Learning outcomes & discipline specific guidance

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Introduction

Please read the assessment requirements and guidance for your degree pathway or discipline, and identify the learning outcomes of your unit through the unit title or code. You will need these to help prepare for assessment.

Many units are shared across multiple degree programmes, but we have only listed them once. As an example, Drawing 1: Drawing Skills features on several degrees but sits within the Drawing guidance. There is a full list of units under each degree pathway for reference. 

Creative Arts guidance

New BA (Hons) Creative Arts units:
  1. Creative Arts 1.1: Experience Creative Arts (CA4ECA)
  2. Creative Arts 2.1: Creative Arts Relations (CA5CAR)
  3. Creative Arts 3.1: Practice and Research (CA6PAR)

Teach Out BA (Hons) Creative Arts units:

  1. Writing 1: Writing Skills (CW4WGS) 
  2. Writing 1: Art of Poetry (CW4AOP) 
  3. Writing 1: Scriptwriting (CW4SCW) 
  4. Drawing 1: Drawing Skills (DR4DRS) 
  5. Graphic Design 1: Core Concepts (VC4GDC) 
  6. Illustration 1: Key Steps in Illustration (VC4KSI) 
  7. Moving Image 1: Setting the Scene (MI4STS) 
  8. Music 1: Composing Music (MU4CPM)
  9. Painting 1: The Practice of Painting (PT4POP) 
  10. Photography 1: Expressing Your Vision (PH4EYV)
  11. Printmaking 1: Introduction to Printmaking (PM4PMI) 
  12. Sculpture 1: Starting out in 3D (SC4SCL)
  13. Textiles 1: A Textiles Vocabulary (TX4ATV) 
  14. Visual Studies 1: Creative Arts Today (CA4CAT)
  15. Writing 2: Writing for Children (CW5WFC) 
  16. Writing 2: Writing Short Fiction (CW5WSF) 
  17. Writing 2: Poetry – Form and Experience (CW5PFE) 
  18. Writing 2: Life Writing (CW5LFW) 
  19. Writing 2: Moving on with Scriptwriting (CW5SCW) 
  20. Drawing 2: Investigating Drawing (DR5DRA) 
  21. Graphic Design 2: Working with a Client  (VC5GRD) 
  22. Illustration 2: Responding to a brief (VC5ILL) 
  23. Moving Image 2: Moving Image (MI5MIM) 
  24. Music 2: Moving on with Composition (MU5MWC) 
  25. Painting 2: Studio Practice (PT5STP)
  26. Photography 2: Landscape, Place and Environment (PH5LPE)
  27. Photography 2: Documentary- Fact and Fiction (PH5DFF) 
  28. Photography 2: Digital Image and Culture (PH5DIC)
  29. Photography 2: Self and the Other (PH5STO)
  30. Printmaking 2: Developing your Style (PM5PMD)
  31. Sculpture 2: Studio Practice (SC5STP)
  32. Textiles 2: Contemporary Practice (TX5CTP)
  33. Visual Studies 2: Understanding Visual Culture (AH5UVC)
  34. Creative Arts 3: Body of Work (CA6BOW) 
  35. Creative Arts 3: Research (CA6RES) 
  36. Creative Arts 3: Sustaining Your Practice (CA6SYP)
Assessment requirements for new course units:
When considering the learning outcomes for your course unit, it is important to know what you are being asked to submit. These are known as your assessment requirements. In summary, these will include:
  1. A selection of entries from your learning log. These should evidence the connections between your coursework and the learning outcomes. 
  2. A selection of creative work. This should be a portfolio or other presentation of your final or strongest pieces. 
  3. Your critical review. For Creative Arts submissions this must include your first draft, tutor annotations (where your tutor has done this) and your redrafted final version (where you have done this) based on the annotations and your received feedback.
  4. A reflective presentation or evaluation. This will be an opportunity to reflect on your learning experiences as a whole. It can take the form of a presentation, short video, or a written piece, and should be no longer than 6 minutes or 750 words. As a Creative Arts student, you will be studying across different disciplines. Use your reflection to consider the relationship of these disciplines alongside an evaluation of your creative and learning journey so far.
Assessment requirements for teach out course units:

When considering the learning outcomes for your course unit, it is important to know what you are being asked to submit. These are known as your assessment requirements. In summary, these will include:
  1. A selection of entries from your learning log. These should evidence the connections between your coursework and the learning outcomes. 
  2. A selection of creative work. This should be a portfolio or other presentation of your final or strongest pieces. 
  3. Any written elements such as critical reviews. This should include any required essay, review or report elements. For Creative Arts submissions this must include your first draft, tutor annotations (where your tutor has done this) and your redrafted final essays (where you have done this) based on the annotations and your received feedback. 
  4. A reflective presentation or evaluation. This will be an opportunity to reflect on your learning experiences as a whole. It can take the form of a presentation, short video, or a written piece, and should be no longer than 6 minutes or 750 words. As a Creative Arts student, you will be studying across different disciplines. Use your reflection to consider the relationship of these disciplines alongside an evaluation of your creative and learning journey so far.

Creative Arts 1.1: Experience Creative Arts (CA4ECA)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 Demonstrate an awareness of a range of contemporary theories and practice in the creative arts.
  2. LO2 Apply and test a range of creative skills to investigate theories of time and place.
  3. LO3 Demonstrate self-directed research skills across theories and practices of creative arts.
  4. LO4 Reflect and review your practical work and communication of ideas.

Creative Arts 1.2: Creative Arts Skills (CA4CAS)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 Interpret a response to a global view of the creative arts recognising the contexts, debates and ideas that have contributed to shaping contemporary works.
  2. LO2 Demonstrate an understanding of cultural relationships and debates from across a range of disciplines and contemporary contexts.
  3. LO3 Employ a range of techniques for investigating ideas connected to your creative and cultural relationships.
  4. LO4 Carry out a presentation of your practical work, communicate ideas and reflect on feedback.

Creative Arts 2.1: Creative Arts Relations (CA5CAR)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 Analyse different methodologies and their interconnections with the wider world.
  2. LO2 Investigate a theme in the wider world and connect it to your creative work.
  3. LO3 Create an emerging interdisciplinary language from your selected disciplines.
  4. LO4 Present your personal research, creative work and knowledge of interdisciplinary methods relevant to you.

Creative Arts 2.2: Creative Arts Perspectives (CA5CAP)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 Analyse creative perspectives of the world and relate these to your context of place.
  2. LO2 Investigate a theme in the wider world and connect it to your creative work. 
  3. LO3 Create an emerging interdisciplinary language from your selected disciplines. 
  4. LO4 Present your personal research, creative work and knowledge of interdisciplinary methods relevant to you.

Creative Arts 3.1: Practice and Research (CA6PAR)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 Examine your emerging practice through a considered body of self-directed work.
  2. LO2 Apply relevant research methods and subject knowledge to test, inform, and develop your work.
  3. LO3 Present informed connections between your research and practice interests.
  4. LO4 Articulate your creative ideas and critical thinking using suitable communication methods.

Creative Arts 3.2: External Projects (CA6EXP)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 Design one or more projects that engage with external partners. 
  2. LO2 Create opportunities with external partners that support your emerging practice. 
  3. LO3 Synthesise contextual studies with personal practice to create a new body of work. 
  4. LO4 Produce material that communicates your new knowledge and understanding.

Creative Arts 3: Body of Work (CA6BOW)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 present your integrated creative activity as one body of work 
  2. LO2 show proficiency in using personal creative language to communicate ideas effectively 
  3. LO3 demonstrate advanced use of research in presenting your theme of significant topical importance 
  4. LO4 develop ideas through to high level creative and technically proficient outcomes 
  5. LO5 critically review your own work and evaluate it against desired outcomes

Creative Arts 3: Research (CA6RES)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 present research and study demonstrating comprehensive knowledge of your combined creative areas of specialisation and build a theoretical framework for your creative practice
  2. LO2 synthesise and articulate your critical, contextual and conceptual knowledge and understanding into a coherent critique of advanced academic standard
  3. LO3 apply your own criteria of judgement, review, criticise and take responsibility for your own work with minimum guidance
  4. LO4 demonstrate an ability to articulate your research into a coherent written structure resulting in a 5000 word essay
  5. LO5 construct a written argument and practical investigation that informs and is informed by your personal creative arts language

Creative Arts 3: Sustaining your Practice (CA6SYP)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the theoretical context(s) relevant to your practice and have an understanding of the professional dimensions that underpin a successful artistic practice
  2. LO2 Present a coherent and resolved piece or body of work, making creative presentation decisions that complement your subject and/or your artistic strategies
  3. LO3 Identify which areas of the creative arts industry are relevant to you and created potential links for Networking
  4. LO4 Independently disseminate your work by establishing relationships and networks with audiences
  5. LO5 Confidently engage a public audience with your work and analyse, review and evaluate information relevant to your practice, identifying opportunities for professional and creative development

Creative Writing guidance

New BA (Hons) Creative Writing units:
  1. Creative Writing 1.1: Essential Writing Skills (CW4EWS)
  2. Creative Writing 2.1: Investigation and Experiment (CW5IAE)
  3. Creative Writing 3.1: Practice and Research (CW6PAR)
Teach Out BA (Hons) Creative Writing units:
  1. Writing 1: Writing Skills (CW4WGS) 
  2. Writing 1: Art of Poetry (CW4AOP) 
  3. Writing 1: Scriptwriting (CW4SCW) 
  4. Writing 1: Starting your Novel (CW4SYN) 
  5. Visual Studies 1: Creative Arts Today (CA4CAT) - See Visual Studies guidance
  6. Writing 2: Writing for Children (CW5WFC) 
  7. Writing 2: Writing Short Fiction (CW5WSF) 
  8. Writing 2: Poetry - Form and Experience (CW5PFE) 
  9. Writing 2: Life Writing (CW5LFW) 
  10. Writing 2: Moving on with Scriptwriting (CW5SCW)
  11. Writing 3: Retrospect and Prospect (CW6RAP) 
  12. Writing 3: Independent Project (CW6IDP)
Assessment requirements
When considering the learning outcomes for your course unit, it is important to know what you are being asked to submit. These are known as your assessment requirements. In summary, these will include:
  1. A selection of creative work. This should submit all of your original assignment drafts and tutor reports/annotations, and submit three redrafted assignment pieces in light of tutor feedback and other learning.
  2. Creative reading commentary. This will only be applicable to HE5 and HE6 course units.
  3. Final reflective commentary.
Fortunately, most writers are used to submitting their work online, as that is how we send most of our writing to most external sites, whether it’s competitions or agents or publishers.

You will submit all of your documents via the OCA’s online submission guidelines. The following guidance will help you to understand how the OCA’s overarching assessment requirements apply to you and your work in creative writing. Unlike some of the other OCA degree course units, the Creative Writing course units do not require a Learning Log.

You should submit:
  • Your choice of three creative writing assignments. Choose the ones that – after rewrites – you think represents your best work.
  • All other original annotated assignments and tutor reports, unaltered in any way.
  • You should also submit the final reflective commentary.
  • At Levels 2 and 3, please also submit the creative reading commentary
For each creative writing assignment you choose, make sure you submit:
  1. The annotated, original version (that’s the version your tutor returns to you with comments on).
  2. The accompanying tutor feedback report
  3. Your rewritten version
Please adhere to any word counts in the course materials. If you’re not sure about these - or you need specific advice for Scriptwriting or Poetry submissions - please speak to your tutor.

These redrafts should evidence any changes you have made as a result of tutor feedback or other learning.

You should choose the best of the assignments from your unit. Perhaps use the ones where tutor feedback was most positive. Or perhaps choose the ones that you feel you have improved the most when redrafting. It’s not usual to include your first assignment from any units, although if you have a strong case for doing so then discuss it with your tutor. If it’s a strong creative piece then you may feel it’s important to include. It is usual, though, to include your final creative assignment from any unit. This is because it helps the assessors see how you’ve progressed since the start of the unit. In Scriptwriting units at Levels 1 and 2, it’s essential to include the final assignment, as it demonstrates a specific culmination of skills put together into one piece.

Creative reading commentary. There is no requirement for a critical review (also known as the creative reading commentary) at Level 1. But all course units at Levels 2 and 3 require a creative reading commentary. You must submit your original version, the related tutor report and your redrafted version. Word counts: Level 2 creative reading commentaries should be 2,000 words, excluding your reference list. Level 3 creative reading commentaries should be 2,500 - 3,000 words, excluding your reference list.

Final reflective commentary. All creative writing course units require a final reflective commentary, which should discuss your learning over the unit as a whole. At Level 1, this forms part of Assignment Five. At Levels 2 and 3, this forms part of Assignment Six. In all cases, submit your original version, the related tutor report and the redrafted version. Word counts: The final reflective commentary at Level 1 should be 1,000 - 1,500 words. The final reflective commentary at Levels 2 and 3 should be 1,500 - 2,000 words.

If you have any questions, please contact your tutor or the programme leader.

Creative Writing 1.1: Essential Writing Skills (CW4EWS)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 write effectively, drawing on observation, research, imagery and sensory experience.
  2. LO2 show development of language, variety, style, voice and expression within your writing.
  3. LO3 demonstrate the practice of writing as communication in drafts, editing and critiquing.
  4. LO4 critically reflect on your own learning experience.

Creative Writing 1.2: Further Writing Skills (CW4FWS)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 explore and write effectively in two of the creative forms of poetry, screenwriting or prose writing.
  2. LO2 show development of language, variety, style, voice and expression within your writing.
  3. LO3 demonstrate the practice of writing in drafts, editing and critiquing. 
  4. LO4 critically reflect on your own learning experience.

Creative Writing 2.1: Investigation and Experiment (CW5IAE)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 study and create experimental writing in two different forms or genres.
  2. LO2 demonstrate and communicate new and more focused writing craft skills through the pieces of work produced.
  3. LO3 research and examine historical and contemporary approaches to writing.
  4. LO4 using research methods, critically review your own work and that of others.

Creative Writing 2.2: Skill and Proficiency (CW5SAP)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
 
  1. LO1 investigate ways of producing thoughtful, experimental and ethical writing in your chosen forms and genres. 
  2. LO2 create writing that demonstrate skill and emerging personal style and voice.
  3. LO3 familiarise yourself with the standards required for publication in terms of form and presentation, in both creative and critical writing.
  4. LO4 via research and writing, critically review your own work and that of others.

Creative Writing 3.1: Practice and Research (CW6PAR)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 examine your emerging practice through a considered body of self-directed work.
  2. LO2 apply relevant research methods and subject knowledge to test, inform, and develop your writing.
  3. LO3 present informed connections between your research and practice interests.
  4. LO4 articulate your creative ideas and critical thinking using suitable forms of writing.

Creative Writing 3.2: Your Work in Progress (CW6YWP)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 design a distinct practice-based writing project or projects. 
  2. LO2 produce a meaningful and individual body of writing that draws on your strongest ideas. 
  3. LO3 critique contextual, practical and industry knowledge to inform your own writing practice. 
  4. LO4 evaluate your writing critically presenting the results via applicable mechanisms.

Writing 1: Writing Skills (CW4WGS)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 write effectively, drawing on observation, imagery and sensory experience
  2. LO2 show development of language, variety, style, voice and expression within your writing
  3. LO3 demonstrate the practice of writing in drafts, editing and critiquing
  4. LO4 critically reflect on your own learning experience, identifying and evaluating personal strengths and weaknesses in writing

Writing 1: Art of Poetry (CW4AOP)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate awareness of the structure, form, limitations and specific strengths/problems of writing poetry through completion of the specified writing tasks in the course materials
  2. LO2 demonstrate an improving ability to write within the form, using a range of techniques suggested in the assignments
  3. LO3 draft and edit self-generated texts, demonstrating discrimination and choice in the deployment of these skills in relation to form and technique
  4. LO4 critically reflect on your own writing and learning experience

Writing 1: Scriptwriting (CW4SCW)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 analyse and put into practice the basics of screenwriting
  2. LO2 access a writer’s toolbox of techniques specifically related to writing for screen
  3. LO3 create a series of linked scenes demonstrating confident knowledge of scene, dramatic arc, character and dialogue
  4. LO4 write, redraft and complete 15 pages of original screenplay (an opening section of a long script or a 15 minute short film)
  5. LO5 critically appraise and revise your own work in response to constructive feedback

Writing 1: Starting your Novel (CW4SYN)

Learning Outcomes 

On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 Write effectively in prose using a range of creative techniques
  2. LO2 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of genre and the requirements of the longer literary form
  3. LO3 Draft, redraft and edit self-generated texts in response to feedback and your own learning

Writing 2: Writing for Children (CW5WFC)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 explore the structure, form, historical context, limitations and the specific strengths and problems of writing for children
  2. LO2 draft and edit your own writing, choosing appropriate forms and techniques based on the critical skills you’ve developed
  3. LO3 participate in the direction and design of your own learning experience
  4. LO4 complete a creative reading commentary of a contemporary work or movement, or a critical essay on a children’s author

Writing 2: Writing Short Fiction (CW5WSF)

Learning Outcomes 

On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate an understanding of structure, form and technique in short fiction in a creative body of work
  2. LO2 show discrimination in drafting and editing self-generated texts, and in your reflective commentary, in response to your tutor’s critical feedback
  3. LO3 show evidence of wide and critical reading in both your own writing and your theoretical work
  4. LO4 critically review a contemporary collection, movement or writer of short fiction

Writing 2: Poetry – Form and Experience (CW5PFE)

Learning Outcomes 

On successful completion of the unit students will be able to:
  1. LO1 develop your understanding of form in poetry, from basic units of structure including lines and stanzas, to traditional set forms such as sonnets, through to more experimental and contemporary forms
  2. LO2 give practice in writing poetry in a range of different poetic forms
  3. LO3 develop skills in drafting, evaluating and editing texts
  4. LO4 develop your reflective skills
  5. LO5 develop your close reading skills so you can complete a creative reading commentary of a contemporary work, poet or poetry movement

Writing 2: Life Writing (CW5LFW)

Learning Outcomes 

On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 explain some of the structures, forms and contexts of creative non-fiction, and examine the current status, historical development and limitations of life writing
  2. LO2 draft, review and edit your own work, using a range of writing techniques, and taking account of critical feedback from your tutor
  3. LO3 participate in the direction, understanding and design of your own learning experience
  4. LO4 critically comment on a contemporary work, movement or writer of creative non-fiction

Writing 2: Moving on with Scriptwriting (CW5SCW)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the literary conventions as appropriate to your chosen media practice
  2. LO2 demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate use of language in your written practice
  3. LO3 demonstrate how experimentation has informed your scriptwriting practice
  4. LO4 situate, reflect and critique the work of scriptwriter/s and reflect on your own learning
  5. LO5 through your practice demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the craft of scriptwriting

Writing 3: Retrospect and Prospect (CW6RAP)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, you will be able to:
  1. LO1 organise the research, preparation and production of an extended body of writing, showing an understanding of your chosen form
  2. LO2 organise materials and plan realistic schedules for writing and redrafting, reflecting critically and editing your own work, through the required assignments
  3. LO3 reflect critically on drafts and edit your own work in relation to responses to it to a standard commensurate with Level 3
  4. LO4 demonstrate an understanding of the structure, form, historical context and technical challenges of your chosen genre, as revealed by other writers

Writing 3: Independent Project (CW6IDP)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, you will be able to:
  1. LO1 plan and structure the continuation of an extended body of creative writing, showing an understanding of the form
  2. LO2 organise materials and plan realistic schedules for writing and redrafting a longer work
  3. LO3 demonstrate thorough research and organisational skills
  4. LO4 form sound judgments incorporating on your own work and on responses to it, and incorporate that criticism in polished redrafts and revisions of your work

Drawing guidance

BA (Hons) Drawing units: 

  1. Drawing 1: Drawing Skills (DR4DRS) 
  2. Drawing 1: Exploring Drawing Media (DR4EDM) 
  3. Painting 1: Understanding Painting (PT4UPM) 
  4. Printmaking 1: Introduction to Printmaking (PM4PMI) 
  5. Sculpture 1: Starting out in 3D (SC4SCL)
  6. Visual Studies 1: Creative Arts Today (CA4CAT) see Visual Studies guidance
  7. Drawing 2: Investigating Drawing (DR5DRA) 
  8. Drawing 2: Personal Approach to Drawing (DR5PAD) 
  9. Drawing 3: Body of Work (DR6BOW) 
  10. Drawing 3: Contextual Studies (DR6COS)

Assessment requirements

When considering the learning outcomes for your course unit, it is important to know what you are being asked to submit. These are known as your assessment requirements. In summary, these will include: 

  1. A selection of entries from your learning log. These should evidence the connections between your coursework and the learning outcomes. 
  2. A selection of creative work. This should be a portfolio or other presentation of your final or strongest pieces. You should present good quality images of your portfolio in a way that enables assessors to see the work clearly and in a way that makes it clear which art works are to be considered as your portfolio. This can be a set of Jpegs, a PDF document or a set of Google slides. For some three dimensional, large scale or heavily textured work, you may wish to present a short video as documentation. Do not write across the front of the drawings. You may wish to provide a subfolder or other secondary submission with details of surface, however a good image can easily be enlarged to view details. You should also submit uncropped versions of your images in a separate subfolder. Please ensure where possible that your images are titled to include dimensions and materials, or that a checklist is provided with those details. 
  3. Any written elements such as critical reviews. This should include any required essay, review or report elements. 
  4. A reflective presentation or evaluation. This will be an opportunity to reflect on your learning experiences as a whole. It can take the form of a presentation, short video, or a written piece, and should be no longer than 6 minutes or 750 words.
Advice for drawing course units at HE4
  • Choose 8 to 12 entries from your learning log that reference your learning outcomes (2 or 3 entries per learning outcome). These might include examples from sketchbooks. 
  • Choose 6 to 10 pieces of creative work. 
  • There are no assessed written elements in the DR4DRS course unit. There is a 500 word assessed written element in the EDM drawing course unit.
  • Your reflective presentation or evaluation can draw evidence from your wider log, sketchbook and studio experience to give assessors a clear message about your learning experience. Remember – don’t narrate – evaluate! 
Advice for drawing course units at HE5 
  • Select 8 to 12 entries from your learning log to complement your submission of creative work and reference your learning outcomes (2 or 3 entries per learning outcome). HE5 is a place where you are asked to travel in two directions simultaneously. On the one hand you are exposing yourself to new ideas, processes and possibilities, and on the other you are starting to build a personal practice and inhabit it in a deeply significant way. Your log entries can demonstrate that productive tension constructively but your selection should present a narrative of evaluation and critique which clearly shows you making sense of your own learning journey through engaging with complex ideas (LO2). Through your learning log we would like to see some evidence of your studio process: for example sketchbook work, preparatory work, or site visits. Use the most effective documentation for you as a practitioner.
  • Select 6 to 10 pieces of creative work from across your coursework. Remember to choose your best work here. This is not the place to illustrate improvement by including lesser work. Select your strongest drawings from wherever they appear in your coursework. Consider trying to present a coherent portfolio that demonstrates a developing ability to connect your understanding and synthesise it into your work. 
  • You will be submitting your critical review, so follow the Preparing for assessment guidance. 
  • Your reflective presentation or evaluation can draw evidence from your wider log, sketchbook and studio experience to give assessors a clear message about your learning experience. Be specific and back up your assertions. For example, don’t say “I have been strongly creative and taken many risks” – show that by describing your journey and process with confidence.
Advice for drawing course units at HE6

Body of Work
 

  • Select 8 to 12 entries from your learning log that support your submission of creative work (2 or 3 entries per learning outcome). 
  • Present a body of creative work from across your coursework. Remember that the goal here is the production of an ambitious and focussed body of work at an accomplished standard. 
  • Your reflective presentation or evaluation can draw evidence from your wider log, sketchbook and studio experience to give assessors a clear message about your learning experience. Be specific and back up your assertions. For example, don’t say “I have been strongly creative and taken many risks” – show that by describing your journey and process with confidence. 
Contextual Study 
  • Select 8 to 12 entries from your learning log that demonstrate your research practice relative to the learning outcomes (2 or 3 entries per learning outcome). 
  • Submit your extended essay, following the Preparing for assessment guidance. 
Sustaining Your Practice 
  • Select 8 to 12 entries from your learning log that support your submission of your creative practice and final presentation of work (2 or 3 entries per learning outcome). 
  • Present an ambitious and highly focused body of work to exhibition standard 
  • Submit your artists statement and any associated exhibition ephemera
Documenting and presenting your work
It is useful for assessors to see each piece in your portfolio as a cropped image, uncropped, and with a number of details. Imagine the assessor stepping away from your work or moving closer in to look at it. We suggest you:
  1. Photograph your chosen piece to include a little bit of the background. 
  2. Make a copy of that photo and crop it to remove the background. 
  3. Then photograph around 4 areas of the piece you think would be useful to see close up. 
  4. Save all these images into a numbered folder. This represents one item in your portfolio. 
Some works (for example installations) are better experienced digitally through video. You could look to make a video using your smartphone or a camera with a recording feature. For example, you could film a walk through of the installation, honing in on important aspects, or video surfaces.

Drawing 1: Drawing Skills (DR4DRS)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of this unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 experiment with a wide range of drawing media and develop an understanding of its uses to produce a range of effects
  2. LO2 demonstrate a range of basic skills and techniques in drawing
  3. LO3 Demonstrate an ability to reflect on and evaluate your own work productively
  4. LO4 Articulate an awareness of the context of your drawing practice

Drawing 1: Exploring Drawing Media (DR4EDM)

Learning Outcomes 

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 employ a broad range of media in your drawing practice
  2. LO2 demonstrate an ability to employ new skills and techniques in your drawing practice
  3. LO3 use your drawing skills to develop a body of work that explores a personal line of enquiry
  4. LO4 understand the historical and contemporary contexts that inform your work and reflect on your own learning experience

Drawing 2: Investigating Drawing (DR5DRA)

Learning Outcomes 

On satisfactory completion of this unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate a rigorous engagement with drawing skills
  2. LO2 communicate complex ideas through your practice
  3. LO3 evidence your engagement with experimentation through your practice
  4. LO4 situate, reflect and critique drawing in historical and contemporary contexts and reflect on your own learning

Drawing 2: Personal Approach to Drawing (DR5PAD)

Learning Outcomes 

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 develop a body of work that is rigorous in its engagement with conceptual and practical skills
  2. LO2 demonstrate how research has informed your practice
  3. LO3 evidence your engagement with experimentation through your practice
  4. LO4 situate, reflect and critique on the work and practices of drawing practices and practitioners and reflect on your own learning

Drawing 3: Body of Work (DR6BOW)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of technical and practical skills through your work
  2. LO2 produce an ambitious body of work that is critically informed
  3. LO3 demonstrate how experimentation has informed your practice and visual language
  4. LO4 articulate your critical and conceptual knowledge and understanding of a range of approaches to drawing and contemporary cultural contexts

Drawing 3: Contextual Studies (DR6COS)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of your subject area and build a theoretical framework for your practice
  2. LO2 demonstrate the application of appropriate research methods in the identification and understanding of broad contexts and specific practices
  3. LO3 synthesise, articulate and evaluate critical contextual and conceptual knowledge and understanding of your subject area
  4. LO4 provide a clear and sustained written argument presented according to academic conventions

Fine Art guidance

BA (Hons) Fine Art units: 

  1. Drawing 1: Exploring Drawing Media (DR4EDM)
  2. Painting 1: Understanding Painting Media (PT4UPM) 
  3. Printmaking 1: Introduction to Printmaking (PM4PMI) 
  4. Sculpture 1: Starting out in 3D (SC4SCL)
  5. Visual Studies 1: Understanding Visual Culture (AH4UVC)
  6. Drawing 2: Investigating Drawing (DR5DRA) 
  7. Drawing 2: A Personal Approach to Drawing (DR5PAD)
  8. Painting 2: Studio Practice (PT5STP)
  9. Printmaking 2: Developing your Style (PM5PMD)
  10. Sculpture 2: Studio Practice (SC5STP)
  11. Visual Studies 2: Understanding Visual Culture (AH5UVC)
  12. Fine Art 3: Advanced Practice (FA6APR) 
  13. Fine Art 3: Research (FA6RES) 
  14. Fine Art 3: Sustaining your Practice (FA6SYP)

Assessment requirements

When considering the learning outcomes for your course unit, it is important to know what you are being asked to submit. These are known as your assessment requirements. In summary, these will include: 

  1. A selection of learning log entries evidencing the connections between your coursework and learning outcomes. 
  2. A selection of creative work, such as a portfolio, or other presentation of your final or strongest pieces. 
  3. Any critical reviews, essays, or other written reports. 
  4. A reflective presentation or evaluation reflecting on your work and learning journey as a whole. This will either take the form of a 6 minute presentation, or a 750 word written evaluation. 
  5. Your tutor reports. You should have received five or six reports, depending upon your course unit, from your tutor.

Additional advice for Fine Art students 

At HE6

Research 

  1. A selection of Learning Log entries documenting and reflecting on practice and research activities in relation to learning outcomes. Please provide between 2 to 3 learning log entries for each learning outcome. In selecting your learning log entries, ensure you have articulated the journey of your developing research as you refine your writing. This may include examples of your visual work where it has featured in your Research unit learning log as a means to articulate the synthesis between your visual and written work. 
  2. Project Proposal of 1000 words 
  3. Extended written project or Dissertation of 5000 words 
  4. Reflective Presentation / Evaluation (written or presentation) of 750 words or 6 minutes presentation 
Advanced Practice 

  1. A selection of Learning Log entries documenting and reflecting on practice and research activities in relation to learning outcomes. Please provide between 2 to 3 learning log entries for each learning outcome. Try to include sketchbook work and the journey of how you developed your final pieces.
  2. A selection of creative work, demonstrating resolved pieces. Please also include some relevant developmental work demonstrating how you have refined your ideas. 
  3. A selection of written work of 1000 words 
  4. 4. Reflective Presentation / Evaluation (written or presentation) of 750 words or 6 minutes presentation 
Sustaining your Practice 

  1. A selection of Learning Log entries documenting and reflecting on practice and research activities in relation to learning outcomes. Please provide between 2 to 3 learning log entries for each learning outcome. Try to include sketchbook work and the journey of how you developed your final pieces.
  2. Practice Plan of 1250 words or 10 minutes presentation
  3. A selection of creative work, that evidences your final body of work and its presentation. 
  4. Reflective Presentation / Evaluation (written or presentation) of 750 words or 6 minutes presentation

Fine Art 3: Advanced Practice (FA6APR)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and technical and practical skills through your work
  2. LO2 produce an ambitious body of work that is critically informed
  3. LO3 demonstrate how experimentation has informed your practice and visual language
  4. LO4 articulate your critical and conceptual knowledge and understanding of a range of fine art and contemporary contexts

Fine Art 3: Research (FA6RES)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of your subject area and build a theoretical framework for your practice
  2. LO2 demonstrate the application of appropriate research methods in the identification and understanding of broad contexts and specific practices
  3. LO3 synthesise, articulate and evaluate critical, contextual and conceptual knowledge and understanding of your subject area
  4. LO4 provide a clear and sustained written argument presented according to academic conventions

Fine Art 3: Sustaining your Practice (FA6SYP)

Learning Outcomes

  1. LO1 produce an ambitious and focused body of work that demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of technical and visual skills 
  2. LO2 demonstrate an understanding of the professional context that your practice is situated in and identify strategies for sustaining your practice 
  3. LO3 select, produce and present a substantial body of work to a professional standard 
  4. LO4 demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of historic and contemporary approaches to making and present fine art 

Garden Design guidance

Garden Design units:
  1. Garden Design 1: Past and Present
  2. Garden Design 1.2: Finding Your Creative Voice

Assessment requirements

When considering the learning outcomes for your course unit, it is important to know what you are being asked to submit. These are known as your assessment requirements. In summary, these will include:
  1. A selection of entries from your learning log -  These should evidence the connections between your coursework and the learning outcomes. Select between 2 to 3 learning log entries for each learning outcome.
  2. A selection of creative work - This should be a portfolio or other presentation of your final site design. You may also want to include some work, from the exercises and tasks set, that show the ‘process’ of your designing, as well as that that shows the final design outcome. Select between 10 to 12 pieces of creative work that best presents the creative story of your garden design work.
  3. Any written elements such as critical reviews.
  4. A reflective presentation or evaluation - This will be an opportunity to reflect on your learning experiences as a whole. It can take the form of a presentation, short video, or a written piece, and should be no longer than 6 minutes or 750 words.

Additional advice for HE4 Garden Design course units

  • Selection of learning log entries - It should illustrate an edited selection of the exercises done, and provide background information, research, sketches and notes, showing how you arrived at the ideas represented in those exercises and the final assignments. You may also wish to include any additional personal research work done beyond that required by the course documents.
  • Selection of creative work - Remember that your most creative work may not always be the ‘final’ design outcome, and could be - for example - a progression of quick, iterative, sketches or sketch models. In GD4PAP your Sculptures for Gardens presentation, Planting Design Portfolio and Planting journal may also be presented as part of your creative work.
  • Written elements - This should include the required essay review in Project 5: Historic Influences and any written notes/research done on Form and Fabric in Project 2. You may also wish to include reference to any additional personal reading done that relates to your course studies.
  • Reflective presentation or evaluation - This is a useful opportunity to evidence how you can communicate the progress made on your own learning journey. Think about personal strengths and weaknesses explored through the exercises and tasks set on the course, and reflect on how you will challenge those in the next part of your studies.

Garden Design 1: Past and Present (GD4PAP)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 Identify the principles and stages of design and begin to recognise the application of these in gardens, and the role of the client in the design process
  2. LO2 Begin to demonstrate a thorough approach to creative exploration and communication by evidencing sketches, schematics and composition of layout
  3. LO3 Begin to demonstrate a thorough approach to academic research and referencing, using a range of sources that are communicated and evidenced in an appropriate academic manner
  4. LO4 Relate plants’ natural habitat to their success in garden context and begin to correctly use Latin binomial nomenclature

Garden Design 1.2: Finding Your Creative Voice

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

LO1 Begin to demonstrate creative thinking and problem solving and an understanding of design processes through a range of media and relate design style to spatial layout.   

LO2 Recognise the key components of a typical garden design, including planting layers, and apply these to your own designs.

LO3 Consider new-found knowledge and skills and critical analysis of precedent work, design processes and cross-disciplinary methods of other designers. Communicate these findings within the context of your own work.

LO4 Begin to recognise your individual style and articulate this identity through drawing, presentation and reflection.

Graphic Design guidance

BA (Hons) Graphic Design units:

  1. Graphic Design 1: Core Concepts (VC4GDC)
  2. Book Design 1: Creative Book Design (VC4CBD) See Visual Communication guidance
  3. Illustration 1: Key Steps in Illustration (VC4KSI) 
  4. Illustration 1: Illustration Sketchbooks (VC4ISK)
  5. Photography 1: Expressing Your Vision (PH4EYV)
  6. Visual Communication 1: Graphic Fiction (VC4GRF) See Visual Communication guidance
  7. Visual Studies 1: Creative Arts Today (CA4CAT) see Visual Studies guidance
  8. Visual Skills 1: Visual Dynamics (VC4VSD) See Visual Communication guidance
  9. Graphic Design 2: Working with a client (VC5GRD)
  10. Visual Skills 2: Visual Exploration (VC5VEX) See Visual Communication guidance
  11. Graphic Design 3: Advanced Practice (GD6ADP)
  12. Graphic Design 3: Visual Research (GD6RES)
  13. Graphic Design 3: Sustaining Your Practice (GD6SYP)
Assessment requirements

When considering the learning outcomes for your course unit, it is important to know what you are being asked to submit. These are known as your assessment requirements. In summary, these will include:

  1. A selection of entries from your learning log. These should evidence the connections between your coursework and the learning outcomes.
  2. A selection of creative work. This should be a portfolio or other presentation of your final or strongest pieces. You should aim to select 8 to 12 pieces of creative work.
  3. Any written elements such as critical reviews. This should include any required essay, review or report elements.
  4. A reflective presentation or evaluation. This will be an opportunity to reflect on your learning experiences as a whole. It can take the form of a presentation, short video, or a written piece, and should be no longer than 6 minutes or 750 words.

Graphic Design 1: Core Concepts (VC4GDC)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 develop your creative and visual abilities in your practice as a graphic designer
  2. LO2 use creative problem solving and research to generate visual ideas
  3. LO3 demonstrate your use of design and technical skills for graphic design
  4. LO4 articulate an understanding of the contexts of graphic design practices and reflect on your own learning

Graphic Design 2: Working with a Client (VC5GRD)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 evidence your engagement with experimentation through your practice
  2. LO2 demonstrate how research has informed your practice
  3. LO3 develop a body of work that is rigorous in its engagement with conceptual and practical skills
  4. LO4 situate, reflect and critique on graphic design practices and reflect on your own learning

Graphic Design 3: Advanced Practice (GD6ADP)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate how experimentation has informed your practice and visual language
  2. LO2 produce an ambitious body of work that is critically informed
  3. LO3 demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of technical and practical skills through your work
  4. LO4 articulate your critical and conceptual knowledge and understanding of approaches to graphic design and contemporary cultural contexts

Graphic Design 3: Visual Research (GD6RES)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of your subject area and contextualise your practice
  2. LO2 demonstrate the application of appropriate research methods in the development of your written and visual practice
  3. LO3 demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of technical and practical skills through your work
  4. LO4 synthesise, articulate and evaluate critical, contextual and conceptual knowledge and understanding of your subject area

Graphic Design 3: Sustaining Your Practice (GD6SYP)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 select, produce and present a substantial body of work to a professional standard
  2. LO2 produce an ambitious body of work that is critically acclaimed
  3. LO3 produce an ambitious and focused body of work that demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of technical and visual skills
  4. LO4 demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of historic and contemporary approaches to making and presenting graphic design practices

Illustration guidance

BA (Hons) Illustration units:

  1. Illustration 1: Key Steps in Illustration (VC4KSI)
  2. Illustration 1: Illustration Sketchbooks (VC4ISK)
  3. Book Design 1: Creative Book Design (VC4CBD) See Visual Communication guidance
  4. Drawing 1: Drawing Skills (DR4DRS) 
  5. Graphic Design 1: Core Concepts (VC4GDC) 
  6. Visual Skills 1: Visual Dynamics (VC4VSD) See Visual Communication guidance
  7. Painting 1: Understanding Painting Media (PT4UPM) 
  8. Printmaking 1: Introduction to Printmaking (PM4PMI) 
  9. Visual Communication 1: Graphic Fiction (VC4GRF) 
  10. Visual Studies 1: Creative Arts Today (CA4CAT) see Visual Studies guidance
  11. Illustration 2: Responding to a Brief (VC5ILL)
  12. Visual Skills 2: Visual Exploration (VC5VEX) See Visual Communication guidance
  13. Illustration 3: Advanced Practice (IL6ADP)
  14. Illustration 3: Visual Research (IL6RES)
  15. Illustration 3: Sustaining Your Practice (IL6SYP)

Assessment requirements

When considering the learning outcomes for your course unit, it is important to know what you are being asked to submit. These are known as your assessment requirements. In summary, these will include:

  1. A selection of entries from your learning log. These should evidence the connections between your coursework and the learning outcomes.
  2. A selection of creative work. This should be a portfolio or other presentation of your final or strongest pieces. You should aim to select 8 to 12 pieces of creative work.
  3. Any written elements such as critical reviews. This should include any required essay, review or report elements.
  4. A reflective presentation or evaluation. This will be an opportunity to reflect on your learning experiences as a whole. It can take the form of a presentation, short video, or a written piece, and should be no longer than 6 minutes or 750 words.

Illustration 1: Key Steps in Illustration (VC4KSI)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 develop methods to creatively respond to briefs as an illustrator
  2. LO2 demonstrate your use of visual research to explore and generate ideas
  3. LO3 use a range of drawing, mark-making and image-making skills to develop your illustration practice
  4. LO4 demonstrate a critical and contextual understanding of illustration and reflect on your own learning

Illustration 1: Illustration Sketchbooks (VC4ISK)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 develop methods to creatively explore and respond to briefs as an illustrator
  2. LO2 demonstrate your use of visual research in the generation of ideas for illustration
  3. LO3 use a range of visual approaches to develop and communicate our ideas
  4. LO4 demonstrate a critical and contextual understanding of illustration and reflect on your own learning

Illustration 2: Responding to a Brief (VC5ILL)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 evidence your engagement with experimentation through your practice
  2. LO2 demonstrate how research has informed your practice
  3. LO3 develop a body of work that is rigorous in its engagement with conceptual and practical skills
  4. LO4 situate, reflect and critique on illustration practices and reflect on your own learning

Illustration 3: Advanced Practice (IL6ADP)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate how experimentation has informed your practice and visual language
  2. LO2 produce an ambitious body of work that is critically informed
  3. LO3 demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of technical and practical skills through your work
  4. LO4 articulate your critical and conceptual knowledge and understanding of a range of approaches to illustration and contemporary cultural contexts

Illustration 3: Visual Research (IL6RES)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of your subject area and contextualise your practice
  2. LO2 demonstrate the application of appropriate research methods in the development of your written and visual practice
  3. LO3 demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of technical and practical skills through your work
  4. LO4 synthesise, articulate and evaluate critical, contextual and conceptual knowledge and understanding of your subject area

Illustration 3: Sustaining Your Practice (IL6SYP)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 select, produce and present a substantial body of work to a professional standard
  2. LO2 produce an ambitious body of work that is critically informed
  3. LO3 produce an ambitious and focused body of work that demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of technical and visual skills
  4. LO4 demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of historic and contemporary approaches to making and presenting illustration practices

Interior Design guidance

Interior Design units: 

  1. Interior Design 1: Exploring Principles & Theories (ID4EPT) 
  2. Interior Design 1: Exploration through Experimentation (ID4ETE) 
  3. Interior Design 1: Exploring Creative Principles (ID4ECP)

Assessment requirements

When considering the learning outcomes for your course unit, it is important to know what you are being asked to submit. These are known as your assessment requirements. In summary, these will include: 

  1. A selection of entries from your learning log. These should evidence the connections between your coursework and the learning outcomes. It should illustrate an edited selection of the exercises done, and provide background information, research, sketches, workings-out and notes, showing how you arrived at the ideas represented in those exercises and the final assignments. You may also wish to include any additional personal research work done beyond that required by the course documents. 
  2. A selection of creative work. This should be a portfolio or other presentation of your final or strongest pieces. You may also want to include some work, from the exercises and tasks set, that show the ‘process’ of your designing, as well as that that shows the final design outcome. Remember that your most creative work may not always be the ‘final’ design outcome, and could be - for example - a progression of quick, iterative, sketch models.
  3. Any written elements such as critical reviews. This should include any required essay, review or report elements such as Contextual Studies and Close Reading exercises. You may also wish to include reference to any additional personal reading done, that relates to your course studies. In ID4ETE your Interior Design Manifesto may also be presented as a written document. 
  4. A reflective presentation or evaluation. This will be an opportunity to reflect on your learning experiences as a whole. It can take the form of a presentation, short video, or a written piece, and should be no longer than 6 minutes or 750 words. This is a useful opportunity to evidence how you can communicate the progress made on your own learning journey. Think about personal strengths and weaknesses explored through the exercises and tasks set on the course, and reflect on how you will challenge those in the next part of your studies.

Interior Design 1: Exploring Principles and Theories (ID4EPT)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 Begin to use multiple forms of media to demonstrate research, observation and analysis of existing spaces and designs, and develop an understanding of the circulation and use of space
  2. LO2 Begin to use multiple forms of media to demonstrate an understanding of the basic elements of interior design including architectural structures, major features, lighting, materials and spatial design vocabulary and express how these inform interior spaces
  3. LO3 Begin to demonstrate a thorough approach to creative exploration and communication by evidencing sketches, model making, schematics, technical drawing and digital visualisation
  4. LO4 Begin to adopt and communicate effective reflective skills and evaluation of the design outcome, appropriate to the core principles of the unit

Your work across the unit ID4EPT should reflect all four of these learning outcomes.

Interior Design 1: Exploration through Experimentation (ID4ETE)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 Begin to demonstrate creative thinking and problem solving and an understanding of design processes through a range of 2D and 3D skills including sketches, model-making, ICT skills and material experimentation
  2. LO2 Develop the ability to formalise concept designs by translating them into technical and professional presentations that adhere to standard drawings conventions
  3. LO3 Consider new found knowledge and skills and critical analysis of precedent work, design processes and cross-disciplinary methods of other designers. Communicate these findings within the context of your own work
  4. LO4 Begin to develop your individual style and begin to articulate this identity through drawing, presentation and reflection

Your work across the unit ID4ETE should reflect all four of these learning outcomes.

Interior Design 1: Exploring Creative Principles (ID4ECP)

Learning Outcomes 

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 Establish basic research methods that demonstrate and identify different areas in creative spatial design practice
  2. LO2 Demonstrate thorough research of your chosen design environments, and an understanding of how these environments can be merged to begin to explore your own creative design practice
  3. LO3 Demonstrate an understanding of the use of collaboration as a core design skill, and develop creative skills and techniques that incorporate collaboration in a fundamental way
  4. LO4 Begin to critically reflect on your own creative practice. Challenge your research and development to create imaginative and thought provoking design outcomes that demonstrate your creative and collaborative skills, and ability to practice in a multi- or cross-disciplinary way

Interior Design 2.1: Small: Detailed Spatial Understanding

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
 
1. LO1 Demonstrate an understanding of interior design at a detailed level
2. LO2 Employ effective technical and visual communication skills
3. LO3 Examine historical and contemporary approaches to spatial design
4. LO4 Recognise appropriate research and analysis methodologies in detailed spatial design practice

Interior Design 2.2: Medium: Design at a Human Scale

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

1. LO1 Demonstrate understanding of issues in sustainable spatial design practice
2. LO2 Create an effective design response using the concept of adaptability and synthesis
3. LO3 Employ robust critical conversation as a tool for design development
4. LO4 Propose effective design solutions demonstrating the idea of sustainability and/or adaptive re-use

Moving Image guidance

Moving Image units:

  1. Moving Image 1: Animation (MI4ANI)
  2. Moving Image 1: Setting the Scene (MI4STS)
  3. Moving Image 2: Moving Image Methodologies (MI5MIM)

Assessment requirements

When considering the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for your course unit, it is important to know what you are being asked to submit. These are known as your assessment requirements. These will typically include: 

  1. Selection of Learning Log entries. Select between 2 to 3 learning log entries for each learning outcome. 
  2. Selection of Creative Work. Select between 1 to 3 pieces of creative work.  
  3. Any written elements such as critical reviews. Submit any critical review elements.
  4. Reflective presentation/evaluation. Your reflective presentation or evaluation will also help assessors to navigate your submission. If you choose to include images of your work in this, we suggest roughly 10 to 12 images. This could help you to visually connect your reflections to your work.

Moving Image 1: Animation (MI4ANI)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate an understanding of a range of animation techniques
  2. LO2 develop and present animated sequences
  3. LO3 produce original animated sequences
  4. LO4 demonstrate an understanding of approaches to animation and reflect on your own learning

Moving Image 1: Setting the Scene (MI4STS)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate an understanding of technical and visual skills for creating moving images
  2. LO2 develop and present moving image work
  3. LO3 produce original moving image work
  4. LO4 demonstrate your understanding of media and moving image practices and reflect on your own learning

Moving Image 2: Moving Image Methodologies (MI5MIM)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of technical and visual skills through a portfolio of moving image practice
  2. LO2 demonstrate how research has informed your moving image practice
  3. LO3 demonstrate how experimentation has informed your moving image practice
  4. LO4 situate, reflect and critique moving image practices and reflect on your own learning

Moving Image 3: Body of Work (MI6BOW)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of technical and practical skills through your work. 
  2. LO2 produce an ambitious body of work that is critically informed. 
  3. LO3 demonstrate how experimentation has informed your visual language and practice. 
  4. LO4 articulate your critical and conceptual knowledge and understanding of moving image practices and reflect on your own learning.

Moving Image 3: Contextual Studies (MI6CTS)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be expected to have:

  1. LO1 demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of your subject area and build a theoretical framework for your practice. 
  2. LO2 demonstrate the application of appropriate research methods in the identification and understanding of broad contexts and specific practices. 
  3. LO3 synthesise, articulate and evaluate critical, contextual and conceptual knowledge and understanding of your subject area. 
  4. LO4 provide a clear and sustained written argument presented according to academic conventions.

Moving Image 3: Sustaining your Practice (MI6SYP)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 produce an ambitious and focused body of work that demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of technical and visual skills. 
  2. LO2 demonstrate an understanding of the professional context that your practice is situated in and identify strategies for sustaining your practice. 
  3. LO3 select, produce and present to a professional standard an ambitious and focused body of work. 
  4. LO4 demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of historic and contemporary approaches to the production and dissemination of moving image work and reflect on your own learning.

Music guidance

BA (Hons) Music units: 

  1. Music 1: Composing Music (MU4CPM) 
  2. Music 1: Stylistic Techniques (MU4SYT) 
  3. Music 1: From the Present to the Past (MU4PTP) 
  4. Visual Studies 1: Creative Arts Today (CA4CAT) 
  5. Music 2: Moving on with Composition (MU5MWC) 
  6. Music 2: Orchestration and Arrangement (MU5ORA) 
  7. Music 2: Instruments and Repertoire (MU5IRA) 
  8. Music 3: Major Project (MU6MPR) 
  9. Music 3: Contextual Studies (MU6CTX)

Assessment requirements

When considering the learning outcomes for your course unit, it is important to know what you are being asked to submit. These are known as your assessment requirements. In summary, for Stages 1 and 2 these will include: 

  1. Your complete listening log. This should represent a selection of your listening through the course, with comments included on approximately 40-50 pieces of music per course (corresponding to 8-10 pieces per assignment for courses with 5-6 assigments and 4-5 pieces per project for 10 project courses). See the Listening Log Guide for further details of what should be included and how to format your work.

    Your listening log will need to be presented on its own rather than as part of your learning log. This can either be as a document or in digital form. Please make sure your entries are correctly referenced, using information found in the Harvard Referencing Guide.

    If your listening log is in the form of a digital blog, you should include a single link with your submission to OCA Learn. Ensure that any listening log entries are contained within a separate menu area on your blog and clearly signposted. Assessors will not look through your full learning log in order to locate listening log entries, so please ensure the menu gives clear access to this part of your work.

    If your listening log is in a document format (e.g. PDF or Word), upload this to OCA Learn in full, either as a single document or divided into course parts. If your listening log is contained within your learning log, where possible, copy and paste your listening log entries into a separate document.

    If you have any concerns about presenting your listening log work separately from your learning log, contact the Programme Leader.

    Work should be typed and well organised. Any PDFs, photographs or scans should be compiled into files corresponding to each part of the course, with one file for each part of the course. Please do not submit a separate document or link for each individual page of your listening log. 

  2. A selection of learning log entries. You should make a selection of work from your learning log work which best demonstrates how you have met the learning outcomes of the course. See the Learning Log Selection Template document for guidance on how to present your work.

    Compile your selection into a single document or blog post, organised by learning outcome. Underneath each of the learning outcomes you should provide links to 2 or 3 blog posts or insert the full text of 2 or 3 learning log entries, with a brief summary of how your chosen entry demonstrates that you have met the learning outcomes. If you are uploading files (rather than linking to blog posts), make sure the files are compiled into a single document and clearly labelled by learning outcome, course part and exercise number.

    Any score-based work forming part of your learning log selection should be presented either in Sibelius or Dorico format and labelled according to the corresponding Learning Outcome or embedded within your blog or document as a PDF with accompanying audio file.

  3. A selection of creative work. This is your choice of any three assignment outcomes from across the course. You may select work from any assignment, unless otherwise specified in the course-level information below. Ensure that your selection is clear and that your files are clearly labelled (eg: Creative Work 1: Assignment 3 Final), and you should include a rationale for your choice.


    Do not submit all five or ten assignments; ensure you are making a selection and only submitting the correct number. You should also include a document summarising the changes you have made to your assignments based on the feedback you have received, and send the original and final versions of each chosen assignment.

    Written assignments should be submitted in Word or PDF format and score-based work in Sibelius or Dorico format; do not submit links to assignment work on an online blog. No other formats will be assessed.

    Specific course-level requirements for new 3x3 units:

    MU5DSS Developing Specialisms (2.1) - ensure that your selection of creative work contains at least one piece of work from each of your two pathways. The third can come from either pathway at your choice.

    MU5EPE Exploring Practice (2.3) - you should submit two examples of work from your principal study and one from your second study.


  4. Any written elements such as critical reviews. For HE5 teach-out music course units only: your work for Assignment 6 should be submitted in addition to your choice of three assignment outcomes from assignments 1 to 5. This will usually be a 2000 word Critical Review or Reflective Commentary, depending on the course unit you are submitting.

    For the new 3x3 units: 

    Each course has a critical review which should be submitted in addition to your selection of creative work. This should be submitted in Word or PDF format and not embedded in a blog.

  5. A reflective presentation or evaluation. This will be an opportunity to introduce your work to the assessors, to reflect on the work you have produced and on the process of preparing for assessment. Your presentation can be a short video, powerpoint, or written piece. It should be 6 minutes or 750 words long; please ensure that you adhere to the word count and use the space available to guide the assessors through your submission.

  6. Your tutor reports for all of the assignments and any annotations your tutor has made on your work. 
IMPORTANT NOTES:
You cannot submit the same piece of work in more than one area of your assessment submission, so please ensure there is no overlap , for example between learning log selections and the listening log.

Any missing or incorrectly presented work will result in a mark of zero at assessment. It is your responsibility to ensure that your submission is complete, in the correct format, and submitted in the assessment area for your course on OCA Learn. If you have any questions, concerns or doubts during your preparation for assessment, please contact your tutor or the Programme Leader (by email or via the forum spaces on OCA Learn) who will be very happy to help. Look out too for the assessment drop-ins on Zoom which will provide an opportunity to ask any questions which arise.

Stage 3 submissions 

For Stage 3 courses there is some variation to the list above to accommodate the specific needs of each course. For all courses you will submit your project plan, along with a selection of learning log entries to show how you have met the learning outcomes of each course, a reflective commentary and your tutor reports. Additionally, you will submit the following:

  1. Contextual Studies - extended piece of written work or dissertation (5000 words) 
  2. Major Project - portfolio of creative work lasting 20-25 minutes and your complete listening log
  3. Sustaining your Practice - complete listening log and a selection of Creative work including a review of any public presentation (500 words)

Additional advice for Music students 

Score-based work - Ensure that you follow the guidance in terms of file formats and presentation. All score-based assignment work must be submitted in Sibelius or Dorico format. If you do not submit your scores in this format, it is likely to result in an incomplete submission. If you have mitigating circumstances which mean you are unable to submit your work in the correct format, please contact the Programme Leader and the Assessment Team as soon as possible. 

Score-based work forming part of your learning log selection should be presented either in Sibelius or Dorico format and labelled according to the corresponding Learning Outcome or may be embedded within your blog or document as a PDF with accompanying audio file (NB the use of blogs for score-based work only applies to Learning Log selections and not to assignment work).

Please ensure that any third party software settings (eg Note Performer) are removed from your score before submitting. If you wish to include an mp3 recording of your score using live performers or sample libraries you may do so, but please ensure it is clearly labelled with your name, student number and assignment number. 10 Course Guide for assessment of Music units 

Software versions 

OCA staff have access to the most recent versions of Sibelius and Dorico, so you should submit your work in the version that you are using. However, if you have been exporting your files to an earlier version for submission to your tutor, you may opt to submit these exports along with PDF versions of your final scores to demonstrate your intended layout and to mitigate against any changes created by the software export. If you choose to do this, ensure your reasons are clearly explained within your submission, and that you are still sending your work in Sibelius/Dorico format. 

File Formats 

All written work should be submitted in Word or PDF format only. No other formats will be accepted. If your written assignment work is on your blog, please ensure that you submit Word or PDF versions for assessment. We cannot accept Zip files in the submission, so please check that any zipped folders uploaded to OCA Learn are fully unzipped before submitting. If you need help with this, contact techsupport@oca.ac.uk Any files still zipped after submission will not be marked so please check this carefully. 

File Structure and Labelling your work 

Where possible, you should organise your assessment submission using a folder structure, with a separate folder for each of the assessment components - i.e. Listening & Learning Logs, Assignments, Selected Log Entries, Critical Review (where applicable), Reflection and Tutor Reports. If this is not possible for any reason, you should ensure that all of the work you submit is clearly labelled using a logical file system. 

Label your work according to the assessment requirements - as outlined below: 

  • Listening Log - either a blog link or Listening Log (complete) or divided into parts: Listening Log Part 1 Listening Log Part 2 Listening Log Part 3 etc.  
  • Selected Learning Log Entries - provide one document labelled Selected Log Entries and any additional Sibelius/Dorico files labelled by LO number.
  • Creative Work - Name your files by their original Assignment Number and mark them as original or final. Include a commentary on the changes you have made, labelled Commentary on Revisions 
  • Critical Review/Reflective Commentary - (HE5 only) - Label as Assignment 6 
  • Reflective presentation/evaluation - Label as Reflection 
  • Tutor Reports - Ensure these are clearly labelled by Assignment Number. 
Reflective Evaluation 

Your reflection can be presented as a 750-word document or a 6-minute video. This is to allow your voice to be heard in the assessment process, so use it to introduce yourself and your work to the assessors, and to give insights into your learning journey through the course. You can approach this in any way that feels appropriate to you, for example by focussing on the learning outcomes of the course and demonstrating what you have learned, or by introducing the core elements of your submission and discussing the challenges you overcame. Whatever approach you decide to take, try to use this part of your submission to show your development over the course, and where you see your work leading in the future. Share your passions, successes and inspirations, your aims and aspirations, and how your work over the course unit you have just completed has contributed to this. Feel free to ask your tutor or Programme Leader for advice if you’re not sure how to approach this. 

Word Counts and Durations 

Many of your assignment tasks come with a word count or duration. Word counts include all of the content within the main body of an essay (including quotes, references and captions) but do not include any footnotes, appendices or the reference list/bibliography at the end of the document. Ensure that the word count is noted at the end of the main text. Students are advised to contact their tutor before adding lengthy appendices or other peripherals to essay-based work.

Where the word count/duration is presented as a range (e.g. 2-3 minutes or 500-750 words) you must ensure that any work you are submitting fits within this range. For fixed numbers - e.g. 1500 words or 4 minutes - we will allow a leeway of 10% on either side of the limit. If your work falls short of this (-10%), it is likely that you have not provided a full enough response to the assignment brief and this may impact on your mark. If your work exceeds the word limit (+10%), the assessors will stop reading your work at the threshold point, and will only consider the work presented within the guidelines. This may mean that key points of your argument (such as the conclusion) are lost, which could have an impact on your mark.

Music 1: Composing Music (MU4CPM)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate an understanding of the common and less familiar forms of music composition
  2. LO2 compose both melodic and percussion pieces and present them in a computer-typeset form using appropriate notation conventions
  3. LO3 write counterpoint in two or three parts
  4. LO4 demonstrate an ability to reflect upon, read and hear the work of established composers in written form and to reflect upon your own learning experience

Music 1: Stylistic Techniques (MU4SYT)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of harmony and conventions of notation
  2. LO2 recognise and describe musical organisation and style in music from different historical eras
  3. LO3 analyse written scores and understand their methods of construction
  4. LO4 demonstrate an ability to read the work of established composers in written form, enhanced listening skills and an ability to reflect upon your own learning experience

Music 1: From the Present to the Past (MU4PTP)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 recognise a range of repertoire from different eras and demonstrate an understanding of historical concepts of western art (classical) music from Renaissance to the present day, in terms of its exponents and major developments
  2. LO2 demonstrate an understanding of the relevant forms and modes of communicating musical information, including textual, aural and electronic
  3. LO3 demonstrate a basic understanding of the sociological aspects of musical performance
  4. LO4 express your own opinions and preferences and reflect upon your own learning experience

Music 2: Moving on with Composition (MU5MWC)

Learning Outcomes 

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate complex rhythmic, melodic and harmonic ideas by using them in your own compositions using various accompaniment styles and contrapuntal techniques
  2. LO2 demonstrate an understanding of the ranges and techniques of composing for orchestral instruments through appropriate use in your own compositions supported by relevant research
  3. LO3 compose pieces for orchestra analysing and drawing inspiration from the scores and performances of the works of other composers
  4. LO4 articulate an extended knowledge of the evolution and styles of music in a critical review and reflect on how your development of knowledge has influenced and enhanced your own compositional work
  5. LO5 present correctly notated scores using appropriate software

Music 2: Orchestration and Arrangement (MU5ORA)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 orchestrate material for a range of instrumental groupings demonstrating appropriate use of the range and techniques of each instrument
  2. LO2 arrange existing material for different instruments, including making piano reductions of ensemble works
  3. LO3 recognise and write about styles of orchestration by established composers and reflect on how your research has developed your own skills
  4. LO4 present your work using conventions of notation and score layout using appropriate software, and reflect critically on your own learning

Music 2: Instruments and Repertoire (MU5IRA)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate an understanding of interpretation through listening and the written score and reflect critically on the performances of others as well as on your own opinions
  2. LO2 communicate your knowledge of repertoire through writing programme notes
  3. LO3 understand the issues surrounding historical performance and performance practice
  4. LO4 demonstrate an understanding of the changing role of performance in society
  5. LO5 demonstrate your knowledge of how repertoire and instruments have developed through history

Music 3: Major Project (MU6MPR)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 produce convincing musical products that communicate your intentions, using accomplished techniques in complex and unfamiliar environments, with minimal supervision from your tutor
  2. LO2 demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of your area of specialisation and be able to situate your own work within a larger context of practice in your field
  3. LO3 transform theoretical concepts and ideas into musical forms and integrate them in your work
  4. LO4 critically review your own work and evaluate it against desired outcomes
  5. LO5 demonstrate management, leadership and communication skills and have deployed them during the negotiation and production of the final body of work with your tutor and third parties

Music 3: Contextual Studies (MU6CTX)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 undertake research and study which demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of your area of specialisation and build a theoretical framework for your creative practice
  2. LO2 synthesise and articulate critical, contextual and conceptual knowledge and understanding into a coherent critique of advanced academic standard
  3. LO3 apply criteria of judgement, review, criticise and take responsibility for your own work with minimum guidance
  4. LO4 select and apply information management skills and use appropriate technology in the production of an accomplished critique with minimal supervision

Music 3: Sustaining your Practice (MU6SYP)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the professional context(s) relevant to your practice and have an understanding of the professional dimensions that underpin a successful music career
  2. LO2 coherently present a body of work, making creative presentation decisions that complement your subject and/or your artistic strategies, reflect critically on your work and on the work of other practitioners
  3. LO3 operate in complex commercial contexts requiring the application of specific interpersonal, professional and business skills within an ethical framework
  4. LO4 independently disseminate your body of work by establishing relationships and networks with audiences, clients and markets
  5. LO5 confidently engage a public audience with your practice and analyse, review and evaluate information relevant to your practice, identifying opportunities for professional development

Painting guidance

New BA (Hons) Painting units: 

  1. Painting 1.1: Drawing for Painting (PT4DFP)
  2. Painting 2.1: Ideas Lab (PT5ILB)
  3. Painting 3.1: Practice and Research (PT6PAR)

Teach Out BA (Hons) Painting units: 

  1. Painting 1: The Practice of Painting (PT4POP) 
  2. Painting 1: Understanding Painting Media (PT4UPM) 
  3. Drawing 1: Drawing Skills (DR4DRS) 
  4. Printmaking 1: Introduction to Printmaking (PM4PMI) 
  5. Sculpture 1: Starting out in 3D (SC4SCL)
  6. Visual Studies 1: Creative Arts Today (CA4CAT) 
  7. Visual Studies 1: Understanding Visual Culture (AH4UVC)
  8. Painting 2: Studio Practice (PT5STP) 
  9. Painting 2: Exploring Media (PT5EXM) 
  10. Drawing 2: Investigating Drawing (DR5DRA)
  11. Painting 3: Major Project (PT6MPR) 
  12. Painting 3: Contextual Studies (PH6CTS) 
  13. Painting 3: Sustaining Your Practice (PT6SYP)

Assessment requirements

When considering the learning outcomes for your course unit, it is important to know what you are being asked to submit. These are known as your assessment requirements. In summary, these will include: 

  1. A selection of entries from your learning log. These should evidence the connections between your coursework and the learning outcomes. 
  2. A selection of creative work. This should be a portfolio or other presentation of your final or strongest pieces. You should present good quality images of your portfolio in a way that enables assessors to see the work clearly and in a way that makes it clear which art works are to be considered as your portfolio. This can be a set of Jpegs, a PDF document or a set of Google slides. For some three dimensional, large scale or heavily textured work, you may wish to present a short video as documentation. Do not write across the front of the paintings. You may wish to provide a subfolder or other secondary submission with details of surface or brushwork, however a good image can easily be enlarged to view details. You should also submit uncropped versions of your images in a separate subfolder. Please ensure where possible that your images are titled to include dimensions and materials, or that a checklist is provided with those details.
  3. Any written elements such as critical reviews. This should include any required essay, review or report elements. 
  4. A reflective presentation or evaluation. This will be an opportunity to reflect on your learning experiences as a whole. It can take the form of a presentation, short video, or a written piece, and should be no longer than 6 minutes or 750 words.

Additional advice for Painting students 

Advice for painting course units at HE4 

  • Choose 8 to 12 entries from your learning log that reference your learning outcomes (2 or 3 entries per learning outcome). These might include examples from sketchbooks. 
  • Choose 6 to 10 pieces of creative work.
  • There are no assessed written elements for PT4POP. The 500-word essay on a specific painting medium is required for submission for PT4UPM. The 1000-word critical review is required for submission for PT4DFP. You will need to submit written elements for a plagiarism check in advance in line with the Submitting your work guidance.
  • Your reflective presentation or evaluation can draw evidence from your wider log, sketchbook and studio experience to give assessors a clear message about your learning experience. Remember – don’t narrate – evaluate!
Advice for painting course units at HE5 

  • Select 8 to 12 entries from your learning log to complement your submission of creative work and reference your learning outcomes (2 or 3 entries per learning outcome). HE5 is a place where you are asked to travel in two directions simultaneously. On the one hand you are exposing yourself to new ideas, processes and possibilities, and on the other you are starting to build a personal practice and inhabit it in a deeply significant way. Your log entries can demonstrate that productive tension constructively but your selection should present a narrative of evaluation and critique which clearly shows you making sense of your own learning journey through engaging with complex ideas (LO2). Through your learning log we would like to see some evidence of your studio process; for example sketchbook work, preparatory work, or site visits. Use the most effective documentation for you as a practitioner. 
  • Select 6 to 10 pieces of creative work from across your coursework. Remember to choose your best work here. This is not the place to illustrate improvement by including lesser work. Select your strongest paintings from wherever they appear in your coursework. Consider trying to present a coherent portfolio that demonstrates a developing ability to connect your understanding and synthesise it into your work.  
  • You will be submitting your critical review, so follow the Submitting your work guidance.
  • Your reflective presentation or evaluation can draw evidence from your wider log, sketchbook and studio experience to give assessors a clear message about your learning experience. Be specific and back up your assertions. For example, don’t say “I have been strongly creative and taken many risks” – show that by describing your journey and process with confidence. 
Advice for painting course units at HE6

Major Project

  • Select 8 to 12 entries from your learning log that support your submission of creative work (2 or 3 entries per learning outcome). 
  • Present a body of creative work from across your coursework. Remember that the goal here is the production of an ambitious and focussed body of work at an accomplished standard. 
  • Your reflective presentation or evaluation can draw evidence from your wider log, sketchbook and studio experience to give assessors a clear message about your learning experience. Be specific and back up your assertions. For example, don’t say “I have been strongly creative and taken many risks” – show that by describing your journey and process with confidence. 
Contextual Study
 

  • Select 8 to 12 entries from your learning log that demonstrate your research practice relative to the learning outcomes (2 or 3 entries per learning outcome). 
  • Submit your project proposal (1000 words)
  • Submit your extended essay (5000 words) following the Submitting your work guidance. 
Sustaining Your Practice

  • Select 8 to 12 entries from your learning log that support your submission of your creative practice and final presentation of work (2 or 3 entries per learning outcome). 
  • Present an ambitious and highly focused body of work to exhibition standard 
  • Submit your conclusive essay and any associated exhibition ephemera 
Documenting and presenting your work

It is useful for assessors to see each piece in your portfolio as a cropped image and as uncropped. This helps us see how you have managed to work with the composition. If you have presented the work in such a way that we can easily zoom into a photograph then this is all we need. If you feel you need to show extra detail, please submit that in a subfolder and with a number of details. Imagine the assessor stepping away from your work or moving closer in to look at it. 


We suggest you:
  1. Photograph your chosen piece to include a little bit of the background. 
  2. Make a copy of that photo and crop it to remove the background. 
  3. Then photograph up to 4 areas of the piece you think would be useful to see close up if required. 
  4. Save the cropped image into your portfolio folder as a Jpeg, or as part of a pdf or slideshow. Save the remainder (uncropped and any details) into a subfolder titled to connect it to the main image (for example: subfolder 1). 
Some works (for example installations) are better experienced digitally through video. You could look to make a video using your smartphone or a camera with a recording feature. For example, you could film a walk through of the installation, honing in on important aspects, or video surfaces. Decide if this video is the main image (portfolio), or additional information (subfolder).

Painting 1.1: Drawing for Painting (PT4DFP)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 experiment with a wide range of drawing media.
  2. LO2 demonstrate a range of skills and techniques in drawing.
  3. LO3 develop critical thinking and research skills.
  4. LO4 articulate an awareness of the potential contexts of drawing within a painting practice and reflect on your own learning experience.

Painting 1.2: What Paint Does (PT4WPD)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 explore a range of painting media techniques. 
  2. LO2 use a range of techniques to develop your own practice. 
  3. LO3 demonstrate research into visual ideas using a range of sources. 
  4. LO4 understand the historical and contemporary contexts that inform your practice.

Painting 2.1: Ideas Lab (PT5ILB)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 hold an informed and well-articulated personal position on a range of themes around contemporary art practice as a socio-political entity.
  2. LO2 work semi autonomously as a painter to direct your own independent material and textual research through critical and creative thinking.
  3. LO3 evaluate and synthesise key concerns of your field in terms of their relevance to your practice.
  4. LO4 present your own research using appropriate methods within an academic framework.

Painting 2.2: How Paintings Work (PT5HPW)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 hold an informed and well-articulated personal position on a range of themes around historical and contemporary art practice. 
  2. LO2 work semi autonomously as a painter to direct your own independent material and textual research through critical and creative thinking. 
  3. LO3 use group learning and peer networks to further your understanding of the course content. 
  4. LO4 present your own research using appropriate methods within an academic framework.

Painting 3.1: Practice and Research (PT6PAR)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 Examine your emerging practice through a considered body of self-directed work.
  2. LO2 Apply relevant research methods and subject knowledge to test, inform, and develop your work.
  3. LO3 Present informed connections between your research and practice interests.
  4. LO4 Articulate your creative ideas and critical thinking using suitable communication methods.

Painting 3.2: Site, Audience and Context (PT6SAC)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 design one or more projects that engage with external partners. 
  2. LO2 create opportunities with external partners that support your emerging practice. 
  3. LO3 synthesise contextual studies with personal practice to create a new body of work. 
  4. LO4 produce material that communicates your new knowledge and understanding.

Painting 1: The Practice of Painting (PT4POP)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 explore and employ key processes for drawing and painting
  2. LO2 explore a range of media to create visual work
  3. LO3 begin to understand how historical and contemporary painters and artistic movements can and have informed your own practice
  4. LO4 reflect on your own learning experience

Painting 1: Understanding Painting (PT4UPM) Media

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 explore a range of painting media techniques
  2. LO2 use a range of techniques to develop your own practice
  3. LO3 demonstrate research into visual ideas using a broad range of sources
  4. LO4 understand the historical and contemporary contexts that inform your practice

Painting 2: Studio Practice (PT5STP)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate a rigorous engagement with painting skills
  2. LO2 communicate complex ideas through your practice
  3. LO3 evidence your engagement with experimentation through your practice
  4. LO4 situate, reflect and critique developments in painting since 1900s and reflect on your own learning

Painting 2: Exploring Media (PT5EXM)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate a rigorous engagement with a range of techniques and materials
  2. LO2 communicate complex ideas through your practice
  3. LO3 evidence experimentation in your practice and reflect on your own learning experience
  4. LO4 position, reflect and critique historical and contemporary contexts that inform your practice

Painting 2: Concepts in Practice (PT5CIP)

Learning Outcomes 

  1. LO1 develop a body of work that is rigorous in its engagement with both conceptual and practical skills 
  2. LO2 demonstrate how research has informed your practice 
  3. LO3 evidence your engagement with experimentation through your practice 
  4. LO4 situate, reflect and critique on contemporary fine art practices and reflect on your own learning

Painting 2: Mixed Media (PT5MXM)

Learning outcomes

  1. LO1 Demonstrate through practical exercises experimentation with a wide range of techniques and materials 
  2. LO2 Demonstrate the ability to use a broad range of techniques and to offer highly experimental and personal responses to personal work 
  3. LO3 Research visual ideas from a wide range of sources and develop these ideas through a critical review and art practice 
  4. LO4 Participate in the direction and design of your own learning experience.

Painting 3: Major Project (PT6MPR)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 deploy, with minimal guidance, accomplished technical and practical skills in painting
  2. LO2 select and combine appropriate methods and materials to carry complex ideas through into resolved, rigorous practice
  3. LO3 demonstrate a clear visual language with a high level of individuality and inventiveness
  4. LO4 produce an ambitious and focused body of work at an accomplished standard
  5. LO5 demonstrate complex knowledge and broad ranging understanding of a range of painting and its contemporary cultural context

Painting 3: Contextual Studies (PT6CTS)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate a coherent and increasingly detailed understanding of subject knowledge, informed by recent practical and textual research into Contemporary Fine Art/Painting disciplines
  2. LO2 use appropriate research methodologies, to produce an illustrated text relating to concepts and contexts relevant to your chosen subject
  3. LO3 analyse, evaluate, and synthesise ideas from appropriate primary and secondary research sources
  4. LO4 construct a coherent written argument, critical review or investigation that informs and is informed by your personal visual language

Painting 3: Sustaining your Practice (PT6SYP)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit the student will be able to:
  1. LO1 deploy technical and practical skills in painting, the works themselves demonstrating a clear, resolved visual language and confidence
  2. LO2 demonstrate clarity of personal goals, appropriate professional development with understanding of audience
  3. LO3 complete an ambitious and highly focused body of work to exhibition standard
  4. LO4 demonstrate sound artistic and professional judgment in the selection of works for display and associated documentation
  5. LO5 demonstrate a thorough knowledge of a range of historic and contemporary approaches to making and showing paintings

Photography guidance

New BA (Hons) Photography units:

Teach Out BA (Hons) Photography units:

Assessment requirements

When considering the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for your course unit, it is important to know what you are being asked to submit. These are known as your assessment requirements. These will typically include:

  1. Learning Log entries All levels - Submitting between 2 to 3 learning log entries for each learning outcome. HE6 Contextual Studies unit - If you are on an earlier version of the course unit where you may have used a research folder rather than a learning log, please submit selected extracts from your research folder in place of learning log entries (which can be scanned or typed up) in order to show how you've met the learning outcomes. 
  2. Creative Work
    HE4/HE5 level
    - Selecting three assignment outcomes (excluding critical reviews/essays) or pieces of creative work. These assignment outcomes/pieces of creative work would typically constitute a series of photographs, but depending on how you have approached an assignment brief or course exercise, it could be a video outcome, an installation, an photographic artefact or other piece of digital media. It’s up to you to discern what your strongest outcomes on the course unit have been, not to select the ‘best images’ from across all of the series’ you have produced. 
    HE6 Body of Work unit - Submitting your body of work
    HE6 Sustaining your Practice unit - Submitting your developed body of work
  3. Critical reviews
    All levels
     - Submit any critical review/essay from your course unit. Where relevant, include (and label clearly) a first draft and tutor annotations (if your tutor has done this) with your final critical review/essay.
    HE6 Contextual Studies unit - Submit your extended written piece. You are also advised to include your Assignment Two: Literature Review and Proposal (and, if appropriate, comment on any ways you may have since departed from what was originally proposed). 
  4. Reflective presentation/evaluation All levels - Your reflective presentation or evaluation will also help assessors to navigate your submission. If you choose to include images of your work in this, we suggest roughly 10 to 12 images. This could help you to visually connect your reflections to your work. If you choose to present this as video, you can keep this very simple using a mobile phone or laptop— it could show you speaking about, or even handling, your work, you could use this to show aspects of scale, texture, physicality of materials or process.

Guidance on Academic misconduct, plagiarism and use of Artificial Intelligence (AI):

Ensure you consult the Academic misconduct policy for guidance. 

Additional OCA resources to documenting work

What if … I can’t go outside to photograph by Andrea Norrington

Experimenting with Physical Formats and Tactile Processes to Demonstrate Critical Thinking by Rachel Smith

Discussing and Sharing the Tactile Qualities of Work by Rebecca Fairley

Student Work: video-documentary of site-based work by Bryn Davies

Photography and digital assessment— a wider picture by Dan Robinson

Photography 1.1: Approaching Photography (PH4APH)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 Explore a broad range of image making practices in photography.
  2. LO2 Apply a range of technical and visual skills within your photographic work.
  3. LO3 Recognise that photographic images carry messages and communicate ideas.
  4. LO4 Identify and respond to different ideas and contexts relevant to your understanding of photographic practice.

NB: When it comes to formal assessment, consult the Plagiarism checks guidance (for how to submit an essay for a routine plagiarism check as part of the submission process).

Photography 1.2: Practice and Process (PH4PPC)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 Explore opportunities for creative experimentation within your practice. 
  2. LO2 Test and develop your ideas using a process-based approach. 
  3. LO3 Describe and reflect upon a range of practices and processes used within contemporary photographic practice and begin to identify where your interests may lie. 
  4. LO4 Produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates creative experimentation and curiosity.

Photography 2.1: Challenging Genres (PH5CGG)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 Compare the theoretical features, characteristics and histories of different photographic genres.
  2. LO2 Deconstruct a given genres’ conventions and create visual material informed by that knowledge.
  3. LO3 Produce new visual work informed by your research.
  4. LO4 Analyse the wider global contexts surrounding contemporary image making.

Photography 2.2: Ethics and Representation (PH5EAR)

Learning Outcomes
 
On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 Examine relevant ethical and professional considerations of image making in a global context. 
  2. LO2 Compare and contrast ethical approaches to image making. 
  3. LO3 Outline a personal understanding of the ethics of representation. 
  4. LO4 Critique photographic work that challenges dominant western visual narratives and histories.

Photography 3.1: Practice and Research (PH6PAR)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 Examine your emerging practice through a considered body of self-directed work.
  2. LO2 Apply relevant research methods and subject knowledge to test, inform, and develop your work.
  3. LO3 Present informed connections between your research and practice interests.
  4. LO4 Articulate your creative ideas and critical thinking using suitable communication methods.

Photography 3:2 Context and Audience (PH6CAA)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 Design one or more projects that engage with external partners. 
  2. LO2 Create opportunities with external partners that support your emerging practice. 
  3. LO3 Synthesise contextual studies with personal practice to create a new body of work. 
  4. LO4 Produce material that communicates your new knowledge and understanding.

Photography 1: Expressing Your Vision (PH4EYV)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate an understanding of photographic techniques and image making
  2. LO2 present a selected body of photographic work
  3. LO3 develop and communicate your ideas as a photographer
  4. LO4 demonstrate a critical and contextual understanding of photography and reflect on your own learning

Photography 1: Context and Narrative (PH4CAN)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit you will:
  1. LO1 create images that demonstrate a practical and conceptual understanding of techniques, and the importance of context in creating meaning and narrative
  2. LO2 demonstrate an emerging critical awareness and an ability to articulate ideas into imagery through appropriate use of technique
  3. LO3 conduct research, development and production of photographic work in response to the themes explored in this unit and show a developing understanding of contemporary imagery in relation to historical practice and theory
  4. LO4 show an ability to critique your own imagery and reflect upon your learning experience, and developing sophistication of your assessment of the work of other practitioners

NB: When it comes to formal assessment, consult the Plagiarism checks guidance (for how to submit an essay for a routine plagiarism check as part of the submission process).

Photography 1: Identity and Place (PH4IAP)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit you will:
  1. LO1 demonstrate an ability to make technically accomplished photographic work and apply technique purposefully and appropriately
  2. LO2 be able to translate ideas into visual outcomes with confidence and autonomy
  3. LO3 show a developed critical understanding of contemporary practice in relation to historical practice and theory, and the themes explored in this unit
  4. LO4 be able to reflect upon your own work and that of others with increasing confidence and criticality

Photography 2: Landscape, Place and Environment (PH5LPE) - also includes Photography 2: Landscape (PH5LDS)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate detailed knowledge of visual and conceptual strategies in landscape photography, the representation of place and be able to explore your own critical photographic projects
  2. LO2 demonstrate an awareness of the wider social and cultural contexts that surround the representation of place, and be able to discuss relevant ethical perspectives in relation to your own practice
  3. LO3 explore and realise a range of ideas and creative starting points, and exercise judgement in the production of visual material
  4. LO4 manage learning resources, conduct self-directed contextual and visual research, and be able to appraise your progress with increasing confidence
  5. LO5 demonstrate increasing autonomy and a developing personal voice, and exercise your communication skills confidently and interact effectively within a learning group

Photography 2: Documentary Fact and Fiction (PH5DFF) - also includes Photography 2: Documentary (PH5DOC)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate detailed knowledge of visual and conceptual strategies in documentary practice and be able to explore your own critical documentary photographic projects
  2. LO2 demonstrate an awareness of the wider social and cultural contexts in which documentary photography operates and be able to discuss relevant ethical perspectives in relation to your own practice
  3. LO3 explore and realise a range of ideas and creative starting points, and exercise judgement in the production of visual material
  4. LO4 manage learning resources, conduct self-directed contextual and visual research, and be able to appraise your progress with increasing confidence
  5. LO5 demonstrate increasing autonomy and a developing personal voice, and exercise your communication skills confidently and interact effectively within a learning group

Photography 2: Digital Image and Culture (PH5DIC)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of technical and visual skills through a portfolio of digital photographic practice
  2. LO2 demonstrate how research has informed your digital photographic practice
  3. LO3 demonstrate how experimentation has informed your digital photographic practice
  4. LO4 situate, reflect and critique photographic practices and reflect on your own learning

Photography 2: Self and the Other (PH5STO)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate detailed knowledge of visual and conceptual strategies in the representation of people and cultures and be able to explore your own critical photographic projects
  2. LO2 demonstrate an awareness of the wider social and cultural contexts that surround the representation of cultures and identity, and be able to discuss relevant ethical perspectives in relation to your own practice
  3. LO3 explore and realise a range of ideas and creative starting points, and exercise judgement in the production of visual material
  4. LO4 manage learning resources, conduct self-directed contextual and visual research, and be able to appraise your progress with increasing confidence
  5. LO5 increasing autonomy and a developing personal voice, and exercise your communication skills confidently and interact effectively within a learning group

Photography 3: Body of Work (PH6BOW)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 produce convincing visual products that communicate your intentions, using accomplished techniques in complex and unfamiliar environments, with minimal supervision from your tutor
  2. LO2 demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of your area of specialisation and be able to situate your own work within a larger context of practice in your field
  3. LO3 transform abstract concepts and ideas into rich narratives and integrate them in your images
  4. LO4 critically review your own work and evaluate it against desired outcomes
  5. LO5 demonstrate management, leadership and communication skills and have deployed them during the negotiation and production of the final body of work with your tutor and third parties

Photography 3: Contextual Studies (PH6CTS)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit you will be expected to have:
  1. LO1 undertaken research and study demonstrating comprehensive knowledge of your area of specialisation and built a theoretical framework for your creative practice
  2. LO2 synthesised and articulated your critical, contextual and conceptual knowledge and understanding into a coherent critique of advanced academic standard
  3. LO3 applied your own criteria of judgement, reviewed, criticised and taken responsibility for your own work with minimum guidance
  4. LO4 selected and applied information management skills and used appropriate technology in the production of an accomplished critique with minimal supervision

Photography 3: Sustaining Your Practice (PH6SYP)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the professional context(s) relevant to your practice and have an understanding of the professional dimensions that underpin a successful photographic practice
  2. LO2 coherently present a body of work, making creative presentation decisions that complement your subject and/or your artistic strategies
  3. LO3 operate in complex commercial contexts requiring the application of specific interpersonal, professional and business skills within an ethical framework
  4. LO4 independently disseminate your body of work by establishing relationships and networks with audiences, clients and markets
  5. LO5 confidently engage a public audience with your practice and analyse, review and evaluate information relevant to your practice, identifying opportunities for professional development

Printmaking guidance

Printmaking units: 

  1. Printmaking 1: Introduction to Printmaking (PM4PMI)
  2. Printmaking 2: Developing Your Style (PM5DYS)

Assessment requirements

When considering the learning outcomes for your course unit, it is important to know what you are being asked to submit. These are known as your assessment requirements. In summary, these will include: 

  1. A selection of learning log entries evidencing the connections between your coursework and learning outcomes. 
  2. A selection of creative work, such as a portfolio, or other presentation of your final or strongest pieces. 
  3. Any critical reviews, essays, or other written reports. 
  4. A reflective presentation or evaluation reflecting on your work and learning journey as a whole. This will either take the form of a 6 minute presentation, or a 750 word written evaluation. 
  5. Your tutor reports. You should have received five or six reports, depending upon your course unit, from your tutor.

Additional advice for Printmaking students 

At HE4

  • Please provide between 2 to 3 learning log entries for each learning outcome. Try to include sketchbook work and the journey of how you developed your final pieces.
  • Aim to submit between 8 to 12 of your best works for presentation.  These can be selected from the outputs from each assignment: monoprints, relief prints, collotype block prints, and combination prints demonstrating experimentation. There is no need to send in examples of multiple editions, a single print in an edition will suffice.

At HE5

  • Please provide between 2 to 3 learning log entries for each learning outcome. Try to include sketchbook work and the journey of how you developed your final pieces. 
  • Refer to assignment 6 feedback when you will have discussed your ideas and how best to select and present your body of work. This can include selected outputs from each assignment: including landscape, abstract, chiaroscuro and portrait prints plus a print inspired by your memory. In total you should submit between 8 to 12 final pieces.
  • You are asked to submit your Parallel Project of between 1500 and 2000 words.

Printmaking 1: Introduction to Printmaking (PM4PMI)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate the use of drawing to develop your visual ideas
  2. LO2 use a range of printmaking techniques and media
  3. LO3 understand the historical and contemporary contexts that inform your work
  4. LO4 reflect upon your own learning experience

Printmaking 2: Developing Your Style (PM5PMD)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 develop a body of work that is rigorous in its engagement with conceptual and practical skills
  2. LO2 demonstrate how research has informed your practice
  3. LO3 evidence your engagement with experimentation through your practice
  4. LO4 situate, reflect and critique on the work and practices of printmakers and reflect on your own learning

Sculpture guidance

Sculpture units: 

  1. Sculpture 1: Starting Out in 3D (SC4SCL)
  2. Sculpture 2: Studio Practice (SC5STP)

Assessment requirements

When considering the learning outcomes for your course unit, it is important to know what you are being asked to submit. These are known as your assessment requirements. In summary, these will include: 

  1. A selection of learning log entries evidencing the connections between your coursework and learning outcomes. 
  2. A selection of creative work, such as a portfolio, or other presentation of your final or strongest pieces. 
  3. Any critical reviews, essays, or other written reports. 
  4. A reflective presentation or evaluation reflecting on your work and learning journey as a whole. This will either take the form of a 6 minute presentation, or a 750 word written evaluation. 
  5. Your tutor reports. You should have received five or six reports, depending upon your course unit, from your tutor.

Additional advice for Sculpture students 

At HE4

  • Please provide between 2 to 3 learning log entries for each learning outcome. Try to include sketchbook work and the journey of how you developed your final pieces. 
  • Aim to submit 8 to 12 of your best works for presentation. These can be selected from across the outputs of the course.

At HE5

  • Please provide between 2 to 3 learning log entries for each learning outcome. Try to include sketchbook work and the journey of how you developed your final pieces. 
  • Aim to submit between 10 to 12 final pieces of creative work from the following parts of the course:
    • A Proposal for a Public Sculpture 
    • Planes: Construction/Deconstruction
    • Organic Abstraction/Natural Form
    • The Monument Your own Content
    • Materials, Technique and Sculpture 
  • You are asked to submit a Critical Review of 2000 words.

Sculpture 1: Starting Out in 3D (SC4SCL)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 employ a range of techniques to investigate making sculpture
  2. LO2 demonstrate the appropriate use of construction techniques and materials in making contemporary sculpture
  3. LO3 Implement practical and conceptual ideas to creative problems that show evidence of imaginative responses to materials and media
  4. LO4 understand the historical and contemporary contexts that inform your work and reflect on your own learning experience

Sculpture 2: Studio Practice (SC5STP)

Learning Outcome

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 develop a body of work that is rigorous in its engagement with conceptual and practical skills
  2. LO2 demonstrate how research has informed your practice
  3. LO3 evidence your engagement with experimentation through your practice
  4. LO4 situate, reflect and critique on the work and practices of sculptors and reflect on your own learning

Textiles guidance

New BA (Hons) Textiles units:
  1. Textiles 1.1 Introducing Textile Practice (TX4ITP)
  2. Textiles 2.1 Contemporary Textile Crafts (TX5CTC)
  3. Textiles 3.1 Practice and Research (TX6PAR)

Teach Out BA (Hons) Textiles units:

  1. Textiles 1: A Textiles Vocabulary (TX4ATV)
  2. Textiles 1: Mixed Media for Textiles (TX4MMT)
  3. Textiles 1: Ideas and Processes (TX4IAP)
  4. Textiles 2: Contemporary Context (TX5CCX)
  5. Textiles 2: Contemporary Practice (TX5CTP)
  6. Textiles 3: Personal Specialism (TX6PER)
  7. Textiles 3: Research (TX6RES)
  8. Textiles 3: Sustaining Your Practice (TX6SYP)
Assessment requirements
When considering the learning outcomes for your course unit, it is important to know what you are being asked to submit. These are known as your assessment requirements. In summary, these will include:
  1. A selection of entries from your learning log. These should evidence the connections between your coursework and the learning outcomes. Select between 2 to 3 learning log entries for each learning outcome. 
  2. A selection of creative work. This should be a portfolio or other presentation of your final or strongest pieces. Select between 10 to 12 pieces of creative work.  
  3. Any written elements such as critical reviews. This should include any required essay, review or report elements.
  4. A reflective presentation or evaluation. This will be an opportunity to reflect on your learning experiences as a whole. It can take the form of a presentation, short video, or a written piece, and should be no longer than 6 minutes or 750 words.

Additional advice for Textiles students 

Selecting your Learning Log entries

You will identify suitable work to support your learning outcomes. For example the Textiles 1: A Textiles Vocabulary LO2 is; Illustrate the ability to explore the use of colour from different sources and using a range of media. This Learning Outcome links nicely with Part 3 of the course so aim to select a range of examples from this part as evidence. You may also feel that other sections of the course demonstrate your use of colour, in particular your yarn development and Part 5 where you build a final collection. You have some flexibility, so choose work you feel particularly demonstrates your ability to explore, colour, for example. 

We also suggest you make your selections with the Assessment Criteria in mind. You will find that one Learning Outcome will hit one or more of the Assessment Criteria. Continuing with the colour example, you will be looking to select work that demonstrates your technical and visual skills, demonstrates aspects of quality of outcome, aspects of, demonstration of creativity with a learning log entry that demonstrates your reflective skills. 

Documenting your physical textiles work

There are two facets to consider when documenting and recording your work for assessment submission. First of these is the visual aspects of your work using photography and/or film. The second is recording aspects not apparent in film and photography, and these will require you to describe the work using text and/or audio recording.  

To start this process we suggest you watch this short film Discussing and sharing the qualities of your work on WeAreOCA. The Programme Leader for Textiles, Rebecca Fairley, talks through the five key qualities you will want to share with the assessor. These are:

  • Materials and techniques
  • Visual qualities
  • Physical qualities
  • Scale
  • Feelings 

This can be done by either photographing the work with supporting text or making a short film like this or a combination of both. If you are submitting photographs ensure the text is with the image. Most, if not all of you, will have taken many photographs of your work as you have progressed through the course, so you may not need to take fresh ones for assessment. 

If you work with physical learning logs, sketchbooks, notebooks, or other preparatory work, then you will need to think about how you capture this digitally with the resources available to you. For example, by scanning, photographing, or videoing. The camera on your phone will be fine.

Try to keep your images steady by bracing yourself or using a tripod or ‘gorilla grip’ style flexible mount (for camera or phone), if available. You won’t need professional lighting but make sure you have a few sources of ordinary lighting, or ideally use daylight. It is a good idea to check your images, and retake if necessary. Remember that you are recording a selection, so you do not need to photograph everything.

Textiles 1.1 Introducing Textile Practice (TX4ITP)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 identify what is meant by arts-based research and ways to create it.
  2. LO2 apply a playful approach to textile techniques.
  3. LO3 find contextual research and begin to make use of it.
  4. LO4 recognise the value of reflective thinking and start to use it in a learning log.

Textiles 1.2 Investigating Textile Materials and Methods (TX4ITM)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 apply an exploratory and playful approach to a range of materials, mediums and methods. 
  2. LO2 employ creative practices that encourage risk taking and innovation. 
  3. LO3 discuss relevant contemporary and historical practices and practitioners. 
  4. LO4 record reflective thinking in relation to your textile sampling.

Textiles 2.1 Contemporary Textile Crafts (TX5CTC)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 construct experimental textile craft-based samples in a range of materials.
  2. LO2 demonstrate textile craft skills through sample making.
  3. LO3 examine historical and contemporary approaches to textile craft practice.
  4. LO4 recognise research methodologies used in creative practice.

Textiles 2.2 Future Focused Textile Practice (TX5FFT)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 investigate ways of producing thoughtful, sustainable and ethical textiles. 
  2. LO2 create textile samples that demonstrate skill and emerging personal aesthetic. 
  3. LO3 employ progressive textile practices into your sampling. 
  4. LO4 engage with methodologies that challenge and shape creative practice.

Textiles 3.1 Practice and Research (TX6PAR)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 examine your emerging practice through a considered body of self-directed work 
  2. LO2 apply relevant research methods and subject knowledge to test, inform, and develop your work
  3. LO3 present informed connections between your research and practice interests
  4. LO4 articulate your creative ideas and critical thinking using suitable communication methods.

Textiles 3.2 External Projects (TX6EXP)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 design one or more projects that engage with external partners. 
  2. LO2 create opportunities with external partners that support your emerging practice. 
  3. LO3 synthesise contextual studies with personal practice to create a new body of work. 
  4. LO4 produce material that communicates your new knowledge and understanding.

Textiles 1: A Textiles Vocabulary (TX4ATV)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 explore textile design ideas through researching archive textiles and observational drawing
  2. LO2 illustrate the ability to explore the use of colour from different sources and using a range of media
  3. LO3 illustrate understanding of a range of traditional and non-traditional yarn types and simple textile sampling
  4. LO4 reflect upon your own learning experience and the appropriateness of different approaches

Textiles 1: Mixed Media for Textiles (TX4MMT)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate use of a range of materials, medium and methods for developing design outcomes and exploring personal creativity
  2. LO2 illustrate skills and understanding of sample making and printmaking techniques as methods of developing textile design
  3. LO3 demonstrate skills in researching and analysing contemporary and historical artists and designers
  4. LO4 demonstrate skills in recording and reflecting upon design outcomes, evaluating sample making methods and printmaking techniques

Textiles 1: Ideas and Processes (TX4IAP)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate understanding of a broad spectrum of textile techniques to inspire creativity
  2. LO2 demonstrate skills in generating ideas through drawing and mark-making and textile techniques that illustrate a range of texture, tone, composition and line
  3. LO3 demonstrate basic skills in research, analysis and critical writing
  4. LO4 reflect and analyse your own personal development and creativity

Textiles 2: Contemporary Context (TX5CCX)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 creatively apply the principles of colour and trend forecasting to develop a range of new ideas for textiles in response to personal inspiration
  2. LO2 demonstrate creative design development within craft-based textiles and produce innovative solutions for product end-uses within set projects
  3. LO3 critically review the work of artists, designers, cultural influences and industry that have contributed to the development of contemporary textiles
  4. LO4 critically review your work against course aims and within the context of contemporary art and design

Textiles 2: Contemporary Practice (TX5CTP)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit you will:
  1. LO1 select and evaluate a range of textile media and techniques to develop innovative solutions to set projects and self-generated projects
  2. LO2 demonstrate a critical awareness of contemporary and emerging textile practitioners, understanding the diversity of textiles in both historical and cultural contexts
  3. LO3 demonstrate increasing independence in the execution of textile work and take greater responsibility for widening your own knowledge
  4. LO4 construct a written argument informed by investigative research

Textiles 3: Personal Specialism (TX6PER)

Learning Outcome

On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate the use of analysis and creative thinking in interpreting and responding to self-initiated and other projects
  2. LO2 show proficiency in using personal visual language and practical work to communicate ideas effectively
  3. LO3 show both the technical scope and a critical and contextual understanding of a chosen textile process or processes
  4. LO4 demonstrate the ability to develop ideas and sustain a project from its inception to final outcomes that take into account the audience and/or requirements of the client
  5. LO5 demonstrate an understanding of how your own work connects with market forces, commission work and/or exhibition opportunities for textile outcomes and within the context of contemporary art and design

Textiles 3: Research (TX6RES)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 analyse, evaluate, and synthesise ideas that relate to both theory and practice
  2. LO2 construct a written argument that informs and is informed by practical and visual investigations and focused upon areas of personal interest
  3. LO3 demonstrate a coherent and detailed understanding of subject knowledge and its context, some of which will be informed by recent research into textiles disciplines
  4. LO4 demonstrate the use of appropriate primary and secondary sources as part of a range of research methodologies, and produce a written body of work, relevant to chosen subject area, showing skills in documentation and presentation

Textiles 3: Sustaining Your Practice (TX6SYP)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 produce a body of work demonstrating a high level of visual aesthetic and technical understanding of the processes involved
  2. LO2 demonstrate specific knowledge and specialist understanding of the professional and contextual location of your practice
  3. LO3 undertake a major project in textiles that demonstrates a personal identity
  4. LO4 develop a personal promotional strategy, portfolio and/or other appropriate means of presenting your practice at a professional level

Visual Communications guidance

New BA (Hons) Visual Communications units:

  1. Visual Communications 1.1: Introducing Visual Communications (VC4IVC)
  2. Visual Communications 2.1: Understanding Visual Communications (VC5UVC)
  3. Visual Communications 3.1: Practice and Research (VC6PAR)

Teach Out BA (Hons) Visual Communications units:

  1. Visual Communications 1.1: Introducing Visual Communications (VC4IVC)
  2. Book Design 1: Creative Book Design (VC4CBD) 
  3. Drawing 1: Drawing Skills (DR4DRS) 
  4. Graphic Design 1: Core Concepts (VC4GDC) 
  5. Illustration 1: Illustration Sketchbooks (VC4ISK) 
  6. Illustration 1: Key Steps in Illustration (VC4KSI) 
  7. Photography 1: Expressing Your Vision (PH4EYV) 
  8. Printmaking 1: Introduction to Printmaking (PM4PMI) 
  9. Visual Communication 1: Graphic Fiction (VC4GRF) 
  10. Visual Studies 1: Creative Arts Today (CA4CAT)
  11. Visual Communications 2.1: Understanding Visual Communications (VC5UVC)
  12. Graphic Design 2: Working with a Client (VC5GRD) 
  13. Illustration 2: Responding to a brief (VC5ILL) 
  14. Drawing 2: Investigating Drawing (DR5DRA) 
  15. Printmaking 2: Developing your Style (PM5PMD)
  16. Visual Skills 2: Visual Exploration (VC5VEX)
  17. Visual Communications 3.1: Practice and Research (VC6PAR)
  18. Visual Communications 3: Advanced Practice (VC6ADP)
  19. Visual Communications 3: Visual Research (VC6RES)
  20. Visual Communications 3: Sustaining Your Practice (VC6SYP)
Assessment requirements

When considering the learning outcomes for your course unit, it is important to know what you are being asked to submit. These are known as your assessment requirements. In summary, these will include:

  1. A selection of entries from your learning log. These should evidence the connections between your coursework and the learning outcomes.
  2. A selection of creative work. This should be a portfolio or other presentation of your final or strongest pieces. You should aim to select 8 to 12 pieces of creative work.
  3. Any written elements such as critical reviews. This should include any required essay, review or report elements.
  4. A reflective presentation or evaluation. This will be an opportunity to reflect on your learning experiences as a whole. It can take the form of a presentation, short video, or a written piece, and should be no longer than 6 minutes or 750 words.

Visual Communications 1.1: Introducing Visual Communications (VC4IVC)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 develop creative methods and visual abilities to creatively respond to briefs as a visual communicator.
  2. LO2 demonstrate your use of visual research to research and generate ideas.
  3. LO3 use a range of drawing, image-making, design and technical skills to develop your visual communications practice.
  4. LO4 demonstrate a critical and contextual understanding of visual communications and reflect on your own learning.

Visual Communications 1.2: Exploring Visual Communications (VC4EVC)

Learning Outcomes
 
On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 use a range of drawing, image-making, design and technical skills to explore your visual communications practice. 
  2. LO2 demonstrate a critical and contextual understanding of visual communications and reflect on your own learning. 
  3. LO3 explore a range of creative methods and visual abilities to creatively respond to briefs as a visual communicator. 
  4. LO4 demonstrate your exploration of visual research to research and generate ideas.

Visual Communications 2.1: Understanding Visual Communications (VC5UVC)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 evidence your engagement with experimentation through your practice.
  2. LO2 demonstrate how research has informed your practice understanding.
  3. LO3 develop a body of work that is rigorous in its engagement with conceptual and practical skills.
  4. LO4 situate, reflect and critique on visual communications practices and reflect on your own learning.

Visual Communications 2.2: Briefs and Approaches (VC5BAA)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 evidence your engagement with experimental approaches through your practice to respond to briefs. 
  2. LO2 demonstrate how visual and contextual research has informed your practice. 
  3. LO3 develop a body of work that is rigorous in its engagement with conceptual and practical skills. 
  4. LO4 situate, reflect and critique on visual communications practices and reflect on your own learning.

Visual Communications 3.1: Practice and Research (VC6PAR)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 Examine your emerging practice through a considered body of self-directed work.
  2. LO2 Apply relevant research methods and subject knowledge to test, inform, and develop your work.
  3. LO3 Present informed connections between your research and practice interests.
  4. LO4 Articulate your creative ideas and critical thinking using suitable communication methods.

Visual Communications 3.2: External Projects (VC6EXP)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. LO1 design one or more projects that engage with external partners. 
  2. LO2 create opportunities with external partners that support your emerging practice. 
  3. LO3 synthesise contextual studies with personal practice to create a new body of work. 
  4. LO4 produce material that communicates your new knowledge and understanding.

Book Design 1: Creative Book Design (VC4CBD)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate your creative and practical abilities in book design
  2. LO2 use visual research to creatively inform your practice as a book designer
  3. LO3 generate creative ideas, research and proposals that demonstrate an awareness of design principles and demonstrate your use of design and technical skills for book design
  4. LO4 demonstrate a critical and contextual understanding of book design and reflect on your own learning

Visual Communications 1: Graphic Fiction (VC4GRF)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate the creative and communicative potential of sequential imagery
  2. LO2 use visual and research skills to initiate, develop, test, and visualise your ideas
  3. LO3 apply design skills and a technical understanding of graphic fiction in constructing and presenting sequential imagery
  4. LO4 demonstrate a critical and contextual understanding of the role of sequential imagery in constructing meaning

Visual Skills 2: Visual Exploration (VC5VEX)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 evidence your engagement with experimentation through your practice
  2. LO2 demonstrate how research has informed your practice
  3. LO3 develop a body of work that is rigorous in its engagement with conceptual and practical skills
  4. LO4 situate, reflect and critique on visual practices and reflect on your own learning

Visual Communications 3: Advanced Practice (VC6ADP)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 establish self-directed projects that extends and synthesises your research, visual, creative and technical abilities
  2. LO2 develop, test and assimilate visual research and ideas in response to project work
  3. LO3 present your practice, ideas and research effectively in response to project work
  4. LO4 communicate a detailed, specialist and reflective understanding of your creative practice in relation to wider contemporary contexts and practices

Visual Communications 3: Visual Research (VC6RES)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate a coherent and detailed understanding of your chosen area of interest, informed by recent research and your own visual investigation
  2. LO2 use appropriate research and data collection methods to support a written and visual body of work
  3. LO3 analyse, evaluate, and synthesise ideas from appropriate research sources
  4. LO4 construct and present a written argument and practical/ visual investigation that informs and is informed by your personal visual language

Visual Communications 3: Sustaining Your Practice (VC6SYP)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate specialist knowledge and contextual understanding of your practice and develop promotional strategies to communicate this to an external audience
  2. LO2 initiate and undertake a self-directed project that shows creative application of a personal visual language
  3. LO3 respond to project work by undertaking and assimilating research, developing creative ideas, undertaking visual experimentation and producing outcomes to a high visual standard
  4. LO4 present a synthesis of your creative and technical skills, conceptual and contextual understanding of your practice through a sustained body of work

Visual Studies guidance

Visual Studies units:

  1. Visual Studies 1: Creative Arts Today (CA4CAT)
  2. Visual Studies 1: Understanding Visual Culture (AH4UVC)
  3. Visual Studies 2: Understanding Visual Culture (AH5UVC)

Assessment requirements

When considering the learning outcomes for your course unit, it is important to know what you are being asked to submit. These are known as your assessment requirements. In summary these will include:

Please check your respective course unit page for details of your assessment requirements.

Visual Studies 1: Creative Arts Today (CA4CAT)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 demonstrate an awareness of the range of contemporary practice in the creative arts
  2. LO2 discuss the scope and interrelationships across of a range of creative disciplines
  3. LO3 apply your research skills to explore and the theoretical underpinning of the creative arts
  4. LO4 reflect upon your own learning experience
Advice for Creative Arts Today unit

For assessment, please submit:
  • For each learning outcome please present a selection of 2 to 3 learning log entries.
  • A selection of your three strongest assignments, including your first draft, tutor annotations (where your tutor has done this) and any redrafted final assignments in response to formative feedback.
  • Your reflective presentation or evaluation.

Visual Studies 1: Understanding Visual Culture (AH4UVC)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 investigate and identify appropriate sources of information for the study of visual culture in relationship to contemporary cultural theorists
  2. LO2 through investigation, develop an understanding of the critical, theoretical and artistic developments in visual culture
  3. LO3 demonstrate, though your writing and making, research skills and an understanding of forms and modes of gathering information
  4. LO4 reflect upon your own learning

Advice for Understanding Visual Culture 1 unit

For assessment, please submit:
  • For each learning outcome please present a selection of 2 to 3 learning log entries.
  • Written outcomes for each of your five assignments. This includes:
    • Assignment One: Part A - 1000 words and Part B - 800 words
    • Assignment Two: Study - 1500 words
    • Assignment Three: Study - 1500 words
    • Assignment Four: Study - 800 words
    • Assignment Five: Study - 1000 words
  • Your reflective presentation or evaluation.

Visual Studies 2: Understanding Visual Culture (AH5UVC)

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:
  1. LO1 identify relevant and appropriate sources of information and application to the visual and textual analysis of art & design
  2. LO2 critically evaluate, analyse and synthesise appropriate critical and theoretical texts in the context of studio practice
  3. LO3 demonstrate a range of research skills, methodologies and understanding of the relevant forms and modes of information, including textual and electronic
  4. LO4 demonstrate an appropriate understanding and application of theoretical and critical research methodologies to the analysis and evaluation of areas of art practice and practical work
  5. LO5 critically analyse the relationship of practical work to theoretical study through a body of work

Advice for Understanding Visual Culture 2 unit

For assessment, please submit:
  • Your Critical Review
  • Your Parallel Project
  • A selection of practical work from your assignments with 1 to 3 relevant links to your learning log - Select files showing and evidencing your practical assignment work with 1 to 3 links to your learning log that contextualises the practical work and connects to the learning outcomes.
  • A selection of written work from your assignments with 1 to 3 relevant links to your learning log - Select files showing and evidencing your written assignment work with 1 to 3 links to your learning log that contextualises the written work and connects to the learning outcomes.
  • Your reflective presentation or evaluation.

In the above points, you have the opportunity to choose learning log entries that add to the written/practical work and also address the learning outcomes. You may find some entries emphasise more of one than the other.