Interview with Lesley Punton
專訪格拉斯哥藝術學院藝術攝影


ART.ZIP: What do you expect your students to learn from their 4 years of study?

LP: They will learn different things. Some will learn who they actually are but the most important part of any students development in any institution is to learn how to be an independent thinker. They may have learnt how to be artists and we hope that is what they have learnt. But they may also take different avenues maybe less directly related to visual art. They learn skills like problem-solving and independent thinking, and that independence is really one of the most important things they can have.

Fundamentally, they learn how to make art and how to enrich their own lives. It is important to talk about the contribution to the community but there is a great degree of self-realisation and fulfilment in making art.

ART.ZIP: 您期待學生能從這四年的課程中學到什麼呢?

LP: 學生們會從中學到不同的東西。有些看清了自己,但大多學生應該在院校中學會如何獨立思考。他們或許學會成為一名藝術家,這也是我們所期待的;但或許他們中的一些人會選擇一些和視覺藝術並不直接相關的職業。學生們會學習解決問題和獨立思考的技能,而獨立性則是他們可以擁有的最重要的事情之一。

從根本上說,學生們學會如何進行藝術創作並豐富自己的生活,雖然我們應該去討論他們對社會的貢獻,但更多的還是要看他們個人的自我實現和藝術創作的需要。

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ART.ZIP: How about the MA Photography course at GSA?

LP: We have an MA course and an MFA course. The MA is specialised and it lasts for one full year – that is – from September to September. We also have a MFA course, which spans two academic years – that is – from September to June, and then again September to June the following year.

I actually studied on the MFA course here. I have to say that I feel it’s quite a freedom to have that little bit longer than a traditional one year MA. The MA is multi-disciplinary and the aim is to specialise. Currently we run an MA Programme in Photography and Moving Image and also an MA in Print Making, Drawing and Sculpture – so there are various pathways for the MA. The MFA students tend to work across medias. They may come with a specific discipline, but often they change what they doing during the course of these two years.

ART.ZIP: 格拉斯哥藝術學院的碩士(MA)或純藝碩士(MFA)課程是怎樣的?

LP: 格拉斯哥藝術學院提供碩士和純藝碩士的課程,攝影碩士課程的開設通常是一個整的學年,從九月到隔年九月;而純藝碩士則開設有兩個學年,兩年分別從九月到隔年六月。

事實上我就是從這裡的純藝碩士課程畢業的,我個人認為相比傳統的碩士課程,純藝碩士的學習給予了我更多的自由。格拉斯哥藝術學院擁有不同學科的碩士課程,比較專業化,目前我們有攝影和移動影像、版畫、繪畫和雕塑專業的碩士。而純藝碩士則傾向於跨媒體的創作,他們可以選擇某個特定的方向,但在兩年間可能會展開不同的實踐。

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ART.ZIP: What’s your advice to students who want to study photography at the Glasgow School of Art as a whole?

LP: It is really hard work and you just need to do it everyday. You have to love it, it sounds clichéd but if you come here, you have to work hard. You have to take it seriously. I think there is perception of art school that been something where people can get an easy degree. That’s possibly true in some institutions. To get a first class degree you have to do a lot of work and probably more than most other university students might have to do.

Students get access to the building from 9 o’clock in the morning to 11 o’clock in at night. You have individual studio spaces and that is one of our unique things for a photography course. Students have their own studios generally. And students can make their work and try it out and put it up on the wall. Students may share the studios during the first and second years but then they will have more individual spaces during their third and fourth years. Students can do many different things in their studio – sometimes it can be a production space, sometimes a thinking space, and sometimes a common space. Sometimes it comes an empty area because you don’t know what to do next. But it is a place you can go and have time, which is one of the most important parts of the programme as a studio based course.

ART.ZIP: 您對那些打算申請格拉斯哥藝術學院攝影本科的學生有哪些建議?

LP: 在藝術學院學習是一個很艱苦的過程,每天的努力是必不可少的,雖然這聽起來或許是陳詞濫調,但如果你選擇來這裡學習,就必須要努力。人們常常覺得在藝術學校可以很輕松地能拿到學位,或許在一些學院有這種情況,但如果學生想拿優等,那麽他們甚至需要比其他大學的學生付出更多的努力。

攝影樓每天從早上9點到晚上11點向學生開放。在這裡學生都擁有個人的工作室,而這也是我們攝影課程獨特的地方之一。 學生在大一和大二共享工作室,到第三或第四年便擁有更多的個人空間,他們可以在各自的工作室創作,嘗試把作品掛在墻上等等。學生可以在工作室裡嘗試各種不同的東西,這裡有時是影棚,有時是一個思考空間,也有時成為公共聚會區域。但工作室絕對是學生該好好花上時間的地方,而這也是我們攝影專業課程中極其重要的一部分。

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About Lesley Punton:
關於萊斯利·蓬托(Lesley Punton):

Lesley Punton is a photographic artist. She studied at Glasgow School of Art in Fine Art from 1986 to 1990. Lesley continued her study at GSA and was awarded her MA in Fine Art in 1992. Lesley Punton was a full-time lecturer in Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art before becoming acting head of the BA Fine Art Photography Programme in July 2013 to present.

萊斯利·蓬托是一位攝影藝術家。她曾在1986年至1990年期間就讀於格拉斯哥藝術學院純藝本科專業,隨後又在1992年完成了碩士階段的學習。

在2013年七月成為藝術攝影本科課程主任之前,萊斯利則一直在格拉斯哥藝術學院教授純藝課程。


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