Fine Artists explore ideas and make them visible. We use photography, ceramics, print, video, knitting, sewing, sound. We use paint, charcoal, wood, metal, clay, plaster, light. The work may be in three dimensions, or in two. It can be a film, a drawing, a photograph, a performance, a walk, a print, a painting, an installation. We can explore the marks we make when we move, the marks objects make when they are moved, the sounds things make. We can explore memory, feelings, folds, layers, stories, maps, colour, and journeys. As fine artists we explore the ideas that excite us, whatever they are and we use the materials we think will work best, whatever they may be.
We believe that professional practice, the whole business of being an artist, is really important and we make sure that our students develop the essential skills necessary to sustain their practice including presentation of work, organisation of exhibitions, sale of work, promotion, commissions etc. You will have the opportunity to organise and take part in exhibitions and residencies and to develop the transferable skills that you will need to work as an independent practitioner or to find employment in a range of occupations both within art and design and outside.
This course will help you to discover what you are passionate about and to learn how to use the materials and processes you find exciting. By the end of the course you should have the skills you need to continue to work as a fine artist and to earn your living in the area you want to work in.
These studies are entirely focused around the students’ course area, providing a solid grounding in subject history and in critical ways of thinking about creative practice. The Critical Studies programme enables students to set their own work in a wider context, and also helps them develop a better understanding of how creative work can be interpreted and assessed. Click here for more details.
Progression and Careers
A significant number of our graduates go on to undertake further study at postgraduate level
in areas such as film, book arts and painting, or a post graduate teaching certificate. Most graduates also continue to practice and exhibit their work nationally, with artist commissions and gallery sales common place.