Artist Blacksmithing is all about hot forging allied to the medium: metal.

Through exploring and challenging the material you will work towards creating a personal vocabulary in hot forged metal. Process, skills and technical understanding are combined with ideas, concepts and source materials, to develop designs. You will be encouraged to view technical skills as the means to creative end rather than an end in themselves, and discover that experimentation is an essential part of the design process and learn that creativity is not solely evidenced according to the final outcomes but also the journey travelled.

The programme is defining and redefining the cultural positioning of blacksmithing.

The result: graduates who are making a significant impact on contemporary forged metal design, both nationally and internationally.



Cultural Studies

All students study Cultural Studies as part of their degree path.  These studies help to provide a better understanding and awareness of the importance of culture within their work.  Click here for more details

Key Facts:

  • BA (Hons) Artist Blacksmithing is the only undergraduate programme of its type in the UK.
  • Taught in the largest forge training facility in Europe - The Rural Crafts Centre
  • Attracts ambitious and diverse students from both the UK and abroad.
  • Master classes by industry professionals, recent contributors have included Brian Russell, Jake James and Peter Parkinson.
  • Focus on the development of your professional and entrepreneurial skills.
  • International links with the top Artist Blacksmithing Centres for study in Sweden and the USA.
  • Regular opportunities to exhibit your creative practice throughout your studies.


After this course:

Graduates become 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 become journeymen working for smiths across the world or explore a range of broader opportunities in the creative arts sector through consultancy, community arts, teaching, and residencies and/or undertake postgraduate study – Please click here to view our MA Programme

Year One+

Central to all aspects of delivery within the course are the following:

Learning Through Doing - the programme is at its heart a practice-based degree with an emphasis on learning through doing.  Analysis and reflection are fundamental to the course; the intention is that you will have all the skills needed to create a sustainable practice after you’ve graduated.

Individuality - the programme encourages a breadth of practice; work can be designed and made with a wide range of materials combining innovative and traditional, time honoured techniques and processes.

Intellectual and Creative Space - group and individual tutorials and critiques underpin very open and flexible learning opportunities.  You are encouraged to explore and take speculative risks within modules and throughout the course.
 
Communication Skills - critiques encourage you to express your opinions and ideas in written and visual presentations as well as verbally in one-to-one tutorial and peer group situations.

Contextualisation - the programme philosophy encourages an integration of theory and practice which is introduced in Module PIC1- Practice in Context One in Level 4. This is reinforced by the Gravity series of lectures, when visiting practitioners talk to you about their practice.  Visitors are of both national and international standing. 

Open Access Workshops - In addition to timetabled forge access at the Rural Crafts Centre, Holme Lacy students are also able to access all other workshops including ceramics , small metals , print, digital making and IT which enables students to use a wide range of materials when exploring designs or alternatively make components using other materials to combine with forge components.

Overview of Year One – Level 4: investigative, experimental and analytical

The first year of the programme focuses on a thorough grounding in technique together with research and exploration which creates a platform for an interdisciplinary and mixed media design practice.

The programme which is primarily project based encourages creative thinking and experimentation, particular emphasis is placed upon the development of appropriate drawing, design and material skills.  You are introduced to the importance of a reflective, analytical and evaluative approach through personal visual research and learning journals. 

An ability to articulate and communicate your thinking about design and your 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 the Module PIC 1 - Practice in Context in which issues of a broader cultural and contextual nature are explored through a discourse lecture and seminar programme.

Year Two+

Central to all aspects of delivery within the course are the following :

Learning Through Doing - the programme is at its heart a practice-based degree with an emphasis on learning through doing.  Analysis and reflection are fundamental to the course; the intention is that you will have all the skills needed to create a sustainable practice after you’ve graduated.

Individuality - the programme encourages a breadth of practice; work can be designed and made with a wide range of materials combining innovative and traditional, time honoured techniques and processes.
 
Intellectual and Creative Space - group and individual tutorials and critiques underpin very open and flexible learning opportunities.  You are encouraged to explore and take speculative risks within modules and throughout the course.

Communication Skills - critiques encourage you to express your opinions and ideas in written and visual presentations as well as verbally in one-to-one tutorial and peer group situations.

Contextualisation - the programme philosophy encourages an integration of theory and practice which is introduced in Module PIC1- Practice in Context One in Level 4 and reinforced in Module PIC2- Practice in Context Two during Level 5 leading.  This is reinforced by the Gravity series of lectures, when visiting practitioners talk to you about their practice.  Visitors are of both national and international standing.  You will be also given the opportunity to show your work externally, enter competitions and make connections with practitioners and galleries.

Open Access Workshops - In addition to timetabled forge access at the Rural Crafts Centre, Holme Lacy students are also able to access all other workshops including ceramics , small metals , print, digital making and IT which enables students to use a wide range of materials when exploring designs or alternatively make components using other materials to combine with forge components.

Entrepreneurship - Within the curriculum delivery at Level 5 Module ADEF – Exploring Futures you will undertake work based learning opportunities and complete a Personal Development Plan .

Overview of Year Two – Level 5: establishing practice

The second year of the programme encourages you to focus and specialise and you will undertake a number of modules that are a combination of research –led and design and issue driven projects with relevance to external developments within blacksmithing.

You will continue to develop your forge skills and connecting research. The working of new technologies alongside traditional approaches and techniques within Artist Blacksmithing will be encouraged and explored. Structured projects combine with an offer of live and research led projects and work based learning activities that contribute to the formulation of personal development plans and research questions in preparation for Level 6

Studio activity is further underpinned by the Module PIC 2 - Practice in Context which explores connections and links between theory and practice and issues of a broader cultural and contextual nature through a discourse lecture and seminar programme.

Year Three+

Central to all aspects of delivery within the course are the following:

Learning Through Doing - the programme is at its heart a practice-based degree with an emphasis on learning through doing.  Analysis and reflection are fundamental to the course; the intention is that you will have all the skills needed to create a sustainable practice after you’ve graduated.

Individuality - the programme encourages a breadth of practice; work can be designed and made with a wide range of materials combining innovative and traditional, time honoured techniques and processes.

Intellectual and Creative Space - group and individual tutorials and critiques underpin very open and flexible learning opportunities.  You are encouraged to explore and take speculative risks within modules and throughout the course.

Communication Skills - critiques encourage students to express their opinions and ideas in written and visual presentations as well as verbally in one-to-one tutorial and peer group situations.

Contextualisation - the programme philosophy encourages an integration of theory and practice culminating with a Dissertation at this Level.  This is reinforced by the Gravity series of lectures, when visiting practitioners talk to you about their practice.  Visitors are of both national and international standing.  You will be given the opportunity to show your work externally, enter competitions and make connections with practitioners and galleries.

Open Access Workshops -  In addition to timetabled forge access at the Rural Crafts Centre, Holme Lacy students are also able to access all other workshops including ceramics , small metals , print, digital making and IT which enables students to use a wide range of materials when exploring designs or alternatively make components using other materials to combine with forge components.

Entrepreneurship - In Level 6 of Module CDPP - Professional Practice students participate in a series of seminars exploring current business practice and complete a fully costed business plan. They are also required to create a professional portfolio and develop an online digital presence. Module CDRP - Resolution of Practice, you will the opportunity to hone your  practice and complete a marketable body of work, and will engage in peer discussions about the future direction of your practice and career


Overview of Year Three – Level 6: resolution of practice

This 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 critically evaluate and make appropriate use of the interaction between intention, process, outcomes, and context and make informed choices when selecting techniques and processes in the pursuit of innovation outcomes.

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.

Professional and entrepreneurial skills appropriate for sustaining practice are embedded and in Module CCPP - Professional Practice, you will  participate in a series of seminars exploring current business practice and complete a fully costed business plan. You will be also required to create a professional portfolio and develop an online digital presence.

You will also be required to undertake an in depth and critical analysis of an agreed area of study in the form of a Dissertation.

Duration

3 years full-time

Course Code

W720

Institution Code

H18

Validated By

University of WalesTrinity Saint David

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 with a minimum of 5.5 in all sections (reading, writing, listening & speaking)

Level

University-Level

Fees

£9,000 p.a. UK & EU (2014)

Application

All applications to our University-Level courses should be made via UCAS
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