Bachelor and master Visual Arts > Fine Arts > Drawing
Drawing has long been an indispensable instrument for designers, scientists and artists. Not just as a tool for the study and representation of perception but also as a way to reflect mental processes, create a visual expression of the imagination. Well into the twentieth century, drawing served more of a supporting role in Western art. Painting and sculpture long remained the most important forms of artistic expression. Today, however, ever more artists consider drawing an autonomous discipline. The art of drawing is taking up a more prominent place, and in the fine arts programme a separate major is dedicated to this discipline.
In the drawing major, visual research and experiment are the two pivotal elements. Starting from a number of open assignments, each student seeks out those visual possibilities and techniques that best fit his or her personality and interests. There is attention to technical skill and visual research, and the works produced by students are discussed and assessed both individually and in group sessions. This helps students to define themselves, learn to deal with criticism, and to choose a position in an artistic environment. This process is guided by several lecturers who each approach it from their specific artistic practice.
The first year of the bachelor programme starts with a series of smaller assignments that are based in visual perception. Students investigate different formats, materials and techniques and look for a personal approach. Figure drawing, object study, still lifes, space, light, and the self-portrait are the main starting points. In the second term a more comprehensive thematic assignment serves to develop the acquired skills further.
The diversity of drawing is an even more explicit focus in the second bachelor year. This results in an idiosyncratic portfolio and an extensive work that functions as an original self-portrait. In the second term, the emphasis is placed on the context of a location in a site-specific work not on paper; a wall, ceiling or floor drawing, a drawing on an object, a projection, a film … in a search for experimental forms of drawing.
In the third bachelor year students investigate topics of their own choice and work on a bachelor’s project. Presentations, display occasions, projects – both in and outside the school – and participation in competitions throughout the year offer students the opportunity to present their work and build up a relationship with an audience. Putting together a personal portfolio, visits to the studios of established artists and domestic and international excursions are all part of the curriculum.