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UCEN Manchester (The Manchester College)

Contemporary Art Practice

UCAS Code: C16A

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

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About this course


Course option

2years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Fine art

The emphasis of this award is to introduce students to a wide variety of Contemporary art practices, encouraging experimentation around given and self-initiated themes. This will include intellectual, aesthetic and practical development across a wide range of art disciplines. The course is intended to be vocationally orientated covering a diverse range of creative roles from independent artist to working in the creative industries in areas including curation, education and art therapy. At the same time encouraging a breadth of study and an agile and adaptable approach to prepare the learner to operate as an informed, responsive and skilled Contemporary art practitioner and professional in the creative and cultural industries.

The course offers a blend of traditional and innovative arts media which includes drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D, fibre arts, installation, time-based, virtual and lens-based media. A cross-college program of visiting lecturers includes a diverse range of practitioners strengthening the cross-disciplinary opportunities through critical debate as well as through practice.

Throughout the Contemporary Arts award students will be encouraged to identify and direct their own career pathway as an artist, and to gain appropriate work-related experience accordingly, whether it be in promoting and exhibiting their own work, or working to specific commissions; project management; group exhibition organisation and curating skills; sound and image editing in the media-related industries; event arts; teaching; web design; or working as part of an inter-disciplinary creative team.

Unit content on the award focusses on developing personalised theoretical perspectives and practical experiences in order to foster the development of a student as an independent practicing artist.

The Uni


Course location:

Northenden Campus

Department:

Visual Arts (CA)

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