BA in Fine Art & New Media
“Works of art should be conceived with fire in the soul, and be executed with clinical coldness”
Joan Miro, painter
The central axis of the Fine Art & New Media programme of studies is subjects such as painting, engraving, sculpture, history and theory of Art, while at the same time emphasis is placed on painting application workshops as well as other fields, such as illustration, iconography, mosaics and installations.
Special attention is paid to contemporary technology applications, with the use of computers, used in artistic creation and its applications: digital manipulation of image, video art, photography.
Graduates of the Fine Art & New Media programme are distinguished for their high level of aesthetics, imagination, critical, analytical and creative abilities. Along with their artistic course, they are in a position to respond to any type of application, such as: print and packaging illustrations, artistic supervision of any type of print, decorative wall applications, stage design, Byzantine painting, iconography, mosaics, sculpture, curating, installations and video art. They can also work on digital media and applications such as animation, microsculpture and jewelry, in advertising companies and as art advisors.
The Fine Art & New Media programme is a three year course, of a Bachelor of Arts level, by Middlesex University. The programme was founded in 1996 and is a serious proposal for Fine Art studies in Greece, over and above the state higher education Schools. Your high school certificate mark is not taken into consideration, however your previous experience is important.
The applicant, during a personal meeting with the Programme Leader, must submit a portfolio of works, from which one should be able to establish his ability in design, talent in painting and knowledge of the use of basic materials. In the event that there is no previous experience on design and the applicant has no portfolio, he/she must attend the foundation course, following which he/she can be admitted to the programme.
Over and above the full time programme, a flexible mode of study, in the form of Distance Learning, is also offered.
*This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.
During this year you will study Art on both a theoretical and a practical level, learning how to design, using various techniques and media. You will be able to approach Art with a critical perspective, bearing in mind historical references, and you will investigate its relation with technology.
You will learn free hand drawing, creating still life drawings and human figures by pencil, ink and colour. You will exercise your skills on various types of drawing, such as abstract compositions, three dimensional drawings, axonometric and perspective designs, as well as floor plans. You will acquire basic knowledge on Photography, composition and printing and be acquainted to the digital production of image and video.
You will experiment on various materials, forms and artistic expressions and approach Art as a language of communication, as visual language. You will analyse the elements of artistic creation and the Bauhaus theory. You will work in groups, combining a critical approach and exercise through creative dialogue.
This year will give you the opportunity to investigate the expressive abilities of colour and the dynamics of shade and light. You will be able to do applications on compositions by using tempera, aquarelle etc. You will begin your studies on nude, while at the same time, through concurrent workshops, such as sculpture, will be acquainted to the three dimensional form, both with a theoretical approach as well as through exercises. Creating models from plastic materials, copying techniques with plaster, silicone and rubber will complete your workshop applications.
You will acquire knowledge on History of Art, through studying the social and political role of Art through time. You will be able to refine your research skills through writing texts with references. The seminars offered will be focused on the Enlightenment Neoclassicism and Realism currents.
Drawing I – Visual Language I – Fine Arts I
Drawing II – Visual Language II – Fine Arts II
This year will enable you to improve your practical skills and expand your historical knowledge, developing your own stance and acquiring a professional direction.
You will complete your studies on the nude and work on compositions, mainly on the human figure, as well as other topics. You will work on large scale works, taking part in interactive research, while creating. This year will give you the opportunity to experiment on canvas, wood and other surfaces as well as other means and methods of expression, as well as alternative manipulation through the use of photography, video or digital means, installations etc.
You will be taught Byzantine hagiography and its special techniques and, in the mosaics workshop, you will be able to create your first floor and wall mosaics. Prints of black and white as well as colour woodcuts and linoleum will also be done at the sculpture workshop.
You will deepen into the communicating character of image, through a series of projects, which you will complete at the workshops of the College. Peer critique, based on topic, clarity and execution, is very important. Seminars are also offered so as to teach you the dynamics of the market for art works and the ways to organize a group exhibition.
You will be taught and be able to adopt new technologies and their applications on the digital manipulation of image and digital editing. You will work on image manipulation software, such as Photoshop and Premiere. You will be able to understand how new technologies can serve art and you will create your own Video Art projects.
Fine Arts IΙΙ – Visual Language III – Communication & Technology I
Fine Arts IV – Visual Language IV – Communication & Technology II
Year 3 (Final year of the Bachelor Degree)
You are required to complete a Dissertation project of 6.000 – 7.000 words, on a topic from History of Art and generally Art theory.
In this study the findings of your research, outcomes and substantiated views should be recorded. The presentation to your tutors and class should include the use of appropriate theoretical materials. You will be assessed on the clarity of your presentation, the depth of your research, the strength of your arguments and the degree of erudition. Along with your Dissertation Project, a series of creative workshops will prepare you for your Main Project.
In the final semester, you are expected to complete a complex project (Main Project) from the various applications of painting and artistic creation in general. Your Main Project is a complete unit of works which will prove that you are now a complete artist with high aesthetics, theoretical and technical knowledge and an established personal style. The Main project is presented to a tutor committee in the presence of an audience and you will be assessed on the quality of its execution and your professionalism on undertaking research and presentation.
– Dissertation (Professional Research in Action)
– Preparation for Independent Work in Fine Arts (subject)
– Main Project
In tertiary education, learning and teaching are distinguished for their gradually increasing attempts for self directed independent learning.
AKTO’s learning and teaching practices aim at developing autonomous personalities who can manage the knowledge produced. In a continuously changing professional environment, this educational commitment is of critical importance so as to secure students’ ability to remain competitive.
Art and Design studies at AKTO are based on a broad teaching and learning design. Amongst some of the teaching methods used are the following: Seminars focusing on the theory, lectures on relative topics, as well as workshops, presentations, educational excursions, competitions etc.
Teaching and Learning strategies are divided into three main categories:
Α. Projects – Seminars – Assignments – Lectures
In seminars and lectures students acquire access to notes, video projections and the required bibliography, in order to enable them to learn about all the different aspects of their discipline. Lectures contribute to absorbing basic knowledge, while seminars cultivate critical thinking and ability for multilateral communication. When necessary, extra lessons are also offered, in order to empower students’ learning.
The project briefs, which vary in number for each module and semester, include a detailed description of the requirements of a topic as well as the assessment criteria for the project.
Students’ progress is monitored through project assessment as well as various tests undertaken during seminars and lectures.
B. Additional teaching and learning methods
Knowledge and skills acquired during lectures, seminars and projects is enriched further through activities, such as visits to exhibitions, museums, factories, educational excursions, as well as participation in competitions, exhibitions of student works etc. These activities assist students in absorbing the basic concepts and experiencing their application in real life conditions.
AKTO has a long relation with the industry and the artistic community. This means that, throughout the course of their studies, they will have the opportunity to acquire updated information on important events and developments in their field.
C. Independent learning with the assistance of a supervisor
Supervisors are of vital importance to the entire programme of studies, especially during the final year leading to the Bachelor degree, during which regular meetings with a supervisor are the main teaching method used. The transition from a traditional form of learning to a more autonomous is in line with the general academic strategy of AKTO.