The aim of the three Personal Skills 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. This will be evidenced by the leadership of a group task and the presentation of a portfolio of completed creative works at the end of the academic year.

In the first Personal Skills Development module students will be introduced to the means to identify a need and find the means and resources to develop what they require to fulfil their creative aims. Students will learn how to utilise staff expertise and ‘how to’ sites on the internet, as well as learning from skill-sharing and support groups with other students. They will also be able to identify areas of general student interest and negotiate with staff to deliver skills-support workshops. Some skills development might be freestanding, but much will arise out of the demands of their ongoing creative work.