Kevin Pridham installation including built environment and digital interactive elements
Students working on sculptures at the University of Brighton
Suliman Majali Bone Sculpture
Raw clay crocodile sculpture gradually melts in a river of coffee
Sculpture students participate in Big Draw launch

Fine Art Sculpture BA(Hons)

Introduction

Fine Art: Sculpture BA(Hons) at the University of Brighton offers you a studio and specialist workshop-based course. You will receive an in-depth education in the creative, intellectual and practical knowledge of sculpture and explore the distinctive nature of contemporary sculptural practice.

You will be taught core approaches to materials, space and form:

  • Casting
  • Metal forging
  • Fabrics
  • Clay
  • Wood
  • plastics and plasticity
  • installation
  • rapid-prototyping
  • video and photography
  • digital technologies
  • live art sculpture and performance
  • audience and environment 

Who this course is for

This specialist Fine Art course is for students who want to explore contemporary sculptural practice and be part of the continual renewal and reshaping of art-making and its perception. It is for students who understand that space is an equal partner to material objects and that the installation of work in-situ is integral to its success.  

You will build an interrelationship between your practice and research, continually reflecting upon and questioning your practice in such a way as to sustain a lifetime commitment, enabling you to place your work within a professional arena. 

Developing sculpture for Graduate Show, Melissa Hobbs 

Graduate opportunities

The career prospects of fine art graduates are rich and diverse. 

You will leave the course equipped with skills that are both useful and desirable, not just to art-practice, but in many other forms of employment.

We enhance your future prospects through:

• Exhibition opportunity from Year One

• Work placements in local studios, galleries and schools

• Contact with professional networks: fundraising and event management

• Careers advice: enterprise and employability skills

• Shared career knowledge base: recent graduates returning and sharing their experiences 

As well as becoming an expert in your chosen area of fine art practice, you’ll develop:

• Communications skills: information management, photography, copywriting, press, publicity and design

• Transferable employment skills: self-management, self-motivation, critical self-reflection, time and resources management

• Presentation skills: curation, documentation,

• Team working and interpersonal skills: networking, collaboration and negotiation

• Analytical rigour and critical thinking

• Creativity and new approaches to problem-solving

  

Video installation sculpture from University of Brighton 


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Fees

The fees listed here are for full-time courses for the upcoming academic year only. Further fees are payable for subsequent years of study.

The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, whether you study full- or part-time and whether or not you already have a higher education qualification. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take. Different rules apply to research degrees - contact the course team for up-to-date information.

Visit www.brighton.ac.uk/money for more information, including advice on international and island fee paying status, and the government's Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ) policy.

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Further details

Sculpture at the University of BrightonImages details from (left to right): Edouard Batlle, 'Endoskeleton'; Nadia Derung, 'Pins'; Sharon Dortenzio, 'Death by Jelly'.

There is an emphasis on testing work by exhibition. We understand that space is an equal partner to material objects and that the installation of work in-situ is integral to its success. Fine Art Sculpture is one of the few courses in the country that offers sculpture in its widest sense as a specialist subject.

All the studio lecturers are established professionals with in-depth firsthand knowledge of the contemporary situation. There is a regular tutorial and seminar structure and the opportunity to work with all year groups fostering a strong sense of the courses identity. In the department we combine support for experimentation with a rigorous and well-informed critique.

On this course you will study a single discipline - Sculpture - but also benefit from being part of our wider community of fine artists. Lectures and seminars in Art History and Critical Studies by established writers and researchers, equip students with an understanding of the context of their practice. Alongside studio based work you will also receive professional development guidance in; documentation, building your own website and specific writing skills to gain confidence in articulating your practice.

A vital resource of all fine art sculpture is the large studio. From the outset you will be given your own workspace to explore the development of your ideas and identity as an artist.

The learning and teaching strategy in the sculpture department balances the acquisition of practical skills with the command of intellectual tools and information to interrogate each other’s practice effectively.

We utilise a range of methods

1. Inductions: Workshop inductions ensure best practice in regard to health, safety and effective & efficient working. Initially they are an introduction into a vocabulary of making options that can be developed and fine-tuned through practice as students progress and become more accomplished. This includes means of recording and documentation through photography and video along with video editing and some forms of computer aided design.

2. Trialing work through exhibition: Central to the ethos of the department is the practice of showing work as an exercise in examination. There are regular and various opportunities to show work from the self-initiated to the formal requirements of the course. Work is exhibited in a range of settings from the studio to the gallery both inside and outside the institution.

Students on bouncy castle for graduate show, sculpture, Brighton 

3. Structured Discursive Activities: These are in the form of a complimentary mix of –

Regular individual tutorials, tailored to your individual artistic and critical development.

A programme of seminars, covering key concepts, current developments in the field, areas of specific interest to art-making in general and sculpture in particular.

Informal and formal monitored group crits, these support experimentation and innovation while subjecting student’s work to rigorous enquiry. The intention is to share in each-others creative production and gain confidence in articulating ideas.

Written assignments, to develop fluency in expression, articulacy and the marshalling of ideas and coherent argument.

Supported independent and online learning, taking advantage of the growing range of platforms, and information networks that are now part of our lives providing new means of information gathering and sharing.

Sam Turland sculpture, University of Brighton 

4. Guidance in Professional Development: Professional Development runs through the course from start to finish. Students are made aware of its importance from the outset. Through development and interrogation of their practice they become increasingly proficient at presenting their work visually, aurally and in written form. A ‘light touch’ starts in the first year and gets firmer and more demanding - until the final year when students have developed a practice worth presenting. This is a preparation for building a career in the world outside of the institution.

two sculptures in the graduate show space at the University of Brighton 

5. Feedback: This is continuous through all the above activities. It is formative during each semester and summative at the end of the semester in the form of a graded assessment with written feedback.

Swell, sculpture by Chris Lemka 

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Careers

The professional develop programme in Sculpture has been developed in response to the rapidly changing circumstance of graduating students. Using the skills and experience of expert visitors we have asked a range a range of professionals to tell us not just 'what they did' but 'how they did it' so that students might feel that they could do it too.

Sculpture student sitting in work

Some people can share interesting experiences of working with curators. -  We brought in a curator, Paul Pieroni who is shaping contemporary events at venues in London and Space Galleries  in particular  www.spacestudios.org.uk

Some people can share experiences of working with arts organisers and selectors. - We brought in Sarah McCrory who runs the 'Frieze Projects' for 'Frieze Foundation' and selected and delivered a programme of commissions for the olympic games.www.friezefoundation.org

Some people have been successful in finding studios. We brought in 'Copenhagen Place' who have set up their own thriving studio and exhibition space and were happy to share their  experience and business model with us. www.copenhagenplace.com

Some people are thoughtful about our current situation. We brought in the writer, creator of organisations and inspiring TED lecturer Dougald Hine whose thoughts about how we can make sense of everything that’s happening around us were memorable, positive and inspiring.

Some people have been successful in being selected for shows. We brought in people who didn't wait to be chosen but chose themselves. LuckyPDF have made it up as they've gone along and have had phenomenal success already. www.luckypdf.com

Nick Spalding, work from Graduate Show, University of Brighton

 

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