This art programme offers the specialist route in painting and drawing that combines the freedom to explore studio and workshop practice through the disciplined range of skills and techniques associated with painting and drawing.
We recognise that many Art students want to specialise from the outset of their degree, focusing the development of skills in one clear discipline area.
Our programme is built around the key areas of drawing and painting. Each of these disciplines are supported by technical workshop provision to enable you to achieve the highest quality art production. This new degree allows you to commit to this discipline area and explore the area observational and experimental work. Through this journey we will encourage you to develop an intellectual curiosity, and a sense of adventure, with an ability to deal with the unpredictable.
In the first year students will initially be set a series of research and drawing based activities that will drive the students’ ideas towards a self-directed practice, greater independence, and by the final year, the attainment of a distinctive vision.
Lectures and seminars along with the peer group critique in the studio, support independent, self-directed work. Students will learn to create their own negotiated pattern of work as they move towards an exhibition for their degree show in their final year.
You will have the opportunity to visit a major international city at an affordable cost to study the museums, galleries and culture. Recent cities have included Berlin, Barcelona, Venice and Madrid. Trips to museums and galleries in London and other cities take place throughout the academic year. We offer you the opportunity to exhibit your work outside of the artOne building. A series of selected work is hung in the general public spaces and provides a professional showcase for your work. As well as these public spaces there is the opportunity to show work in the University’s Otter Gallery.
Main Studio and Workshop Skills and Activities:
- Painting: Oil, acrylic, drawing, construction, mixed media.
- Textiles: Constructed textiles, felt-making, embroidery, papermaking, printed
- textiles, mixed media, installation
- Sculpture: Wood, metal, casting, plaster, ceramics, found materials, mixed media
- Installation: appropriated materials, site-based and gallery-based work
- Printmaking: Etching, screen-printing, relief printing, mono-print and
- combined media
- Drawing: Drawing is seen as an important
- element in the development and realization of ideas and is the basis of the initial studio work at level one.
- Digital Art: Digital photography, video, sound, net-art, animation, installation.
Our facilities content
Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.
The Art department are situated in the dedicated artOne building comprising outstanding studio and workshop facilities. It is an exciting place to study, providing a dynamic and supportive learning environment for the production of original new art work.
The well-equipped workshops and studios provide environments for you to create experimental, inventive and ambitious work. The main studio space in the purpose built artOne building provides individual studio spaces for all students as well as bookable spaces for installation, performance and projection work.
All full time BA students, and part timers doing the ‘studio practice’ modules doing studio practice modules, you will be allocated a personal studio base in which you can carry out your self-directed projects and art work. All students also have access to workshop areas and technical support in the key disciplines of the Fine Art programmes.
The workshops reflect the range of options across the various degree programmes. A distinctive aspect of the department is that of individualized working areas in the studio space.
Where this can take you
The course provides the opportunity to develop skills across a broad range of areas and become resourceful, reflective learners, finding creative solutions to new problems with the ability to be self-disciplined and able to work independently. ‘Creativity’, thinking ‘out of the box’, and good communication skills (visual, verbal, and written) are all key skills that employers are seeking, and these are fundamental skills developed by Fine Art.
- Professional artist
- Art teacher, educator, or technician
- Art administration and management in galleries and museums
- Art therapy (with extra professional qualification) and art community work
- Art journalism
- Or further study (such as MA in Fine Art, MSc in Art Therapy, PGCE, etc)
It is vital that students are prepared for some of the things the contemporary art world will throw at them on graduating.
We have developed a programme in which second and third year (level 5 & 6) students focus on aspects of professional practice and vocational experience. Some students may want to be Art Teachers in the future, so in level 5 we’ll find work experience opportunities in schools to enable them to test out if this is what they really want.
Other recent students have worked on site-specific commissions, community arts projects, and work placements with local galleries and museums (admin and marketing and gallery education), residencies in schools, creating a virtual Art gallery, Art sales, Exhibition & Event development, and Business plans for self-employment.
The experience is invaluable in terms of working to time and budgetary constraints, and in dealing with the public. In level 6 this can develop into a written ‘case study’ of a particular professional practice.
Year One Module Information:
- Studio Practice 1 (Double)
- Studio Practice 2 (Double)
- Workshop 1
- Workshop 2
- History Of Art 1: Avant-Garde And Modernism
- History Of Art 2: Art Contexts And Themes
Year Two Module Information:
- Studio Practice 3 (Double)
- Studio Practice 4 (Double)
- Workshop 3
- History Of Art 3: Discourse Analysis 1
- History Of Art 4: Discourse 2 - Site Agency And Display
Year Three Module Information:
- Essay And Vocational
- Professional Practice
- Exhibition A
Teaching and assessment
Assessment of modules takes an interesting and stimulating variety of different forms, including: studio group critiques, individual tutorials, presentations of studio and contextual work, seminars and essays, and culminates in the final year degree exhibition of practical work. These will help you become more confident and assured of your strengths and abilities.
The criteria for assessment ensure that students have gained knowledge and understanding across practical skills and an understanding of contemporary and theoretical contexts. These broadly fall into the three categories of:
- ART PRACTICE
- CRITICAL SKILLS
- KEY SKILLS