BA (Hons) Contemporary Design Crafts (Ceramics and Glass) with Optional Sandwich Placement/ Study Abroad BA (Hons)
About the course
The Contemporary Design Crafts Ceramics and Glass degree at the University of Hertfordshire involves a practical workshop programme, establishing and refining your understanding of the tactile qualities and properties of materials and how they can be manipulated to express your ideas.
In the First Year you'll learn contemporary approaches to designing and making across a range of two and three-dimensional media in the fields of textiles, jewellery and ceramics and glass.
Second Year students choose to focus their interests within the ceramics and glass medium and approach, enabling them to reach the high level of refinement necessary for the professional marketplace. We are offering a balance between focused specialist study and experimental mixed media approaches.
The workshops are the focus of the student experience our students are using the latest digital textiles printing, laser cutting and rapid prototyping equipment as well as the traditional equipped workshop to develop their practice. Progressive studio projects also provide an initial framework for individual research and creative interpretation, to establish your unique identity.
This results in the production of a richly diverse range of artifacts - such as tableware, experimental objects, sculptures, architectural pieces, tiles for interiors/ exteriors and conceptual pieces for exhibition or commission. The emphasis is on questioning function and tradition to arrive at fresh, lively alternatives for a sophisticated market.
Why choose this course?
- Contemporary Design Crafts Ceramics and Glass degree encourages fresh ideas, inventive use of materials and techniques, and awareness of contemporary markets.
- You establish and refine your interests in the field of ceramics and glass to reach the high level of skills demanded by the professional marketplace.
- Placements develop a versatile understanding of the workplace, establishing our graduates as contemporaries in a competitive professional market.
"My favourite thing about the course, is the opportunity to explore different materials and disciplines".
Scott W, Ceramics & Glass Student.
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Ms Antje Illner (Subject Leader)
Her focus is in 3D applied arts, with particular interest between traditional craft skills and new technology methods within production. Her practice includes working as a jewellery designer and design consultant.
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Ranked 10th in the country in the design and crafts section of the Guardian's 2017 University League Tables.
The degree can potentially lead to a wide range of career opportunities, from small business, to design for manufacture, unique artifacts for exhibition and commission, museums and collectors, running workshops, teaching, curating and retail, journalism and styling, as well as postgraduate study.
The course combines studio projects and practical workshop based sessions, where ideas and making are integrated. Students have a base studio, where design development, group tutorials, crits and presentations take place. The Critical and Cultural Studies modules combine lectures, workshops, seminars, and tutorials, and encourage a high level of debate and interaction. Students are encouraged to see their learning as an interactive experience, in which they play an active part, so that they emerge as resourceful and independent professionals, committed to pursuing their ambitions beyond graduation. The degree is staffed by practicing professionals, and Visiting Lecturers who regularly contribute specialist expertise.
A period of work experience is a requirement in your second year of study. We encourage our students to think of themselves as versatile practitioners, able to adapt to the ever-changing contemporary market. The focus throughout level 5 is to identify markets for your interests, develop a personal direction with tutorial guidance, and establish external contacts. This requires a resourceful and enterprising attitude, a sense of ambition, and confidence based on self-reliance. The Professional Practice module is the basis for recognising these qualities, as well as preparing students to promote and present themselves professionally through CVs, and portfolio preparation.
This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad through the University's study abroad programme.
Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.
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Studio Practice B: Thinking Through Making
This module focuses on the development of imaginative and personal responses to set projects addressing, for example, textiles, jewellery, ceramics and glass. It aims to establish design thinking, extend visual development skills through traditional media and digital technologies, and emphasise the importance of ongoing documentation of working ideas as a basis for personal expression, communication and reflection on progress. The exploration of ideas through making and response to materials continues to be of primary importance. Thematic projects offer a framework for individual creative interpretation and problem solving, allowing for specialist or mixed media methods and outcomes within the scope of the brief. Study time is normally divided equally between studio and workshop activities, to allow for progressive development of ideas through sampling and encourage increasingly independent working within a supervised environment.
Studio Practice A: Materials and Form
The purpose of this module is to provide a diagnostic experience as a basis for further study and to introduce students to a range of contemporary design craft practices. Students establish the creative exploration of materials and processes as part of the design process. The module provides a series of inductions to the disciplines of textiles, jewellery, ceramics and glass, allowing students of disparate prior learning experience the opportunity to establish basic skills and knowledge as a starting point for making informed choices of subject interest in subsequent modules. Studio and workshop based sessions introduce the principals and practices of learning through making and the creative generation of ideas. Two main project blocks provide a framework for the exploration of individual interpretations of set themes, and the creative and inventive use of materials and process skills as a means of expressing ideas. Students are introduced to a range of current and digital technologies as visualisation tools, including varied approaches to drawing, photography, Photoshop and Illustrator.
This module provides a range of introductory technical and practical skills workshops across the range of contemporary applied arts subjects offered. It allows all students to acquire basic experience in a range of media, as a basis for making decisions about future specialist study. These might include printed and constructed textiles, jewellery including piercing, filing and soldering, ceramics and glass including coiling, mould making and slip casting. It aims to establish good workshop practices, and some of the techniques and methods involved in manipulating materials. Experimental and unconventional approaches are encouraged, in order to challenge preconceived ideas and constraints, allowing for innovative approaches and combinations. These workshop sessions provide starting points for continued exploration and development within studio projects. All students are expected to keep technical records documenting techniques, methods and procedures as a basis for further development.
Working in Collaboration
This module enables students to work together on an external or live project, linked to a specific professional context. Typically this might take the form of a site-specific proposal, social enterprise venture or commercial opportunity, allowing the students to look at a wide spectrum of creative applications within the field of contemporary design crafts. This will require students to work together, sharing knowledge and skills to resolve a design problem, and will introduce the underlying issues and roles necessary in effective group working.
- Critical and Cultural Studies L4: Creative Product Design
Enterprise and Employability
This module focuses students on identifying and investigating areas of business and professional practice relevant to contemporary design crafts. Through a series of presentations and workshops, students will develop an understanding of professional opportunities, and make contacts within a selected area specialist interest. Students will start to address professional presentation and self-promotion skills appropriate to their chosen career ambitions, and this will help them to understand how to present work to a professional standard. By the end of this module, students will have an informed awareness of a chosen area of professional practice, and will have established the necessary presentation and communication skills to present themselves in an appropriate manner. Alternatively, students may undertake a School work experience instead of this module, subject to agreement with the Programme Tutor.
Studio Practice A: Identifying Practice (Ceramics and Glass)
In this module students establish and develop their specialist interest in ceramics and glass, through taught sessions on design process, trends, and visualisation methods, leading to the interpretation of a themed project brief, and the development of a negotiated project proposal defining their specialist interests. As part of their investigations, students are expected to familiarise themselves with related fields supporting the practice of ceramics and glass, including galleries and exhibitions, material suppliers, and specialist resources linked to the production of jewellery. Students extend their specialist workshop skills and working methods, covering a wide range of traditional and contemporary ceramics and glass techniques and material processes including the use of emergent technologies.
- Critical and Cultural Studies L5: Creative Product Design
- Studio Practice B: Personal Direction (Ceramics and Glass)
Professional Work Experience 30: Visual Arts
Students may identify a work experience opportunity or have a work experience suggested to them. Before starting students meet with the Programme Leader or their nominated tutor, to discuss the impending placement. All aspects of the intended experience are addressed from health and safety to client confidentiality and students are given guidance on behaviour and how to manage expectations. Proposals need to identify an outline work programme, the number of days in placement and the main learning outcomes; and are subject to agreement of the Programme Leader.
The Year Abroad will provide students in Creative Arts with the opportunity to expand, develop and apply the knowledge and skills gained in the first two taught years of the degree within a different organisational and cultural environment in a partner academic institution. The host institution will appoint a Programme Co-ordinator who will oversee the student's programme during the Year Abroad and will liaise with the appointed UH Supervisor.
Sandwich Year (Creative Arts)
The optional 'Sandwich' placement year may be undertaken between the levels 5 and 6. Students undertake the placement within a commercial, public or not for profit setting that is able to provide an appropriate learning experience related to the creative and cultural industries. A placement could take a variety of forms, including: * working in an external organisation; * working with a University company or professional team within the University; * self-employment within defined context and externally refereed. The placement duration would typically be sustained for at least 36 weeks (from a maximum of two separate placements, neither of which should normally be less than 12 weeks in duration), though may be sustained for a full year. While the School actively supports the placement process, ultimately it is the placement provider that will agree to manage and select students, normally through an interview process. During the placement a member of the academic staff will be assigned to the student as a tutor and will monitor the student's progress during the placement period.
- Creative Product Design: L6 Degree Essay (C&CS)
- The Design Project
Degree Planning (Ceramics and Glass)
This module provides students with the opportunity to appraise their prior learning in contemporary design crafts ceramics and glass, confirm the nature of their practice and devise a proposal f or the final project in Semester B. The proposal consists of extended research and progressive practical developments that are resolved in relation to form and concept. The proposal is defined by the student with the approval of their tutor. This self -defined proposal must be appropriately challenging but also realistic within the time and resources available. It should also take into account the professional context or audience for the proposed work. This is likely to build upon previous interests and working methods, but should take these to a deeper and more ambitious level. The assessment presentation must give evidence of the ability to complete the proposed final project to a professional level, supported by a visual and/or oral presentation. Qualifying work experience can be undertaken either during the previous summer vacation (between L5 and L6) with appropriate evidence, including a reflective report, submitted to be accredited within the module; or during term time in place of one assessed component within the module, or alternatively included as part of a larger portfolio of work. It is the responsibility of the student to negotiate the detail of their work placement; further information is available in the programme specification and School’s Accredited Work Experience Handbook.
Fees & funding
Full time: £9,000 for the 2016 academic year
Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged on a modular basis. The cost is £1,125 for each 15-credit module
Full time: £11,500 for the 2016 academic year
Other financial support
Living costs / accommodation
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.
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Key course information
- Institution code H36
- UCAS codeW703 BA (Hons) Contemporary Design Crafts (Ceramics and Glass)
- Course codeCTCDC
- Course length
- Full Time, 3 Years
- Part Time, 6 Years
- Sandwich, 4 Years
- University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield