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Interdisciplinary Practice / BMus Commercial Music collaboration workshop.

Level 5

On IVC we employ learning strategies that focus on building creative practice within critical and contextual frameworks. The breadth of the subject and range of potential applications means that learning can span many approaches and employ varied media processes. Teaching and learning is on a practical, cultural, critical and professional level and our methods of delivery involved projects, work reviews, studio teaching, group work, presentations, tutorials and study group work. Within the programme we encourage you to research from both online and library sources and also to visit exhibitions, events and an study on site if possible. Projects have proved an effective means to present topics with a range of problem solving requirements, some projects require in depth research and investigation whilst others are about quick responses to immediate situations. Practice is supported by critical studies in visual culture, art and image media and are tailored to both complement your practice but also to broaden and enrich your general understanding of society and culture globally.


Studio Practice 

Studio practice is still seen as a fundamental activity through which you learn skills and knowledge in illustration and visual communication. You will have space to work with others on a daily basis, to display your work and research and in this way develop a reflective dialogue with your own work and that of your peers. 

Creative Facility centres

After an initial induction you will be able to work in the various creative facilities for printmaking (paper based and textile); 3D; photography; animation and moving image and drawing. 

The wider learning environment: The library and Forum have 24 hour access and it is possible to work in your studios over the weekends with permission. The facility centres are also available for you to book time as long as you have received the necessary Health and Safety induction.

Collaboration as a learning tool: We encourage collaborative work with students both from IVC and also from other disciplines. This form of learning helps you develop a wide range of transferable skills as you learn how to negotiate tasks and responsibilities with others.

Digital Communication and Technologies: The course utilises the University’s online teaching and learning tools and networking systems for communication and the distribution of information. The systems we use are called Blackboard and Google +. The use of electronic media in learning is embedded throughout the course ensuring that you are able to access and source information related to your studies and be in direct communication with staff and your peers.

Llyr Scale, Drawing Systems.


Illustration and visual communication is a practical applied art form however to work in this as with other creative disciplines a theoretical knowledge of the movements, concepts and theories that have developed around the subject is important so that your own practice is informed and you are aware of the wider contexts and issues in which you make your work. The key areas of critical study on this course are visual culture, 20th – 21st century art practice and image media. In your critical studies programme you will be expected to undertake independent reading and research as well as visit galleries. 

Essay writing is still a key method of testing your learning and also a means to ensure that you have the literacy skills to be able to articulate ideas and present them in a formal written way. In the final year you will be writing a dissertation of around 8,000 – 10,000 words. The topic you write about will be chosen by you in context with previously studied topics.

Joanna Jobling, Interdisciplinary Practice.