How to Write your Fine Art Personal Statement | Newcastle University

How to Write your Fine Art Personal Statement | Newcastle University


– Hello and welcome. This video is gonna give you some tips on writing a great personal statement. As an artist, you’ll often
be asked to write statements about yourself and about your work, so think about this as a
useful start to that process. Your statement is gonna tell us about you, your interests, and what
motivates you to make artwork and to study on a fine art programme. As a fine art applicant, it’s important to link your personal
statement to your portfolio. We’ll have looked at your portfolio, and we’d like to see it
reflected in your statement. So you may have a series of
work with the same theme, why is that theme important to you? Perhaps you’ve seen an exhibition that had a significant
impact on your work, what examples of your
work demonstrate that? Perhaps a project didn’t work out, but you learned something
important from it? what was that, how did
it affect your work? We also want to know why
you want to study fine art, so you may have done an art
and photography A Level, or you may have done a foundation course and you’ve studied fine art but you’ve studied some
design, and some photography, and some fashion, so why
do you want to do fine art rather than something
else such as photography? You’ll have thought about this, and you’ve taken a decision so you’ve got something
interesting to say about it. It’s also useful to say something about what you’re studying at the moment, so you might be doing A-Levels in art, psychology and maths, why did
you choose that combination? How has that worked out for you? We also want to know what you do outside of
your formal studies, so that might be creative work, it could be sport,
community work, politics, whatever you’re doing outside your studies we want to know about it. What motivates you to do it, and what impact it has for you? So with all that in mind, the first step is to make
a list of all the things you want to say. Then write a short bit about each. You can then think about
how they might fit together. Keep it simple, write clearly and briefly. You might want to have a nice flowing narrative
running through it, but it doesn’t need to do that. Keep a word count while you’re doing it, you can have up to 4,000 text characters. But don’t worry about that too much until you’ve got something
you’re happy with. Don’t forget to get someone
to proofread it for you to check the grammar and the spelling, and also to make sure that they understand what you’re trying to say. You get a lot of advice from teachers, from tutors, and also online
about writing a statement, all of that’s very useful, but also it can get a bit overwhelming, and sometimes can be a bit contradictory. Remember in the end, you
need to say something that you feel represents who you are. So here are five main points to help write a great personal statement. Connect your statement
with your portfolio. Use simple and clear language. Make a list of all the
points you want to cover and then expand on them and join them up. Don’t worry about word length until you’ve made a first draft. And get someone else to
read it and check it. For further information and advice, have a look at our website and also you can contact us direct, we’ll respond to any questions. So thank you for watching, and good luck.

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