The BA (Hons) Visual Studies degree course provides students with the opportunity to make work that is responsive to the potential of creative thinking rather than within the context of a single art and design discipline. Students are encouraged to make connections and to explore synergies across a range of visual art and design practice, media, processes and approaches.
The course is initially structured through projects which profile creative thinking across a range of visual practice. They also help to develop a visual language through which to express ideas as well as skills to exploit the potential of materials and processes. Fundamental aspects of art and design practice are explored through lectures and seminars as well as in the production of visual work to help define an approach and develop a skill set that best suits the student’s interests or career ambition as they progress through the course.
All levels of the course identify business and professional skills to inform career aspirations and to ensure awareness of the needs, expectations and direction of the creative industries. Studio work is also directly supported by a contextual studies learning experience, which outlines significant areas of contemporary visual culture and aspects of art and design history to inform the student’s work.
The course provides learning experience to develop practical skills with media and processes through studio demonstrations and workshop inductions, which take place throughout the course. Students are supported to develop an individual or personal visual signature through studio sessions, which will develop drawing skills in their broadest sense as means to research and to generate creative solutions.
On graduation students have chosen to pursue careers as artists or have entered a wide range of professions in design such as illustration, exhibition design, photography and web design. Others have pursued careers in all sectors of education as teachers, lecturers and technicians and the course has also enabled its graduates to successfully complete postgraduate courses in Fine Art, Design and Film.
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The award, named after the former BA Visual Student (1999) student, is donated by Caroline’s family. The award is given to a student whose work looks to help and support people through art. The prize for 2012/13 was presented to Claudia Runford (Year 3) in recognition of her final year project which examines the therapeutic uses of art.
“Interdisciplinarity, social engagement, collaboration and the questioning of creative boundaries are at the core of much contemporary practice. This is recognised and celebrated within the ethos of the Visual Studies course.”