Honours Project | Abertay University

Honours Project


This module challenges the student to undertake an extensive creative research project where they fuse theory and practice to create a large scale portfolio of work which is sensitive to critical theories, concepts and practices within their specialist area of enquiry.


The aim of this module is to provide the students with the opportunity to develop a large scale contextualised creative project.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Create a large scale creative project using appropriate artistic and/or developmental techniques.

2.  Critically evaluate work in progress and be able to adapt its development, to fully express the intent, as encapsulated by the research aim.

3.  Create a distinctive, consolidated and focussed individual artistic style and/or professional stance underpinned by contextual, critical and/or commercial aspects of specialise field of practice

Indicative Content

1 Project philosophy

The student will demonstrate the ability to devise and complete a programme of self-study in consultation with the staff.

2 Relationship to other honours project modules

This module will have its own discrete assessment criteria and deliverables as set out in a learning contract and agreed by project tutors, but will be an expression of the theme(s) addressed by the research aim.

3 Conceptualisation

Conceptualise ideas through the creation, gathering, manipulation and analysis of appropriate source material.

4 Methodology

Adopt appropriate artistic and production methodologies as informed by context and practice and conventions appropriate to the discipline.

5 Development

Demonstrate logical and coherent development of ideas in all aspect of the project.

6 Supervision

Regular progress meetings with project supervisor; Controlled access to consultancy expertise in area of project.

7 Discussion

The project should be the subject of discussion and debate throughout, concerning topics such as project aims, methods, project development completion and argument.

8 Deliverables

The output material should reflect the full process from inception to completion and will be appropriate to the project in hand.

9 Presentation

The project should culminate in a professional well developed presentation that demonstrates a full and considered answer to the research question.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Students are assigned a mentor from the team of academic staff most closely associated with the discipline subject matter. Regular supervisory meetings are scheduled with the students. The scope of the meetings covers both the honours project and dissertation. Students develop a project in the discipline appropriate to their previous undergraduate experience. They formulate a vision or aim for the project and select and apply appropriate methods and processes to achieve the aim. Research questions that arise out of this process of enquiry are addressed throughout the period of study.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 400
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Supervised Practical Activity 12
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 250
Independent 138

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


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