Fine Art: Studio, Site and Context encompasses and celebrates a broad and open approach.
You are able to draw upon and utilise, an expansive range of materials, media, concepts and philosophies to develop your work and convey your ideas.
Studio practice is at the core of our teaching and encompasses the use of a wide range of workshops, together with personal studio spaces. The studios are our powerhouse, a place where your ideas are explored and developed through material practices - painting, drawing, sculptural practice, video, sound, installation and performance.
Site is also key to our teaching in Swansea, both in terms of concept and place. The relationship between our Fine Art department and the city has developed over many years, resulting in our graduates developing artists' studios and gallery complexes. Our staff are professionally involved with major art institutions that have formed links with the course, enabling you to engage in cultural activities beyond the university.
The notion of Site in relation to Context is an important consideration and you are encouraged to explore this relationship. Explorations of Context form a central pillar of your course. The importance of Context is taught through theory lectures, practice-based lectures, seminars and workshops. Our teaching investigates Context, from the contemporary, political, conceptual, philosophical and the practical, including explorations of site responsiveness as well as developing an awareness about the appropriateness of materials.
Experimentation, investigation and questioning are vital aspects of both practice and theory throughout the course. Grasping these key themes enables you to respond to the expanding field of contemporary practice and the broad spectrum of interdisciplinary opportunities.
This articulation between concept and media is a fundamental characteristic of contemporary fine art practice. To this end, our Fine Art: Studio, Site and Context course encourages you to think creatively and enables you to be free to explore media and push your ideas to the limits and beyond. The emphasis is placed on the relevance and significance of materials/medium in relation to your ideas and contexts.
In our course, we believe that there is no hierarchy of medium.
We do however place significant emphasis on the concepts of ‘time and place’, as artists often work within the context of their social, historical, political and geographical positions.
Our programme encourages you to consider your position within society, both historically and contemporaneously.
This historical and contemporary contextualisation ensures you are able to locate your own work and it also provides you with a multitude of references and inspiration for comparison and example.
Our Fine Art: Studio, Site and Context course thus encourages you to be aware of theoretical debates, contemporary practice and the historical precedents relevant to your creative development; consequently, the studio becomes an energised and animated forum for both discussion and practice.
Our course also places great emphasis on the relationship between the professional processes of making art and its long-term sustainability. Our teaching team has a considerable international reputation within their individual fields and these combined experiences provide a range of expertise from painting, drawing, video, installation, site-specificity, curatorship and publishing. These ventures all contribute to a very hands-on experience-based knowledge of both curating and exhibiting.
This programme provides a direct connection between the international platforms of contemporary practice and your dedicated studio space situated in our Dynevor building, at the heart of Swansea city centre.