There will be very little change to the programme you signed up for.
Both the BA and FD (contemporary portraiture and sculpture) programmes comprise of four main elements:
Studio Practice, Art Theory/ History, Professional Development and Elective Skills Workshop Courses.
Elective skills workshop courses
The good news is that we are offering the same number of Elective Skills Workshop Courses as normal in September and the majority of these will be physically taught, in studios, as before, maintaining the Academy’s unequalled high contact time and small class sizes. The number of students on each course will be reduced even further to ensure adherence to social distancing. This does mean that you may not be able to get onto your first choice of electives, but please be assured that you will have the opportunity again later in your programme. We will also need to temporarily cap the number of electives that each student can take, so, unfortunately, there will not be the option for BA & FD full time students to take an extra elective (fourth day) in term one.
There will only be one model per class (previously we had two models for portrait classes, but please bear in mind that the classes will be smaller) and no group gallery trips will be scheduled, though you will be encouraged to visit independently or via online viewing rooms.
We are also going to offer two online courses for those students who are unable to attend physically in September.
So far we’ve only made concrete plans for term one electives and will be reviewing the situation later in the year before deciding how to proceed with subsequent terms. We’ll return to our normal delivery as soon as circumstances allow.
Studio practice sessions will again be taught physically as much as possible. Tutors will be on-site and we’ll endeavour to provide all groups with enough space to work safely in the studios, participate in critiques and group sessions.
Some lectures, seminar sessions and group activities may be moved online to allow attendance of larger groups.
We will also continue to provide online support for any student who chooses to work at home for health reasons. Please speak to Rebecca Kunzi – firstname.lastname@example.org if this applies to you.
Art Theory/ History and Professional Development
We’re working on the timetables for these modules at the moment. We’re likely to move these modules temporarily online where we need to have large groups and are unable to ensure social distancing. We will update you on these plans during induction week.
As part of your programme, in addition to regular tutorials with tutors in taught sessions, you’ll be able to have an artistic tutorial with a visiting tutor of your choice each term (not term three, where these are replaced with an extended personal academic tutorial) . Again, we’re reviewing how to best facilitate these. It’s likely that we’ll be able to continue to offer these physically with the option of online for those unable to attend in person.
As part of the artistic tutorial programme we also invite visiting tutors to give a lunchtime talk, open to all to attend. These talks are likely to move online in some form.
We’ll update you on this during induction week.
Personal tutorials (PATs)
To support and guide you through your studies, you’ll have at least one personal academic tutorial with your programme/ pathway leader or senior tutor. Again, we’re reviewing this. It’s likely that we’ll be able to continue to offer these physically with the option of online for those unable to attend in person. We’ll update you on this during induction week.
Full details of your programme can be found here.