The course initially provides you with the opportunity to develop work in a number of different fine art territories, and from these initial encounters you negotiate a programme to support your own approach to practice. The course enables you to work across disciplines or within the more traditionally defined areas of practice, and relevant critical and theoretical debates are referenced to support this.
Many of our graduates continue to exhibit their work, often combining this with opportunities in curation, art criticism, film production, public arts projects, museum and gallery work, education, and related fields such as web design and event co-ordination.
Ideally you should have passed the BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design but other equivalent qualifications are welcomed. You should have a portfolio of practical work to bring to interview.
This innovative course was one of the first to offer students the opportunity to explore and develop work across boundaries, within the ever-expanding contemporary fine art disciplines. It encourages creativity, individuality and personal growth, and once you have acquired the basic skills you can negotiate your own individual programme of study with tutors.
You are encouraged to bring highly individual approaches to studio practice, coupled with an emphasis on experiential learning; these are the defining factors that have established the course at the cutting edge of contemporary practice.
We select only the most dedicated and creative students who have the energy, enthusiasm and commitment that the course requires. Our exceptional team of practising artists teaching theory and practice are supported by state-of-the-art facilities and workshops that are at the forefront of current technical innovation.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
The course emphasis on creativity and individuality is supported by regular tutorials and studio discussion. This encourages you to explore different approaches to practice, coupled with technical introductions and workshops, enabling you to conceive increasingly ambitious projects. Contemporary Fine Art practice is the focus of debate in both lectures and the studio, supported by the programme of visiting artists and lecturers. You will develop increasing insight into the exciting and diverse contemporary London art scene.
Year 2 and Year 3 (Credit Levels 5 and 6)
In Years 2 and 3 the focus is on your chosen area of practice; experimentation and innovation are consolidated, and you will undertake a work placement within the creative industries to test your emerging aspirations.
Contextual Studies, Theory and Practice are allied, with you defining the topic through tutorial discussion, for your Year 2 Contextual Studies module and final year Dissertation.
The final year culminates in the Degree Show. You will engage in fundraising, promotion and curation of this public event, which currently takes place at Ambika P3 at the University’s Marylebone Campus.
Subjects of study include:
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