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Digital Fine Art for 15 - 17 Year Olds


Course Information

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Monday to Friday 10 am – 4 pm, one week

This course will develop your understanding of the digital fine art world with a focus on creativity, portfolio building, colour theory and art appreciation.

Spending time exploring digital art, you will work with painting, drawing, photo manipulation, colour theory, cartooning, scene making and concept work.

Secure your place with a deposit

If you're booking two months or more before the course starts, we can accept a £100 deposit to secure your place.

The balance is due one month before the course starts.

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Course Description

Through the use of digital mediums, you’ll learn how to present your own digital artwork to industry standard.

You’ll be encouraged to develop a small portfolio of digital art that tells a story and depicts a strong personal expression.

During the course you will:

  • focus on practical projects and the appreciation of art
  • be encouraged to bring in and discuss your favourite creative inspirations
  • learn new digital art techniques
  • have the opportunity to import and digitally manipulate physically drawn assets
  • look at industry standard design tools and open-source alternatives
  • learn about the ways assets can be created digitally, from concept to final product.

Having several mini projects to contend with (including building your own mini portfolio), you’ll also be expected to work collectively on a group project which might be to create art assets and a storyboard, or an illustrated story book or comic, or a fine art display.

You’ll naturally have different ways of creating art so the challenge of the group project will be to bring all of the pieces together in a coherent style as industry would expect.

What will I gain?

By the end of the course you will leave with a solid understanding of the digital art world so you can continue to develop your skills.

You will also have a visual record of your experiments that will be perfect for your portfolio and will be able to demonstrate your ideas and research skills, feeling confident in discussing and presenting your work.

You'll have gained experience of what it's like to be a design student at university, and an understanding of what admissions tutors are looking for.

Level: Open to all

Entry requirement: You should have an enthusiasm for drawing and painting, whether digital or physical, and an interest in developing your creative and technical skills.

Where you’ll learn: You will be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus.

You'll find bright studio and workshop spaces to develop your ideas and create exciting work, and Mac / PC suites equipped with industry standard software.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

Tutor Profile: Claire Davies is an artist who makes moving image, objects, sound, installation, and performance pieces.

Claire is also the Senior Technician in moving image for the fine art department at Nottingham Trent University.

She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and went on to co-found and co-direct Rhubaba Gallery Studios in Edinburgh.

Claire is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Artists’ Film and Moving Image at Goldsmiths University of London.

She has shown work internationally across art exhibitions and film festivals including; Channel 4’s Random Acts Commission, Sheffield International Documentary Festival,  Alchemy Film Festival, TCBTV at Somerset House in London and Radiophrenia Project at CCA in Glasgow.

Claire has also had a solo exhibition The Valley of Lost Things at Two Queens in Leicester.

You can view Claire's artwork here: www.clairedavies.info

Need accommodation?
You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms.

If you're aged 16 or 17 then you can stay unaccompanied with agreement from a parent/guardian.

If you're aged 15 then you can stay as long as you are accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Find out more at: www.ntu.ac.uk/summeraccommodation

Doing your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award?

This course can count as your Gold DofE Residential.

DofE participants must book both the course and accommodation on campus for this to count towards your Gold Award.

Looking to turn your one-week course into a two-week experience?

If you can match this with any second course, you’ll receive a 10% refund on your course fees.

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Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

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