Fine Art BA (Hons) – a graduate’s view – Tracie Shaylor

Fine Art BA (Hons) – a graduate’s view – Tracie Shaylor


The facilities for the fine arts department are amazing. You’ve got metalwork, you’ve got woodwork, you’ve got ceramics… you’ve got print, you’ve got your own studio space…you’ve got a group discussion space… you’ve got the critical studies…where you can have one-to-one with your lecturer, discuss your ideas. The lecturers – not only are they there to help you with education and knowledge, they’re there to support you personally and emotionally… and having a slight disability myself the disability student services were absolutely fantastic. The valuable skills that I’ve learnt on the fine arts course are actually preparing yourself for arts management. And it’s actualisation of knowing who you are, what you want and where you want to go and they encourage ambition… One of the things that we’re supposed to do as part of the course, was to enter competitions. We also did, we applied for, public art commissions, live bids… so we were actually learning the process of applying and adopting skills as an artist. There’s a massive competition that runs every year called NADFAS, which is the National [Association] of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies… North West where they offer a bursary for you to complete a masters in fine arts… and I was chosen and selected from all the universities and won the £7000 pot of money, and… with that encouragement then I also entered 53 Degrees in York at the New School House Gallery… where I was selected as the winner, overall winner of the fine arts category. I started my own collective called ForeFront Collective with former students from this university… and we had a major success this year with the Manchester Science Festival. I’d definitely say go for it! You’ve got to study at Bolton because the resources and the facilities available at this university… are outstanding, absolutely amazing, and it’s a must. You must come here!

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