This course explores the expanding and evolving nature of contemporary sculpture within the context of fine art practice. The course will enable you to understand and explore different interpretations of sculpture through a critically engaged, studio based experience. Key to the course ethos is the relationship between thinking and making. You will develop your critical faculties and practical skills within the dynamic studio culture, supported and informed by a stimulating contextual studies programme, tutorials, workshops and seminars.
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Portfolio of work. A foundation course/ National Diploma/AVCE/ Advanced GNVQ or equivalent. Pass in 1 GCE A Level. Passes at GCSE level in 3 subjects (grade C or above). EU/International students must show proof of equivalent qualification and IELTS 6.0 in English on enrolment. Applications are welcome from mature students and the College takes into consideration prior learning, alternative qualifications and experience.
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You will develop research skills and explore the historical and 21st Century precedents of contemporary sculpture. You will acquire basic making skills and an understanding of different processes, experiment with a range of materials and begin to reflect on the relationship between intention and resolution in a work of art.
A series of key ideas lectures will introduce you to several important debates and theories that underpin contemporary art. You will be introduced to a range of strategies to help you develop a research methodology and reflective approach to your studies.
You will continue to acquire and refine your making skills, experimenting with a range of materials and processes. You will begin to demonstrate and articulate an understanding of your critical position in relation to contemporary issues. The second year also requires you to set out a clear set of research questions, methodologies for your practice and proposed outcomes supported by a research portfolio.
Electives - This programme is undertaken by all 2nd year BA students and offers a menu of complementary studies that allows you to broaden your enquiry both in practical terms and in relation to critical and professional contexts. There is the opportunity to strengthen your practice, deepen a particular seam of critical enquiry and expand technical skills in specific media or processes. For example: sound, animation, philosophy, curating, performance.
You will be planning, developing and realising your individual, self-initiated programme of study. Through a choice of dissertation, work placement or live project you will explore in depth the context within which you choose to locate your practice. You will develop your ideas using an appropriate research-based methodology and work towards a completed body of work, which will prepare you for ongoing study and professional practice.
Comments: The sculpture department has open plan studios placed adjacent to the well-equipped workshops, a foundry and casting room allowing fluid movement between the two spaces. In the past our students have worked with galleries including Stephen Friedman Gallery, White Cube, Royal Festival Hall and worked for artists such as Cerith Wyn Evans, Anthony Gormley and Angus Fairhirst. Students have also taken placements with AB Foundry, Engineered Arts, Royal National Theatre, Horniman Museum and Tate Britain.
Career opportunities: Many graduates are now working successfully in studio practice. They include four of the artists represented in the recent Saatchi Collection's British Art in the Nineties exhibition and Turner Prize nominee Cathy de Monchaux. Students have also been successful in finding places on postgraduate courses in fine art. Recent graduates are working as curators at the Tate and showing in London and internationally with works represented in major collections.
Contact person: Matt Franks