More about Alexander
What made you choose to study at NTU?
"I chose to study Fine Art at NTU because of the potential the city had regarding the art scene. Nottingham's fantastic for its art scene; it's constantly developing and changing, offering up opportunities for students and graduates. The large studios and specialised workshops available at NTU are better than most I encountered at other university open days. The tutors on the course are very knowledgeable and have all had their own successful practices. Having the assistance of well established artists is an undeniable asset."
What do you enjoy most about your course?
"I enjoy having the ability to use such a large studio five days a week, as it allows me to constantly experiment within a community of artists. Being in this environment allows students to share ideas and concepts. As well as the help and vast knowledge of the tutors this creates an idealistic environment for artists. The ability to sign up for tutorials with guest speakers is another really helpful aspect of the course. This allows us to converse with and receive unbiased advice from established working artists."
Has the course included opportunities for professional practice?
"Tutors are always informing students of current exhibitions. There is always something to get involved with and if there isn't then our tutors encourage us to go out and do something ourselves. We are encouraged to visit galleries on a frequent basis and make contacts within the art scene in Nottingham. This is a highly valuable aspect to maintaining your practice throughout your studies."
Has the course included any speakers from industry?
"There have been countless speakers that have visited NTU, most of which are working artists. These lectures are held once every week and are the highlight of the course. There have been two that have been particularly, local artist Michael Pinchbeck and Liverpool based artist Mark Lecky. Mark Lecky's talk was done in conjunction with a show that was being held at Nottingham Contemporary."
What do you think about the course staff?
"While there is dedicated time with your academic tutor, depending on your practices demands and needs, you can spend a large amount of time with the technicians in the workshops. There is a lot to be learnt from the technicians that is invaluable and they are always more than willing to teach you how to use the machinery and tools."