Work on display: Fine Art
Fine Art offers an opportunity to study within an environment of enquiry and wonder, where the hierarchical boundaries between disciplines are removed.
To this end, our students are taught to embrace the myriad challenges inherent in a course such as this with a sense of experimentation and critical thinking. This culture enables them to respond to the world around them right from the beginning of their studies, something that is encouraged through unique approaches and natural collaborations. We help them flourish across a multitude of materials, methodologies and shared perceptions.
Embracing new and disparate areas is essential to our ethos. Students are given the opportunity to work with every School within the University and encouraged to immerse themselves in the worlds of everyone from Dundee’s world-leading medical researchers and engineers to our environmental pioneers and philosophers.
A number of initiatives are organised to encourage students to think beyond the boundaries of what they thought possible, both in terms of their own practice and the wider art world. A weekly Speaker’s Series brings students together for exciting presentations from artists and theorists from all over Europe and to engage with the ideas and debates that these stimulate.
Our staff exhibit and publish nationally and internationally and our students have the opportunity to work with them both within the tutorial system and within cross-year peer groups, attending masterclasses, undertaking study visits and participating in international collaborative projects.
All students have the opportunity to participate within a professional practice programme designed to equip them with the diverse range of skills required to confidently navigate the complexities of the creative industries after graduation.
The work of this year’s graduands showcase an expansion beyond the studio environment into materials ranging from print-making and artist books, sculpture, painting, sound, film, photography, text and curatorial practices. The growing critical and contextual understanding of the theory of art and culture which is at the core of our students learning is clear to see.
Some of this year’s cohort have chosen to focus on issues and beliefs personal to them, while others elected to tackle some of the most pertinent questions of our time. In several cases, the two have been explored simultaneously. Their hard work over the past four years has been geared towards developing their own identity as an artist and the incredibly broad spectrum of projects bears witness to that journey.
Head of Contemporary Art Practice
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