The course can be studied full-time over three years and part-time over six years, starting in September. You have the option of extending your studies by a year and undertaking study abroad or a professional placement.
Essentially studio-based, with access the University’s extensive specialist digital and media resources, the course aims to draw on a range of creative sources to help you to formulate ideas, discuss and revise your work effectively and quickly.
During tutorials and studio critiques, you will be asked to discuss ideas, strategies and methodologies with staff and fellow students adapting and developing your approaches in the light of this dialogue, at the same time enhancing your interpersonal skills, work ethic and methods of self-evaluation and critical reflection. Through a menu of technical workshops, you will be given the opportunity to acquire introductory skills in printmaking, sculptural processes and digital imaging, as well as being inducted into safe working practices within the studio and various workstations.
Throughout the course, you will be able to produce a number of artefacts and installations, resulting in a body of realised creative outcomes which make reference to contemporary fine art practice, whilst embodying a personal and authored vision. Within supporting log books, sketchbooks and through discussion, you will be expected to evaluate, analyse and contextualise their work. In the past, project themes have ranged from disabilities awareness and anti-war to children’s education and advances in technology.
As part of our commitment to your professional development, you will have opportunities to undertake professional practice by participating in external briefs involving contemporary illustration, graphics and animation. Typically related to the professional contexts you aspire to, these projects can enable you to complete creative work that relates to your future goals, as well as gaining hands-on experience of establishing clients, contacts, project and time management, working for clients, developing your own creative output in relation to market place opportunities, presentation and portfolio review and development.
During your course of study, where possible you will be invited to take part in regular study trips to galleries, exhibitions and events, such as Tate Britain, Tate Modern, White Cube, Saatchi Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Birmingham Ikon Gallery, Digbeth First Friday, The Custard Factory, Liverpool Biennial and British Art Show and many others (additional costs may apply). These trips not only cover elements of traditional and contemporary arts practice, but excursions such as the Warner Bros Studio Tour allow you to see many of the skills you are learning applied across a range of production processes, from concept art right through to model building and set design.
As well as a regular series of professional artist presentations though FACETS (the Fine Art at Coventry Talk Series), we are also participating in the AA2A (Artists Access to Art Colleges) project, a national initiative providing residencies to visual artists and designers, which enables students to work alongside and interact with them. We currently have four artists with us, who will be giving talks and showing work throughout the year.