MA Art and Science student, Stephanie Wong, recently answered some questions for the Tate website student advice page. Here’s an excerpt…
What was your background before going to art college (education, work experience etc…)?
Prior to the MA I did a degree in neuroscience. Although art was my favourite subject at school I also enjoyed science and was able to study both at A level, taking biology, physics and art. However, going into university I felt I had to choose one route and didn’t feel ready for the flexibility and openness of art school. Wanting a more structured environment and also following one strand of my interests I ended up studying neuroscience at the University of Bristol. Following on from my degree I did a bit of science communication, volunteering then interning at a science centre. Over this time I found myself constantly drawn to the more creative jobs on offer and felt sad that I hadn’t pursued my interest in art. Despite having enjoyed my science degree there was always the question in the back of my mind what if I’d gone into art school instead?
What made you want to study that subject?
When I found out the MA Art and Science course existed I couldn’t believe it. I thought I wouldn’t go back into education, so it took me a good year to decide to apply. In the end I couldn’t resist the possibility of studying a subject that seemed to blend both of my interests perfectly. Also, I felt that unless I studied art at university level I would never be able to consider it as a career.
Read the full interview here, covering the inspirations, activities and aspirations of a student on MA Art and Science: