School of Art and Architecture
The School of Art and Architecture is a vibrant community of undergraduate and postgraduate students, whose academic 'home' is a course in one of the School’s three distinctive departments: Film and Photography, Architecture and Landscape, and Fine Art.
We ensure that students are taught by practicing artists, architects, photographers and filmmakers, who have a wealth of contacts and links to the cultural and professional sector, providing a context for showcasing student work and supporting graduate career paths and aspirations. Our students value opportunities to develop professional, conceptual, critical thinking, and practical making skills and these are embedded in learning through placements, exhibitions, off site projects and field trips, as well as through the creativity that emerges in studio based group and individual activities.
The outstanding 2D and 3D workshops offer both digital and analogue technical processes and equipment, and the specialist technicians share the course teams’ ethos of nurturing talent through making and thinking so that each generation of practitioners graduates with the skills to contribute to an ever changing society and wider environment through their cultural and creative achievements.
A distinctive feature of the School of Art and Architecture is our well established and renowned practice based doctoral programme linked to high quality staff research through practice that attracts national and international engagement from professionals in the fields of contemporary fine art, architectural practice, and the photographic and film industries.
Read more about the departments:
- Department of Architecture and Landscape (or visit the Architecture and Landscape website).
- Department of Film and Photography
- Department of Fine Art
Department of Architecture and Landscape
The teaching programmes we offer are innovative and yet relevant to the needs of contemporary practice. Our design teaching staff is drawn from academia and some of London’s best practices. They combine innovation and intellectual rigour with practical experience. Design teaching operates within studios and units on the architecture programmes and within and across years in landscape. It is supported by lecture courses, seminars, workshops and visits focusing on history and theory, technology and practice. You will study within one of the leading art and design schools in the world with some of the most extensive workshop facilities available anywhere.
Both the architecture and landscape areas engage in strategic projects that cross levels and courses. This offers the opportunity for engagement between years that have allowed the Department to engage collectively with strategic thinking at the scale of the city and the landscape.
The Department has a strong tradition of thinking through making, taking advantage of the wonderful facilities and the culture that comes from being part of a faculty of art and design. On some courses students have the chance to choose options in bronze casting, stone carving, concrete or rapid prototyping. You may also choose to engage with a live project, working on real sites, constructing physical structures and engaging with communities. The Department can also be understood as a research space, at many levels. Members of staff operate at the highest level across the breadth of our disciplines, encompassing historical, theoretical, building science and practice based research.
Beyond individual staff members the work being undertaken by the architecture students in relation to the London Development Agency’s East London Green Grid programme is an example of a research project engaged with by the student body as a whole. This has been a tradition in the landscape area for some years, where the Landscape Interface Studio regularly engages with real clients and funded research.
In the Architectural Science and Technology Laboratory, known as Archilab, in the Department of Architecture and Landscape, we specialise in the quantitative and qualitative assessment of environmental and sustainable building design and we have the expertise and equipment to carry out assessments throughout the design, construction and the occupation of buildings.
ArchiLab has been operational since September 2006 and was originally funded by the Government’s Science & Research Investment Fund (SRIF). Since then, we have secured funding for research and enterprise, we have increased the number of active research and technical staff and we are now engaging at a professional level with industry.
We have three primary functions, teaching, research and consultancy, and we cover three broad areas, light, sound and comfort.
Teaching – ArchiLab is embedded, and located, in the Department of Architecture and Landscape and is used extensively by the Department's students. ArchiLab allows students to test their ideas and propositions both physically and digitally in a hands-on environment.
Research – A number of active research staff, and students, work in the broad area of environmental and sustainable design. ArchiLab is the home of the ArchiLab Research Group (ARG). This group comprises a number of active researchers and staff who are involved in research within the broad field of environmental and sustainable building design.
More information and news from the Department is on the Architecture and Landscape website.
Department of Film and Photography
The Department of Film and Photography has well established strengths in both filmmaking and photography and a growing interest in the intersection between the two – the still and moving image. In both film and photography we have an expanded approach to genres within our disciplines combined with a focus on developing key professional skills. The Department’s staff are all practitioners, well connected, curious and keen to be at the centre of current debates about the future of our mediums. We like the concept of reinvention and so remain equally committed to analogue and digital processes. Our connections include Channel 4, British Film Institute (BFI), Impressions Gallery and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). You will study film within a top art school with fantastic workshops and facilities.
These technical facilities include extensive moving image and photography workshops and studios – geared to support the creation of work that makes impact. In addition to specialist film and photography facilities our students also get access to the entire faculty workshop facilities that include hack space, letterpress, woodworking, big build area, model making and metalworking, through to bronze casting and ceramics. All our workshop areas are supported by highly specialised technical staff who are there to provide expert advice and guidance. Students share our purpose-built art school campus with colleagues studying architecture, fashion, graphic designer, illustration, art and design history, animation and fine art – so there is lots of opportunity for collaboration and conversations.
The BA (Hons) Filmmaking course allows students to explore the medium, developing their own filmmaking practice. You will acquire the skills and advanced production techniques required to work professionally in the sector.
At masters level film students deepen the exploration of the relationship between film, moving image, sound and critical frameworks.
Engagement with the professional world is a key element to these programmes and as such there are links with external organisations such as BFI (the UK's national film centre), Film London, Film and Video Umbrella, Tate Film and Lux. Our film courses also partner with the 'Stop Play Record' scheme, commissioning and producing films for Channel 4 TV. Projects and commissions are offered to students and supervised by industry professionals and staff.
The BA (Hons) Photography course allows you to explore a broad range of approaches to photography and develop skills applicable to contexts such as advertising, architecture, documentary, fashion, contemporary art, interiors, publishing, travel and the gallery. You will also gain professional feedback on your practice through a programme of lectures and tutorials delivered by visiting photographers, artists, publishers and curators.
At masters level you will develop a major body of practical work that engages with the expanded boundaries of photography and explore the new possibilities of the medium, engaging in the debate around the politics of representation and the role of the image-maker.
Department of Fine Art
Fine Art at FADA encourages dialogue between traditional and emerging genres. Priority is given to individual and collaborative artistic practice, the making of work, and the understanding of this within contemporary art. The Department provides dynamic production-based and studio programmes for students who wish to develop their professional practice within a range of innovative courses at undergraduate, taught postgraduate and research levels. You will study within one of the leading art and design schools in the world with some of the most extensive workshop facilities available anywhere.
Fine Art is focused on studio-based practices, eg. sculpture, painting, printmaking, installation, video, sound, performance and photography. You will take part in formal and informal critical debate, are encouraged to be inventive and take risks. You will challenge and test your processes and outcomes, make a self-motivated enquiry into the condition, process and production of art today, and to be involved in the collective, creative endeavour of making art. Through our Professional Skills modules at each level you will begin to understand the best mechanisms for disseminating your own practice, hear from people working across the creative industries and learn how to align your skills to your future career ambitions.
Staff research in the Department aims to provide an intellectual and creative milieu for innovation in contemporary fine art. You will be taught by specialists whose collective experience covers a broad platform and wealth of practical and conceptual inputs. All staff are practicing artists or involved in art critique or curation.
Our studios are open six days a week. You will use the studio environment to develop and sustain an independent, self-directed fine art practice and be involved in the collective, creative endeavour of making art. We hold projects and exhibitions in external locations, locally and in central London.
The course continues to build links with a wide range of arts organisations that offer exciting opportunity to students whilst on the course and after they graduate. These include Tate, ICA, Stanley Picker Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, Chisenhale Gallery, Hauser and Wirth, Vilma Gold, Auto-Italia, Lokaal01 Antwerp, Zabludowicz Collection, Five Years, Tintype, Glasgow International, Ravens Row, St. George’s Hospital, The Drawing Room.