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Fine Art BA(Hons): Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching and assessment for this course

Teaching and learning

Teaching and Learning on Fine Art BA(Hons), like the subject, evolves continuously to respond to contemporary concerns, ensuring that the course is at the forefront of national and international methods and debates. Teaching and Learning activities include:

  • Individual and group tutorials
  • Critiques and practice seminars
  • Subject workshops
  • Independent / self-directed study
  • Artist / professional talks
  • Student managed / curated exhibitions.
  • Field trips

The Fine Art BA(Hons) syllabus consists of interrelated modules, designed to balance academic guidance with independent / self-directed enquiry. Student-centred learning is a core component and students are encouraged to respond to the carefully devised curriculum to identify their concerns through material investigation, theoretical enquiry and professional activity.

Personal tutor

At the start of each year you will be allocated your own personal tutor to support you with your studies. Timetabled tutorials will assist you to initiate, develop and pursue your individual working practice and to develop a body of work focused upon the questions, ideas methods and materials most appropriate to you. As well as academic guidance, your personal tutor will make sure that you know how to access our other support services if you need them.

Assessment

Assessment on Fine Art BA(Hons) is the process whereby a body of work, constituting practical and contextual research, is viewed in relation to set learning outcomes and assessment criteria. Both work in progress and final pieces are considered at different points during each year and you are asked to submit your work in the form of exhibitions, a contextual research log, portfolio, digital publications and essays.

Following assessment, you are given clear feedback and feed forward guidance and an opportunity to discuss the comments on your work one-to-one with your lecturers and your personal tutor, helping you to direct your progression.

Academic mentoring

While students are encouraged to think independently, they can also support others in their studies. As such, the Academic Mentoring Programme is a platform for second-year students to share their knowledge and experiences with first-year students.

Additionally, in Fine Art, Project Herman provides current 2nd and 3rd year students with support and advice from graduate mentors.

Academic skills support

Our courses take a progressive approach to help develop your academic skills through the modules you study.

Our Academic Skills Centres also provide one-to-one support and advice on the techniques you need to be a successful student including:

  • essay writing;
  • exam techniques;
  • presentation skills;
  • editing and web skills; and
  • research skills.

During your degree you will develop the independence, creativity and excellent communication skills that we know employers look for in successful graduates.

Contact hours for this course

The number of learning hours for each module is determined by its credit weighting. For example, for a 30-credit module there would be 300 learning hours. This would be divided into contact hours (ie time spent with academic staff) and independent learning hours (eg time spent in the studio, library, or workshop with or without technical support).

At Kingston University there is a strong focus on the making process through experimentation with materials, processes and ideas. This enables our students to challenge norms, push boundaries and achieve excellence. It is therefore likely that much of your time will be spent working independently in this way.

Full details of modules and credit weighting can be found in the programme specification.

Workload for this course

Project briefs are designed to be achieved within the set amount of learning hours for each module and are appropriate to the level of study. We encourage a professional work ethic, which includes how to manage your time. A range of additional support is available to students who require it.

Independent learning

When not attending timetabled teaching sessions (lectures, seminars, workshops, labs, studios etc), you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study.

Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in one of the University’s Learning Resources Centres (LRCs), preparing coursework assignments or revising for examinations or tests.

Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including the LRCs and the University’s virtual learning environment, Canvas.

Return of marked work

Helpful feedback on your assessed work is hugely important in enabling you to perform your best. The University makes a commitment to all students that you will receive feedback on all your assessed work within 20 University days* of submission.  
                                                           
* University days count as Monday to Friday – the following are not included:  Saturdays, Sundays, Public Bank Holidays, or when the University is closed during Christmas vacation.

Programme specification and guides

To help you choose the right course to study at Kingston University, you can read the programme specification and the module listings which make up each course, which can be found on the individual course page.

A programme specification is a summary of the main features of a programme and provides details of the intended learning outcomes for students. It details the teaching, learning and assessment methods, including the structure of the programme.

Please note detailed course handbooks to guide you through each year of study are normally available at the start of term.

Availability of timetables

Kingston University provides each student with an individualised timetable. Timetables are normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment.

While we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm.

For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

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This course is taught at Kingston School of Art, Knights Park Portland Road

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This course is taught at Kingston School of Art, Knights Park Portland Road

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