Artist Blacksmithing at Hereford College of Arts - UCAS

Artist Blacksmithing

Hereford College of Arts

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant)

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This course has an international reputation for its place at the forefront of education in forged metal design. Our graduates create original and cohesive bodies of work in hot, forged metal. They engage not only with the traditional blacksmith’s concern for material, process, and function, but also with many broader cultural, environmental and socio- political conversations that situates the course at the heart of contemporary art and design practice. You can explore a breadth of practice from architectural design to interior product and sculpture. The syllabus for this degree is constantly evolving to meet the demands of a vibrant industry. Supported by lecturers and technical support staff, you will have access to the largest training-based forge in Europe. Additional specialist workshops are also available to you at HCA, including wood, ceramics, textiles, and plastics. You will be encouraged to engage with both the theoretical concepts and the practical concerns that drive contemporary forged metal design. Alongside traditional making skills, you will also gain an understanding of digital design and fabrication. Industry Links You will have opportunities to work to commission on external live briefs and develop experience of working to client requirements. Our ‘Masters of Metal’ lecture series is delivered by high-profile, national and international designers and artists, giving insights into their own design practice. You will also participate in specialist masterclasses from industry professionals. Recent contributors have included Roberto Giordani from Italy, Patrick Quinn from the USA and Francisco Gazitua from Chile. Students also participate in team forge events as Hereford Anvils’ such as: the World Championships of Blacksmithing, Stia, Italy - Helfstyn, Czech Republic - Ivano Frankivsk, Ukraine, and, have participated in ‘Transition’ exhibition, Ypres, Belgium (2016); Hereford Ferrous Festival (2019); and Bath Iron Festival (2018). After this Course You will be an independent, critically aware, practitioner equipped with essential business management skills. Many graduates develop careers as self- employed practitioners; setting up design studios and workshops, and producing work ranging from large scale exterior forged metalwork to small gallery objects. Others gain experiences by becoming journeymen working for smiths across the world, or postgraduate study. You can also explore careers in the wider creative arts sector including: consultancy, community arts, teaching or artist residencies. Highlights 1. Highly respected programme, at the forefront of contemporary forged metalwork practice. 2. You will be part of a dynamic and vibrant College of Arts where your design skills will be tested, honed and developed. 3. You will receive specialist forging and metalwork skills training at the National School of Blacksmithing. 4. You will curate and exhibit your work in a professional environment. 5. The programme has close relationships with other major international institutions, including the University of Gothenburg, HDK Steneby, Sweden, and the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale USA.

Course details


Year 1 (Level 4) – Practice in Context One(20 credits), Drawing for Forged Metal Design (20 credits), Introduction to Forge & Fabrication Processes (20 credits), Practice Based Design Methodologies (20 credits), Design & Make One - Forged Metals (20 credits), Introduction to Digital Design & Making (20 credits). Year 2 (Level 5) - Practice in Context Two (20 credits), Design & Make Two - Forged Metals (20 credits), Advanced Forged Processes (20 credits), Professional Practice One (20 credits), Design & Make Three - Forged Metals (20 credits), Digital Design & Visualisation (20 credits) . Year 3 (Level 6) - Practice in Context Three (30 credits), Design & Make Four - Forged Metals (30 credits), Professional Practice Two (20 credits), Design & Make Five (40 credits).

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15 January

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Institution code H18
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 80 points We would normally expect applicants to have achieved 80 UCAS Tariff Points at entry but whilst qualifications are important, our offers are not solely based on academic results and we may make offers based on other evidence of talent and suitability for the course. Portfolio submission (where applicable) and successful interview or audition are required.

Mature applicants with relevant experience will be considered. Portfolio and interview also required. Applicants whose first language is not English and require a Tier 4 Student Visa must achieve Level B2 in an approved secure English language test prior to enrolment. For further guidance please visit the UK Visa and immigration website:

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9000 Year 1
International £12500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Additional costs: In addition to the degree fees, the nature of creative arts practice means you will need to allow for some additional costs, such as for materials you choose to use in the production of work and activities, and for trips to external events and exhibitions. The courses at HCA have been designed to minimise the impact of additional costs; all course leaders have an annual budget and some trips and materials will be fully funded by the college or heavily subsidised. However, typically, a student will choose to spend an additional £250 in the first year, £375 in the second year and £400 in their final year, depending on scale of work and materials chosen or other related costs. Students spend different amounts depending on the areas in which they specialise and individual choices. We appreciate that not all students will be able to invest the same money in their work, and staff assessing it will not judge work by the cost of materials or other resources. The college shop includes many specialist materials at good value prices and much digital equipment can be borrowed from the media stores at no cost to students. Students on all courses will also have the chance to take part in optional trips that require payments towards their costs. Again, non-attendance will not incur assessment penalties, though trips are designed to help students develop their practice. There is an optional annual cross-course residential trip abroad. In the 2018-19 academic year, the destination was Rome and the cost to students was £400. Further fee/bursary information: The HCA Cash Bursary: is designed to benefit students who are new undergraduates starting Higher Education for the first time in 2020, are ordinarily resident in England and from a low income family (£25,000 a year or less). Each cash bursary is £1,000 which students receive in their first year only. For more information, please visit our website: Partner Colleges: A first year bursary of £500 is available to students from our progression partner colleges* who have successfully completed their Level 3 or equivalent course within the last 2 academic years and progress on to a degree programme at Hereford College of Arts. *Partner Colleges include: Bath College, Belfast Metropolitan College, Bournville College, Cirencester College, City of Bristol College, Coleg Powys (Newtown Campus), Coleg y Cymoedd, Dudley College, Evesham College, Gloucestershire College (including Forest of Dean and Cheltenham & Gloucester campuses), Gower College Swansea, Grantham College, Halesowen College, Heart of Worcestershire College, Herefordshire & Ludlow College, Hereford Sixth Form College, Malvern Hills College, Newent Sixth Form College, North West Regional College - Derry, Plumpton College, Shrewsbury College, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (including Stroud, Wise & Filton campuses), Stratford-upon-Avon College, Swindon College and Worcester Sixth Form College. Internal Progression Bursary: All students who have studied and successfully completed a Level 3 course within the last 2 academic years at Hereford College of Arts and progress to undergraduate study at HCA will be eligible to receive a bursary of £500 in their first year.
Artist Blacksmithing at Hereford College of Arts - UCAS