For individuals who want a broad educational experience across the visual arts.
- Work across a range of subjects, media and materials.
- Taught by practising artists and makers.
- Scope to specialise in the latter stages of the course.
Designed for individuals with more than one field of interest, through this course you can study a combination of visual art disciplines. With emphasis on making and thinking, you'll cover a range of subjects.
The first year of the course is structured and project based; you'll be taught in a shared studio or workshop with academic and technical staff. You'll learn new practical skills as well as developing those you already have.
As the course progresses, we'll encourage you to explore your own individual studio practice in the areas of study you choose. You'll benefit from support and encouragement from staff who are practitioners in their specialist fields. In addition you'll have access to the range of technical facilities the School of Art and Design offers.
You could choose to study Contemporary Arts Practice alongside Creative Computing as part of a combined course.
What you'll learn
In your first year we'll encourage you to work in a number of disciplines, gaining extensive knowledge and fundamental skills. You'll experiment, focusing on broadening your making and thinking skills.
You'll study context and theory within practice-based modules, supported by lectures and seminars that will introduce you to contemporary arts practice theory.
In years 2 and 3 you'll have the opportunity to specialise in one discipline, or maintain a broader portfolio through to graduation. Specialist strands of study include: drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, graphic art, mixed media textiles, printmaking, photography, performance and moving image.
Running in parallel to your study, you'll take advantage of professional development opportunities - you can expand your skills in areas such as web-design, marketing and project management. By gaining the necessary expertise, you'll maximise your potential as an artist or maker after graduation.
You'll choose modules from two of the following four core subject areas. Subject areas are 2D (painting and drawing), 3D (ceramics and sculpture), graphic arts and mixed media textiles. Optional modules are photography and moving Image, printmaking (etch) and screenprint. Alongside these subjects you will attend contextual studies lectures.
Years two and three
You can continue with two areas of study, or specialise in any of the subjects you studied in year one. Contextual studies lectures continue and you'll also begin a programme of professional practice, with opportunities to publicly exhibit your work. In your final year you'll complete a dissertation. You'll be able to develop your professional practice, in preparation for your career after your degree.
How will I be assessed?
You'll be assessed entirely by coursework such as portfolios, exhibitions, written papers and live presentations. There are no written exams.
How will I be taught?
You'll be taught through practical workshop sessions, individual supervision, seminars and lectures. You'll also have access to an extensive weekly programme of visiting lectures from practising artists, curators, critics and gallery owners.
You'll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world. Our students have completed Erasmus+ and Exchange programmes in a variety of countries including Norway, Germany, Japan, Australia and the USA.
You'll have opportunities to participate in regular field trips across all the course modules. Subject areas also organise international study visits to places like Berlin, Paris, New York and Venice (please note that you'll have to pay for some study visits).
Work placements, industry links and internships
There are opportunities for you to undertake work placements as part of the professional practice programme.
Graduate careers include:
- self employment as practising artists and makers;
- gallery administration;
- art administration;
- community based art work.
Competitions and awards
We'll encourage you to participate in competitions such as the Porthleven Prize and the Gane Trust Travel Grant among many others.
Facilities and resources
Where the subject is taught
Most of the strands within the Contemporary Arts Practice course (Art, Ceramics, Graphic Arts, Mixed Media Textiles, Photography and Print) are taught at Dartmouth Avenue and Sion Hill campuses.
You'll have access to an excellent range of studios and workshops in painting, sculpture, textiles, photography and printmaking.