Negotiated Studies 2


Module Aims:

  •   To enable students to effectively manage their time in achieving their objectives during studio and workshop practice.
  •   To produce a self-initiated body of work which confirms a critical understanding of advanced concepts and ideas.
  •   Consolidate and extend creative practice into new areas that demand advanced skills and inventive application of a range of abilities.
  •   To confirm the location of their practice within a theoretical and critical context, identify an intended audience and equate this to relevant and appropriate presentation skills.
  •   To develop communication skills and professional practice to a high level.
  •   To prepare students with a substantive body of work that can be showcased forexhibition and/or competition festivals.

    Intended Learning Outcomes:

    At the end of this module, students will be able to:

    Independently manage an extensive work programme, plan their time effectively and meet the requirements of deadlines. (KS2, KS3, KS6, KS9)
    Produce work that is informed by, and contextualised within, relevant theoretical issues and debates. (KS3, KS6, KS9)

    Develop substantive and detailed knowledge and understanding in film and/or photography relevant to their chosen career direction. (KS1, KS2, KS4, KS5, KS6, KS8, KS9)
    Develop and realise distinctive and creative work through to completed artwork and/or final production within film and/or photography. (KS1, KS4, KS5, KS7, KS8, KS9) Consolidate professional practice, communication skills, design and production processes with due regard to audience. (KS1, KS3, KS4, KS5, KS6, KS7, KS8, KS9) Produce work showing competence in final design and production methods, culminating in the presentation and showcasing of their work for exhibition or competition festivals. (KS2, KS3, KS7, KS8, KS9)

    Key skills for employability

    • Written, oral and media communication skills
    • Leadership, team working and networking skills
    • Opportunity, creativity and problem solving skills
    • Information technology skills and digital literacy
    • Information management skills
    • Research skills
    • Intercultural and sustainability skills
    • Career management skills
    • Learning to learn (managing personal and professional development, self-management)
    • Numeracy



    After a written proposal, which builds upon their experience of Negotiated Study 1, has been discussed and agreed as viable, the student will agree a series of assessment criteria with the responsible tutor and progress to the design and production stages. Students will be continually monitored and advised on their progress; the tutor will advise on comprehensive relevant research. There will be tutorial contact to resolve conceptual, technical or practical difficulties and establish clearly defined objectives. Critical group discussion and formative assessment will take place during the module. The completed work will be summatively assessed at the end of trimester.

    Students will be required to present reflective visual research journals, written and collected supporting research material and preparatory work which demonstrate considered conceptual and design development. A written commentary should provide evidence of critical analysis and the ability to identify areas for further development.

    The student will be expected to have fulfilled the criteria agreed at the inception of the module and produce satisfactory final solutions, either in the form of finished artwork, design solutions or final show reels completed by the stated deadline. Written and/or oral evaluation of the project will be presented at the end of the module.

    Assessment Criteria:

    In assessing the learning outcomes, a variety of factors will be taken into account, these include:-

    Theoretical Knowledge: Evidence of the ability to use and evaluate knowledge and to articulate a theoretical position through previous research and analysis.

    Conceptual Ability & Research: Evidence of the ability to independently plan and produce a body of work through the various stages from inception to completion which comprehensively demonstrates their creative and conceptual ability.

    Design Development and Subject skills: Apply creative thinking effectively to problem solving in specific vocational areas within their programme of study with due regard to the constraints of time, cost, commercial requirements and other considerations.

    Practical Skills/Use of Media & Techniques: Expression through an advanced understanding of appropriate practices, processes and techniques. Evidence of an awareness, understanding and ownership of their subject and relationship to audience.

    Professional Practice: Evidence of the ability to show a progression in professional practice with regard to attitude, self-management and personal development. Students will show that they can work independently, set goals, manage workloads and meet deadlines, identify strengths and needs and respond positively to the judgements of others.

    In addition to the above assessment criteria students are expected to further demonstrate professional levels of achievement and competence in aesthetic technical and presentation skills. Students will also be required to demonstrate self-reflective and evaluative practice throughout their final trimester. This will be evidenced by an evaluative statement written at the conclusion of the module and presented at assessment.




ideas in my head…



thoughts in my head…


ideas that come to mind


Colour in photography book research


b&w photography research

Inspiration/Mood board

This is a compilation on any themes, moods, colours, etc, that I felt were of significance, value and meaning to me, and that gave the overall feel of what I had in mind that I wanted to produce.  The majority were taken from atmospheric photography and conceptual photography, with pale shades, black and white, and also sepia tones.  All these things I feel help best represent what I want to portray, with of course hints of time and ageing themes.

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“photographs must remind us of death since they can only ever illustrate that which has passed and gone forever” Roland Barthes

book – ageing and popular culture – Andrew blaikie

 ‘Mothers’ Day Off’ – Grace Robertson


Studio Shoot


For one or two particular ideas I had in mind, I was wanting just head shots as an idea I had was to have the two heads blended into almost one; one looking to the past & one looking to the future.  This was an idea originating from the Roman God Janus.


Who Is Janus?

Janus is an ancient Roman, composite god who is associated with doorways, beginnings, and transitions. A usually two-faced god, he looks to both the future and the past at the same time, embodying a binary.

I initially wanted them to be against a natural landscape or two, but thought the head shots should be tried in the studio, as to get good sized images and clarity, which were going to be able to be less complicated to remove from background.  Here are a selection of some of the photographs I carried out in the studio.

After the photo shoot I proceeded to edit the pictures to see if I could create the overall look I intended…



This stage was a lot of trial and error.  In the end I wasn’t happy with the results I was achieving and concluded that I didn’t like the mixture of studio with natural light.  My next step was to re-do the portrait head shots in good natural light.




Natural Light Shots





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