Workshop: Negotiating the crit (for BA fine art students)

Although the crit is widely used as a teaching and assessment tool on BA courses across the UK, many students have told us they find it a source of confusion and worry. Anxieties include a fear of speaking in public or in front of a group, of not knowing what to say or feeling that they don’t have the correct language, of feeling they or their work is being judged unfairly, and many more.

In this workshop students will identify barriers that can prevent confident participation in a crit and explore strategies to overcome them. They will develop skills in interpreting art and conveying a personal opinion. They will also become aware of a range of crit models and begin to think about how they can structure a crit to best suit their needs and stage of development. Students will develop confidence and transferable skills in public speaking as well as gaining awareness and empathy for other points of view.

 It is not only aimed at students who find participation in the crit a source of anxiety, but will also allow more confident learners to gain empathy and understanding for the barriers to confident participation, allowing for deeper engagement and empathy with the whole group.

Practical Details

  • This is an interactive session making use of discussion and also screenings from our Art Crits: 20 Questions video. The time allocated to this session can vary depending on requirements but it typically lasts around 5-6 hours and includes a break for lunch in between.
  • There is option to host a follow up session with staff wherein we feedback the insight gained into the particular areas where students are struggling, but without naming or discussing individual students.

This workshop is supported by our experienced facilitators and by our research into the crit in our book and video Art Crits: 20 Questions. To book or find out more about the workshop, email [email protected] or [email protected]



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