About the course
This degree 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 2D and 3D media. Then, in the Second Year, you’ll focus your interests in order to reach the high level of refinement necessary for the professional marketplace. Our students produce a richly diverse range of artefacts, such as tableware, experimental objects, sculptures, architectural pieces, tiles and conceptual pieces for exhibition or commission.
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.
What will I 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.
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.
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.
What job can I get?
This course will give you the skills for a variety of exciting career options. You'll learn key skills such as modelling, throwing, mould making, casting, firing and glazing, which will help you start successful careers running workshops, teaching, curating, beginning your own practices or becoming employed in the ceramic industry as designers or fabricators.