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Following the launch of in June 2003, the collection has now been made available through the VADS catalogue. is a prototype for a national web-based collection of work by staff and students of UK Higher Education institutions who have made a significant contribution to UK fine art education through practice. The National Fine Art Education Digital Collection begins the task of assembling a comprehensive and sustainable online resource, with work from 11 important national collections held within higher education. Work is drawn from

Public Enemy, Chris Ofili, 1992

Currently the project contains a sample of around 200 digital images and associated curatorial information, drawn from paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings from the mid-19th century through to the present day. More than 150 artist-practitioners who studied or taught at degree (or equivalent) level in schools of art are represented. The Council of National Art Awards Trust Art Collection alone includes work by many extremely important figures in British Art such as Henry Moore, Bridget Riley and Richard Hamilton. The resource at also incorporates a rich body of information to support research and scholarship including contextual essays, interviews, artists' biographies, animations and movies.

First Study in Oils from Life (at Julian's Atelier), Alfred James Munnings, 1902

Case studies

Two case studies were commissioned by the Fine Art project.

The first investigated the possibility of re-purposing the Fine Art cataloguing and capture protocols in order to create an electronic archive of student work. The Technical Advisory Service for Images (now JISC Digital Media) undertook the digital photography, and the Surrey Institute of Art & Design's* Fine Art Programme was used as the test bed for the study.

The second case study was undertaken by the Royal College of Art, who have photographed their student shows for the past 25 years with conventional photographic methods. Their case study, in the use of direct digital capture as an alternative, discusses all the advantages and disadvantages of this method.

Please follow this link for these and other VADS case studies.

*[On 1 August 2005 the University College for the Creative Arts at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester was formed through the uniting of two leading specialist art and design institutions: Kent Institute of Art & Design and The Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University College. It was granted university status in May 2008.]

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