You don’t need to know your speciality right away

 In the Contemporary Art Practice course, you will be asked in fourth year to make a choice in what title you want for your Honours Degree Award. Your options are; BA (Hons) Contemporary Art Practice, BA (Hons) Contemporary Art Practice (Photography), BA (Hons) Contemporary Art Practice (Moving Image), BA (Hons) Contemporary Art Practice (Printmaking) or BA (Hons) Contemporary Art Practice (Sculpture).

It’s ok to be an art student and not know what subject you want to specialise in. I didn’t even know that I wanted to do Contemporary Art before entering Gray’s School of Art. I actually applied for the Painting course  but was recommended the Contemporary Art course and am so thankful for that. I tried all different kinds of media for my art work in secondary school and once I was asked to apply after my interview, I was bursting with excitement.

Once you are begin your journey in Contemporary Art you will start off with sketches and slowly work up to learning new skills like lino print making, film photography, filming and sculpting with wood and metal. My tip – Learn as many new skills as you can because they will be handy in the future.


When you enter third year, students start making decisions that will shape their future as an artist. At this point I thought that photography was the way forward for me and in a way it was. A lot of my art work revolves around photography but I also like to print my photographs onto fabrics. Every department is helpful which I was thankful for as I did not know how to print onto fabric. Thankfully I was led towards the fashion studio and taught how to print onto magic touch paper and taught how to use the heat press. Your learning is not just limited to your course and area.

Now in my fourth year I am still not exactly sure what I want to specialise in. I thought it was photography but for this year I want to use film and sculpture as well. At the beginning of the year you will be asked to choose what subject you want to specialise in but you will also be asked to choose again in the second semester. If you are extremely confident in your decision you can fill in both decisions right at the beginning of the year. I have only filled in one semester section at the moment and do not plan on filling out my second semester section until it starts. I would rather not restrict myself.

Take your time and think about your decision properly. It is a big decision. Good luck and I hope to see your work in the future.


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