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plays an essential role in the overall arts ecology. Other roles, such as creative
expression and arts management, have courses those seeking professional training. Until
now, the only training available for aspiring critics has been in the theory of criticism,
not its practice.
has its own concerns. The critic can make a personal response to the work, which then must
be communicated to an audience. This entails skills in written and verbal expression,
research, historical knowledge, self-knowledge and ethical judgment.
Until now, these skills have been largely
gained through experience, rather than instruction. The excellence of many current critics
testifies to the depth of that experience. However, arts are developing in new ways and
opportunities can be made by those seeking to mediate between artist and audience, to
raise expectations and reveal hidden meanings. Instruction offers opportunities for both
aspiring critics and those seeking professional development.
The course focuses on both established
and emerging venues for criticism, including evaluative practices such as judging prizes
and grant assessments. Specialised knowledge of their chosen medium will be the