Teaching & Assessment

Our courses are offered on a full-time or part-time basis and teaching may be delivered on campus, by eLearning, or a combination of both (blended learning).

Teaching times vary from course to course. You may have classes in the morning or afternoon (more typical for full-time courses), or in the evening.

Some of our courses, normally postgraduate, are delivered by block teaching. This is an intensive period of teaching, e.g. three full days once or twice per semester (a semester is 12 weeks), and allows you to fit your other commitments around your classes.

For students who are combining their learning experience with work, our eLearning courses offer flexibility enabling you to study at your own pace, any place and any time.

Lectures, seminars and tutorials

Teaching is delivered primarily through lectures, seminars and tutorials, as well as practicals and fieldwork.

Lectures are formal teaching sessions, often with a larger group of students.

Seminars, which usually provide a form of follow-up to lectures, take place in smaller groups and are often used to promote group discussion about a specific topic.

In tutorials, a small number of students meet with a tutor to discuss work and to raise points of particular interest or difficulty.

Additional teaching methods

Teaching methods vary from course to course and may include:

  • Guest lectures from industry professionals or specialists
  • One-to-one sessions with your tutor
  • Workshops
  • Master classes
  • Case studies
  • Real-life scenarios and their application in practice
  • eTutoring
  • Directed learning
  • Peer learning
  • Independent study
  • Visits e.g. to museums and exhibitions or into industry
  • Internships and placements
  • Productions e.g. news broadcasting
  • Design studio work
  • Studio practice
  • Research
  • Laboratory work


The purpose of assessment is to provide students with valuable feedback on their progress and to further develop course content and teaching.

Learning is assessed in the most appropriate way for each subject.

Assessment could include one or more of the following methods:

  • Formal examinations
  • Oral examinations
  • Professional examinations
  • Class tests
  • Multiple-choice tests
  • Dissertation
  • Essays
  • Written assignments
  • Short synopses
  • Case studies
  • Reflective writing
  • Individual reports
  • Group reports
  • Laboratory reports
  • Design project reports
  • Coursework portfolios
  • Business proposals
  • Employability experiences
  • Reviews and peer reviews
  • Real-life industry projects
  • Presentations
  • Role plays
  • Practical coursework
  • Observation of skills
  • Clinical practice
  • Studio work
  • Off-campus assessments