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What is the best art education in the UK

What is the best art education in the UK

Question from Ragnhild

Hi! I have heard that XXXXXXXX University one of the best places to get good art education. I see they have three years in learning Fine Art. Would you recommend it? It is in the UK. I think it seems very long.

Feedback from Alex, Drawing Academy support

Hi,

Many thanks for your question.

I checked the University’s website you’ve mentioned. If you want to spend three years and up to $60,000 to graduate without good art skills, then it is a great place to invest your time and money.

For undergraduates, they offer Fine Art BA(Hons) and Drawing BA(Hons).

Here’s what they say:

What is the best art education in the UK

Think about it; on average, you will receive only 11% of learning. Independent study does not count; this is as good as having no studies at all.

That 11% of teaching will be dedicated to:

“Through set projects and exercises, you’ll learn to record the material world through observation, but also to draw from your ‘inner world’, from memory and imagination, theories and systems, and concepts and narratives.”

What a pile of B.S.

Do you want to know why?

1. You cannot learn good drawing skills through “observation.” Check out this article to find out why:
https://drawingacademy.com/observation-skills-vs-constructive-drawing

2. “Drawing through observation” is the way to draw “what you see.” Why it doesn’t create good results is explained here:
https://drawingacademy.com/drawing-what-you-see-vs-drawing-what-you-know

3. “Draw from your ‘inner world'” is another way of saying “express yourself.”
Without good drawing skills, you simply cannot express your “inner world” through drawing.

This is the same as saying that you cannot express your thoughts in Japanese if you do not know this language.

4. Drawing “from memory and imagination” is good only when it is supported by strong fundamental drawing skills, which are not taught there.

5. The life drawing that they offer will be a wasted exercise without a strong foundation in drawing techniques. To learn why, check out these articles:
https://drawingacademy.com/what-is-life-drawing-and-how-to-prepare-for-it
https://drawingacademy.com/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-a-life-drawing-class

No wonder their students create such “works of art.” If you can’t draw, you must be “creative” and “express your inner world” using nonsense:

What is the best art education in the UK

What is the best art education in the UK

What is the best art education in the UK

What is the best art education in the UK

If this is one of the best art universities in the UK, art education is totally lost in this country.

Check out this video to learn more:
https://drawingacademy.com/art-college-bubble

Now, about your comment, “I think it seems very long.” Actually, it is very short and shallow. Good art education should span about seven years. However, contemporary art education curricula would not give you what you need – good drawing skills – no matter how long you work on exercises that require you to “express yourself.”

If you want good results, you must take another approach:

https://drawingacademy.com/how-should-i-study-drawing

I hope this helps.

Alex
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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Suzanne says:

    I see one flaw in your statement, I don’t believe you receive any kind of Academic qualification from the Drawing Academy, there fore you cannott use this for an Art Interview etc.

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