What is the course about?
The course is about enabling you to build strategies to develop your ideas. It is about building confidence and autonomy as you explore related themes, research contemporary artists relevant to these and experiment with materials. It’s about learning how to articulate your ideas as you develop your understanding through group discussion, 1:1s with the tutor and informal reviews. On this course we work with a supportive, enabling and generous ethic and are keen to create a strong peer group. The course is about developing a personal project therefore a considerable degree of independent working is key.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Research/idea development
- Context/ aspects of contemporary art practice
- Starting points
- Development strategies/ Experimentation and building technical skills
You will build upon previous experience, as well as continuing with experimentation
- Review/ Editing
- Project planning and production
- Presentation and reflection.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- explore a theme to develop a personal project
- engage in technical and conceptual strategies to develop ideas
- develop the content and context of your work
- plan and research a personal project
- continue onto execute a personal project to a high level
- reflect upon this constructively this as part of your ongoing enquiry.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for those with a good basic level of technical skills and an introductory level of experience in developing personal imagery. Having ongoing projects, being open to moving out of your comfort zone and having lots of ideas will all help you get the most from this lively course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The sessions will take place online; they will generally comprise of; a presentation, discussion, demos/ practical tasks set as exercises which you complete individually, informal reviews, the setting of homework tasks. The sessions will include 1:1 discussion with the tutor about your project themes.
Homework/preparation tasks are an integral part of the course – it is recommended that you try to spend at least 3 hrs between each session completing them in order to make the most of the taught sessions. They will vary dependent on your project and its progress but will include; artist research tasks, short written tasks, practical exercises, sourcing materials, photographing and uploading completed work to google classroom for class reviews. (The course will have its own Google classroom which will be used for; class communication, as a repository for class resources, including handouts, shared research suggestions, classwork etc. On enrolment you will be given a code to access this.).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
As this is an online course you will need to have a suitable working space eg a well-lit desk/table top, an angle-poise drawing/ desk lamp is useful if you have one and somewhere to put completed work/ work in progress. A mobile phone with a camera. You will need to source the materials you need to use on the course and we will be working with basic materials and standard and non-standard tools. We can discuss suitable materials during the first session.
-A computer or laptop with a fully updated browser google chrome browser works best.
-Headphones with microphones to block out all noise in sessions
-Or your device will need a microphone, and optionally a camera.
-You will need to login into our Google classroom before our sessions start.
-You will require a good broadband connection as mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle will not provide sufficient Bandwidth.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Have a browse of our art and design pages to see our array of courses.