This practice-based course will challenge and inspire you, developing the creative, technical, critical, reflective and enterprising skills to support you in forging a successful and sustainable career in contemporary art.
On this course you:
- have access to a range of workshops, industry-standard software, photographic and media resources.
- have the opportunity to explore individual and collaborative 2D, 3D and 4D practices in our spacious studios, experimenting with digital, intermedia and traditional art forms.
- will be taught by practising artists, art historians, and writers whose work has been exhibited at a number of prestigious venues across the world
Why you should study this course
Our degree mixes new and traditional technologies to reflect the evolving world of contemporary art. We encourage you to become a highly skilled and self-sufficient practitioner with good working habits and emphasis on interdisciplinary and international practice. You can learn to understand placement of your work within historical and contemporary social, political and cultural contexts.
We offer you a rich experience of guided assignment briefs, self-initiated projects, national or international competitions, ‘live’ projects, and both internal and external exhibition opportunities. Our typical graduate portfolios include: painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, installation, photography, performance, digital media, moving image production and socially engaged practice. Socially engaged practice is work such as Ai Wei Wei’s ‘Sunflower Seeds’ installation exhibited in the Tate Modern Turbine Hall or the activist, community work of the collaborative art group Assemble.
We aim to help you to prepare you for graduation and the world of work. From the outset we aim to develop the professional skills associated with evaluating, exhibiting and distributing your work, which will become more visible to the outside world as the course progresses and your confidence grows.
We have strong links with many regional arts organisations, for example, the Mead Gallery at the Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry ArtSpace Projects, Coventry Collective Pod, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry Contemporary Art Biennale and New Art West Midlands. Our commercial partners currently include Warwickshire NHS Trust, the Coventry Building Society and Severn Trent Water, which runs an environmentally themed tri-annual student art commission with the chance for six students to display their work in the company’s state-of-the art Operations Centre in Coventry (subject to availability, competitive application and additional costs).
Our FACeTS (Fine Art at Coventry Talk Series) gives you an opportunity to hear direct from some of the most innovative contemporary artists and creative practitioners from the UK and beyond – recent topics have explored current changes in cultural opportunities across Eastern and Western Europe, post-object art practices in the context of digital media and the impact that artists can have on their environments.
You may also be invited to take part in study trips to exhibitions and events*. Past trips have included the Tate Modern, White Cube, Saatchi Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Birmingham Ikon Gallery, Digbeth First Friday, Liverpool Biennial and British Art Show and many others.
Why choose this course?
Our degree mixes cutting-edge with traditional technologies to reflect the evolving world of contemporary art.
With an emphasis on interdisciplinary and international practice, we will encourage you to become a highly skilled and self-sufficient practitioner with good working habits and a clear understanding of the placement of your work within historical and contemporary social, political and cultural contexts.
We offer a rich experience of guided assignment briefs, self-initiated projects, national or international competitions, ‘live’ projects, and both internal and external exhibition opportunities. Typical graduate portfolios include: painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, installation, photography, performance, digital media, moving image production and socially engaged practice. Socially engaged practice is work such as Ai Wei Wei’s ‘Sunflower Seeds’ installation exhibited in the Tate Modern Turbine Hall or the activist, community work of the collaborative art group Assemble.
Preparing you for graduation and the world of work, from the outset we aim to develop the professional skills associated with evaluating, exhibiting and distributing your work, which will become more visible to the outside world as the course progresses and your confidence grows. You will first share work in a ‘safe’ environment, making use of the two formal gallery spaces within the University, later having opportunities to showcase your work within a range of external spaces in the city and the wider West Midlands region, such as the final year Interim Exhibition at FARGO Gallery, the level 3 Student Auction at the Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry and the level 2 group exhibition Bourn at the Stryx Gallery in Birmingham’s Eastside, culminating with the final public degree show, which can attract a very large audience of professional artists, curators, cultural and creative organisers and gallerists as well as friends and family.
How you’ll learn
In a typical teaching week, you will have approximately 13 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This includes a combination of:
- medium group teaching: workshops , seminars and lectures
- small group teaching: seminar, critiques and tutorials
- studio practice and bookable workshop access
The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online activities.
The School of Art and Design often provides opportunities to engage in external or collaborative activities such as competition/industry briefs and speakers beyond your course studies. We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to support your learning journey.
The course can be studied full-time over three years. You can extend your studies by a year by undertaking a Professional Placement or Study Abroad Year.
This course is essentially studio-based, but we encourage you to use some of our specialist digital and media resources, or engage in offsite projects.
This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which may vary depending upon the module concerned. Assessment methods include exams, practical coursework, essays/reports, presentations, individual assignments and/or group work elements.
This course is predominantly assessed by coursework.
This course explores a number of disciplines within 2D, 3D and 4D fine art studio practice. You have the opportunity to experiment with drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, spatial approaches, fine art performance, video, photography and intermedia. We encourage you to test and explore your understanding and practical skills relating to writing, curatorial and educational roles, putting theory into practice through a variety of opportunities.
From the second year of the course, we switch to a more in-depth study of contemporary fine art. These include examining a broad range of work by contemporary practitioners, writers and critics, and key movements and ideas. You are expected to develop your research ability and engage with relevant debates.
Art consolidations: During the final year of your degree, you should be strongly engaged in studio practice, honing your creative identity, revising and developing your ideas in preparation for the final degree show.
International experience opportunities
Our teaching is underpinned by a contemporary view of art practice. This is reflected strongly in the course curriculum which includes taught sessions on Globalism, Travel and Migration and provides opportunities to engage with students, staff and artists from a culturally and geographically diverse range of backgrounds.
Each year we also offer study trips abroad. Previous trips have been taken to Berlin where students visited galleries such as Hamburger Bahnhof and the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Amsterdam to visit the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and Foam Gallery. They have also been to Venice to view artworks and attend events at the Venice Biennale which currently represents artwork from 86 different countries in national pavilions, and also includes a Diaspora Pavilion.
Our connections with the Canal Basin Trust mean that you have the opportunity to undertake studio visits and meet the artists working there to hear about their developing artworks.
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