Contemporary Art Practice - Moving Image, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture

BA (Hons)

BA (Hons) Contemporary Art Practice - Moving Image, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture
Our multi-disciplinary course focuses on developing your skills across technical, conceptual, contextual, personal and professional areas through individual practice and collaborative projects. The curriculum is informed by current debates surrounding production, presentation and consumption of contemporary fine art and provides you with a unique opportunity to develop your own visual art voice.

An integral part of your experience is the opportunity to undertake ‘live’ projects, placement and work-experience, commissions, exhibitions and external events in close partnership with regional arts organisations and other industry partners. These opportunities will develop your practical and conceptual skills and will inform the evolution of your own practice and determine your preferred working methodologies.

100% of students agreed this course was intellectually stimulating and 95% overall satisfaction
National Student Survey, 2017.

This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
4 years

You are able to specialise in 4 pathways: Moving Image, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture.

Year 1

You will develop fundamental core skills and knowledge of Contemporary Art Practice through studio projects, lectures, seminars and specific subject related technical workshops in drawing, printmaking, moving image, sculpture, photography and contextual and critical studies.

Year 2

You will extend your core skills in Contemporary Art Practice through emerging thematics and technically driven projects that enable you to develop your own personal interests and narratives. You will have the opportunity to participate in international and national study trips to broaden your contextual knowledge and increase your professional awareness within the field.

Year 3

Year 3 consolidate your skills acquisition and extends your personal direction and knowledge through self-directed study and development of professional skills in relation to external contexts. You will undertake a Professional Skills module focussing on external facing perceptions and the role of audience in the digestion of contemporary fine art.

Year 4

You will make an informed decision as to the nature of your supported independent Honours project, which will be reflected in your final award title. This year is about engaging in supported independent study that combines technical, visual, conceptual and contextual practice to produce a professional body of work for public consumption through exhibition and a written thesis.

 
Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course and module disclaimer for more information.

Detailed module information

You will work in a spacious studio environment as well as dedicated workshop facilities for Printmaking, Sculpture, Photography, Moving Image; and advanced digital production in two and three dimensions.

The course’s teaching and learning focuses on the development of skills across five key areas: technical, conceptual, contextual, personal and professional.

You will learn though optional industry-linked projects, European exchanges, study trips, placements and live competitions, which are all an integral part of the course. Group activities are plentiful and manifest through exhibitions, publications and public art activities, developing your professional and practical experiences. There are also socially engaged learning through subject specialist external projects with partners in Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and beyond.

Activity Summary

Year 4

  • Lectures - 40 (average) students per group, 4 hours per semester
  • Seminars - 8 students per group, 4 hours per semester
  • Tutorial - 1 student per group, 4 hours per semester
  • Project Supervision - 40 (average) students per group
  • Demonstration - 15 students per group, 4hours per semester
  • Practical class or workshop - 40 (average) students per group, 6 hours per semester
  • Supervised time in studio / workshop - 40 (average) students per group, 58 hours per semester
  • Independent Study - 40 (average) students per group, 370 hours per semester
  • External Visits - Variable numbers from stage 4 cohort, one week study visit to Orkney or Shetland, Helmsdale or international (all trips optional) in semester two, one week in duration
Independent Study

Throughout the course particular emphasis is placed on your development of independent learning through self-directed fine art project/s. In Year 4 you are required to study independently with the emphasis of supported study through tutorials, seminars, crits and exhibitions.

Staff Delivering on This Course

There is a combination of academic and technical staff teaching on this course, all staff having specific expertise in one of the named routes and are active researchers or practicing artists within the subject.

Expert practitioners in the industry contribute to course as Professional Associates, the ‘Life After Art School’ lecture programme and through the Guest@Grays programme, which invites national and international artists and designers to speak about their work and aspects of essential professional skills acquisition.

There is also input from Graduate in Resident artists, PhD and Masters students.

Assessment

Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 1 written assignment, including essays
  • 2 portfolios
  • 3 group critiques

Year 2

  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 2 portfolios
  • 3 group critiques

Year 3

  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 2 portfolios
  • 2 project outputs
  • 3 group critiques

Year 4

  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 portfolio
  • 3 group critiques
Feedback

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.


ACADEMIC SUPPORT

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

DISABILITY & DYSLEXIA CENTRE

ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

CampusMoodle

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library

Placements

In year 3, semester 2, you will have the opportunity to undertake up to 4 weeks work experience within one or more placement experiences. This will enable you to gain first-hand experience and a real insight into professional practice. We have longstanding agreements with a range of organisations both in the city of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and beyond including Peacock Visual Arts, Scottish Sculpture Workshop, The Carbrach Heritage Trust and GHAT (Grampian Hospital Arts Trust). There is also opportunities for you to apply for open call placements in preparation for Year 4. Each placement is financially supported and the Student Placement and Support Manager will support you in finding placements.

Find out more about our placements

Study Abroad

In Year 3, Semester 2, there is the optional opportunity to undertake a period of international study exchange with partner universities/colleges across Europe, Canada and the US. 

STUDY ABROAD

Job Prospects

The course will provide you with a wide range of transferable and professional skills ensuring you will be equipped for a diverse range of careers within the creative and cultural industries and society as a whole.

You may develop your individual creative practice through exhibitions, residencies, public art projects and many other forms of arts-related activity. Options include independent production, publishing, advertising, curatorial and archival work, gallerists, video & TV, arts administration, teaching and community arts.

There is also the option of extending your academic experience through postgraduate study at Gray’s School of Art or other postgraduate institutions.

CAREERS

ENTRY TO YEAR 1

SQA Higher: BBC to include Art & Design and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English)

GCE A Level: BC to include Art & Design and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English e.g. History).

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H3H3H3 to include Art and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English)

IB Diploma: 24 to include Higher Level Visual Arts and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English).

All applicants with the appropriate qualifications (or due to sit appropriate qualifications) will be invited to attend a portfolio review/interview and participate in a selection process.

ENTRY TO YEAR 2

Suitable qualifications for entry to Year 2 (or above) may include relevant GCE A Levels, HNC/HND or Diploma in Foundation Studies (e.g. Art & Design, Design & Media, Fashion Design, Textile Design).

GCE A Level: BCC to include Art & Design and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English).

IB Diploma: 27 to include Higher Level Visual Arts and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English)

All advanced entry applicants with the appropriate qualifications (or due to sit appropriate qualifications) and who successfully meet the criteria will be invited to attend an ‘advanced’ portfolio review/interview and participate in a selection process.

APPLICANTS FROM PARTNER COLLEGES

A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 2 or 3, subject to successfully meeting the partner course criteria.  

All advanced entry applicants with the appropriate qualifications (or due to sit appropriate qualifications) and who successfully meet the criteria will be invited to attend an ‘advanced’ portfolio review/interview and participate in a selection process.

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ALTERNATIVE QUALIFICATIONS

Those who may not hold the standard qualifications listed are encouraged to apply if they can evidence other appropriate/relevant creative work, qualifications and/or life experiences. Such candidates are advised to contact the Student Admissions Service for further advice and guidance.

A portfolio review/interview is still a requirement for this category of candidate.

Interview/Portfolio Review

Suitable applicants will be invited to attend the School with their portfolio for an informal review/discussion with academic staff. This allows you to meet staff, see the teaching environment and allows the School to explore our ambitions whilst reviewing your work. We will discuss your folio work and specific interests within art and design, as well as your aspirations. It will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions.

 

International Students

The International College at Robert Gordon University offers first year degree entry into Art and Design courses at Robert Gordon University for International Students.

ICRGU INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

PRE-SESSIONAL ENGLISH PROGRAMME AT RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

 
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2018/2019

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,360 per academic year
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,730 per academic year
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

  • The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
  • Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
  • Accommodation and Living costs
  • Printing
  • Studio Fund - £100 Year 1, £100 Year 2, £100 Year 3, £100 Year 4
  • £1,000 Materials
  • £50 Specialist Clothing
  • £350 Travel (optional)
  • £250 Field Study (optional)
  • £500 International Travel (optional)
  • £300 Camera (optional)
  • £1,000 Laptop (optional)

Other Fees and Charges

Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Student Awards Agency For ScotlanD (SAAS)

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

Student Finance England

Student Finance Wales

Student Finance NI

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS

Disclaimer

For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see

STUDENT FINANCE

Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

+44 (0) 1224 262728

The course has provided me with a range of skills including curating and running exhibitions, creating publications and working with other creative individuals outwith the educational institute. All of these skills are vital in the professional world
ALEXANDRA MCGREGOR | BA (HONS) CONTEMPORARY ART PRACTICE STUDENT

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