1. What are SIfA, SCVA, WAM and WAS?
SIfA stands for the Sainsbury Institute for Art. It brings together the activities of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, the School of World Art Studies and Museology, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC) and the Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas (SRU).
SCVA stands for the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art, an iconic building by Foster + Partners that houses the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury collection, additional changing exhibitions and the University of East Anglia’s School of World Art and Museology.
WAM is the commonly used acronym for the School of World Art and Museology at UEA.
WAS in the school blog’s title THIS IS WAS stands for World Art Studies, reflecting the broad range of disciplines, topics and experiences relating to World Art that are explored at the School of World Art and Museology.
2. How much interaction is there with the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts?
The School of World Art and Museology in located within the Sainsbury Centre and the recently opened MODERN exhibition areas and café at the west end of the building means the school is situated in the heart of the public museum.
The public gallery operates independently of the school but with lots of interaction. Some undergraduate study classes involve studying objects within the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury collection during teaching time. Additionally, there are opportunities to creatively respond to the Sainsbury Centre and exhibitions through the Young Associates program. WAM students also have access to the Sainsbury Research Unit library situated under the postgraduate and Sainsbury Research Unit study mezzanine in the center of the building.
Entry to the special exhibitions is free to UEA students (permanent collections are free for all) so there are plenty of opportunities to explore the collections while studying at UEA.
3. How big are the classes?
Seminar classes are characteristically small, usually with a cap of about 15 students which means it is easy to get to know other students and engage is meaningful discussions with peer led presentations. Lecture courses are larger (roughly up to 50 students) and are either held in the basement lecture theatre within the Sainsbury Centre building, or just across the road in the Elizabeth Fry building and Chancellor Drive Annex on the UEA campus.
4. Is there a lot of choice and variation in the modules?
Free choice modules change in availability year on year and there is normally a wide variation in subjects to choose from. Compulsory courses depend vary according to degree courses but are also varied and wide ranging. Just a few examples from the past year include Learning from Artefacts, Introduction to Anthropology, Archaeological Field Methods, Visual Display, Dada and Surrealism, Fieldwork: Art and Architecture in Venice, Contemporary Gallery and Museum Studies, Cleopatra’s Egypt, and Public Art, Performance and Memory.
5. What course combinations are available?
There is a wide choice of degree course available. The school has a fantastic interdisciplinary approach enabling students to pursue a wider interests than traditional singular discipline courses. Click the links below for more information on degree courses from the UEA school webpage: