追求創意與想像力 到澳洲學習"藝術相關"課程吧

Courses in Design and the Arts are precious if you want to develop as a creative person or professional.

設計與藝術課程是一門珍貴的學習,特別是當你想發展個人的創造能力。

What’s more, by studying Design or the creative industries in Australia, you might set yourself up for a career that gives plenty of space for your imagination to work.

還有,在澳洲學習設計或創意產業,透過你的想像力發展未來工作,你將為自己的職業生涯提供了足夠的發揮空間。

This could be your first move towards a career that’s rich in opportunities to use your creativity, setting you up for the kind of job that gives your imagination space to work. A course in art and design can be transformative, giving you the chance to become a more creative and original thinker who can lend their resourceful mind and critical eye to work and to life.

這可能是你追求運用創意及想像力的工作時踏出的第一步,你將藉此準備進入一個能發揮想像力的職場空間。藝術設計課程可以改變你很多,你也許有機會因此成為更具原創力和批判思考能力的人,培養出多產的頭腦和精準的眼光。

 

The career route which you eventually choose is not something easily predictable because art and design encompasses such a broad range of study focuses. Course subjects spread out from the fundamentals of design – where you could study furniture design, or electronic media, digital animation or interactivity – to the traditional territory of fine art painting, sculpture or performance art. Or your direction could just as easily be the theory and history of the field, which could lead you towards a career curating shows in galleries or museums.

未來你所選擇的職業道路現在還很難看出端倪,因為藝術設計類別的課程包含了很大範圍的主題,你可以選擇研究家具設計、電子媒體、數位動畫,或者從傳統美術繪畫到現代美術、雕塑、表演藝術等等的各種領域。或者你也可以立志研究藝術領域的理論及歷史,準備在未來於畫廊或美術館負責策展工作。

 

Expect to choose one of three main areas when selecting your course. Fine art will cover those disciplines of painting or sculpture, photography or art installation. Visual communications will cover areas like graphic design and illustration, including the use of software. Often falling under the applied arts will be practises such as fashion, the design of jewellery, or interior design and furniture. But even after your selection, the channels for you to develop your work into other areas will usually remain open, allowing you to dip into areas of design practise that could extend your main focus or specialism.

這個類別的課程大致可分為三個方向: 現代美術將會包含繪畫或雕塑、攝影或裝置藝術。視覺傳播則包括圖像設計、插畫,並包含電腦軟體應用。而時常被歸類為工藝類別的課程則有時尚設計、珠寶設計、室內設計與家具。即使在你決定往某一方向發展後,你仍然有機會往其他的領域發展,擴展應用你本身專業的可能性。

 

So you can expect a certain amount of flexibility once you start to work. Art and design courses are hands-on in that they give students an opportunity to focus on creating and developing. Lending support to this process, teaching staff at university level are often working artists who can help you to follow up on your creative impulses, helping you bring your creations to fruition.

在你開始工作後將會擁有一定的彈性。藝術與設計類的課程將焦點放在實作經驗上,讓學生能夠專注於創作及發展。大學的師資通常都是由活動中的藝術家擔任,幫助你開發創作動力、生產成果。

 

Getting onto an art and design undergraduate program will sometimes (but not always) require a foundation or diploma year. After a foundation course your basic skills and main areas of special interest are likely to be more established – and evident to university providing the course you want – so even students who apply without a foundation can take this as a rough guide about the standards a university will expect them to meet.

進入藝術與設計類的大學學程通常(但不一定)必須先修一年的基礎課程。在一年的基礎訓練之後,你的技術將更熟練,同時也能更確定自己的志向為何、並向遞交申請的大學證明。所以即使是沒有先修基礎課程的申請學生也能以這些課程為基準,衡量大學對新生的能力要求為何。

 

When it comes to selecting a university, location can be very important. For their effect on your study experience, you cannot put a price on the city’s art galleries, museums, and cultural life in general. And of course, you must look very closely at the facilities which each art and design department makes accessible to its students. Will studio space and equipment be there for you when you need it, and do you think there will be enough room for your work to develop in new directions?

選擇一所大學時,地點是很重要的因素。你不能低估城市中的藝廊、美術館、文化環境對你的影響。當然你也該仔細調查系上提供的設施規模,例如有沒有足夠的工作室環境及設備,以及你是否有機會跨領域發展?

 

To follow up your interest in a study program, focus carefully on the different course components – and remember that programs with identical names often exist at several universities, but what you actually study can vary greatly. To be even clearer about your decision, find out exactly who will teach your course. What are their special areas of interest? You may well discover an established designer or artist will be tutoring you, and their reputation could support you in future. The same goes for the reputation of the school itself, not only because of its international standing – some schools have close links with contemporary artists and the galleries that promote their work. It’s a kind of network that could help you survive as a practising artist in your future.

仔細研究每個課程,絕不要假設每所學校的課程內容都會一樣。同時你也要調查師資──你有機會在世界知名的藝術家或設計師門下學習。有些老師可能在藝術界享有很高的聲譽──這也許會在你開啟職業藝術家生涯時助你一臂之力。

 

Will your degree allow you to make a living from art? That’s impossible to promise, yet there is no doubt you’ll learn a very broad range of skills, useful in an equally broad array of design and media contexts. Graduates also take on work in arts management, take positions in museums or galleries, or they embark on careers in art therapy.

沒有人能保證你在畢業後可以成為職業藝術家,但你可以學到各種可已在設計或媒體公司內廣泛運用的技能。你也可以走向藝術管理,為美術館或藝廊工作,或者成為藝術治療師。

 

If you’re thinking of a course that is more directly related to a target vocation, such as Architectural Technology, then your priority will be to make sure the course contains the vocational elements you need, allowing you to get professional qualifications.

如果想要修更多職業導向課程,例如策展企劃,師資將不如課程內容中是否包含職訓來得重要,職訓會幫助你取得合適的專業認證。

 

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