The Bachelor’s Degree in Art organised by UOC, in collaboration with the Museo Reina Sofía, sets out from an expanded notion of Fine Arts which extends beyond the traditional limits of artistic practice, with the growing demand in advanced societies for an intervention of the imagination, creativity, and the capacity for expression in highly divergent social and professional spheres calling and allowing for new training proposals.
This online degree aims to respond to new challenges of contemporary creation and to train professionals to gain the capacity to develop diverse artistic practices situated in specific social and cultural contexts and in a way that is both informed and critical.
Students can freely choose their subjects of study and the UOC website includes the recommended semester structure for the course. However, checking with a personal tutor is advised to strike a balance between available study time and personal and professional situations.
The Bachelor’s Degree in Art is structured around four stages of training which dovetail with four annual courses:
- Training: the aim of this first stage is for students to start using practical mediums and become familiar with early concepts from the history and theories of art.
- Contextualising: this second stage aims to situate students in a global and local artistic context.
- Socialising: the third stage aims to ensure students gain the capacity to collaboratively intervene in social contexts.
- Professionalising: this fourth and final stage aims to ensure students develop their own informed, critical and situated artistic practice.
Over the course of these four stages, students will articulate their own training route via three course formats: seminars, workshops and projects.
The seminars constitute spaces for profound critical reflections on different theoretical topics related to artistic practice, setting out key aspects on art history, the notion of technique and medium, art systems, certain theories of art and culture, the rudiments of visual culture and new media, and a first approach to artistic research. These core theoretical aspects students will engage with in the seminars must be implemented in their projects and together form one of the conceptual tools which will allow them to endow their artistic creation with discourse.
The workshops tackle issues within each specific subject, as well as looking to explore different tools, languages, mediums, techniques and technologies in contemporary artistic practices; develop technical and methodological skills in processes of artistic creation; gain awareness of how material, language, medium and tool all condition form and meaning; experiment with, subvert and question techniques and technologies; and historically and critically contextualise different artistic media.
Projects and Final Degree Project
The projects combine an array of working methodologies to approach different kinds of art projects. Students must manage the free use of materials, tools, languages, mediums, techniques and technologies related to historical-theoretical contexts to create critical discourses. They will form Fine Arts projects which integrate activities such as reading, studying, analysing, investigating, experimenting, projecting, constructing, writing, sharing, debating and documenting, in addition to evaluating, self-evaluating and co-evaluating.
Study Plan and Available Subjects
Bachelor’s Degree in Art Study Plan
|Basic training credits||60 ECTS|
|Final degree project||18 ECTS|
|Total credits||240 ECTS|
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, in collaboration with Museo Reina Sofía
240 ECTS credits