The aim of the three Skills and Techniques Development modules is to support students in systematically acquiring the required art and design skills and the ability to audit and evaluate the skills they possess in line with the development of their creative work. 

 In this first skills and techniques development module students will be introduced to skills and techniques and the means to identify a need and find the means and resources to develop what they need to fulfil their creative aims. The module will do this by the simple expedient of a plan to practice a skill regularly and to keep a log of this. 

 Students will learn how to utilise staff expertise and how-to sites on the web, and  how to convene self help, skill sharing and support groups with other students.  They will also be able to  identify areas of general student interest and concern and negotiate with staff to deliver skills support or book workshops or short courses.  Some skill development might be freestanding but much will also arise out of the demands of ongoing studio work.