We encourage you to consider and question existing art practices while developing your own approaches, helping you quickly become self-directed and independent. You are encouraged to take creative risks and to experiment with different media, all in the context of the contemporary art world. You develop your understanding of the relationship between the process of making and the context of showing by exhibiting your work and reflecting on your own and others’ work. The study of art context and theory is a key part of the course, as is developing your ability to operate as a professional artist. Practical workshops include • drawing • installation • painting • performance • photography • printmaking • sculpture • artists publications • film and video • electronic and digital media • sound. **Expertise** You are taught by practising artists with national and international reputations. As well as creating art, our lecturers are deeply involved in art and design research, which ensures you are learning the latest theories and current art practice. Because our staff work in the professional art world, you benefit from their connections and networks. Throughout the course, you attend a weekly guest lecture from a leading artist, curator or thinker. Previous speakers include Turner Prize nominees Grayson Perry, Jeremy Deller, Karla Black and Martin Boyce, amongst many others. We also have strong links with venues like Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Site Gallery and artist-run studios and galleries in Sheffield like Bloc and S1, some of which were set up by former students from the course. This means you have the opportunity to gain experience by volunteering, and attend private views and events. **Field trips and exchanges** Throughout the course there are field trips to galleries, events and cities nationally and internationally, such as the Venice Biennale or Berlin, where artists based in these exciting cities guide us, arranging studio visits and private views. Year two also offers the opportunity of an exchange with an institution in Europe under the Erasmus scheme. Non-funded exchanges are available in other countries such as the US and Australia. **Placements and work experience** During the course there are many opportunities to exhibit your work, culminating in the final year degree show. In second year you organise your own group show with other art students, arranging the whole event from finding a space to marketing the exhibition. Previous students have exhibited in canal barges, leisure centres, shops and markets as well as galleries. This experience is great preparation for your career in the arts. Many of our students are inspired to run further shows outside their course, working with artists and venues across the city. In the third year you exhibit your work in a local professional art gallery, which leads towards your final degree show. You can choose to take a work placement as part of your final year project. Previous students have worked in galleries, with practising artists, in schools, and even set up their own artists' residency in Greece. If you study abroad, or do your work placement, in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme. In your final year you can help run our annual art event 'Kunst Kunst Kunst'. We turn our studios into a venue for one night and showcase local bands, films, performances and art made by our students. **Facilities** You spend much of your time on the course making and developing work in our dedicated studios, supported by your tutors and fellow artists. You have access to a huge range of creative resources including • dedicated studios • state-of-the-art hardware and software • TV, film and photography studios • a creative media centre • performance spaces • a gallery • well-equipped workshops in print, wood and metal processes • 3D printing for rapid prototyping.