Interview with Lesley Punton

ART.ZIP: Can you tell us something about the final project in the last year?

LP: The dissertation is the theoretical component of the major work and that is about 12,000 words. And an extended essay is slightly shorter than that. It can be on any subject that the student chooses, and it is usually something the students are interested in relation to their own practice. But it can be absolutely anything.

When it comes to the final degree submission the presentation for the degree show – students can present any form that their work has evolved to take. I mean it is an examination rather than an exhibition. But how our students install the work tells us a lot about the quality of their practice. We encourage our students to exhibit as much as they can, right through the course, but particularly in the third and fourth years. We’ve got lot of project spaces where students can book, try things out and so on. So it’s likely that the final presentation will take the form of works installed in a space that has been allocated, which the size is about five meters square. Students might show finished photographs or they may propose a dark space to show film and video, because a lot of students are working with moving images. They may choose a mixture of media like photographs and sculptures. Or occasionally we may not see a photograph; despite this is a fine art photography course.

ART.ZIP: 您能否告訴我們一些有關畢業設計的相關事宜?

LP: 學位論文作為畢業設計理論學習的組成部分,大約要求一萬兩千字,而一篇拓展性論文的字數會稍微少一些。論文由學生自行選題,但通常都是跟他們實踐相關的內容。絕對可以是任何題材。此外,在進入提交最終畢業作品的展示環節中,學生們亦可以選擇任何形式參與其中。雖然在我看來這更像是一次考試而非展覽,但了解學生如何展示他們的作品同樣能夠體現其完成項目質量的優劣。



ART.ZIP: Apart from basic photography facilities such as darkrooms and printing spaces, what other facilities can students benefit from on the programme?

LP: The workshops based here are primarily photographic ones, but the technical support department across school means students can actually get access to any technical workshop area. If every single student wants to do screen-printing, there isn’t a way to do that. So we’ve got a proposal form that students can write a proposal for a specific piece of work they are making, and usually we try to fit that in.

There is an electronic media studio, which was in the fine art area but that has now moved to a new building. It has expanded to incorporate – the design school facilities as well, so it has become a large area. Hopefully it has same coverage as it had before. This studio includes film editing, DV cameras and so on. So the technical facilities are out there and the libraries are pretty good as well.

ART.ZIP: 除了學院基本的攝影設施如暗房外,攝影專業的學生還可以得到哪些其他類型的幫助?

LP: 攝影工作室都設在這座攝影系建築裡,但事實上學生可以得到任何專業技術上的支持,也就是說學生有機會進入所有專業的工作室。比方說一個學生想嘗試絲網印刷,但攝影系沒有辦法提供給他相關的設施,於是我們便可以為他提供一份申請表格,而他需要做的便是詳細提供他實踐所需要的幫助,通常都能申請成功。



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