A quick summary of this course
The Artist Blacksmithing course looks for highly motivated, creative individuals excited by the possibility of exploring where hot forged metal meets conceptual, technical and material understanding. The focus of this BA programme is on pushing the rich tradition of blacksmithing into a contemporary dialogue, with particular emphasis on innovative thinking and skilled making. Supported by excellent lecturers and technical staff, students on the course have access to the largest training-based forge in Europe, as well as a network of specialist workshops where they extend their material knowledge into such areas as wood, ceramics, textiles, plastics and digital fabrication.
As part of an integrated programme of study, Artist Blacksmithing students learn the skills needed to excel as independent makers and designers. They share workspace with Contemporary Design Craft and Jewellery Design students and are immersed in a culture of combined ideas and practice. In this way they are encouraged to take risks and develop their own individual language of making.
You will develop your own personal vocabulary in hot forged metal by exploring and challenging the material and process. New and innovative ideas will be generated through critically reviewing personal research sources and an immersion in making work. A developing technical virtuosity in hot forging and metalworking technique will be central to resolving your quality designs into professionally produced and highly individual final outcomes.
The BA (Hons) Artist Blacksmith programme at Hereford College of Arts is recognised world wide and is uniquely placed to be at the forefront of contemporary forged metalwork practice.
The result: our graduates are defining and redefining the cultural positioning of forged metal design
These studies are entirely focused around the students’ course area, providing a solid grounding in subject history and in critical ways of thinking about creative practice. The Critical Studies programme enables students to set their own work in a wider context, and also helps them develop a better understanding of how creative work can be interpreted and assessed. Click here for more details
Careers and Progression
Why take this course?
Artist Blacksmithing is enjoying a renaissance not only in the more usual arenas of domestic and architectural forge work but also within the gallery and public arts context, thus providing Artist Blacksmith graduates with clear opportunities to establish an innovative design-led creative practice.
The programme develops Artist Blacksmith graduates who are independent, critically aware, with proficient business management who are well informed and have the capacity to express their ideas through the medium of forged metal with clarity, imagination and confidence.
Many graduates develop careers as self-employed practitioners, setting up design studios and workshops, producing work ranging in scale and breadth from large scale exterior forged metalwork to small gallery objects.
Alternatively, graduates can choose to gain experiences by becoming journeymen working for smiths across the world or explore 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
Workshops & Studios
You will receive highly specialised, technical training at the National School of Blacksmithing which is the largest blacksmithing training facility in Europe. You will have access to well-equipped studios and craft workshops within the art school including ceramics, jewellery, print and textiles, as well as extensive photography, IT and library facilities.