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Fine Art Programme Selected Staff & Student Work, Surrey Institute of Art & Design

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The Fine Art Programme is based within the Faculty of Arts & Media at The Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University College*, one of Europe's largest colleges specialising in art, design, media and communication.

The Fine Art ethos at the Surrey Institute* springs from the sense that teaching - and learning about - art is a vital and dynamic activity which must be alive to current issues, ideas and practice.

Part-time (sessional) tutors on the Fine Art programme include Madeleine Strindberg, Patti Ellis, Mikey Cuddihy, Timo Lehtonen, Ian Middleton and Tony Benn (amongst many other visiting lecturers and tutors) - all of whom have an international reputation. Their practice embraces installation, performance, video, print/digital imaging as well as painting and sculpture.

Full-time and part-time pro-rata staff are all given research time by the Institute which enables them to maintain their practice as artists - indeed it is regarded as essential to their teaching that they do so - and almost all are practising and exhibiting artists - as is evident from the images on this web-site.

Painting of Auntie May by Thomas Rosenthall

*[The University for the Creative Arts 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.]

The Fine Art Programme encourages students to be radical and excited by the possibilities open to them. Students are encouraged to redefine the boundaries of the subject by challenging their own personal preconceptions in order to create new and innovative practices whose formal and conceptual aspects are driven by ideas rather than a craft/materials based aesthetic.

About the images

Works by staff and student work from the Fine Art Programme were chosen by the Course Leader and his colleagues, as a way to showcase the excellence of the course, as demonstrated through both staff and student work.

Digital Capture

Photograph of the work U.K. Stain by Sue Stockwell

The VADS Fine Art Project commissioned a case study to look at the direct digital capture of student work as a way of retaining a record of alumni output, for posterity and teaching & learning purposes. The case study was undertaken by the Technical Advisory Service for Images (TASI), and utilized the protocols for digital capture, cataloguing & copyright clearance established during the Fine Art Project, which draws work from art colleges across the UK in order to celebrate the history and achievement of the fine art practitioner in art education. Artworks, ranging from painting to sculpture and from print to installation were selected in the case study in order to showcase the course and to test the capabilities of the camera system.

The case study can be downloaded from:

To find out more about the Fine Art Project:

Contact Details

Address: University for the Creative Arts
Farnham Campus
Falkner Road
Tel: +44 (0)1252 722441
Fax: +44 (0)1252 728881
Copyright: © The information within and all images that appear may be used for educational purposes only. They may not be copied, altered or amended in any way, without prior permission of the copyright holder(s).

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