As a first-year student on the BA Contemporary Art programme, I was introduced to the programmes three main departments. Various modules took place throughout the year and covered all areas of 2D, 3D and Textiles. I found it hard to select my pathway, as I found all were appealing. With great support from the lecturing staff, I opted for the 2D pathway for the rest of the programme.
The next three years were well designed, from structured lectures to more independent learning approaches. All students, including myself were guided to become confident, self-directed practitioners. With continuous practical and research-based assignments, interesting seminars, and workshops in the areas of Professional Practice, History of Art and Visual Culture, all students gained important research and academic writing skills.
During my studies, I was supported in my multidisciplinary workflow, and was able to use all the departments necessary to create my work. I felt driven by challenging debates during regular critiques which often helped me to comprehend artwork from different and fresh angles. The access to an extensive library and the art collection held in it, made artists research and my interest in neuroscience delightful. The CCAM community made college a time full of joy and I felt supported by all the lecturing, administrative, technicians and caretaking staff throughout the 4 year programme.
The Contemporary Art programme is not only an art course, but a family. As you make your way through the entrance of the building, you are greeted with smiling faces and a bubbly atmosphere. This energy, coupled with the passion and enthusiasm from lecturers, creates an environment perfect for nurturing and growing your creative practice.
The path I chose in my 4 years on the Contemporary Art programme was in the medium of 2D. During this time, I learnt many important skills, such as academic writing and DSLR photography. I also had the opportunity to sculpt a life size clay head.
There are ongoing critiques which, through conversations with lecturers and peers, help to discuss your work and build confidence. These group interactions, along with guidance from lecturers, made me better understand my art style and the artists I was drawn to. This self-discovery was strengthened by the architecturally jaw dropping library. At a click of a button, you can explore and find an array of books, journals and online articles.
Art college is a challenging yet rewarding experience, and one that I will never forget.
As a student on the BA in Contemporary Arts,
I opted for the 2D stream of the programme which offered a flexible approach to concentrating on my preferred digital artistic mediums. Continuous practical and research- based assignments were combined with module delivery in the areas of Professional Practice, Art History, Critical Theory and Visual Culture
through lectures, seminars and workshops. During my studies, I was afforded many opportunities to deliver presentations on my chosen subjects which resulted in the valuable development of my research skills and knowledge base together with renewed confidence to present my work to audiences. My involvement in organising our Visual Art Exhibition in Year 3 encouraged me to organise a global travelling photography exhibit from Michigan State University, U.S.A. to visit the campus in November 2018. The campus provides access to photography and video equipment, along with state-of-the-art Apple Mac labs and creative editing software. The department’s library has an extensive art collection which enables comprehensive research for studies. There was a close- knit community within the college, and I received great support from caretakers, administrative, support services, technicians and lecturing staff.