After finishing my A-levels, of which two were the strange new course Applied Art and Design, I found myself with the desire to study Graphic Design, which seemed to make sense at the time.
I applied to various universities, including Brighton, and was declined by all of them, so I decided to undertake a Foundation diploma. At the time this felt like an annoyance, as I thought (incorrectly) I was qualified enough to study at university already. However, this course was a real eye opener for me and I soon realised that studying graphic design was really me trying to be ‘sensible’ with my study choice, but that my heart truly lay with practicing fine art.
I always felt that I wanted to study at university - the appeal to me was the working atmosphere; the idea that I would be surrounded by people who had a passion equal to mine and that together we could push each other to new heights.
The first time I visited the University of Brighton I took a tour around the studios and that alone was enough to sell it to me. I met students who were enthusiastic and friendly and whose work blew me away. It just seemed like the perfect place to work.
Peter Barwick, 2011
There have been many great things about studying at Brighton: the freedom to explore my own creative impulses; the support I have received from tutors and friends alike and, of course, the social side of things. But the best part to me was always painting in the studios, being surrounded by inspiring people and their work and enjoying every second of it.
The course not only met my expectations, it fully exceeded them. I will miss my time here.
The highlight of the course was easily the Graduate Show and Private View. Seeing everyone’s work as it should be, with clean white walls and pristine presentation, it felt like a taste of big things to come.
At and after the Private View, seeing the general public enjoy (or not!) looking at our work gave me a great sense of fulfillment.
If you haven’t guessed already, I think this course has been wonderful! I would not swap my time here for anything.
However, you get back what you put in. The more you try to push yourself, the better you will become. The most rewarding feeling is to know that you have tried as hard as you could and that your persistence has made you develop into a better artist and person.
The aspects of the course I found most difficult were all to do with personal expression. The hardest times came in periods of mental block, where nothing seemed to make sense and I felt stuck in a creative rut. But with patience, support from other students in the studio and the belief that it will all somehow click back into place – and the often annoying (but accurate) comments from tutors - things would always turn around.
I hope to gain the respect of those in my field as a great artist.
The best days on the course (nearly all of them) would be those where we came into the studios, each got into our own hypnotic painting trances and produced stunning work (harder than it sounds) to often questionable music. There were inevitable ups and downs and eureka moments for one individual would be balanced by the person next to them pulling out their own hair in frustration! But it was always worth the lows, for the highs felt oh so high. And all the while being surrounded by people you love. What’s not to like?