BA (Hons) Art Enterprise (Full Time)

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The diverse and multi-faceted art world offers many potential career and enterprise opportunities.Drawing on the key elements of contemporary fine art education, this unique and practical BA (Hons) Art Enterprise course trains students to be entrepreneurial practitioners, providing them with knowledge about the inner workings of the art world. Through hands-on projects, live briefs and in-depth studies, you will develop an understanding of its breadth, complexity and opportunities.

In addition to making art, you will have the opportunity to develop hands-on skills in curation and marketing, and in public, participatory and site-specific projects. You will study the globalisation of the art…

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The diverse and multi-faceted art world offers many potential career and enterprise opportunities.Drawing on the key elements of contemporary fine art education, this unique and practical BA (Hons) Art Enterprise course trains students to be entrepreneurial practitioners, providing them with knowledge about the inner workings of the art world. Through hands-on projects, live briefs and in-depth studies, you will develop an understanding of its breadth, complexity and opportunities.

In addition to making art, you will have the opportunity to develop hands-on skills in curation and marketing, and in public, participatory and site-specific projects. You will study the globalisation of the art world and the changing face of the business, analysing how investors speculate in the market. You will also look at how emerging art forms such as video and installation have been drawn into the commercial sphere and study the emergence of social enterprises through a range of participatory and collaborative projects.

The course is designed to allow you to grow as a fully formed artist practitioner. The structure helps you to develop an informed and coherent studio practice during your first year. In the second year you build on this through a number of optional real-world art opportunities, where you can choose to specialise or develop broad-based skills in the area of art enterprise. This culminates in the third year where you show your own development as an artist alongside an arts enterprise-based project.

Industrial focus

The course has relationships with both national and regional arts organisations including the RSA, the Standpoint Gallery, A Space, Showcase Art Gallery, Southampton City Gallery and Unit 11 Artists.

Course content

Year 1

Six core units:

  • Practice
  • Process
  • Participation
  • Context
  • Research
  • Communication.

Year 2

Two core units and two option units:

  • Context 1 and 2
  • First option from: Art Production
  • Art Enterprise
  • Curriculum Plus (Work-based Learning, Foreign Language, Community Volunteering).

Second option from:

  • Live Project
  • Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Curriculum Plus (Work-based Learning, Foreign Language, Community Volunteering).

Year 3

Three core units:

  • Practice
  • Exhibition
  • Dissertation.

Why choose Solent?

This course has been designed in collaboration with art professionals, galleries and art entrepreneurs. Through hands-on experience of the contemporary art world, you have the unique opportunity to advance your practice as an artist while developing a deep understanding of how the industry operates and what opportunities it offers you.

  • The opportunity to work on live briefs with arts organisations gives students access to a range of professional environments in which to develop their practice.

    Special facilities
  • Access to a range of media offers the opportunity to develop skills in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video, film, installation, live art and new media

    • dedicated studio areas where we combine state-of-the-art technologies with traditional skills.

    Field trips
  • Over the last year students have had the opportunity to go on a week-long field trip to New York to participate in the world’s largest art fair, the Armory Show. Students recently attended the Frieze Art show in London and a number of gallery and studio visits are planned for next year.

Assessment

Studio-based and art enterprise projects will be assessed through presentations. Written assessments include essays and research papers.

Projects/work experience

We have links with a number of organisations who support our students’ career development including Southampton General Hospital, Young Minds, Emergence, the Enterprise Centre for the creative arts (ECCA) and Farnham College. These employers offer arts-based work experience, advice or placements for a diverse range of activities such as medical photography, occupational health art workshops for NHS staff, live performance art events and educational experience working with FE students.

Key career skills

Creative thinking, presentation, research, project management, visual communication, evaluation and problem solving.

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