The teaching on this course is firmly rooted in studio practice. You develop your skills across a wide range of project-based activities, which take place within a studio setting appropriate to the subject. Sometimes you will work in whole groups, sometimes you will working in teams, with presentations of your work to your peer group and the academic staff. At other times during your study, you will be working on individual self-initiated projects. During projects, there will be tutorial sessions with academic staff where you explore your practice in more detail.
In addition, you take part in lecture and seminar activities which allow you to explore the contextual and professional background to the projects you are undertaking. These are led by your lecturers and also guest tutors from industry who bring their specialist insight into the sessions. You also participate in technical skills instruction sessions with Technician Instructors enabling you to enhance your making and digital skills across a wide range of techniques and approaches.
When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and performance and studio spaces.
Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. A typical composition of study time for this course is:
Year 1: you'll spend 28% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 72% of time in independent study.
Year 2: you'll spend 23% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 77% of time in independent study.
Year 3: you'll spend 19% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 79% of time in independent study and 3% of time on placement.
BA (Hons) with a placement year
Year 1: you'll spend 72% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 28% of time in independent study.
Year 2: you'll spend 23% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 76% of time in independent study.
Year 3: you'll spend 100% of time on placement.
Year 4: you'll spend 19% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 79% of time in independent study and 3% of time on placement.