Intermedia - BA (Hons)

Programme video: Intermedia – BA (Hons)

Undergraduate Intermedia at ECA


Intermedia is the only Undergraduate degree programme in the UK that focuses explicitly upon the conjoining of media specifics prevalent within Contemporary Art.

The programme investigates the areas of artistic practice that lie between media. It is primarily focused upon the many different ways of making artwork that emerged post 1945 questioning the medium specifics of Modernism.

Installation, performative art, video, text, context specific, post-studio, new media, ambient are all associated with the strategies embedded within Intermedia. Literally meaning ‘between media’, the programme naturally encourages students to test boundaries and to introduce new vocabularies into the artistic conversation.

How you will be taught

Students can work broadly across a number of different and overlapping areas that may include sound, object making, installation, performance, zines and publications, video. 

The programme is taught through a mixture of one-to-one tutorials, group tutorials and seminars, technical workshops, and intensive studio critiques. All these elements are designed to allow a critical and experimental approach to art-making. In Stage 2 of the programme, methods and approaches are introduced through a series of projects that focus upon an archeology of making. Initially students look towards what may constitute an artwork, they then go on to consider different media approaches relevant to intermedia (sound, video, light, performance, for example).

Following Stage 2, student projects shift emphasis towards more cogently introducing context and the idea of the ‘Mise-en-scene’ and there are seminars which address the White Cube as a Gesture, immersive environments and Black Cube, ambient art, and social practices.

Across the School of Art, in Stages 3 and 4, students work with a greater independence and outside of a project structure. In these stages of study, research presentations (a blend of both staff and student research interests) and Project space critiques are the fulcrum of Intermedia programme study.

Ultimately, Intermedia is a sensorial strategy for art making.

Student work


Stephen Hunter | View staff profile >

Stephen’s work is based around drawing, object making and video and thinks about the nature of artistic production and its relationship to his political activities. He has exhibited internationally in the UK, USA, Lithuania, Ukraine, Serbia, Iceland, Denmark, Australia, Germany, Spain, France and Japan; including representing the UK at Lodz Textile Art Triennale, Poland (2010), and twice being selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. His work is in private and public collections in the UK, Poland, USA, Ukraine and Lithuania and he has also taught in Art academies in Japan, Serbia.

Susan Mowatt, Programme Director | View staff profile >

Susan’s interest lies in weaving and its potential significance as an action. She has represented Great Britain in international tapestry exhibitions and is the recipient of many awards and prizes, most recently the 2016 Cordis Prize for Tapestry. She has many years of experience teaching in Higher Education.

Zoë Walker | View staff profile >

Zoë's works collaboratively with Neil Bromwich, artist and lecturer at Newcastle University. Walker & Bromwich are known internationally for their large-scale participatory events and exhibitions that invite audiences to imagine better worlds. Their ambitious, expansive artworks re-ignite Utopian ideologies through social sculpture, protest, pageant, celebration and contemplation, and have, at their core, a collective desire for an alternative way of living.

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd’s practice intertwines performance, sculpture, painting, installation and video. Her work incorporates elements of folk plays, street spectacles, popular culture and Surrealist cinema. Her performances and videos often employ troupes of performers – friends and relatives of the artist – and feature handmade costumes and props. She has performed and exhibited internationally, and was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2012.

Alan Currall’s interests include knowledge, identity, perception and technology. He makes work in a range of media and exhibits widely. He has over 20 years of experience teaching art in Higher Education and also teaches in the Sculpture and Environmental Art department at Glasgow School of Art.

Keith Farquhar also teaches on the Contemporary Art Programme - MFA. Through his appropriation of existing artworks and the use and misuse of current technologies his work develops the proposition of the readymade and attempts to distil the artistic gesture into a state of raw economy. Whiteboard markers, the folded on-sale garment and flat-packed point-of-sale display are all mediums that have been utilised in his previous work. Farquhar’s work is exhibited internationally including recent shows at High Art, Paris, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Kunsthalle Freiburg and The Box, L.A.

Jonathan Owen’s studio work involves the systematic transformation of readymade objects and images, using materially reductive processes. He is interested in making by removing, and the controlled collapse of existing objects as a method of production and reactivation. His work is exhibited internationally.

Stina Wirfelt works primarily with moving image. Her work identifies and constructs points where narratives meet and merge.

Recent visitors to Intermedia have included: Sue Tompkins, David Sherry, Laura Aldridge, Isla Leaver-Yap, the Rhubaba Choir, Jenny Hogarth, Sara Barker, Neil Bromwich, Lee Patterson, Tom Nolan, Andrew Gannon, and Sian Robinson-Davies.


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