Hello to all Fine Art students past and present!
I have been lucky enough to get into all 5 University choices for a Fine Art Degree. These are; University of West of England (Bristol), Birmingham City University, University of Gloucestershire (Cheltenham), University of Worcester & Hereford College of Arts.
Now comes the tricky bit, making a decision. I will be living at home in Worcester but want to go to the best University available to me with the best opportunities. I would like to know the opinions of anyone who has or is currently studying at these places. Feel free to comment if you're also a current degree art student with and views or advice.
Quick current thoughts on each - UWE (favourite but furthest away are the transport links good in Bristol) BCU - Good reputation? the head of art seemed a real task master! hardest interview by far and not enjoyable. Glos - Liked the course leader but does not do well on UNIstats, Worcs - small and developing maybe good in about 6 years time, Hereford - really good but didnt like some of the student work.
All advice welcome not just on those places but making a decision
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- 19-02-2016 09:56
- 22-02-2016 11:36
Well done on receiving offers from all of your university choices, you must be really pleased, apart from the difficult decision you have to make now! I studied Fine Art at the University of Gloucestershire, and honestly since finishing the course last May, I have missed everyone, and being in the studio everyday! Being such a small year, we were quite close - knit, and the studios become like our home, our own little habitats, where you spend everyday chatting, making work and just hanging out! It was a lovely atmosphere to be in everyday.
In terms of opportunities, there were lots on offer at Gloucestershire, some which you had to apply for : 2nd Year Travel Awards, where you either apply to receive a certain amount of money to travel to a place of your choice (as long as it influences your work!) One lady went to Fiji for 3 weeks, another girl went to Washington DC. Or you can apply to stay at the British School in Rome for a month, which is what I was lucky enough to do, which was a great experience meeting artists from around the world, and exploring Rome for a month!
There are also other awards available: In the first year you may receive a money award to help towards the cost of your materials, and in the 3rd year there is another cash award given to someone at the degree show, to help towards the cost of further study after your BA.
We also had plenty of opportunities to exhibit our work! Of course, there is the degree show at the end of your final year, which is a great event where 1000s of people turn up from the industry but also family and friends. But in our final year we also had the opportunity to exhibit our degree show at the Free Range Shows in London, which was a great opportunity. We raised about £6000 to do this, but we had all the support from our lecturers, tutors and technicians, and it bought our year even closer together! In the third year there is also the chance to exhibit your work at the Hans Brinker Prize in Amsterdam, which is a great experience to exhibit your work internationally, and to meet other artists from around the country and Holland. If you win the prize, you win around 3000euros and are invited back the following year to exhibit your work again!
I hope that has helped a bit, obviously the choice is down to you, I would just advise you to make your decision on how you initially felt when visiting each university: Could you see yourself and your work in the studios? Was there a good atmosphere? What were the space/facilities like? Were the current students/ lecturers friendly? If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
- 25-02-2016 18:59
Congratulations on receiving all of your offers, and I'm sorry to hear that your interview at BCU didn't go as you had wanted, even though I'm sure you did brilliantly.
The opportunities within the university and the city itself are fantastic, we have already been to the Frieze Art Fair in London and have visited all the local galleries. Birmingham hosts some incredibly galleries and art spaces such as the Ikon Gallery, an internationally acclaimed art gallery, and there is also a number of art galleries in Digbeth such as Eastside Projects and Grand Union. There is also the chance to go further afield in order to view art and different culture with trips to places such as Berlin and Venice, there is also an optional module in Level 5 to take time out and study abroad, a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested.
There are also plenty of chances to exhibit your work around the campus and at Parkside also, with the Foyer Gallery fully up and running this year and also the Degree Show in the third year. The tutors and technicians at the university are all brilliant, they are knowledgeable, supportive, accessible and approachable, they will aid you in whatever way to make your ideas a reality. In addition to that we also have student mentors who are made up of Level 5 students who are allocated times to come and talk to you and offer a different perspective on your work. All of the students at the university are approachable and friendly people, there is a strong sense of community with Margaret Street.
We also have guest artists lectures who come in and talk about their own practice and recently we have had some fantastic artists such as Mat Collishaw and Roger Hiorns, and many more have been scheduled.
The decision is yours ultimately, and it comes down to how you feel about the campus, the lectures the facilities. I hope I have helped in some form, if you have any questions do not hesitate to ask.Last edited by adamnealio123; 25-02-2016 at 19:01.
- 04-05-2016 11:00
If you're not sure which one to choose why not make the decision by the KIS data on the course website?This lets you see what students on the course really think. For instance, on the webpage for the Fine Arts UWE Bristol Course are the results from The National Student Survey, an independent survey run by HEFCE, where students are approached directly to say what they think. it normally looks like a red box. Why not compare what the students think? Last year, Fine Arts UWE Bristol students gave their course an unsurpassable 100% satisfaction rating. Why not compare this to the others?
hope this helps