AD3021 - Arts Portfolio: Skills for University

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What will I learn on this module?

On this module, you will build a portfolio demonstrating and evidencing the broad range of academic, professional and transferable employability skills you have developed throughout the Arts Foundation Year. These will include demonstrations of cogent academic prose, accurate academic citation, research skills, independent learning, oral presentation, and teamwork. You will develop this portfolio throughout the year, drawing evidence from work you conduct in your other modules, and from workshops and seminars from this year long module.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn on the module through a stimulating range of seminars and workshops. Your learning will build your core academic skills through formative exploration individually and in groups to support you as a student in Fine Art, Drama and Animation. Sessions will be delivered by the module team to ensure you benefit from their particular expertise across a range of disciplines. You will develop your own portfolio showcasing the academic and professional skills you have acquired, evidenced from a range of the work you undertake across the Arts Foundation Year programme.

By attending the lectures and seminars and undertaking the assignments, you will be able to achieve the module learning outcomes. You will develop foundational knowledge in research skills, time management, IT skills, critical thinking and evaluation as well as academic communication skills.

In addition to learning during contact hours with the module tutors, you will undertake the directed learning of the preparatory activities as well as independent learning. Independent learning generally will take the form of further reading and research, the consolidation of session materials and the completion of the assessment.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module handbook provides details of sessions, reading lists and assessment criteria. Lecture learning materials are made available on the e-learning portal. The module tutors will be available in taught sessions, as well as in feedback and consultation hours and by email, to discuss any queries or concerns you have about how to excel academically on the module. Moreover, feedback on formative work and the first summative assessments will also serve as ‘feed forward’, giving guidance on how to improve during the module. In addition, you have a designated Personal Guidance Tutor throughout the entire duration of your programme. The academic side of the Personal Guidance Tutor’s role includes:
• monitoring your ongoing academic progress
• helping you to develop self-reflection skills necessary for continuous academic development
• directing you to further available services which can help them with their academic skills (e.g. Library’s Skills Plus)

You are advised to see your Personal Guidance Tutor at least twice each semester to review your academic progress.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1 Ability to collect and evaluate evidence
of personal achievement and

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2 Essential academic skills of written prose, citation, oral presentation, and independent research.
3 Transferable employability skills.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4 Demonstrate the capacity for sustained independent work.

How will I be assessed?

Portfolio Review:
Each semester you will meet with the module tutor to review the progress of your portfolio, and discuss further development. This will include individual feedback on how to improve your work and satisfy the assessment criteria. (MLO 1-4)

Arts Portfolio:
You will produce a portfolio demonstrating the core academic, professional and transferable employability skills you have acquired. This will include evidence of writing your own artist statement (MLO1 & 3); written prose and essay construction, argumentation, critical and reflective writing, use of appropriate academic citation and referencing (MLO2); independent research, oral presentation individually and in groups, and teamwork. (MLO 3-4)




Art and the City AD3021
The Body AD3017
Nature and Technologies AD302
Identity AD3019

Module abstract

This year-long module enables you to build a portfolio evidencing a broad range of academic, professional and transferable employability skills. These include writing and research, presentation, and teamwork. You will draw on evidence from the arts practices in your other modules, and from specific workshops about building skills to thrive and succeed. Specialist arts staff will guide your knowledge and understanding of the requirements of being a university student. Learning technologies will support your studies. You will develop your own portfolio showcasing the academic and professional skills you have acquired, evidenced from a range of the work you undertake across the Arts Foundation Year programme.

Course info

UCAS Code W150

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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