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Art and Design

The Fine Art stream represents all the Fine Art disciplines we offer. Although each discipline is presented and taught within its traditional name, the contemporary art world and current practice has seen a blurring of the edges of the disciplines, to the extent that a student practicing painting might well actually be constructing boxes from found objects and presenting these or perhaps using digital printing to produce works. This open and fresh approach enables all students, irrespective of discipline, to engage with any specialist on the BVA teaching staff in discourse about their work.

The solid foundation skills learned by the students in their first year makes the transition from the BVA First Year programme seamless, because it is these skills of the two-dimensional and three-dimensional which are built on and developed in their second year.

Art History/Theory and the intellectual discourse pertaining to issues of the future, present and past, are an integral element of the teaching practice at all levels of the Fine Arts. This is applied within the context of the studio situation as well as in formal lectures, tutorials, student/staff criticism and review sessions, one-on-one student/lecturer discussion, as well as informally during the general day-to-day working in the studio.

Drawing skills and processes are considered paramount to the development of the artist in training and these continue to be taught in both the second and the third years. The third year of study in whichever chosen discipline, is the year of experimentation and exploration in the search for artistic identity and relevance.

The fourth year of study is dedicated entirely to development within a specific discipline and successful completion is rewarded with a BVA Honours degree. Further study towards the achievement of a professional Masters qualification is currently found within the MTech degree.