Professional Partnerships

Professional Partnership with the ICA

ICA Studio. Photo: ICA.

We understand the importance of working collaboratively with industry, the culture sector, other universities, and with schools to encourage our students into a diverse range of employment opportunities. Our staff are all active in their profession and able to share their real world experience of the industry with students.

Career learning is embedded in all our programmes in Art. We provide a wide range of professional practice opportunities including internships, work experience, placements and public art commissions. A number of such opportunities have included internships with external arts organisations such as Studio Voltaire, Chisenhale Gallery or Frieze Art Fair.

We offer students a variety of placements opportunities throughout the whole programme. We regularly work with external partner institutions to organise external exhibitions, where students are guided through a professional exhibition process, by preparing proposals, negotiating and liasing with the external partners to working on promotional materials, for example recently in projects with the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading, with Deutsche Bank at Bracknell or with Reading Museum.

Professional Partnership with Ridgeway Primary School

Further opportunities for gaining on the ground experience include our regular public art commissions that we organise in partnership with local primary schools and public sector partners, such as the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

In the schools groups of students work on innovative art projects together with school children to create art works for the school grounds. In the public sector our students realise and deliver art works with and for the users of these institutions.

Right: Exhibition poster Ridgeway Primary School.


Associate Partnership with the, ICA, Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.

The Department of Art has recently launched a new partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London, jointly with the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication. This partnership offers a number of exciting opportunities for students, including use of members's only studio facilities at the ICA and exclusive access to the staff team at the ICA, through a rolling programme of internships with the ICA's Creative Team.

From 2012 students from the Department of Art will be offered FREE membership of the ICA. The membership enables students to attend private views and special events for members, to interact with students from other institutions and to network with other creative professionals.

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