Post Graduate Programme in Creative Practice
Our Postgraduate programme will provide a structured route back into creative education for those that have been in employment for a while or who have previously pursued a degree in an academic subject. The Post Graduate Programme has been developed to support those who wish to extend their creative practice, develop a professional network, regain confidence in their creativity and engage in the critical dialogue that surrounds their practice and the current art scene.
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The course runs over 36 weeks divided into 3 terms, it follows the school calendar including half terms and holidays.
The Post Graduate programme is designed for both recent graduates daunted by the next step and those wishing to revisit or reignite their practice after some time out of the creative loop.
The programme will support you in the development of your practice, provide opportunities to collaborate and develop your creative network. You will be supported to extend and progress your creative practice to achieve your creative goals through tutorial discussion, peer critique and feedback from visiting professionals.
At artpocket we have a range of materials and equipment to support your development and broaden your experience including print making, textiles, 3D as well as painting and drawing. On the course you will have access to studio materials however participants will be asked to supply their own materials if pursuing a specialist pathway.
We invite applications from practitioners working within any creative discipline. Contact us to find out more and arrange an interview.
programme of study
Collaborative ComponentThe first term focuses on developing self- awareness in terms of practice and how you operate within a creative community. During the first 12 weeks you will identify your core skills set and challenge pre-conceptions of what you can and can’t do. The component will culminate in a live event to showcase the collaboration.
The second term provides the space and opportunity to deepen your practice supported through critical dialogue and engagement with others. The sessions will alternate between tutorials, lectures and workshops. This component acts as a stepping stone to the final term. Towards the end of this term you will give a presentation to consolidate your ideas and identify the direction the work will take in the final term.
This component focuses on action, decision making and realisation. You will write a proposal to articulate your intentions and outline how this will be carried out. The work produced in this component will form part of an external group exhibition and will provide the opportunity to extend your professional network, develop self-promotional material and will be the pivotal moment in your new found practice. The key to this is to maintain momentum; we will support you in finding new avenues to disseminate your work so you don’t lose your energy, impetus and drive.
'Being attached to Artpocket is a joy, I love having the intellectual freedom (and physical studio space) to challenge myself on this precious creative journey. There are great benefits in working within a cohort of mature artists - learning from making new work as well as sharing supportive professional advice. The course has led me to a deeper understanding of who I am as a creative, I really cherish this learning process and sharing the journey with others.'
Sometimes the reality of life means that you will in fact have to undertake other employment whilst building your creative practice. Your creative time may be short to begin with and the Post Graduate programme offers access to a studio space without the commitment of taking on a studio full time.You will have one designated day in the studio with further opportunity to book additional time on an hourly basis should you require it for a specific project (subject to availability). Additional Studio time is available by prior arrangement during studio opening hours. 1/2 day (3 hours) £7.50 and full day (6 hours) £15.00.
On independent/ open access studio days you will be working under your own direction with technician support.
Each student will be allocated a limited amount of storage space for flat and 3D work. Given our busy programme of courses we are unable to house large scale work on a long term basis.
The studio time will allow you to work in a professional studio environment alongside your peers and other creative practitioners.
'I wanted an art school experience, but with better access to tutors than is available in the current market model in Higher Education. Also I did not particularly want a qualification, preferring and valuing more the contact with like minded people and the critical conversations about work. Through the course I got lots of new ideas, new ways of working and the space and freedom to push my work in new directions.'
Term time: 36 weeks, begins September and ends June/July
Studio and Tutor contact time one day a week - day TBC
(10am - 5pm)
Cultural and Contextual Studies Wednesday Evening (6.30-8.30pm)
Optional: termly National study trips and International residential trip in the Spring term.
Course Fee £1,450
(£250 deposit followed by 3 termly instalments of £400)
Additional Studio time is available by prior arrangement during studio opening hours. 1/2 day (3 hours) £7.50 and full day (6 hours) £15.00.
Our programme is non-accredited and therefore does not lead to a qualification. Through the programme Artpocket tutors will support members of the programme to extend and consolidate their creative practice and generate a strong body of work . On completion of the programme members will receive an Artpocket certificate of achievement.
Past participants on the course have made successful applications to study on MA programmes and art pocket will support this process, we will help write personal statements , identify appropriate courses, provide portfolio advise and guidance and will provide a reference.
For those not wanting to study at HE but would like to continue developing their practice through the support of tutors and peers we have an extended programme The artpocket collective. Please contact us for further details.
Other in-house options are: Friday Crit Club and Introduction to Arts and Wellbeing.