Module UXS-2203:
Practice and Presentation II

Module Facts

Run by School of Music and Media

30 Credits or 15 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Ms Wanda Zyborska

Overall aims and purpose

Together with Module YAE-2002, with which it compares closely in aims and content, this module is designed to enable students to compile a body of exhibition work and supporting study required for the final Diploma assessment. As previously, students will prepare a Learning Plan, open to modification as the module progresses.

Throughout this module attention is paid to the development of coherent working practices, technical and theoretical infrastructures and underpinning visual research, all towards the completion of finished pieces of work. Approaches to presentation and location of work will be addressed including, where relevant, the particular demands of site specific practice.

A combination of group activities – particularly criticisms, seminars etc – and one-to-one tutorials, encourages the development of individual directions of study in a climate of increasing critical rigour, together with the contextual study of contemporary and theoretical example.

The course is an important part of the degree and a possible exit point and therefore, life beyond this course is now considered. Your work from this module will be presented in exhibition form either within the university or base location and you will be expected to take part in the planning and preparation of your work for this as well as take part in any group organisation tasks. The exhibition will include work from this module and may include work from the previous module Practice and Presentation I although this will not be formally marked. This allows for the second stage of the Diploma to be viewed as a continuum in the generation of your work. In the journal, you will present a curriculum vitae, exhibition statement and a summary of your work in the front of your Journal; these tasks all relate to professional practice beyond the course.

During the module you will also deliver a thoroughly researched presentation (30 minutes) in which you contextualise your work with historical, contemporary and theoretical example. This presentation will be marked and will constitute 15% of the overall mark for the module.

Course content

Together with Module UXS-2202, with which it compares closely in aims and content, this module is designed to enable students to compile a body of exhibition work and supporting study required for the final Diploma assessment.

Assessment Criteria


D– to D+: Threshold To achieve this you will have completed all the Learning Outcomes to a level of competence. Visual work will be of a basic professional standard displaying qualities of motivation, and the ability to pursue ideas through to a conclusion, accompanied by a body of relevant visual and documentary supporting studies. It should be clear also that you have developed the range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills implicit in the aims of the course.


C– to C+: Good: This grade indicates competence throughout, with evidence of good levels of achievement in most, if not all Learning Outcomes. There will be coherence between finished visual works, working processes and visual and documentary research. The Journal and other supporting work will demonstrate developing ideas with a degree of originality, the ability to pursue these to conclusion, and a broad grasp of the ways in which the acquisition of appropriate skills will relate to the demands of life beyond the course.

B– to B+ : Very Good: To achieve this grade you will have exercised competence in most, if not all Learning Outcomes, and will have demonstrated excellence in at least one. Visual work should be distinctive, of good exhibition quality and supported by a relevant body of related further study. There should be ample evidence of independent thought, good levels of motivation and the acquisition of a wide range of subject-specific and transferable skills. There should be a clear indication of the potential to pursue studies to a higher research level.


A– to A: Excellent: To achieve this grade you will have demonstrated a high level of achievement throughout and excellence in a substantial proportion of the Learning Outcomes. The visual work will be distinctive and highly professional. There will be ample evidence of related research, visual and documentary, a thorough exploration of ideas, working processes and the inventive use of appropriate media. The Journal and other supporting studies will demonstrate further independence of thought, perceptiveness and originality. It should be readily apparent that the student has the ability to pursue higher levels of study and the potential to operate successfully in a serious professional context.

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of the relationship between their own work and both historical and contemporary examples

  2. Demonstrate a preparedness for opportunity beyond the course, either in continuing artistic practice, employment, higher levels of study or any combination of these

  3. Present their work in exhibition form along with a body of supporting studies

  4. Demonstrate presentation and communication skills in group or public situations

  5. Demonstrate a grasp of critical, evaluative, problem-solving and research skills in visual and documentary form

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Pres. 15
Exhibition 70
Journal 15

Teaching and Learning Strategy


Lectures (5 x 1 hour)

Practical classes and workshops

Practical instruction (10 x 1 hour)

Private study 210
Group Project

Group Criticisms (5 x 1 hour)


Individual Tutorials (15 x 4 hour)


Seminars (10 x 1 hour)


Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: