Develop your practice in a rich and diverse environment. Through a combination of practical work and critical studies, you’ll prepare to meet the challenges and opportunities of the contemporary art world and creative industries.
This well-respected course aims to support the development of your individual practice as it evolves over the three years. You’ll be challenged to develop your skills, and to contextualise and communicate your work through presentations, exhibitions and written assignments. Your relationship with staff is key, and we give support through tutorials, group critiques and technical instruction, helping you to build confidence in realising your ambitions.
Creative, practical and theoretical skills
Skills and experience in research, reflection, evaluation, professional practice and independent, innovative thinking.
How the course is taught
The studio is at the centre of your learning and teaching. Teaching consists of individual tutorials, group discussions, critiques, technical workshops and student-led initiatives in exhibitions and presentations of work. At the beginning of the course, you’ll take part in introductory studio-based exercises and media workshops. The course is practice-led, with students taking increasing responsibility for self-directed study.
Our Fine Art course consists of an integrated learning experience of visual art practice and critical studies, with an emphasis on studio practice. Studio practice comprises a range of contemporary art forms supported by technical facilities, studios and staff expertise. These include drawing, painting, print-making, performance, installation, 3D, video, digital and lens-based work. During the course you may work in any media that’s appropriate to the development of your studies.
Critical studies and reflective practice modules give you opportunities for written assignments and encourage your ability to contextualise and analyse visual arts practice.
What you’ll do
Introductory projects help you generate ideas through practical work and introduce you to the basic elements of the creative process. As you develop specialist interests, you will be supported by media workshops and begin to strengthen the relationships between sources, ways of making and visual ideas. Critical studies modules introduce key study skills, contexts and debates that are important to the understanding of contemporary artworks. Through assignments you will also explore ways of writing to develop your analysis of artwork and reflection on your own practice.
Studio Practice 1: Strategies for Practice
Critical Studies & Reflective Practice 1: Introduction: the Contexts of Contemporary Art
Studio Practice 2: Initiating Practice
Critical Studies & Reflective Practice 2: A New Millennium
As you take increasing responsibility for your own learning, the second year is often a time of exploration and discovery where you begin to establish a more distinct and sustained body of work.