I started at the Academy in Foundation year, and because of the quality of teaching, amount I learned in that year, the facilities, and of course the great times I had, I decided to stay on for the 3 year Diploma. The best thing about Foundation is the variation of skills modules. We were taught a very wide range, from etching, to sculpture, to digital explorations, to experimental mark making in drawing and painting and much more.
The personal project allowed me to express my own creative interests, and through tutorials with teachers and crits with my peers I was able to learn how to talk about my work in a focused manner, but more importantly, how to listen and apply criticism to my creative process. Before I chose the Academy for my Diploma I also went through the interview process with them and several other schools, and my tutor’s advisement in putting together my portfolio was invaluable throughout that process.
As with the Foundation, my favourite aspect of the Art Academy’s diploma is the fact I have so many opportunities to continuously develop and pick up new skills in our modules, and as each module lasts a whole term I am able to explore these new methods in depth and apply these techniques in my personal work as well as inject plenty of personal ideas and styles into all of my projects. I really feel fortunate to be in at an art school where you actually get taught techniques and you are still given the space to flourish personally.