Semester 1 focuses on a broad range of topics fundamental to art and design practice, which all students undertake. The second semester allows you to sample a range of subject specific project blocks, which will help you to confirm your second year progression route.

The majority of the teaching and learning takes the form of studio practice, which includes:

  • informal lectures, including introductions to each new project
  • individual one to one advice
  • group discussions, presentations, and project critiques

Staff members have a friendly approach and welcome requests for help and advice.


A formal assessment occurs at the end of Semester 1 and again at the end of Semester 2. You will be asked to submit a portfolio of your work in response to the studio modules. You will also be required to submit one written assignment.

You will be encouraged to evaluate and reflect on your own progress and learning.

You will receive continuous feedback during studio activities, with staff offering advice about the development of your work and ideas. You will be assigned a member of staff as your individual advisor and will have regular meetings with them to support you academically and pastorally.

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

Module code: DJ11001 Credits: 20 Semester: Semester 1

Learn about the fundamental aspects of Art & Design practice. You will develop your technical and expressive skills through working with a range of media, materials and processes.

You will gain studio experience. You will learn of the range of objects, concepts, visual artefacts and performances to develop your skills.

Optional Modules

You need to choose one or more of these modules as part of your course.

Module code: PI11005 Credits: 20 Semester: Semester 2

This module gives you an introduction to the basic terminology of aesthetics as a philosophical subject.

Through engagement with both ancient and modern conceptions of the relationship between art and philosophy, you will identify and critique key stages in the development of this relationship.

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