Career-focused Fine Art programme in London
On this unique programme, you will explore real-world issues relating to the context of your chosen subject, working alongside other academically talented participants to innovate and pitch groundbreaking ideas. Interactive workshops and networking events offer you the opportunity to learn from professionals in the business.
This is a choice for the fine art or art history buff. Participants gain more knowledge of the industry and what it takes to work either as a creator or curator in the field. Students will learn from professionals in the fine art and design space who are either working in corporate settings or as independent creators.
Learn from exceptional institutions and industry leaders changing the world of Fine Art
One of the most exciting parts of the Career Insights programme is the unique opportunity for participants to attend inspiring industry visits whereby you can interact and learn from industry professionals in your field of study. Industry visits take learning out of the classroom and into the real world, where you can observe and explore how the skills and knowledge built throughout the programme apply to a career in your subject. This unique aspect of our programme ensures students also gain the chance to network directly with industry professionals who may share with you opportunities you hadn’t otherwise envisioned.
Discover unique industry insights
Through inspiring guidance by industry experts, you can expect a wide range of interactive tours to spark further curiosity about areas to pursue within the field of fine art. Workshops and visits include:
The Whitechapel Gallery is one of East London’s leading art centres. Did you know it’s where greats such as Pablo Picasso and Frida Kahlo premiered? To date, Whitechapel Gallery continues to bring world-leading contemporary art to London. During out visit to the gallery, you will be able to undertake a self-led tour, and explore art through a participatory workshop.
The Gallery has built a strong reputation since the 80s for introducing artists who would later gain worldwide recognition. In 2019 Saatchi Gallery became a registered charity and began a new chapter in its history. Our collaboration with the gallery ensures that you explore one of their ever-changing series of workshops designed to explore the world of art.
Develop Your Creative Portfolio
As part of your programme, you will be given the opportunity to produce several pieces of creative work in your chosen subject which will form the basis of a portfolio.
Portfolios are a great way to showcase your skill and accomplishments and are essential in university applications to creative subjects, demonstrating your ability in a way grades cannot.
As part of this process, you will receive two 1:1 sessions with your expert tutor, who will give you advice and feedback on the development of your portfolio.
Find out what it takes to work in the industry through real-world projects
You will explore concepts and share ideas in small groups of like-minded and ambitious peers from around the world. In classes averaging 7 students, you will be guided by expert project leads who offer an insight into their industry.
Our rigorous vetting process guarantees that all participants are taught by engaging and supportive educators who are, most of all, enthusiastic about sharing their expertise to ensure our summer school teaching is of the highest quality. Immerse™ is an unrivalled academic experience.
Average class size of 7
1:1 Career Coaching
Professional development workshops
Konrad has worked for a number of high-end architecture firms internationally, including Snohetta Oslo, Kengo Kuma Tokyo and KPF NYC. Combining a broad work experience with a multi-disciplinary approach to architecture (having for example worked as an archeologist in Greece) allows for teaching architecture as both a professional and theoretical subject that can allow for a broad range of interests.
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I’ve enjoyed meeting new people with Immerse, people who have different passions than I do and are studying different courses – I have learned a lot from them.
Lady Margaret Hall, the college I’m staying in, is such a beautiful college. It’s got so many different areas we can study and play and have fun. I’ve also been learning so much about computer science, which is something I really enjoy.
I’m finding the course content extremely useful. I’ve learned so much in these two weeks and we’ve covered so many new topics that I hadn’t heard of. The relationship with my teacher has been fabulous – I can communicate with him very easily, and the teaching style is what I had expected, with university-style teaching methods.
I think this program has really helped me to to change my ideas about what I could expect from university, and it’s really helped me to make sure I enjoyed what I want to study in the future.
Experience London Life
The Career Insights timetable includes a fantastic social and cultural programme with the following excursions:
Experience London Life
Live and study in
Live in the Heart of London
Career Insights takes place in our capital city, renowned as a hub of creativity, innovation and vibrant culture.
Home to more iconic buildings and landmarks than any other place in the world, London is a place to be inspired and enjoy direct access to the industries of the future.
Dynamic and comfortable accommodation
Career Insights students will stay at Astor College. UCL’s award-winning student accommodation in the heart of Fitzrovia, with iconic London locations at walking distance in every direction.
The residence boasts of modern communal lounges a furnished outdoor courtyard and attractive open plan dining areas.
This will be your home away from home as you engage in an exciting industry-focussed programme to help shape your future.
With accommodation perfectly placed to explore the sights and sounds of our capital city, living in London means being connected with world-famous universities and iconic landmarks.
Located between Bloomsbury and Kings Cross, we make the most of our great location with visits to industry hubs across the city, enjoying the incredible food, culture and history on offer.
Our accommodation offers a comfortable, convenient base from which to explore the city.
Pastoral care and safety
An accredited provider of academic short courses
Immerse Education is accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC), the leading mark of educational quality for the academic sector. Our accreditation with the BAC sends a positive and clear message to students and partners that they are studying with a trusted and reliable provider who has met a series of globally recognised quality assurance standards, both in terms of academic provision and student welfare.
The safety and well-being of our participants is our number one priority, and all staff undergo enhanced background checks and receive thorough safeguarding training before interacting with any students.
For more information, please visit our Pastoral Information page.
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Immerse™ Fine Art Sample Modules
Module 1 - Art & IdeasThis module allows you to understand the broad framework and “big picture” of art history, as you explore movements that have influenced art over time such as Classical Culture, Religion, the Enlightenment Period, Romanticism, Post-Colonialism as well as scholarly personalities such as Plato, Aquinas, Darwin, Freud and Marx. By the end of this unit, you will have formed a critical understanding of how art has developed over time and the key influences that have shaped and transformed it.
Module 2 - Modernist & Post-Modernist ArtThis module explores the histories of contemporary artworks while tracing their lineage through the range of experimental practices from Modernism to Post-Modernism. We’ll take a look at some of the most influential artists of the modernist and postmodern eras and evaluate both their influence and opportunities in the world of art.
Module 3 - Visual AnalysisIn this module, we will introduce different methods of visual analysis and interpretation. We will also look at methods for interpreting art, culture, and cultural products. Part of our inquiry may include a look at semiotics, iconography/iconology, gender, Marxism, and non-European aesthetic systems, as methods of analysing visual analysis.
Module 4 - Contemporary IssuesThis module offers an opportunity for students to explore a debate within the visual arts on personal and individual relevance. We will explore current issues in the world of fine art and form an understanding of them while learning to articulate ideas effectively.
Module 5 - PhotographyIn this module, you’ll learn how to improve your creative vision by understanding the importance of scene elements such as light, colour, and texture and identifying how you can use them to improve your photography. You will engage with a range of photography techniques as well as examine professional works and offer an informed analysis of the techniques being applied.
Module 6 - SculptingYou will have the opportunity to learn hands-on techniques in sculpting, exploring the Sinclair Method, as well as professional sculpture skills and techniques for realist sculpture. You will learn the professional way to create a beautifully proportioned figure armature, the foundation of every good sculpture.
Module 7 - Drawing & PaintingYou will refine your technique and express your creative vision during this module. Through practical exercises and constructive support, this part of the course empowers you to gain and develop artistic skills, letting your creativity flourish. Study and experiment with a variety of exciting materials, mediums and topics, working on paintings, prints and drawings of landscapes, interiors, figures and animals.
Module 8 - Installation ArtInstallation artworks, sometimes described as ‘environments’, often occupy an entire room or gallery space that the spectator has to walk through in order to engage fully with the art. Some installations, however, are designed simply to be walked around and contemplated, or are so fragile that they can only be viewed from a doorway, or one end of a room. In this part of the course, we will explore a broad range of immersive installations in and around London. By the end of this module, you will have a strong understanding of what installations are and begin to develop your own ideas of installation art.
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16th July – 29th July 2023