This course encourages a broad based innovative and imaginative approach to contemporary crafts. Central to the philosophy of the course is the emphasis placed on fostering your creativity through the parallel development of conceptual, technical and material understandings. This approach will enable you to express your ideas through your chosen medium, working with confidence and originality.
You will be immersed in conversations about thinking and making and explore the relationship between your creative intention and the process of making, with the opportunity to explore clay, metal, glass, wood, textiles and digital media.
You will learn how to research and develop an idea into a fully realised outcome which could be a functional product, artefact, decorative object or installation. 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.
• A real ‘hands-on’ crafts practice course where you are encouraged to cross boundaries and mix materials and processes.
• Extensive links with the Creative Industries, combined with marketing and promotional sessions with practitioners and galleries.
• Excellent workshop facilities and expert technical help across a wide variety of materials and processes
• Regular opportunities to exhibit your creative practice throughout your studies.
This degree is validated and awarded by the University of Wales, UK. For further details emails email@example.com
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Mixed media and non-traditional approaches and techniques are encouraged alongside research as a basis for design development. You will be based in a friendly studio environment with your own individual working space, and where 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 unique feature of this course is the well-established links with the Creative Industries combined with marketing and promotional sessions with practitioners and galleries. A real ‘hands-on’ crafts practice course where you are encouraged to cross boundaries and mix materials and processes. The majority of final year students exhibit at New Designers which helps many to establish themselves as designer-makers.
Diagnostic and experimental
During the first year of the course, you will be engaged in a wide variety of studio and workshop activities designed to introduce and develop strong visualisation, communication, creative and practical skills associated with wood, metal, ceramics and textiles in traditional and contemporary approaches to Contemporary Applied Arts. The course, which is primarily project based, encourages creative thinking and experimentation in both two and three dimensions. Particular emphasis in the first year is placed upon the development of appropriate visualisation skills using a variety of media and the promotion of good problem solving skills through the exploration of materials and processes. An ability to communicate different creative 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 programme in which issues of a broader cultural and contextual nature are explored.
Year TwoEstablishing practice
In year two you will, through a reflective and evaluative approach, build upon the understandings and experiences of the first year and begin to undertake more open ended and self-directed projects. Creative and practical skills incorporating more advanced research methodologies as well as the development of a more ‘personal’ approach to contemporary practice are paramount in establishing innovative practice. You will also have the opportunity to create and develop innovative solutions to ‘real’ design problems by responding to a number of ‘live’ briefs and national design competitions. In addition to the programme of Cultural Studies, you will begin formulating a business plan for development in year three.
Year ThreeProfessional practice
The final year of the course provides you with a set of specific opportunities to assemble a highly specialist and professional portfolio of work. There is increased emphasis on research, critical thinking, and innovation. You will be expected to work in an increasingly self-directed manner to a professional level and have the opportunity to produce a body of work for public exhibition. At this stage you will have the unique opportunity of profiling yourself and your practice to representatives of the creative industries through a series of appointments with gallery directors, craft shop owners, arts/crafts officers, etc. You will be given the opportunity to contextualise your own ideas and design philosophy by undertaking a critical enquiry project in the form of a dissertation or case study.
Graduates are equipped to pursue a broad range of career routes within contemporary crafts and the wider creative arts sector. Many will establish themselves as self-employed makers, frequently graduates choose to carry on to further study and undertake a Master’s programme. Others undertake further training such as a PGCE to pursue a career in teaching or community arts.
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 score 6.0 or equivalent on enrolment
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