Richard Beard completed an MA in Fine Art at Manchester University and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has over 25 years experience of education both as a manager and a lecturer. He has taught Art and Design at many different levels across a range of qualifications within Further Education and Adult Education. He ran the Art Department at Richmond Adult College and was Course Leader of the UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design within the Department. He was an Associate Lecturer at the London College of Fashion where he taught visual studies on the Foundation Course (FAD). Alongside this role, he also delivered Film and Animation courses for Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon (CCW) Short Course Unit.
Richard is an experienced External Moderator and Assessor for UAL Awarding Body Art and Design qualifications, a position he has held for 5 years. This role has given him a real insight and knowledge into the most effective ways to deliver Art and Design vocational qualifications.
Richard’s own art practice is broad. Having initially studied painting, his practice has broadened and now encompasses printmaking, video art, model making, and sculpture. He has also worked collaboratively on projects across installation, video and photography.
Richard teaches on the BACA FAD and helps deliver Fine Art courses that include: Painting Sculpture, Printmaking, Video Art, Installation and Photography. His broad experience means he is also able to support the Design students within the course. The students are encouraged to challenge their preconceptions, investigate artists' work and take risks to find their own artistic voice, within the supportive community of the BACA FAD Course. In addition, he teaches on an A-Level preparation course that gives students fundamental skills in Fine Art that will equip them with the necessary skills to successfully study at an advanced level. These skills include drawing, painting and sculpture, alongside ideas development, problem solving and contextual research.