Illustration 3: Sustaining your Practice

Course Level: 3 (HE6) | HE Credits: 40 | Approx. Duration: 15 months at 10hrs/week

This unit represents the culmination of the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired throughout your study on the Open course and provides an opportunity to undertake a self-directed major project, present your work to a professional standard, and identify appropriate progression routes into employment, self-employment, professional practice or continued education.

This is a self-directed unit, structured to support the process of undertaking a substantial self-initiated or self-selected project, preparing work for presentation and developing a contextual awareness of your practice. The major project can take the form of self-directed, competition and / or client led briefs.

You will be encouraged to explore the contextual location of your practice through researching, and / or undertaking work-related learning in your practice areas; identify potential progression routes and develop the necessary strategy, self-promotion and presentation skills to help realise your aims. You will be encouraged to develop a portfolio of work to present to a wider audience, through portfolios, online exhibitions or other appropriate means.

This unit encourages a high degree of self-motivation and autonomy. The learning log and assignments will be used to support the development of self-reflection, critique, time-management and professionalism.

Aims

The unit aims to:

  • A1 develop a substantial body of work to a professional standard
  • A2 extend your visual and research skills to identify a line of enquiry and produce a critically informed body of work
  • A3 demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and application of technical and visual skills
  • A4 develop further your knowledge of historic and contemporary approaches to making and presenting graphic design practices

Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  • LO1 select, produce and present a substantial body of work to a professional standard (A1)
  • LO2 produce an ambitious body of work that is critically acclaimed (A2)
  • LO3 produce an ambitious and focused body of work that demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of technical and visual skills (A3)
  • LO4 demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of historic and contemporary approaches to making and presenting graphic design practices (A4).