This course is the expanded field of fine art practice and overlaps with broader visual practices as a whole; including painting, print and photo-media, sculpture, video art, book arts, publishing, new media art, performance, installation, community arts, public arts, curatorial practice and art writing.
As well as gaining insights and skills linked to a variety of media you will engage with a wide range of aesthetic and conceptual debates. You will explore identity and diversity, political environmental social and cultural themes that can be expressed through your developing practice as a contemporary artist. The course will prepare you to be a professional artist working in the contemporary visual arts alongside artists designers and other creative practitioners.
You will come in contact with a number of professionals involved in producing, curating, and critiquing contemporary art. You will gain confidence and proficiency in presenting your work to professional standards, including portfolio production and skills in networking, exhibiting and marketing. You will be able work individually and in teams, working with other creative practitioners in art and design, as well as with other discipline areas including science, education, society and culture, health and well-being, and the built environment.
WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
The course embraces practices and ideas aligned to contemporary fine art practice, and broader visual practices as a whole. As well as gaining insights and skills linked to lens-based media you will encounter aesthetic issues, as well as social, environmental, political, and conceptual problems that can be expressed through still and moving image media.
Employability skills are integrated into the course and provide you with an awareness of the real-world context of the creative industries in general and photography and video art in particular. You will be helped to develop a strategy for obtaining appropriate employment at the end of your course.
Professional practice will be emphasised as part of all learning units but a work-related learning unit especially will help you to become more focused on managing your career. You will be helped with the preparation of a professional portfolio; including a CV (curriculum vitae) and social media skills needed to promote yourself in a socially mediated art and design world.
Students who register for the degree with professional practice year will additionally attend a series of workshops and activities related to securing a suitable placement and compulsory briefings at the end of year 2 to ensure that all legal requirements for health and safety, safeguarding etc. training have been met,. This will be explained more fully in your professional practice handbook once you have registered with the Careers and Employability Services Student Development and Awards Team in your first year. If you will be working with children and/or vulnerable people you will be required to have a DBS check and undertake Safeguarding and Prevent training.