Fine Art is a broad-based and highly practical programme. In addition students can opt for pathways in Applied Arts and in Curating, in Year 3. The core programme and its pathways share resources and teaching expertise, though with differing project outcomes. This makes for a dynamic working environment with great scope for the cross-fertilisation of ideas and techniques.
The programme is designed to recognise individuality, encourage independence and enhance creative and technical expertise. Fine Art the briefs tend to be open-ended and artist-led, whereas Applied Arts projects are modelled as client-focused design briefs. The Curating pathway provides students with skills in exhibition organization, management and curatorship. This provides potential curators and arts administrators with an understanding of every aspect of their business.
All staff are creative practitioners and place a high priority on giving regular and sound tutorial support aimed at cultivating creative potential. We offer expertise and facilities to support a range of materials: oil, ink, clay, glass, plastic, textiles, wood, metals, and stone. Students have the opportunity to gain skills in processes such as modelling, carving, throwing, casting, welding, etching, silkscreen, digital and lens-based media. Individuals continue to work broadly or to focus their interests in one or two main areas such as painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking or digital art. In Applied Arts practice these extend further into illustration, functional ware, digital design and public art.
Studio teaching is complemented by contextual background in the history and theory of art, through lectures, seminars, tutorials, essays and discussions. Professional Practice modules are offered throughout the programmes. These allow students to develop entrepreneurial, presentation and IT skills and to document their technical skills, with the aim of preparing students for professional life after the degree.