VA7027 - Public Output 2: Project Resolution

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What will I learn on this module?

Public Output 2 – Project Resolution is your final MFA module and evidences the culmination of two years practice-based research. It facilitates the development and resolution of a sophisticated studio practice, reflecting your creativity and criticality in both its practical and intellectual aspects. The module builds directly on the experimentation you develop in Public Output 1, allowing you to consolidate your principal theoretical concerns and artistic processes by creating a challenging public exhibition. Support for this endeavor will come from being individually mentored by a BALTIC curator as well as by your academic supervisors. Throughout the module you will intensify and focus your understanding of studio culture by questioning and reflecting upon the inherent processes that underlie your practice. You will be supported in identifying and utilizing your key research strengths through engaging in critical debate and evidencing your independent research in reflective writing. Ultimately, from this source of ongoing personal investigation, you will be encouraged to articulate your practice in an appropriate manner in order to create an exhibition publication in collaboration with your peers. To assist you in this progression to establishing an independent, professional ‘voice’ there are opportunities to have discourse with high profile artists, writers and curators as visitors to BALTIC39 plus access to a broad range of practicing artists via the weekly visiting lecture series. The aim of this module is to enable you to confidently position yourself as an emerging practitioner, with an appropriate knowledge base to pursue an independent and sustainable exhibition practice.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn primarily through engaging in an independent self-directed creative inquiry, mentored through one-to-one tutorials, group critiques, seminars and lecture situations. The aim of the module is to enable you to demonstrate your understanding of key curatorial, technical and interpretative issues determining effective public presentation of contemporary art. To achieve this you will be supported in establishing effective methods of testing your artworks in the studio environment, benefitting from our team of technical assistants and high quality facilities. Additionally, our BxNU partnership ensures you will have direct access to professional expertise encompassing the logistics of installing of major international exhibitions, education, public outreach and curatorial activity. In this regard, you will be encouraged to extend outwards beyond the studio environment, and consider the potential and challenges of a wider public reception for your artworks. To achieve this, you will be given opportunities to build networks with galleries, curators and arts organizations at a regional, national and international level through field-trips, visits and opportunities to study or exhibit abroad. Additionally, ‘Blackboard Collaborate’ will be used to enable national and international artists, curators, writers and academics to contribute to seminar sessions within ‘Talk Studio.’ This interactive technology will also be available for you to build your own networks. Therefore, you will progressively develop your abilities to foster relationships and collaborate with external individuals and organisations. This is conducive training towards establishing yourself as an ambitious, capable practitioner, able to engage with professional opportunities, grant/proposal /CV writing, and interacting with external stakeholders.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported through formative staff feedback on presentations of work in progress through group critiques and individual tutorials. Guidance is also provided on structuring and formulating written statements. Written and verbal feedback at the end of the module will support your academic progress by assisting your reflection on and awareness of your achievements and potential as a learner.

Pastoral support is available through an allocated guidance tutor who can assist you to access other relevant sources of support such as the University Counselling Service or the Finance Section of the Students’ Union Advice Centre. MFA staff work closely with the University disability advisors to ensure that students with dyslexia and other learning difficulties are fully supported. Additional bookable and drop-in study skills support is available through the Northumbria Skills Programme at the City Campus Library and via the e-Learning Portal. In line with the University’s equal opportunities statement, all students that are confirmed with a disability are given every support to enable them to meet their full potential on the course.

Regular group meetings with the module coordinator and course leader offer the opportunity to discuss assessment, practical considerations and feedback on delivery of the course and related matters. All course tutors are readily available via email and tutorials can be easily arranged with any member of the staff team outside of formal timetabled sessions.

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?

1. Synthesise concept, resolution and output for public reception.
2. Evidence a critical awareness in the assimilation of the links between concept, resolution and output.
3. Show sound critical judgement and evidence effective decision making in relation to the development and application of appropriate research methodologies and resources.
4. Evidence critical and practical understanding of the skills necessary to make a confident transition into the professional fine art or public arena.
5. Produce a sustained body of studio practice, appropriate to the pursuance of a professional career.
6. Understand and employ the most appropriate methods of dissemination and promotion of the artwork in the professional arena.
7. Make creative use of the critical tools with which to interrogate process and refine output.

Knowledge & Understanding:
You will achieve a clearer understanding of your own artistic abilities and motivations and become acknowledged as a co-producer of knowledge through on-going engagement in a research rich studio culture. Several aspects of formative assessment are instigated progressively through peer-led encounters. Therefore, working alongside a postgraduate community of PhD, Mres and MFA peers who are committed and ambitious in their studies, will expand and enrich your existing awareness of practices and research opportunities.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
Your employability will be enhanced through self-reflective analysis, which builds skills such as reflexivity, emotional intelligence and self-efficacy.

The ability to critically evaluate and act upon different conceptual, ethical and material approaches to the production of art, in line with standards across the sector, is an important factor in gaining future work. You will develop your capacity to utilise different theoretical /methodological frameworks and reflect on the ways you have developed them in creating work.

An awareness of industry standards for the production, exhibition and communication of contemporary fine art practice is developed via staff feedback and engagement with curators, technical, educational, marketing and design teams as part of the BxNU partnership. The wider research environment of BALTIC 39 allows students to work alongside doctoral students, staff, professional studio holders and fellowship holders – all with a host of industry and professional experience.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
You will significantly develop a confident, self-empowering attitude through achieving the diverse skills and abilities necessary to sustaining a committed, challenging level of artistic experimentation and production. By accomplishing ambitious public-facing outcomes, you will evidence mature organizational skills, resourcefulness, time management and innovation. These qualities are vital aspects in regard to demonstrating innovation and the pre-eminence of independent, lateral thinking in the cultural industries.

How will I be assessed?

All assessment requirements are focused towards outcomes that the students understand to be necessary to a sustainable artistic practice, prioritizing key attributes of research rigor, critical engagement and professionalism. The framework of the MFA allows for several different types of artistic practice to evolve, where the learning is appropriately shaped to each individual.

Summative Assessment
On completion of the module assessment is summative. You are asked to demonstrate the development of your studio practice through the presentation of a highly resolved body of artworks (75% weighting), , demonstrating clear decision making in relation to the development of a sustainable studio practice and its realisation through a body of work for public output. (MLOs 1,2,3,7) You will also be required to submit a written and visual documentation (2000 words) contextualising the thematic concerns of the work presented for public output (25% weighting). Within the writing you will be required to demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the critical and promotional skills required for the professional dissemination of your artwork within the public arena. (MLOs 4,5,6)

Formative assessment
You will benefit from receiving feedback delivered in sensitive and appropriate ways that are imbedded into all aspects of the courses delivery. In an ongoing manner you will be receiving several perspectives on your evolving practice, through one-to-one tutorials, group critiques and seminars where diversity of opinions is offered in order to stimulate both risk-taking and independence of thinking (MLO 1) as part of a self-reflective processes of learning. In this way, the teaching methodology encourages strategies for you to become ‘your own critic’ in order to achieve the high levels of autonomy and objectivity necessary post-graduation (MLO2). You are required to write reports in response to both one-to-one tutorials and group critiques, involving you in reflective self-assessment whilst developing your skills of articulation, self-analysis and criticality.


Studio Practice 1 VA7022
Locating Practice VA7024
Studio Practice 2 VA7023
Exhibiting Practice VA7025
Public Output 1 VA7026



Module abstract

The Public Output 2: Project Resolution module provides a framework for the production of a highly resolved body of work, profiled through a major group curated exhibition in the BALTIC39 Project Space. Building on research you established in Public Output 1, this module will assist you in refining a body of challenging artworks that position you as an ambitious practitioner. You will design and manage the articulation of your own investigations, determining the core questions and strategies in conversation with staff, peers and external networks, culminating in the production of an exhibition catalogue. In parallel with practical work you will write statements and make verbal/visual presentations which align your investigations to wider interdisciplinary fields if relevant - all of which offers substantial foundations should you decide to pursue doctorial research as a future endeavour. Ongoing input from module staff and one-to-one mentorship from a BALTIC curator will facilitate you in developing a mature approach to professional practice and ultimately enabling you to make a smooth transition from the educational to the professional arena.

Course info

Credits 60

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years full-time

Department Arts

Location Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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