A group of our students have seen cutting edge art and design as part of this year’s degree show at de Montfort University. It showed the range of art disciplines available to study at higher level and gave them inspiration for their own projects.
Mr Procter accompanied the students from Years 10 and 12. He said: ‘The show covered everything from fine art, graphics, craft, jewellery, architecture, interior design, fashion, shoemaking and lingerie to animation and game design. There were lots of very clever ideas coming out like sculptures that move and produce natural sounds, connecting ideas about water, planets, light and motion.
‘One girl had made a replica of a river and projected images of flowing water onto it. The light bounced back onto a white wall behind it, producing reflections and there were also random drips creating ripples. It was mesmeric.
‘Our students were able to ask the degree students about their work. In art there are two elements, skills and ideas, and usually the two are in harmony. There are periods in history when skills are higher and there is very little meaning in the art. I think we have swung to the point where the ideas are more important than the skills although this year’s show at de Montfort was on one of the best. Our students were able to ask the degree students about their work.
‘Art is a gateway to so many different career opportunities. Many degree courses, such as the Fashion Buyer BA, have a direct link to companies and so undergraduates have already been doing real-life briefs and projects for industry. Universities today have lots of links into industry, galleries and the art world so that students are now given the contacts and opportunities they need to start their careers.
‘Afterwards our students were all buzzing with ideas and ephemera they had collected. They have see all these terrifically creative ideas and have come back dazzled with all the possibilities. That is the real value of trips like these. It underlines the breadth of careers that are possible from art A levels and degrees, plus gives our students a renewed impetus and excitement about their own projects.’