Advanced Projects

Module summary

Module code: MEDS1146
Level: 6
Credits: 60
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Design
Module Coordinator(s): David Waterworth


Pre and co requisites



Students are supported in finding and employing practice-based responses to self-directed, researched study, leading to the production of outcomes for publication, exhibition or display across the range of media supervised by appropriately qualified staff. While the course builds on both practice and theory-based approaches encountered in the first two years of study, it also provides the students with a meaningful bridge to post degree-level practices in Media Arts and related subjects, whether that be in the workplace or postgraduate study.
Commitment to independent and collaborative student-centred learning and the continued acquisition of transferable skills is at the heart of Advanced Projects. The course requires students to build on and develop the skills, both technical and creative, learnt in the first two years of study, and to apply these skills to a supervised researched project, culminating in the creation of a distinctive end product. This final piece will be arrived at through supervision with assigned tutors and through peer-group tutorials and “crits”. It can take a number of forms and, as a result, can be displayed in a variety of ways from on-line presentations through to gallery or theatre based presentation, but all projects will be submitted as part of a portfolio that will be beneficial to the student after University. During the course, the student has the opportunity to take technical workshops tailored to meet the varying individual requirements, while the learning process throughout is supported by a series of lectures examining the nature of creative practice, relationships between research and practice and practice-based methodologies.

Learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes: on successful completion of this course a student will be able to:
1 The application of a range of research methodologies to support the acquisition of detailed knowledge in an agreed area of enquiry.

2 Familiarity with and understanding of the processes of supervised project-based study.

3 Increased confidence in the technical aspects of the selected form of output.

4 An understanding of and ability to work with the main theoretical concerns in the selected area of practice

5 Expanded knowledge of work/practice-based skills, including, writing a proposal, assessing health & safety and ethical implications of the study, group working arrangements (where appropriate), time and project management.

6 The ability to communicate complex ideas to a wider audience through mediated forms.

Indicative content

At the beginning of the course, the student is required to submit a proposal for either a group or solo project, depending on the subject area. A significant feature of the course is that once the student’s proposed area of activity has been agreed, they are mentored in working towards their goal through regular focused supervisory sessions with a staff member who has experience in that area. They are also assisted in this by a programme of weekly extended (2hr) lectures on a range of themes designed to support and inform the maintenance and understanding of professional creative practice across the spectrum of disciplines represented by the
department. In addition, workshops across the range of techniques covered by the course are offered, which students can avail themselves of as needed.

Teaching and learning activity

Staff supervisors will consult with students in order to help identify a suitable area of research. Lecturers and group crits/seminars will also be used to help the student understand the theoretical context/framework in which their practice is taking place. Students will propose their own working groups and define exact topics for their research. They will also discuss their particular needs, which may include technical support and equipment, as well as help with theoretical underpinning of the subject chosen. Students will have regular meetings, tutorials and group crits, with each other and with their supervisor. They will produce, in the first instance a detailed proposal of the work to be undertaken throughout the year. This will be assessed alongside their final practical work and a reflective essay.


Essay - 20% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning Outcomes - All.
Outline Details - Set essay, reflective of areas covered by course. 4000 words.

Project - 80% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning Outcomes - All.
Outline Details - A project to “presentation standard” in one of a number of pre-defined outputs, and required to meet set criteria relevant to the output in question.

Students are not required to pass all elements of summative assessment in order to pass the course.

Formative Assessment:
Progress monitoring through supervision
Group crits and front of class Presentations
Exhibition of work