Teaching and assessment
We offer lectures only in parts of the foundation course. The basic teaching method is the seminar/workshop, a class which lasts for two to three hours and contains about 18-22 students. This allows the teaching to move freely between exposition (with visual aids as required), workshop exercises and informal discussion, ensuring that there is a constant interplay between theory and practice. Well prepared students do much to teach each other.
Assessment takes a variety of forms, according to the needs of the different subject areas; the only mode that we do not use in year two and three is the formal timed examination. In a normal course unit you are assessed on two pieces of work, one of which is usually an essay or comparable piece of critical writing, while the other might be a seminar presentation or a practical performed work. You are often assessed as part of a group. Through your second and third year you accumulate the marks that make up your final degree.