The programme focuses on developing confident, enquiring, resilient students. You will be able to research and articulate your practice, and question your position, and that of painting, within the wider context of contemporary visual culture. We put emphasis on drawing and research through visual thinking at all levels. Work can also be realised through practices such as printmaking, artists' books, installation, and digital and lens-based media. This programme is centred on the studio, where you will identify, reflect on and develop your personal, visual vocabulary through the languages of painting. The nurturing and development of the individual is a priority. You will be allocated your own personal space, as well as having access to exhibition spaces both outside and within the College, where students can install work individually or in small groups. Such events then create a platform for discussion. You will be instructed in technical methods, use of materials and different types of grounds and supports. We want you to explore how to make a painting and also what it means to make a painting. A visual culture strand provides a multidisciplinary context for your study syllabus across all art programmes at ECA, involving the imaginative research, analysis and communication of issues raised by the visual aspects of culture. Our students engage in a critical and creative dialogue with the work of their peers and gain an understanding of the nature of today's diverse visual cultures. You will study the artistic, intellectual, social and professional contexts that shape creative practice in visual arts and learn how to best communicate this knowledge in a range of written, oral, visual and practical forms. Our graduates go on to achieve a high level of national and international recognition and success as practising artists. Our league table rankings are excellent. We're ranked among the best in the UK for art according to the Guardian University Guide 2017. You'll benefit from weekly talks from internationally acclaimed visiting artists and speakers. Our airy and light-filled studios, project spaces and workshops provide excellent facilities for making work, communicating ideas and generating dialogue. Our staff are a mix of practising artists, visual-culture theorists and curators, who publish and exhibit nationally and internationally.