The Print programme prides itself on the diversity of its student intake and its commitment to supporting each student in the search for a visual language appropriate to their interests and desires.
As our external examiner Michael Toobey stated this year:
‘One of the outstanding features of the course is the way in which its broad view of the subject allows creative freedom for each student. Core principles, techniques and intellectual contexts are clear, but students are able to develop their enquiry in an extremely broad and diverse number of directions. This ensures that students can test both the traditional and the new media of printmaking, and the course avoids the possibility of a rigid limitation to set processes.’
‘Students were able to show how they could handle a great diversity of process and outcome, both in technique and in content, and collaborative approaches to working.’
‘The diversity of approaches available to the student reflects the way staff nurture the confidence of many of the students in testing the key building blocks of their practices…Given that the final exam presentation also includes the requirement on the student to review their own progress, this also demonstrates a valuable reflectivity in the learning process.’
'The staff demonstrated how they have skilfully responded to the student’s individual learning paths, whereby students presenting bodies of work built around a single area of medium, imagery or narrative content were equally sound and well prepared as those students whose course of study has led them into a final exam and exhibition comprising many different elements, of medium, content and style of presentation.'
We aim to build a community within the programme and want to work with people who can commit to the shared learning process which we encourage. Students who have never before made prints but whose work shows a strong interest in the technologies of production and reproduction work alongside those for whom the craft of a particular process is a spur to their understanding and creativity. This relationship between concept and craft is something we debate and explore. This questioning enables students to graduate at the forefront of the field as artists and/or to use their skills and understanding to run editioning workshops, teach, publish and work in participatory and public ways. An example of such projects is the Metal billboard project in Peterborough including graduate Jessie Brennan and current student Eden Barrena http://www.metalculture.com/projects/indie-vision/