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NORTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITYUNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION(see guidance notes for completion1)

NORTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITYUNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION

Please note that from January 2005 Where a programme is delivered in more than one mode: a full Programme Specification is completed for what is deemed to be the main mode details of other modes (part-time, franchise deliveries etc.) are entered onto a Delivery Supplement which is attached to the main document one or more delivery supplements may be included at the time of validation, or added when an additional mode of delivery is subsequently approved. Any changes made to an approved Programme Specification are indicated on a Log of Changes sheet, and appended.

Sections 1-10 below indicate all modes of delivery and attendance, with the main mode highlighted by the use of bold type; sections 11-20 refer to the main mode of delivery.

1.Programme Title and AwardBA (Hons) Contemporary Photographic Practice

2.UCAS or other Admissions Code E640

3.Northumbria Programme Code ie SITS route code 21FFNA-N CPP1

4.Mode(s) of Delivery please indicate the main mode of delivery in boldClassroom-basedDistance Learning Blended

5.Mode(s) of Attendance please indicate the main delivery in boldFull-timeSandwich Part-time

Other please specify

6.Location(s) of Delivery if other than Northumbria

7.Collaborative Provision if applicable FranchisedValidatedJointDual

Partner Institution(s)

8.Date(s) of Approval/Review

9.QAA Subject Benchmark Group Art and Design

10.PSRB accreditation if applicable

Sections 11 20 relate to the main delivery as indicated in bold above.

11.Educational Aims of the Programme Specified in terms of the general intentions of the programme and its distinctive characteristics; these should be consistent with any relevant benchmark and with the Mission of the University.

The overarching aim of this programme is to produce graduates who are critical thinkers and reflective practitioners, who are well prepared to apply their acquired practical and theoretical skills in a range of potential career paths and who will make significant contributions in their chosen fields.

The philosophy of the Contemporary Photographic Practice Programme is to guide students towards establishing an independent contemporary art practice that is critically informed and technically proficient. This means developing high levels of self-motivation, intellectual curiosity, speculative enquiry, imagination and divergent thinking skills.

The distinctiveness of the Contemporary Photographic Practice subject at Northumbria lies in its provision of a dynamic and creative learning environment which is dedicated to supporting students in the achievement of their full creative potential. This distinctiveness pivots on the essential acknowledgement that each student is an individual, the learning and teaching therefore focusing on guiding the student through a process that is experiential and progressively self-determined. The student-centred curriculum is designed to stimulate the development of an enquiring, analytical and creative approach, and to encourage the acquisition of independent judgement and critical self-awareness. Students learn to recognise the interactive relationship between materials, media and processes, between ideas and issues, and between producer, mediator and audience. A rigorous mechanism of continuous formative feedback provides the essential support for individual achievement. Additionally, the provision of excellent studios and workshops offers a substantive learning environment in which a creative art practice can be tested, challenged and developed. The course is further distinguished by its purpose built gallery provision. Gallery North is a primary teaching and research resource that enriches the curriculum and complements other gallery provision in the region. The exhibition programme is diverse and exciting and showcases work by international artists, visual arts staff and student groups. The distinctiveness of the programme is also manifested in the success of its graduates, many of whom have moved on to make substantial contributions in a diversity of creative and cultural industries. Many graduates continue their practice as artists and achieve critical acclaim; they may support their practice through the sale of work, commissions, grants and residencies and/or other employment. Some graduates find an application for their learning through post-graduate study or teaching, or within the cultural sector that includes community arts work, curating, arts management and administration, web design, artists' assistants, gallery or exhibition organisation. The programme therefore distinctively equips students with a range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills that enable them to achieve their ambitions, and to become life-long learners. The Fine Art staff are committed to providing a teaching and learning experience that is excellent in all aspects of its delivery and that is relevant to the contemporary world. The programme is further enriched by its academic staff who are all practising artists with national and international exhibition profiles. The diverse research interests and specialist knowledge offered by staff ensures that the teaching is informed by a dynamic research culture that is connected to current practices, is regularly updated and that is delivered by highly motivated lecturers.

A unique feature of the programme is that students have the opportunity to work and to show their work at BALTIC 39, a professional studio environment in the heart of the city that is shared with professional artists and with BALTICs experimental gallery. BALTIC 39 is a product of Northumbrias groundbreaking partnership with BALTIC (BXNU) and allows students an opportunity to mix with Postgraduate students, artists and curators.

The programme is designed to be responsive to different student needs and to provide a learning environment that is both challenging and supportive. The first year aims to build student confidence, develop foundational knowledge and embed essential skills and competences. The second year develops student knowledge and understanding of the discipline with a focus on connecting practice to a critical understanding of contemporary contexts. The third year encourages reflective and critical evaluation of diverse models of visual thinking that culminates in a public exhibition and formal examination.

Students produce a body of work that reveals skill aptitudes and that positions their art practice within a critical and contextual framework. A project essay underpins and compliments studio practice and theory. The production of a Personal Development Portfolio (PDP) is featured throughout the course. The PDP is embedded in a professional practice module at each level, therefore emphasising its strategic relationship to personal development, skills acquisition and employability from the very outset of the course.

The programme aims:

1. To support students to take ownership progressively of their creative practice through a curriculum that moves from an emphasis on example and direction to one based on independent experiential learning and decision-making.2. To enable the students to situate the understanding of an independent photographic practice within an historical, comparative and contemporary context.3. To provide students with knowledge and understanding of diverse theories of historical and contemporary photographic practice4. To offer students learning experiences which develop an awareness of cognitive, aesthetic and creative models of fine art practice. 5. To provide a stimulating learning environment which can maximise the students potential and that promotes the capacity for independent, critical and imaginative creative enquiry.6. To instruct students in practical, technical and formal skills relevant to the Fine Art subject area that enables the student to develop an independent visual language that is self-directed, and that convincingly expresses their personal creative and conceptual ideas.7. To provide students with appropriate practical and intellectual skills that can be developed and transferred to a range of career opportunities.8. To provide students with appropriate skills for realising their creative ambitions and that meet professional standards of production.

Informed by the Art and Design Subject Benchmark Statement, the specific educational aims of the course :

1. Are encompassed within the core modules of the programme, which culminate in a public exhibition of artworks and the production of a professional practice file that is the consolidation of the students Professional Development Portfolio (PDP). Both the exhibition and the professional file are a testament to the students continuous creative, academic and professional development throughout the programme. It is not intended that students will cover the aims individually, but rather that they will be integral to the programme and will be developed throughout the period of study. 2. Are founded on the Universitys mission to provide challenging and innovative learning and teaching that empowers the active learner, and the Facultys Learning and Teaching strategy, which supports this by means of the development of a stimulating learning environment that engages actively with creative research and scholarly activity. The underpinning philosophy is to engage in critical, analytical and creative study and to develop visual practical skills that meet professional standards. The programmes core interests focus on contemporary photographic practice practice and theory, which are underpinned