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Sculpture & Combined Media - BA (Honours) in Fine Art
  • Programme Code:
    Course Level:
    Level 8
    Art & Design
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    3 year specialisation following LC110 First Year Art & Design
    Limerick (Clare St)

    What is the programme about?
    Sculpture and Combined Media is a vibrant, fresh, professional and experimental programme that equips you with a strong skill-set in the broader field of cultural production. Alongside traditional sculpture processes you will become proficient in new media such as performance art, public art, video, Internet based media, installation, sound art and photography. Class hours are 23 hours per week.

    We stress the importance of professional practice in presentation, proposal writing and documentation as these essentials allow you to sustain a studio based art practice and find opportunity in a variety of sculptural, educational, curatorial, public and performative contexts. Our graduates engage with public art, commissions, exhibition and cultural event planning, professional promotion and education workshops. 

    We offer the opportunity to work on large-scale public art commissions with bodies such as the Limerick Civic Trust and the Emergency Services. We are one of the few courses in Ireland to run professional public art commissions and also participate in large-scale cultural productions such as collaboration with Fuerza Bruta, the Argentinian physical theatre event for City of Culture (2014). 

    Exclusively on offer to Sculpture & Combined Media students are a series of Public Art Commissions. The staff assist students in the preparation of professional models and presentation material in relation to the artist brief. This mirrors conditions and criteria used in the ‘real’ world of % for art public art commissioning, and is an invaluable learning outcome for our students. 

    Michael Fortune, Programme graduate.
    Our graduate Michael uses film and photography to explore the relationships he develops with the people and the circumstances he encounters. Practicing as an artist and teacher Michael explores folklore asking how themes can be communicated for new audiences?   In numerous public commissions his work references social documentary and anthropological film borrowing from film, home video, snap photography and the printed media. The recipient of numerous awards and bursaries for his work, Michael exhibits nationally and internationally in a variety of contexts, ranging from gallery exhibitions through to single screen presentations in film and video art festivals. http://www.michaelfortune.ie/

    Programme Staff
    Led by Amanda Dunsmore we are an experienced team of practitioners with a multi-disciplinary approach to the programme. We deliver skills in the traditional sculptural processes, digital still and moving imagery as well as the many aspects involved in performance.

    The programme – an inside view.
    Year 2 - You are introduced to the core sculpture processes in metalworking, plaster resin casting, mould making, wood construction, armature making, drawing, inflatable sculpture sound and photography. These electives are supported by and educational peer-to-peer workshops, critical and contextual studies and studio management.

    Year 3 - In this year we provide internship/work experience and emphasize professional practice through field trips/gallery visits, student exhibitions and the option of European Erasmus exchange in the first semester. You will gain skills in video editing /production, public performance, collaborative practice, medium format photography, environmental art, stop motion animation, new media interventions and performance art.

    Year 4 - Self-directed themes now feature in you graduate year. We support your self - initiated final project and self-initiated critical and contextual studies project through intensive professional practice and demonstrations in installation & presentation methods.
    SEE MORE.  http://www.sculptureandcombinedmedia.com


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