The Majority of Humanities sessions take place on Wednesdays, chiefly during the Autumn and Spring terms. All first-year students commence with an introduction to art history course. Students then go on to more specialist study relating to their studio practice.
Conservation and Historic Carving students attend lectures either in front of objects or else at the School, on the history of European architecture, sculpture, decorative art and ornament.
Fine Art students study Western history of art and a history of ideas and critical perspectives in the visual arts. They also participate in seminars based around contemporary ideas and themes affecting fine art practice.
We believe that Humanities study and studio work should sustain and enhance each another, engendering in students a good observational ability and a deeper awareness of the historical and critical contexts underlying contemporary studio practice. When students are required to submit written assignments and theses, they are encouraged to investigate subjects that are of genuine interest to them and to develop their written ideas and skills through one-to-one tutorials. Working to high academic standards of research, documentation and presentation is regarded as important.
Each year a range of visiting artists, academics and practitioners, supplements the curriculum of the Humanities Courses. Regular discussions and debates in museums and galleries also forms an essential aspect of student learning.
The staff of the Department are each experts in certain fields of art history, who at the same time have an engaged interest in contemporary fine art practice or else conservation/carving practice.
STAFF teaching in the Humanities department this year include:
Thomas Groves - Head of Humanities
Dr Alice Andrews
Dr Matthew Rowe