There is a huge difference between
someone who studies Art and someone
who practises Art. To compare it to a
different skill like gardening, you have
RHS specialists and someone who enjoys
gardening. Studying Art will provide a
similar level of expertise. In addition there
are the soft skills which are developed and
honed, such as precision, accuracy and
patience, which could support a budding
scientist for example. As such it
complements many subjects such as
Chemistry, Physics and Biology.
Independent study is a major part of
studying Fine Art. A student chooses to
study Art rather than simply ‘doing’ Art.
There is a world of difference. A minimum
of four hours per week of independent
study is required, of which at least 50%
can be in the Art Department using
equipment, with teacher support.
However, independent study in Art is
mostly about awareness and curiosity. It is
a living and breathing subject and we
would hope each student is constantly
relating their Art to the world and the
world to their Art.