BA Fine Art - Byam Shaw
In the first year you will be encouraged to identify your particular interests by establishing independent studio practice, while familiarising yourself with contemporary art through library research and visits to exhibitions. Workshops will give practical and theoretical support to your studio work and introduce you to the range of materials, approaches and facilities the course offers.
In the second year the workshops will give you the opportunity to explore new materials, techniques and approaches. There are studio based group discussions which will help you to develop critical and communication skills. There is an optional study visit to a European or American city; to date we have arranged visits to New York, Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris and Venice.
The final year will see you moving towards a more concentrated programme of work and gaining further experience in organising your studio practice and documenting your work in preparation for your final assessment. To complete the Art History and Theoretical Studies programme you will be asked to research and write a dissertation of between 5000 and 7500 words, which will constitute an independent research project.
An exhibition of work in the Concourse Gallery, accompanied by weekly seminars, will help you in preparing for your final degree show, with studio-based group tutorials providing a forum for discussion and final decision making.