice.
   Communication - As Levels 4 & 5 but, additionally: demonstrate the ability to explain, debate and
    persuade, adapting to circumstance and audience.
   Visual analysis - As Levels 4 & 5 but, additionally: employ visual analysis in an intelligent, appropriate
    and creative manner in order to inform one‟s own practice.
   Contextualisation - As Levels 4 & 5 but, additionally: demonstrate the ability to locate any given activity
    within the multiple contexts of art and design practice.
   Organisation - As Levels 4 & 5 but, additionally: demonstrate the ability to manage effectively one and
    others.
   Learning - As Levels 4 & 5 but, additionally: demonstrate the ability to undertake independent learning
    as a basis for academic study, life-long learning and personal professional development.
   Working with others - As Levels 4 & 5 but, additionally: demonstrate the ability to work harmoniously
    and effectively with others, accepting responsibility in a variety of roles.
   Production - As Levels 4 & 5 but, additionally: identify and perfect skills necessary for the successful
    production of your own work.
   For written work this is substituted by intellectual skills, which are the ability to marshal and express a
    clear and rational argument, in accordance with academic conventions (i.e. referencing, footnotes and
    bibliography).




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Academic Misconduct
The University considers seriously all acts of academic misconduct, which by definition are
dishonest and in direct opposition to the values of a learning community. Academic misconduct, if
not challenged, will ultimately devalue academic standards and honest effort on the part of
students.

Defining Academic Misconduct

Cheating
Cheating is defined as any attempt to gain unfair advantage in an assessment by dishonest means, and
includes, for example, all breaches of examination room rules, impersonating another student, falsifying
data, and obtaining an examination paper in advance of its authorised release.

This is not an exhaustive list and other common examples of cheating would include –
  Being in possession of “crib notes” during an examination
  Copying from the work of another student
  Prohibited communication during an examination
  Acts of plagiarism or collusion as defined below

Collusion
Collusion is when two or more people combine to produce a piece of work for assessment that is passed
off as the work of one student alone. The work may be so alike in content, wording and structure that the
similarity goes beyond what might have been coincidence. For example – where one student has copied
the work of another, or where a joint effort has taken place in producing what should have been an
individual effort.

Collusion should not be confused with the normal situation in which students learn from one another,
sharing ideas and group work to complete assignments (where this is specifically authorised).

Plagiarism
Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else‟s work and passing it off as your own. This includes
incorporating either unattributed direct quotation(s) or substantial paraphrasing from the work of
another/others. It is important to cite all sources whose work has been drawn on and reference them fully in
accordance with the referencing standard used in each academic school.

The most common forms of plagiarism are –
  Cut or copied and pasted materials from websites
  Copying the work of another student (past or present) including essays available through “essay
     bank” websites – or other data.
  Copying material from a text book or journal

Students may go to great lengths to disguise the source reference they have been consulting in
contributing to an assignment – without understanding that with proper referencing this is entirely
acceptable.

Support for Students
The University, through its academic staff, will be both sympathetic and supportive in preventing plagiarism
and other forms of academic misconduct, particularly in the first year of undergraduate study.

A variety of support mechanisms are in place to help students succeed and avoid academic misconduct.
   Visit our study skills support website at www.wlv.ac.uk/skills See the section on tackling academic
      misconduct.
   Download the Students' Union guide to Avoiding Academic Misconduct ("Read, Write, Pass") -
      available from the same webpages.
   Book an appointment to see a study skills advisor - through the Learning Centres.
   Speak to your personal tutor or module leader.
   There is help available if you need it. The University caught and prosecuted 500 cases of Academic
      Misconduct last year - it is better to do the work than think you can get away with cheating - the
      penalties are severe...



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Penalties
Where an offence is admitted, or a panel decides that cheating, plagiarism or collusion has occurred, a
penalty will be imposed. The severity of the penalty will vary according to the nature of the offence and the
level of study. Penalties will range from failure of the assignment under investigation to a restriction of the
award a student may ultimately achieve or a requirement to leave the University.

Full details about the University's policy on Academic Misconduct and regulations and procedures for the
investigation of academic misconduct are available at our website: www.wlv.ac.uk/polsregs


Ethics

What Should You Avoid? What Should You Seek to Achieve?
 Always acknowledge the use of someone else‟s work, using the appropriate system of referencing.
  Also, it is a very serious offence to use someone else‟s work, especially word-for-word or paraphrased
  contents of other‟s work. This is called “plagiarism” and will be covered throughout the programme to
  ensure that you are aware of how to avoid it.
 Always keep copies of the sources or keep a note of each source as you use it, so that you can
  reference it in your bibliography at the end of your assignment.
 Plan your work in advance so as to meet the hand-in (submission) date. Writing up your research is
  often more time-consuming than you expect.
 Get help from tutors and mentors if you are unsure.
 Above all, do not „suffer in silence‟; the Course Leader, Student Advisor, Personal Academic Tutor
  (PAT) and module tutors will be able to provide guidance so please use them.

Why are ethical considerations important when researching for your modules, projects or
assignments?
Research is an essential and vital part of learning and teaching. Most research uses existing material, that
is publicly and legally available e.g. books, journals, periodicals, and web-based material for which formal
approval is not normally required.
However some research may involve interaction with people or organisations. You should ensure that you
do NOT conduct any research that could be intrusive or sensitive or could cause psychological harm or
suffering to others.

Ethical Monitoring of Modules, Projects and Assignments
For many modules, projects or assignments you will be using literature based research, for which formal
approval is not normally required. However when your research brings you into contact with people or
organisations (e.g. Email contact, interviews, questionnaires, photographing or video or audio taping) then
you need to be fully aware of and rigorously and consistently apply the School of Art Ethical Monitoring
Procedures. In such cases you will need to discuss your intentions with your module tutor who will need to
approve what you are doing before you make any contact.

If your research or project involves any of the following you will have to get written permission from the
School of Art and Design, Learning, Teaching & Ethics Sub Committee. Your tutor will discuss the
research with you and complete the relevant Ethical Monitoring Form and forward it for the approval of this
Committee.

Written permission is needed from the SAD Learning Teaching & Ethics Sub Committee for research or
project work that,
 involves covert procedures
 uses any procedures that may be considered likely to be physically or psychologically harmful
 may be offensive or produces material that may be offensive
 is contentious and may bring the University into disrepute
 requires access to, or creates data about individuals of a highly confidential nature
 involves participants who are considered vulnerable
 requires the administration of substances (legal or otherwise)
 requires the approval of another Professional Ethics Committee




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What Feedback Can You Expect?

What can you expect from your tutors whilst you are preparing your work?
 Normally tutors will advise you, as a group, on the assessment at or near the start of the module.
 In many modules, tutorials will be arranged over the course of the module. These may be in a group or
  on a one-to-one basis.

What should you not expect from your tutors?
 It is not the role of a tutor to look at or read drafts of your work and correct them with a view to your
  obtaining a „good mark‟. An assignment should reflect your effort and input, and the role of the tutor is
  to guide and advise. It is then your responsibility to assess this advice and guidance and use it
  accordingly. Tutors provide this in good faith, but its use - or lack of it - by you is not an automatic
  route to a good or a poor grade. Other factors, particularly those pertaining to your skills and efforts,
  will play a vital role in your achievement.

After completion of the assignment
 Main feedback is through a copy (to you) of the assessment feedback sheet from tutors/administrative
    support staff.

How You Can Comment on Learning & Teaching And Assessment
We greatly value your feedback; students‟ views are collectively influential in how we deliver Learning and
Teaching and are gathered through staff-student meetings and via questionnaires, particularly the Module
Evaluation Questionnaires (MEQs) that you are asked to complete towards the end of a module. Such
feedback is analysed for annual monitoring of modules, subjects and courses.

External Examiners
External examiners are assigned to modules, for which they see a representative sample of student work.
Their job is to ensure that modules, assessment procedures and marking standards are fair and on a par
with other degree awarding institutions; and to ensure that individual students are awarded grades that are
a fair reflection of their performance. External examiners may request to meet with students and are
required to produce an annual report which is considered by the University‟s Quality and Enhancement
Committee.




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                                                                                              APPENDIX
Module Descriptions

FINE ART LEVEL 4

   4AD010 Introduction to Art and Design in Context
     Credit value              20 (Year Long)
     Pre-requisites            None
     Co-requisites             None
     Prohibited                None
     combinations
     Module Leader             Louise Fenton
     Telephone                 01902 518423
     Email                     Louise.Fenton@wlv.ac.uk
     Staff Room Number         MK301a

    Module description
    This module provides generic and subject specific contextualisation for undergraduate study in Art and
    Design and enables the learner to develop appropriate key skills.

    This module will introduce students to key themes within relevant Historical and Cultural contexts.

    Assessment
         Description                                                          Weighting or Pass/Fail
         1        Coursework - Ideas                                              20%
         2        Coursework - Research                                           80%




   4FP007 Fine Art Models for Practice
     Credit value             20 Credits (Year Long)
     Pre-requisites           None
     Co-requisites            None
     Prohibited               None
     combinations
     Module Leader            Margaret Ayliffe
     Telephone                01902 321970
     Email                    M.C.Ayliffe@wlv.ac.uk
     Staff Room Number        MK703

    Module description
    In this module you will be introduced to different models of working and thinking that have influenced
    the diverse make up of contemporary fine art practice. You will have the opportunity to discuss,
    research and develop short projects in relation to these models and learn to critically evaluate the
    outcomes in relation to given frameworks and points of reference. You will, increasingly, be expected
    to identify your own position and begin to understand and question how your core fine art practice is
    defined or expanded through these models.

    Assessment
     Description                                                                Weighting or Pass/Fail
     1         Portfolio                                                       40%
     2         Portfolio                                                       60%




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4FP008 Fine Art Practice: Introduction
  Credit value              20
  Pre-requisites            None
  Co-requisites             None
  Prohibited                None
  combinations
  Module Leader             Rosemary Terry
  Telephone                 01902 321964
  Email                     R.Terry@wlv.ac.uk
  Staff Room Number         MK705

Module description

This module is the first Fine Art Practice module on the course. Fine Art practice modules at Level 4
are designed to give you the time and opportunity to apply the conceptual thinking and media
specific skills acquired in other modules to the development of your ideas and individually defined
fine art projects. This module aims to help you make the necessary shift from your previous art
education or other experiences to a wider engagement with contemporary fine art practice. In this
module you will be expected to establish a studio base and a working knowledge of the
departments facilities. Through a series of short group projects and a large self initiated brief you
will, increasingly, be expected to acquire and demonstrate some of the skills and working methods
vital to maintaining an independent Fine Art practice throughout the course.




Assessment
     Description                                                         Weighting or Pass/Fail
     1        Coursework                                                     20%
     2        Coursework                                                     80%




4FP009 Fine Art Media & Methods: Introduction
  Credit value            20
  Pre-requisites          None
  Co-requisites           None
  Prohibited              None
  combinations
  Module Leader           Paul Scull
  Telephone               01902 321909
  Email                   P.Scull@wlv.ac.uk
  Staff Room Number       MK704

Module description

You will gain knowledge of and acquire technical skills in a range of digital and traditional fine art
media. You will be introduced to the potential of a range of fine art media as a means of beginning
to develop personal ideas and practices. You will also be expected to reflect on completed
coursework.

Assessment
     Description                                                         Weighting or Pass/Fail
     1        Coursework                                                     100%




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4FP010 Fine Art Practice: Negotiated Project
  Credit value              20
  Pre-requisites            None
  Co-requisites             None
  Prohibited                None
  combinations
  Module Leader             Rosemary Terry
  Telephone                 01902 321964
  Email                     R.Terry@wlv.ac.uk
  Staff Room Number         MK705

Module description

Fine Art practice modules at Level 4 are designed to give you the time and opportunity to apply the
conceptual thinking and media specific skills acquired in other modules to the development of your
ideas and individually defined fine art projects. In this module you will be given the opportunity to
work to an open brief. In order to achieve the expected outcomes you will be encouraged to
broaden and develop your engagement with contemporary Fine Art practice and continue to work
with new and different models, themes and contexts. You will be expected to begin to identify
approaches to Fine Art practice, appropriate to your interests and concerns, and develop your ideas
in relation to this, through to material outcomes. During this module you will also use sketchbooks
and tutorials to document, reflect and evaluate your work on an ongoing basis.

Assessment
     Description                                                        Weighting or Pass/Fail
     1        Coursework                                                    100%




4FP011 Fine Art Media & Methods: Applied
  Credit value            20
  Pre-requisites          None
  Co-requisites           None
  Prohibited              None
  combinations
  Module Leader           Paul Scull
  Telephone               01902 321909
  Email                   P.Scull@wlv.ac.uk
  Staff Room Number       MK704

Module description

You will be encouraged to further develop your knowledge of and technical skills in selected fine art
media. You will also be expected to employ fine art media and methods that are both appropriate to
and based on your emerging fine art practice.

Assessment
     Description                                                        Weighting or Pass/Fail
     1        Coursework                                                    100%




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Level 5
5AD008 Critical and Contextual Issues in Art and Design
  Credit value             20 Credits (Year Long)
  Pre-requisites           None
  Co-requisites            None
  Prohibited               None
  combinations
  Module Leader            Andy Conio
  Telephone                01902 322579
  Email                    A.Conio@wlv.ac.uk
  Staff Room Number        MK705

Module description

This module will enable you to increase and develop your awareness of a variety of theoretical
concepts, issues and movements which have affected or influenced the way in which creative
practitioners think and work. You will develop arguments and/or solve problems through a
continuing engagement with cultural, social, environmental and historical issues demonstrating
critical thinking.



Assessment
 Description                                                              Weighting or Pass/Fail
 1           Coursework                                                       50%
 2           Presentation                                                     50%




5AD009    Professional Experience 1
  Credit value               20 Credits
  Pre-requisites             None
  Co-requisites              None
  Prohibited                 None
  combinations
  Module Leader              Paul Scull
  Telephone                  01902 321909
  Email                      P.Scull@wlv.ac.uk
  Staff Room Number          MK705

Module description

This module will give you your first opportunity to gain industrial experience in an area of personal
interest, through the initiation of a short work placement or live project of your choice. You will find
a suitable placement or project and then collaborate/negotiate with professionals to gain industrial
experience.



Assessment
 Description                                                              Weighting or Pass/Fail
 1           Proposal                                                         20%
 2           Report                                                           80%




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5AD010 Professional Placement (Sandwich)
  Credit value            20 Credits (Year Long)
  Pre-requisites          None
  Co-requisites           None
  Prohibited              None
  combinations
  Module Leader           Paul Scull
  Telephone               01902 321909
  Email                   P.Scull@wlv.ac.uk
  Staff Room Number       MK705

Module description

The professional placement provides an opportunity for professional development in the work place
and as such, greatly enhances the prospects for you to find bespoke or relevant employment at the
end of your studies. Help and support is provided to assist you in finding a suitable placement by
the School, but greater emphasis is placed on your awareness and self-motivation in finding a good
quality placement.

Normally, staff may visit you once during the 48-week period, but contact will be continual
throughout the year.

The placement provider will be asked to comment on your progress during the placement. These
comments will help in providing you with formative feedback.

Assessment
 Description                                                            Weighting or Pass/Fail
 1           Report                                                         100%




5FP007 Off Site Projects
  Credit value                 20 Credits (Year Long)
  Pre-requisites               None
  Co-requisites                None
  Prohibited                   None
  combinations
  Module Leader                Andrew Hewitt
  Telephone                    01902 321939
  Email                        A.T.Hewitt@wlv.ac.uk
  Staff Room Number            MK704

Module description

In this module you will be introduced to aspects of professional practice in the field of contemporary
fine art practice via lectures, seminars and field trips. This module aims to further your
understanding and develop your knowledge of the systems and structures of the ‘artworld’ and the
audiences for art. The module provides you with the opportunity to develop a project for an
external setting, in the form of an exhibition or sited project. Working in groups with other students
or on solo projects, you will be developing projects working with outside agencies and businesses.

Assessment
 Description                                                            Weighting or Pass/Fail
 1           Proposal                                                       20%
 2           Report                                                         80%




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5FP008 Studio Practice: Research
  Credit value             20 Credits (Year Long)
  Pre-requisites           None
  Co-requisites            None
  Prohibited               None
  combinations
  Module Leader            Ben Carpenter
  Telephone                01902 323454
  Email                    Ben.Carpenter@wlv.ac.uk
  Staff Room Number        MK704

Module description

This module aims to develop methods of visual research and experimentation through a series of
workshops in drawing and related areas. You will develop tools for asking questions, exploring ideas
and planning outcomes. The module will enable you to acquire a deeper understanding of the
relationship between ideas, materials and graphic or conceptual research processes, and how these
support an expanded studio practice.

Assessment
 Description                                                           Weighting or Pass/Fail
 1           Coursework                                                    100%




5FP009 Fine Art Practice: Exploration
  Credit value              20
  Pre-requisites            None
  Co-requisites             None
  Prohibited                None
  combinations
  Module Leader             Ben Carpenter
  Telephone                 01902 323454
  Email                     Ben.Carpenter@wlv.ac.uk
  Staff Room Number         MK707

Module description

The Fine Art Practice modules at level 5 are designed to stretch and deepen your application of
conceptual thinking and where appropriate to build upon media specific skills necessary to execute
an individually negotiated programme of study. This module aims to provide you with an
introduction to the principles of negotiated study, whereby you are enabled to plan and manage the
development of your work as you move towards increasing self direction. In addition, the module
aims to enable you to respond to contextual frameworks and studio based research activities in the
application of appropriate processes to express defined contextual and critical knowledge through
material outcomes.



Assessment
     Description                                                       Weighting or Pass/Fail
     1        Proposal                                                     20%
     2        Report                                                       80%




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Semester 2

5FP010 Studio Practice: Development
  Credit value             20
  Pre-requisites           None
  Co-requisites            None
  Prohibited               None
  combinations
  Module Leader            Ben Carpenter
  Telephone                01902 323454
  Email                    Ben,Carpenter@wlv.ac.uk
  Staff Room Number        MK704

Module description

This module aims to develop concerns initiated through a studio based programme which will
increasingly support your ability to undertake more independently driven and reflective studio
practice. Additionally, you will examine the importance of context for creating and controlling
meaning, regardless of whether your art work involves the re-contextualising of existing forms or
the production of ‘discrete’ art objects through the manipulation of expressive materials. You will be
supported in developing a personal position in relation to the link between work and its physical
context, which will be expressed through the manner in which you display your final body of work.



Assessment
     Description                                                        Weighting or Pass/Fail
     1        Coursework                                                    100%



5FP011    Fine Art Practice: Progression
  Credit value                  20
  Pre-requisites                None
  Co-requisites                 None
  Prohibited                    None
  combinations
  Module Leader                 Ben Carpenter
  Telephone                     01902 323454
  Email                         Ben.Carpenter@wlv.ac.uk
  Staff Room Number             MK704

Module description
This module aims to enable you to realise, review and test a programme of negotiated visual arts
practice, and to develop the contextual Framework within which that practice is operated. You will
be expected to produce a body of work and a short written evaluation that describes your current
position at the end of level 5 and poses significant ideas for progression to level 6.



Assessment

      Description                                                       Weighting or Pass/Fail
      1        Presentation                                                 100%




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LEVEL 6

6AD001 Creative Industries and Opportunities
  Credit value              20
  Pre-requisites            None
  Co-requisites             None
  Prohibited                None
  combinations
  Module Leader             Paul Scull
  Telephone                 01902 321909
  Email                     P.Scull@wlv.ac.uk
  Staff Room Number         MK704

Module description

The aim of this module is to
• Familiarise you with a range of issues relating to the active pursuit of a career the creative
industries.
• Enable you to effectively demonstrate current knowledge of the professional world and to
contextualise various practices.
• To assist you to identify, understand research and reference information pertinent to your
personal career ambitions.
• To help and encourage you to utilise written, verbal and visual presentation techniques in order to
evaluate and to express an informed opinion.

You will produce a variety of documents to support entry into the creative industries. The exact
scope of these will be outlined in the assignment brief in accordance with your specialist subject.

Assessment
     Description                                                         Weighting or Pass/Fail
     1        Coursework                                                     100%




6AD002 Dissertation
  Credit value                  20
  Pre-requisites                None
  Co-requisites                 None
  Prohibited                    None
  combinations
  Module Leader                 Alistair Payne / Louise Fenton
  Telephone                     01902 328542
  Email                         A.Payne2@wlv.ac.uk
  Staff Room Number             MK703

Module description
This module is an opportunity to conduct an in-depth study of a topic of interest related to your
major subject. Individual personal tutorials are used to generate and develop a personal research
strategy to monitor progress and assist in the realisation of objectives. A written draft is used as a
vehicle for feedback before the submission of a final version. You will engage with a log book to
record tutorials and progress throughout this module.



Assessment
     Description                                                         Weighting or Pass/Fail
     1        Proposal                                                       20%
     2        Coursework                                                     80%




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6AD003 Professional Experience 2
  Credit value            20
  Pre-requisites          None
  Co-requisites           None
  Prohibited              None
  combinations
  Module Leader           Paul Scull / Dave Colton
  Telephone               01902 321909
  Email                   P.Scull@wlv.ac.uk
  Staff Room Number       MK704

Module description

This module will give you further opportunity to gain industrial experience in an area of personal
interest through the initiation of a short work placement or live project of your choice. You will find
a suitable placement or project and then collaborate/negotiate with professionals to gain industrial
experience.

Assessment
     Description                                                          Weighting or Pass/Fail
     1        Report                                                          70%
     2        Report                                                          30%




6FP004 Fine Art Practice: Self Directed 1
  Credit value             20
  Pre-requisites           None
  Co-requisites            None
  Prohibited               None
  combinations
  Module Leader            Paul Scull
  Telephone                01902 321909
  Email                    P.Scull@wlv.ac.uk
  Staff Room Number        MK705

Module description

You will be expected to produce a self-directed and significant body of fine art coursework that is
both conceptually and technically coherent. You will also be expected to establish a sound critical
understanding of the contextual and theoretical framework of your practice.



Assessment
     Description                                                          Weighting or Pass/Fail
     1        Coursework                                                      100%




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6FP005 Fine Art Practice: Self Directed 2
  Credit value              20
  Pre-requisites            None
  Co-requisites             None
  Prohibited                None
  combinations
  Module Leader             Alistair Payne
  Telephone                 01902 328542
  Email                     A.Payne2@wlv.ac.uk
  Staff Room Number         MK703

Module description

You will be expected to undertake self-directed learning to produce fine art outcomes to the level of
contemporary professional practice and present these within a public context. You will also be
required to further deepen your critical understanding of the contextual and theoretical framework
for practice.



Assessment
     Description                                                        Weighting or Pass/Fail
     1        Presentation                                                  100%




6FP006 Major Project: Fine Art
  Credit value             20
  Pre-requisites           None
  Co-requisites            None
  Prohibited               None
  combinations
  Module Leader            Margaret Ayliffe
  Telephone                01902 321970
  Email                    M.C.Ayliffe@wlv.ac.uk
  Staff Room Number        MK703

Module description

In this module you will have the opportunity to develop and produce a significant body of work for
your final show. You will work in specialist seminar groups researching key texts and exhibitions
with a view to developing the contextual and presentational ideas that will both inform your
emerging practice and the development of a coherent exhibition proposal for the degree show. In
the final assessment you will be expected to present a body of completed coursework and give a
summative account of your project reflecting on how it has developed, the decisions you have made
and the specific research that has underpinned your final position. You will be expected to keep a
reflective journal throughout your major project that documents your progress and evidences your
specialist research.



Assessment
     Description                                                        Weighting or Pass/Fail
     1        Coursework                                                    30%
     2        Presentation                                                  70%




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