Critical Skills includes discussion, critique, analysis, research, assessment, evaluation and reflection. Without thinking about the world and art, you can’t move forward.

Critical skills are essential in art and design, whether it is making having heated discussions about relevant topics, making important evaluative decisions, analysing the world around you or assessing the quality of your own experiments and reflecting on your own progress. In this section you will find resources to help develop your intellectual and academic side along with ways to refine your focus and see yours and others’ work from a broader perspective.

Using Music and Sound Legally

Using Music and Sound Legally

Using audio and music in your productions can give a real edge. Moving image and great music work fantastically well. However, there are real restrictions on using audio made by other people. This resource explains some of the legalities of working with music and sound effects.

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Writing Art and Design Essays

Writing Art and Design Essays

Just the thought of writing an essay will put a lot of students off. However, analysing work using this kind of academic format has lots of advantages that other kinds of analysis can’t offer. Moreover, Universities will really value a lengthy piece of writing in your portfolio.

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Managing Your Own Learning

Managing Your Own Learning

Independent learning or “homework” is a normal expectation on any course. Some people like working independently, others find it really difficult. This resource is here to help you try and understand that it is a skill like any other.

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Doing Well in Critiques

Doing Well in Critiques

Discussing work with your colleagues, lecturers and friends is a really important part of the creative process. Artists often try to get feedback on their progress and development. This resource will help you understand develop an awareness of how a critique functions and help you prepare for them.

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Getting the Most From Books

Getting the Most From Books

Ever seen the library as a vast tomb of words? Many students find the library a daunting place, but engaging with the literature can be so beneficial to your learning process. Here is a method that will help you make the most out of books.

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