Michael is among hundreds of UAL students realising their creative potential thanks to funding.
On the MFA Fine Art course at Wimbledon College of Arts, Michael Crossan finds inspiration in the diversity of the environment and his student peers. “There’s people older than me – they’re in their 60s – and people who are 21, and international students. It’s good to have that sort of mixture; it adds to what you learn from your peers, not just from artwork but from life skills as well.”
Michael’s latest project looks at our understanding of reality in relation to media and the web. “It’s about how we live in a sort of virtual world. On Facebook, you say I’ve got 3,000 friends, but you really haven’t got 3,000 friends, you’ve got 3,000 likes. So it’s about how people confuse this with real life.”
Undertaking the course at UAL will push Michael further in achieving his ambition to use his skills in in teaching or art therapy. “I would have struggled to find the fees to do the course without the scholarship,” he admits. “Receiving a UAL Vice-Chancellor's Postgraduate Scholarship has really set me on a path that I didn’t think I’d be on at this time and age in my life.”
You can find out more about Michael’s work at michaelcrossan.net.