Monday, 22 February 2010


an example of smoking architecture in Great Yarmouth.
a recent session on MATC at NUCA titled learning from the past was something I set up for the current cohort of students. 3 past students were invited to talk about their experiences on the course and their current activity. They each had 15 mins which they filled and could have continued into the next day. Then followed an intense discussion around a set of questions I had gathered from the students over the past 3 weeks on moodle. They were generous and incredibly useful both in practical and theoretical issues at the micro detail and broad sweeps of advice – one of the most useful activities I have facilitated within my role as educator over the past 20 years. I recommend this to every course leader – don’t forget to pay the ex students – value their experience.
Some of the questions
I think what to do now for later, and advice on time allocation is going to be really valuable
How closely did you stick to your original proposal?
If it evolved, how and why did it?
Did you follow on from MSN4 seamlessly, or did you change tack completely if so why, and did it matter?
How early were you able to visualise the physical manifestation of end result of Master's?
I'd be curious about methods past students have used to present support work. I realise there are guidelines on the intranet, but it would be useful to know if they have presented in a professional portfolio/ used sketchbooks/ notebooks, journals or digital technology?
postcards/ business cards? useful or wasteful?
Did you associate your work with any other known artist, if so, how did that influence the outcome, and was it difficult to retain some originality.
what would you do differently?
when is a good time to rest! i.e. is a proper break beneficial at some stage before the final show?
was the experience enjoyable?!
Post college
how they sustain their work now without the support and structure of the MA to keep them going!
have our speakers kept in touch with fellow graduates, or, do they have creative networks that fill the void of the group crit?how important is it to keep momentum after the show?where and how have they made their most useful contacts? was some of this luck? or sheer hard work and 'networking'