One-year Foundation/Pre-degree Course in the Visual Arts

The recently launched Dominica Institute for the Arts is offering a one-year full-time foundation/pre-degree course in the visual arts. The course is primarily intended for school leavers wishing to pursue a career, or further their studies in the arts. Regional, international students and adults may also enrol. The course will break new ground in the teaching of art by combining traditional atelier tuition with recent IT developments that have made many of the world’s art gallery collections available on-line.

The course will begin in September with an intake of between 12 and 15 students. It will cover all aspects of the visual arts and comprise of the following modules.

LIFE CLASS: Portrait and figure. (2 hrs/day, 3 days/week)

DEMONSTRATION: By resident tutor and visiting artists. (1½ hrs/day, 1 day/week)

GROUP DISCUSSION: Utilising on line gallery resources. (1 hr/day, 3 days/week)

CRITIQUE: Review of the students’ work. (1½ hrs/day, 1 day/week)

RESEARCH PROJECT: Thesis on visual art related topic. (1 hr/day, 3 days/week)

PORTFOLIO: Individual projects and working time. (1½ hrs/day, 5 days/week)

OUTREACH: Working with schools, community, church, etc. (2¼ hrs/day, 2 days/week)

GROUP PROJECTS: End of term exhibitions, carnival/festivals, etc.

The course will have diploma status. In addition to accessing the student’s creative potential, the evaluation of course work will take into account: attendance, commitment and participation.

Fees and term dates for the full year course of study are as follows:

Local students EC$3,500.00
Regional Students EC$7,000.00
International Students EC$15,000.00

Autumn 3rd September to 14th December (15 weeks)
Spring 7th January to 22nd March (11 weeks) Summer 8th April to 21st June (11 weeks)

It should be noted that fees for art foundation courses overseas, with less hours and content, range from EC$6,500.00 (Barbados) to EC$28,000.00 (UK).

The course will be led and tutored by resident artist Roger Burnett. For over forty years, the artist has been largely based in the Caribbean and his work as a painter and sculptor has won international acclaim. He is a passionate teacher of the arts and has the rare ability to open up the creative process and enthuse others. Many of his past students have won major awards for their work and developed as artists in their own right.

Prospective students should immediately contact the Cultural Division (Tel. 266 3421/2) or Roger Burnett (Tel. 449 2550/Email: sculptor@cwdom.dm) for further details on course syllabus and enrolment.

Announcement sponsored by Antrim Valley Sculpture Studio.

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