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BA (Hons) Artist Blacksmithing is the only undergraduate programme of its kind in the UK. It has a growing national and international reputation, attracting ambitious and diverse students from across the UK and abroad.  The course is uniquely placed to be at the forefront of contemporary forged metalwork practice, combining the skills of traditional blacksmithing with contemporary design in a way which is certainly unique in the UK, and builds upon Hereford’s long history of design craft courses.

The technical element of the course is delivered at the largest forge training facility in Europe, the Rural Crafts Centre.

On the course, you will be immersed in conversations about thinking and making and explore the relationship between your creative intention and the process of making, alongside superb technical instruction. Design skills are developed in a friendly studio environment where you will have your own working space. You can always rely on approachable and expert technical help across a wide variety of materials and processes, and easy access to tutorial support.

A key feature of the course is its focus on the development of your professional and entrepreneurial skills that will ensure the viability and sustainability of your future practice.


This degree is validated and awarded by the University of Wales, UK. For further details email

Progression & Careers

Graduates are technically expert and critically aware designers in forged metals with a broad range of transferable skills. Many graduates develop careers as ‘sole traders’ setting up their own professional design studios and workshops and producing major pieces of public artwork or objects for domestic, architectural or public environments. Alternatively, graduates can choose to explore broader opportunities in the creative arts sector through consultancy, community arts, teaching and residencies and/or undertake Postgraduate study.


3 years full-time

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University of Wales, UK

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age 18
  • Successful portfolio interview
  • 200 UCAS Tariff Points
  • Mature Students with related experience
  • Applicants whose first language is not English - proof of IELTS overall score of 6.0 or equivalent on enrolment




£9,000 p.a. (2014)


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Fees & Funding

How to Apply

Year One+

During the first year of the course, you will be engaged in a wide variety of studio and workshop activities to introduce and develop a range of two and three dimensional processes, including the creative practice associated with traditional and contemporary approaches to Artist Blacksmithing. The course, which is primarily project based, encourages creative thinking and experimentation. Particular emphasis is placed upon the development of appropriate drawing, design, materials manipulation and specialist blacksmithing skills. You are introduced to the importance of a reflective, analytical and evaluative approach through personal visual research and learning journals.

An ability to communicate different design aesthetics and understanding of contemporary and professional practice is continuously cultivated within studio and workshop based projects. Throughout the whole of year one, studio activity is underpinned by a Cultural Studies and Discourse lecture and seminar programme in which issues of a broader cultural and contextual nature are explored.

Year Two+

In the second year, you’ll build upon the understandings and experiences of the first year and be encouraged to develop a creative risk taking approach underpinned by thorough research and an independent analytical process. The creation of a clear and defined, pertinent resource base is paramount to the design process. Through an evaluative and reflective approach you make informed choices that determine the direction of your individual creative practice. You also have the opportunity to develop innovative solutions to real design problems through the requirement to creatively respond to a range of different challenges. Forge work practice continues to be supported by a series of advanced specialist workshops. At the end of level 5, you will critically review and analyse your progress to date and produce a statement of intent, setting out the parameters of proposed future research and concept development in the third and final year of the course.

Cultural Studies and Discourse lectures and seminars support studio activity, linking and embracing the connections between theory and practice, including the introduction of professional practice as an integral component of the programme.

Year Three+

The final year will provide the intellectual and creative space for you to fully realise your creative ambition, evidenced through the production of a resolved body of work. Emphasis will be placed upon your ability to demonstrate an appropriate level of professionalism, autonomous learning and the sophisticated resolution of ideas. In this final year, you’ll be required refine and resolve your creative practice. Clarity of intention is paramount, and a rigorous approach to all aspects of practice is essential. A series of ‘master’ classes focusing upon the development and refinement of forge work making skills will be delivered to underpin studio practice. You will be expected to work in an increasingly self-directed manner to a professional level, and will have the opportunity to produce a body of work for public exhibition. Within professional practice, you will be expected to undertake subject specific seminars related to the development of your business plan and market analysis depending on your projected career interests. You’ll also be required to undertake an in depth and critical analysis of an agreed area of study in the form of a Dissertation.