Case Study: Goldsmiths
個案研究:金史密斯學院


ART.ZIP: What was the reason for creating the BA Fine Art and History of Art course which runs in parallel to the BA Fine Art course? Especially when one of the philosophies of the BA Fine Art course is not to put any special emphasis on the studying of art history.

AH&MC: The strength of the Joint Honours program is that it combines the expertise of two departments – Art and Visual Cultures. Students in the Joint Honours program have access to two completely different faculties and so it is like they are doing two degrees at the same time!  As a result there is more emphasis on the written portion of their degree, as opposed to the single honours fine arts program, where in the joint honours they spend 50% of their week reading and writing, compared to the single honours who spend about 20% of their time reading and writing in Critical Studies courses.

It’s an unusual course in that students navigate the theory/practice question for themselves thorough their work. As they progress, they choose courses in Visual Cultures tailored to the directions and interests of their practice. That makes it very exploratory and fluid.

ART.ZIP: 金史密斯是出於什麽樣的原因開設了這樣一門雙專業課程,尤其是當本有悠久歷史的純藝專業中,藝術史的學習並不占主要部分。

AH & MC: 雙專業的優勢在於它結合了金史密斯兩個不同學院,藝術以及視覺文化兩個學院的強項。雙專業的學生在兩個不同的學院裡接觸到不同的師資和同學。由此而來,雙專業的學生比起純藝的學生要花更多的時間在閱讀和寫作上。在雙專業中,平日學習時間百分之五十的比重在閱讀與寫作中,而純藝專業的學生只被要求用百分之二十的時間比重去專注於他們批判性研究課程的讀寫內容。

同樣,雙專業給予學生們機會以直面藝術中創作和理論的辯證關係,在他們不斷進步的過程中,他們有機會在視覺文化系中選擇更適合他們創作的理論方向課程,整個過程相當具有探索性和流動性。

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ART.ZIP: How do you select applicants? And how do you decide whether the joint honours degree or the BA Fine Art is most suitable for successful applicants?

AH&MC: Students make the choice themselves when they apply as they have to select which course they want to apply to. We have open days at Goldsmiths where staff present both programs to prospective students and give tours of the respective studio spaces and students then make their own choice.

Students generally are very self selecting. Our students tend to be decisive that this is the course they want. It’s not a default option as its very hard work!

ART.ZIP: 作為面試官,你們是如何選擇學生的,你們是如何判斷一個學生是否比起純藝專業,更加適合此雙專業呢?

AH & MC: 學生們在申請的時候往往就已做好了自己的選擇。在金史密斯我們有學校開放日,我們會給學生平等提供兩方面的信息和資料,以便他們自己做出選擇。學生們確實自己都比較清楚自己適合哪一個專業,雙專業並不一定適合所有學生,更何況它有著更多的學習任務!

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ART.ZIP: How much contact and interaction is there between these two courses?

AH&MC: Students from both programs attend public lectures and events in both departments. However they take completely different courses with different members of staff. On a personal basis there are tons of connections. Students curate shows and show work with friends and peers they make across both degrees. Some schemes, like the masterclasses, operate across both courses.

ART.ZIP: 兩個不同專業之間,學生們的互動和接觸有多少呢?

AH & MC: 兩個專業的學生都會參加到兩個學院的公開課和其他活動,但他們平日所選的課程是由不同的老師所教授的。學生們私下也會有很多的聯繫,他們會聯合策展,或是互相展示和評論作品。而有一些教學內容,比如邀請知名藝術家來上課的 “大師課程”是平等橫跨於兩個專業中的。

 


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