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Art college v regular college

Art students have studio, they don’t have classes. There can be occasional lecture, seminar or presentation, there can even be essays, but at least for first year expect studio time all the time. It can be something that students find difficult to get used to, and something non-art-students can barely fathom. There are tutors, or several, and they will attend studio also. 

Studio is easy to mitch, easy to skip, easy to doss, but studio is often open plan, wildly messy and incredibly stimulating. If you mitch, skip or doss studio you will know, your tutor will know and everyone else in studio will know. Studio motivates studio.

“A guy upstairs went to Lidl in a wheelchair he made for the last project”.

What an art student wears to studio is almost as important as their output from it. It’s not so much important that you wear anything in particular, but rather that you wear what you want and that you like to wear it, or at least look as if you like to wear it.

Within the walls of an art college it is often that a person’s attire gives a good clue as to which art or design department they aspire to. It is often too, that a person’s attire is something that was born of their department. Fashion students are downright obvious to behold. Paint, ink and other splatters will provide hints towards other art departments.

“The kids at the open day were loving the cross-dresser from first year”.

There are typically fewer people in Ireland’s art colleges than in a run-of-the-mill university, so the likes of NCAD, IADT and LSAD are considered to be small to medium colleges. This can be due to the rigorous entrance procedures including portfolio assessments and tough point’s expectations.

It could also be due to the fact that some of us tend not to see art as a huge money-maker career wise. Either way, to attend a college where most people know most people, at least to see, is a massively different experience to being educated amongst tens of thousands of others.

This fact makes for some very cooperative, collaborative, even synergetic experiences. Then again, when art gets to this point, it can border on the convoluted. Then again, it’s art college. That could be the whole point.

“A zip line from the fourth floor?”

 Apart from the structure, the apparel and the socializing aspects to life in art college, it really is the produce of an art college that takes the biscuit in terms of weird and outlandish.

A picture famously tells a thousand words, but words cannot in this instance describe the downright odd pictures that hang in some corners of art college.