Cardiff and Vale College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Cardiff Metropolitan University (Prifysgol Metropolitan Caerdydd)

Contemporary Artist Designer

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Course summary

‘Artist / Designer’ is a general term normally used to include the making or designing of objects or artefacts. The course has making at its heart, and you develop new skills through hands-on experience with materials from metals, glass and ceramics through to wood and textiles. You learn to bridge the gap between age-old skills and the latest technology creating new ways of making for our ever-changing world. You will also develop a unique style and consider where your work sits within creative practice. You learn from industry experience – and take inspiration from practicing makers. As a Foundation Degree programme there is an emphasis on employability and the understanding of entrepreneurial skills. Students will undertake a well-balanced mix of theory and practice delivered via a range of teaching methods across the programme. Demonstrations and Lectures are used to describe processes and techniques, complemented by seminars, individual tuition, group discussion and tutorials. Following the successful completion of the Foundation Degree, you will have the opportunity to progress directly to year 3 of the BA(Hons) Artist Designer Maker at Cardiff Metropolitan University, to top-up your qualification to an honours degree.

Course details


Year 1 (level 4): Subject Module: An introduction to the materials, processes and equipment you'll need for creative practice. Field Modules: Facilitate collaboration to gather business experience, work placement and research into entrepreneurship. Constellation Module: A series of lectures and seminars about how art and design respond to a range of contemporary social, cultural, historical and philosophical issues. Year 2 (level 5): Subject Module: Moving outside your comfort zone and experimenting with material process and new technologies. Field Modules: Undertake a work placement, carry out research into entrepreneurship in relation to Art and Design. Constellation Module: Demonstrating your research and analysis skills in your final constellation submission.

Assessment method

A mix of practical, work-based and some written assessments, presentations and portfolios

How to apply

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Barry Campus
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A successful interview with the Course Leader or another member of the team may also be a requirement for entry onto the course

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English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6No element lower than 5.5. Academic IELTS test required.
PTE Academic52No element lower than 51
TOEFL (iBT)72TOEFL Internet required.
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2Minimum 169 (no element lower than 162)

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7500* Year 1
Northern Ireland £7500* Year 1
Scotland £7500* Year 1
Wales £7500* Year 1
Channel Islands £7500* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7500* Year 1
EU £13000* Year 1
International £13000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the College library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed on the College website (on individual course pages). Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense. EU students who have settled or pre-settled status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme, may be eligible for student finance and be designated as a home student for fees purposes. Irish nationals are eligible for support under the Common Travel Area arrangement.

Sponsorship information

CAVC has a range of bursaries and scholarships that students on undergraduate, higher education programmes can apply for to support their studies. Applicants can find more information by visiting the college website

Contemporary Artist Designer at Cardiff and Vale College - UCAS