Undergraduate Degree



DD9007 Independent Study

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites:Nil; Academic Unit: 3.0]




Academic Unit


3 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

The objective of this course is to develop in the student creative independence through the execution of a self-directed project. Under supervision by faculty, the student will be responsible for determining the key creative trajectories of this project.


It is one of the requisites of creative endeavor that the artist takes responsibility in determining the key aspects of their work. This includes such things as the topic being explored, the medium being used and the contextual framework in which it is placed. From the beginning of this course the student is expected to exhibit creative independence and their output is required to reflect a mature and focused approach. The student will work under supervision with a member of faculty and course engagement will be through regular consultations.

Course Outline



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Issues encountered in this course will include such things as:

  • The importance of research in laying down the preparatory groundwork of the project and also as an ongoing, reflective activity.

  • Appropriate timetabling, planning and preparation before and during the project.

  • Selecting such materials, medium and techniques as are appropriate to the needs of the project.

  • The considered management of the aesthetic and formal aspects of the project.

  • The ability to seek out such specialist advice as might be needed in order to develop the technical aspects of the project.

  • The ability, should it be required, to work in a collaborative environment and across disciplines.

  • The ability to present the final output in a manner that serves the needs of the project.

  • The ability to communicate clearly a considered and articulate critical position to the project.

Learning Outcome

The student will acquire an experience-based knowledge of the expectations of self-directed practice.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 40%

    Final Assessment component will take the form of the final project.

  2. Continuous Assessment: 60%

Continuous assessment components will include the assessment of:

  • The ability to critically reflect upon the project and to articulate this reflection, the engagement with the demands of the ongoing creative process, the need to sustain creative self-sufficiency, the ability to manage the practical aspects of the project and the ability to respond positively to criticism.


A reading list or other reference material, such is appropriate to the student’s particular project, will be suggested by the supervising faculty.

Special Note:

Acceptance to this course is through submission of a one-page document that outlines salient features of their proposed project. This document should be submitted directly to the supervising faculty.