Knowledge and understanding
You gain a knowledge and understanding of:
- Specific fine art techniques for communication and expression through visual and plastic forms.
- The critical and contextual dimensions of fine art, including the business, cultural, economic, environmental, ethical, global, historical, political, societal and theoretical contexts.
- The artist’s required relationship with audiences, clients, markets, users, consumers and other participants.
- The implications and potential of the key developments in current and emerging media and technologies.
- The implications and potential of interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary fine art practice.
- The relationship between the aesthetic and utilitarian dimensions (form and function).
- The significance of the works of other practitioners.
- The range of materials, media, technologies and tools associated with fine art.
- What constitutes and the importance of good working practices.
You gain the following intellectual skills:
- The articulation and synthesis of knowledge and understanding, attributes and skills in effective ways in the contexts of creative practice, employment, further study, research and self-fulfilment.
- The application, consolidation and extension of learning in different contextual frameworks and situations, both within and beyond the field of fine art.
- The investigation, analysis, interpretation, development and articulation of ideas and information through the use of visual languages.
You gain the following subject-specific skills:
- The generation of ideas, concepts, proposals, solutions or arguments independently and/or collaboratively in response to set briefs and/or as self-initiated activity.
- The employment of both convergent and divergent thinking in the processes of observation, investigation, speculative enquiry, visualisation and/or making.
- The selection, testing, use and exploitation of materials, processes and environments.
- The development of ideas through to material outcomes, including, for example, images, artefacts, products, systems and processes, or texts.
- The management and exploitation of the interaction between intention, process, outcome, context, and the methods of dissemination.
- The applications of resourcefulness and entrepreneurial skills to support the student’s own practice, and/or the practice of others.
You gain the following transferable skills:
- Self-management – the ability to study independently, set goals, manage own workloads, meet deadlines, anticipate and accommodate change, and work within contexts of ambiguity, uncertainty, and unfamiliarity.
- Critical awareness – the ability to analyse information and experiences, formulate independent judgements, and articulate reasoned arguments through reflection, review and evaluation; the ability to formulate reasoned responses to the critical judgements of others; the ability to identify personal strengths and needs.
- Interpersonal and social skills – the ability to interact effectively with others, for example through collaboration, collective endeavour and negotiation.
- Skills in communication and presentation – the ability to articulate ideas and information comprehensively in visual, oral and written forms, present ideas and work to audiences in a range of situations.
- Information skills – the ability to source, navigate, select, retrieve, evaluate, manipulate, and manage information from a variety of sources; the ability to select and employ communication and information technologies.
The programme aims to:
- Provide an excellent quality of higher education in Fine Art.
- Foster flexibility and multi-disciplinarity.
- Provide a teaching and learning environment informed by research and scholarship.
- Meet the lifelong needs of a diversity of students by widening access.
- Support national and regional economic development projects with an emphasis on art and design.
- Build on close ties within Europe and develop students’ knowledge of employability within the European Union.
- Produce graduates of value to the region and the nation, in possession of key skills, enabling students to develop their capacity to learn, prepared for employment or further study.
- Provide learning opportunities that are enjoyable experiences, involve realistic workloads, are pedagogically based within a research-led framework and offer appropriate support for students from a diverse range of backgrounds.
- Provide high quality teaching in good environments with appropriately qualified and trained staff.