Art as a subject taught at third level encourages self-expression and creativity while building confidence and creative skills as well as a sense of individual identity for our students. Most important, studying visual art at SETU Waterford helps to develop our students critical thinking and the ability to interpret the world around us through determination and resilience while opening up new possibilities to think beyond what we already know through art’s unique visual language.
The undergraduate Visual Art programme at SETU Waterford offers students the opportunity to work broadly and experimental across a wide range of fine art media and practices, these include; drawing, painting, sculpture, print-making, photography, performance, video and digital media. On this studio-based programme, emphasis is placed on developing both the student’s visual awareness and artistic analysis through theoretical and historical contexts in contemporary art in order to shape and develop each student’s individual art practices.
The programme is structured on the basis of a modulated four-year degree, starting with the inculcation of core skills. These are then extended through a number of thematic projects in which practical ability is augmented and strengthened by the development of visual awareness. Finally, each student brings their cumulative learning to bear on the accomplishment of a personal artistic project.
This year’s SETU Waterford Art Graduate Exhibition brings together the work of the final year Visual Art students at SETU Waterford to celebrate and share with the public the extraordinary artworks that have been made during the strangest of years. The graduates work can be viewed on the Six Degrees website & nine22art.com.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Art Core Studies 1||Art Core Studies 2|
|2D Media 1||2D Media 2|
|3D Media 1||3D Media 2|
|Creative IT Skills||Art History 2: Critical Thinking|
|Art History 1: Research Methods|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|3D Media 3||Art History 4: Modern Art and its Critics|
|Art History 3: Modern Art||Creative Multimedia 2|
|Creative Multimedia 1||Introduction to Drama Practice and Theatre Practice|
|Live Art 1||Live Art 2|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|Art History 5: Postmodernism||Art History 6: Dissertation Proposal|
|Arts Management||Contextualising Studio Practices|
|Research becoming Object||Creative Multimedia 3|
|Choose one of the following electives:||Object as Art|
|*2D Media Studies|
|*3D Media Studies|
|* = elective||The delivery of electives will depend on the demand and resources available|
|Semester 7||Semester 8|
|Art History 7: Dissertation||Studio Project 2|
|Professional Practice: Profile Development|
|Studio Project 1|
2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Art or Design and Communication Graphics: O3/H5
Graduates of the programme may find work in the following areas: