Day 7: Meeting and Tour
Wednesday 22 Jun 2011 - Wednesday 22 Jun 2011
This morning I had a meeting with Mel Woods, the director of The MFA program at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD). She was very pleasant and we spoke for a while about the program at DJCAD. Since they are part of University of Dundee, they seem to be more research based in general, having not only an MFA, but also a PhD arts program. The MFA program is one year, there semesters, long, August to August, and sounds very intense. Although a dissertation is not required, there is definitely a written component to the degree, which I do not feel would be a problem to me.
She then took me on a tour of the school where I was able to meet some of the staff. Since the MFA program continues through the summer, there is staff here all year round. The people I met were all very kind and I should think that working with them would be interesting. She took me through the sculpture, metal and wood working areas, as well as the MFA studio spaces.
They are getting a foundry installed in the next year and may even have a dedicated ceramic shell casting area by the time August 2012 rolls around, so I would not need to go elsewhere to do bronze work. The facilities were constructed in the 50s, so although they are not as old as ECA, they were purpose built and are quite nice.
It turns out that my trip coincides with the graduation ceremony for UD undergrads. This explains why I had difficulty finding a hotel near the city center, where the festivities are being held. It is rather fun to see a bunch of grads and their families walking about with their robes, fur lined colored collars and kilts, looking like refuges from Hogwarts. I keep expecting someone to pull out a wand and turn Malfoy into a ferret.
It is midday now and I shall soon be seeking lunch and wandering Dundee. Dundee is less of a tourist town than Edinburgh, so there are very few attractions in the city itself. The city has had a rather turgid history and was destroyed several times and finally reached stability as an industrial center during the Victorian era. The oldest buildings tend to be Victorian or perhaps Georgian, and many have that gothic look one associates with the Addams Family. Much of the city is newer, and it is now considered one of the centers of research in the UK.
Well, I am out and about now. Ta!