Core Module Information
Module title: Professional Practice (MFA)

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 60.00
ECTS credit value: 30

Module code: DES11148
Module leader: Tom Flint
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Art Design and Photography


Description of module content:

In this industry focussed module, spanning two trimesters, you will identify a specific area of professional knowledge, skill or expertise that you intend to study in-depth in order to enhance your mastery of your subject.
You will identify and undertake a public-facing project that builds upon the skills and specialism of your disciplinary programme, You will agree a schedule of activity and progress that maps onto your stated aims in the Learning Agreement. This may include a self generated placement, a simulated work-based placement to test and develop commercial proposals, or a research or knowledge exchange partnership that supports an extended collaborative project with external partner(s).
You will negotiate an individual Learning Agreement with the module leader to define an appropriate level of design output commensurate with Level 11 study. You will develop a distinct and self-directed research approach which will be agreed with the teaching team and will be supported through one-to-one project supervision, peer review and formative assessment.
The schedule and outcome of activities will be agreed with the teaching team prior to the start of the module. The proposed project must contribute to the attainment of a research-led innovative outcome that contributes to the discipline in both its research and practice.

You will critically analyse and evaluate your learning experiences and activities in creative practice and present your findings in a portfolio of creative or strategic professional work that has been agreed in the Learning Agreement. This will be supported by a reflective report of 5000 words. Within the portfolio and report, you will identify your specific contribution to each learning activity or element of creative practice you have undertaken and how it delivers the learning outcomes or professional competencies that you are aiming for.

The student-centred learning on this module is supported by the development of an individual Learning Agreement. In this Learning Agreement you will identify how you propose to develop your portfolio through the use of a reflective framework.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Exercise appropriate judgement in the creation of a learning agreement that critically engages with the student's professional development.

LO2: Plan, manage, execute and evaluate a major piece of design research that complements the student's professional development.

LO3: Critically appraise their own independent learning and performance.

LO4: Demonstrate and communicate a critical awareness of the efficacy of their work and professional development.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Tom Flint
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module is student led with support from a supervisor. As the nature of each submission is necessarily subjective, learning methods and module content will differ for each student.

It is the student's responsibility to maintain regular contact with their supervisor and produce material agreed on at regular intervals. Students will create a Learning agreement detailing how they plan to engage with their own professional practice over the course of the module.(LOs 1 & 2).

Students are expected to regularly report on their own progression and seek peer and supervisor feedback on their progression. (LO 3).

Students will work to produce a significant piece of work in the form of a portfolio and reflective report (LO 4)

Formative Assessment:
Students will have regular contact with their supervisor and their peer group. In these sessions, they will receive formative feedback throughout the course of the module.

Summative Assessment:
Week 14/15 Portfolio no more than 30 pages.
Weighting 50%
(LOs 1,2,3,4)
Week 14/15 Reflective Report of 5000 words
Weighting 50%
(LOs 1,2,3,4)

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Project Supervision 20
Independent Learning Supervised time in studio/workshop 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 560
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 50 1,2,3,4 14/15
Report 50 1,2,3,4 14/15 , WORDS= 5000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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