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Painting - BA (Honours) in Fine Art
  • Programme Code:
    Course Level:
    Level 8
    Art & Design
    Limerick (Clare St)

    What is the programme about?

    Our long established programme provides you with a strong set of intellectual and technical skills to allow you to confidently take part in all areas of cultural production.  In a student centered enviornment you will engage with the rich discourse that surrounds the practice as we prepare you for the the opportunities available in contemporary art practice.  In the studio we encourage you to to explore all aspects of painting and critique historical methodologies of practice.  All  studio work  is supported by critical and contextual studies and our visiting lecturer programme. Study is initially 23 hours per week in Year 1 becoming increasingly self-directed as you progress to Degree year.

    Graduate Profiles 

    Our graduates continue to apply their LSAD experience both nationally and internationally. Conor Harrington has a sucessful career as an artist uniquely combining Baroque realism with the stark immediacy of graffiti for commissions world wide. Claire Walsh became Assistant Curator for the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Gerry Davis won the 2016 Hennessy National Portrait Award with his work now installed in the National Portrait Collection. Sandra Hickey works with the Design Museum of London and was one of the artists working on the acclaimed animated film; Loving Vincent (2017) and in 2016 Ramon Kassam was one of the recipients of President of Ireland Bursary Award for important next generation artists.

    Programme staff 

    Led by Áine Nic Giolla Coda and Mark O Kelly we are are a team of active practicionars bringing a wealth of experiance to the programme.  As well as co-ordinating students studio research, seminars, life drawing classes and  designing projects which explore the relationship between painting and lens- based practices. Staff have designated roles for activities that benifit the student experiance such as International and National field trips e.g. Paris and Berlin and the annual collaborative research and exhibition project between Fine Art, Painting and the Hunt Museum.  We also organise external projects with organisations in Limerick such as Limerick City Museum and Archives, the Limerick Leader, Shannon Airport Authority and IMPACT Trade Union, to facilitate large-scale student projects.  

    The programme – an inside view.  

    Year 1 -  Introduction 

    An exciting common first year grounds you in all aspects of Fine art and design for the first semester. Then you will experience a more focused fine art experience in the Semester 2 painting elective.

    Year 2 - Painting and Participation

    You will gain a strong foundation in how to prepare materials and your studio environment for a series of projects that are based on a basic understanding of how drawing and painting operate as active methods of research and process in Fine Art. 

    Year 3 - Languages of Painting

    Informed by art history, contemporary technologies and personal observation and reflection in the studio you will develop your own painting language and elaborate this through colour application, gestural surface manipulation and drawing directly with paint. International study is facilitated in Year 3 through Erasmus where students can spend up to one Semester abroad in a college linked with LIT.

    Year 4 - Taking Positions in Painting. 

    The successful outcome of your studio-based practice is the final presentation for your BA Degree Graduate Exhibition.  Here you will display a high level of practical and conceptual knowledge with regard to contemporary fine art practice demonstrated in the technical accomplishment of work, its installation and your understanding of the relationship between the artist and the contemporary audience. 

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