What led you to UoC?

It was a bit of a coincidence. A chance request for some form of art-related study through Carlisle College resulted in my being invited to attend the Access to Art course, led by Francis Moore, five years ago.

What happened next?

Once I had completed the access course I was encouraged to apply to the university to study Fine Art. The results and encouragement given to me were a massive help in coming to my final decision.

What do you enjoy most?

The camaraderie we have developed as students has been amazing. We all support each other and enjoy our successes, encouraging and looking after each other with any problems we have.

I particularly like working in the resource areas and developing themes, solving problems and seeing my concepts become a reality. The other great experience was finding out I had passed my dissertation; the sense of achievement was huge.

How much staff support do you get?

The tutors we have are massively supportive of our work and easy to access if we have problems. As it’s been such a long time since I was at school, writing my dissertation filled me with dread.

I made appointments with Claire Stewart in Liss who was absolutely brilliant and so helpful in getting me through the experience.

I was able to have Martin Fowler, a Fine Art lecturer, as my supervisor. He went well above what was expected of him to assist me in the writing of my dissertation.

 

What are the highlights?

I particularly like working in the resource areas and developing themes, solving problems and seeing my concepts become a reality. The other great experience was finding out I had passed my dissertation; the sense of achievement was huge.

 

Is UoC changing you as a person?

I’m more outgoing, confident and getting involved in group activities. I am also looking at exhibiting my work in galleries outside the university and making plans to develop and keep my practice going after I leave.

I would ultimately like to be earning some money from my artwork, or from an activity based on the art I have produced. I have recently started to make books in the print resource areas. This could become a source of income to me in the future.

 

Will you miss being here?

I will massively miss the buzz and noise of university life, as I am in almost every day. It will be very strange not having that routine, although I have a studio at home, which I will work in. I will be on my own most of the time but that will not prevent me from continuing with my practice.

BA (Hons)

Fine Art

Seize your moment to do what you love and love what you do. The Fine Art course will enrich your knowledge enabling you to take your creativity into an exciting and fulfilling creative practice. Exhibit your work with your own show in our very own Vallum gallery plus unveil your talents at national shows such as 'Freerange' with your peers.

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