This studio based course encompasses the whole range of Fine Art, from painting and sculpture to video and live art. Each element is supported by excellent facilities and taught by nationally and internationally practicing artists.
The programme is designed to fully develop your individual creative potential in an ever-changing and challenging Fine Art environment.
Through a critical understanding of your own practice and a developed knowledge of the discourses that surround your chosen idiom, you’ll develop the skills and confidence to be able to communicate effectively and exhibit your work with authority.
We provide you with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and appropriate practices. You’ll develop your creative potential and critical understanding as a practising artist.
A good first degree in Fine Art or its equivalent in terms of learning or experience.
Fundamentally you will be selected on your ability, as demonstrated in a portfolio and interview, to succeed on the course.
The aim of the course is to examine and critically engage with the practice of art making. It is designed to stimulate and influence you to develop independent language in Fine Art through ambitious and disciplined studio practice
Introduces generic principles and processes of research relevant to the practice and study of art, design and curatorial practice. It provides you with a strong sense of methodological purpose when thinking about your practice. It will give you confidence and authority by assisting you to identify key areas of interest and to build on this towards a mastery of your subject. It will outline established models of academic enquiry – both practical and intellectual – proposing ways to gather, analyse and communicate a wide range of information and ideas.
Studio 1: Re-establishment of Studio Practice
Is designed to re-establish and situate your existing practice. Its aim is to support and challenge you in further developing an awareness of this using material and methods acquired in the Research Methodologies module. You’ll produce work based upon a written proposal, negotiated individually and agreed with staff. Technical staff will introduce you to a wide variety of workshops as necessary, so you can experiment and explore, bringing your outputs to a finished level for exhibition at assessment.
Studio 2: Developing Studio Practice
Develop your re-established practice. The module aims help you consider your initial studio developments you made in Studio 1: Re-establishment of Studio Practice and develop a working strategy to build on and develop these further. You’ll be encouraged to pay greater attention to the exhibition element of your practice and to test finished resolutions not only of individual works in isolation but of a group of works relating positively to each other in appropriate exhibition settings.
Aspects of Contemporary Art Practice
Develop relevant research methods and advanced reflective research, including appropriate references to theoretical and critical resources. This will give you greater understanding of the historical context of your studio practice. You’ll analyse your previous studio work and build on agreed experimentation/exploration in order to develop your technical, contextual and conceptual understanding of your studio practice.
Studio 3: Advanced Studio Practice
A double module that leads to the award of MA Fine Art. The aim is that you’ll carry out a proposal developed in Aspects of Contemporary Art Practice. The outcomes based on this proposal will have been agreed and this forms your programme of study for the module. You’ll work in the studio with increasing independence and you’ll be able to demonstrate an advanced capacity to work within your chosen idiom and have advanced your understanding of this.
Fine Art graduates our BA and MA courses have worked and exhibited widely as professional artists, had work purchased by the Tate and other institutions, represented the UK in exhibitions such as the Sao Paulo Biennale and have been nominated for the Turner Prize. Graduates work as curators and gallery professionals in public and private galleries and for arts councils and organisations, and write for journals.
Among the many opportunities there are for students to develop professional skills, experience and networks, the opportunity to work as interns for the Jerwood Drawing Prize gives them a unique perspective on the origination and organisation of the longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK.
Employers such as Hauser and Wirth, Woodford Litho, Idea Generation Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, GX Gallery, London, Arnolfini (Bristol) and The Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery have recruited graduates from the department.
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