Explore, innovate and push boundaries with this stimulating contemporary arts degree.
- Develop a range of skills, from traditional craft techniques to innovative approaches to making.
- Experiment in our inspiring studio spaces and well-equipped workshops, with access to exceptional facilities.
- Learn from practising artists and makers with outstanding national and international reputations.
Year one In your first year the focus will be on upskilling, learning about different materials, and gaining the skills to work both independently and in collaboration. You’ll investigate materials and methods of making, including ceramics, textiles, wood, metal, plastics and printing. You’ll spend time in the workshop with tutors and technicians, as well as on your own, to allow you to immerse yourself in the making processes. You’ll also broaden your knowledge of contemporary craft professionals working in the field. You'll begin to critically assess your work, and the work of others, through discussion and written tasks including critical studies essays. During the year, you’ll choose which discipline you'd like to focus on for the remainder of your studies. Year two During your second year you’ll delve deeper into your chosen area of study, attending classes delivered by a range of tutors who are specialists in their field and current practitioners. Visiting lecturers will share their knowledge of a range of career paths and experiences. Professional practice is a key component of study this year, where you'll gain industry experience aligned to your area of practice. There will also be opportunities to work collaboratively on live briefs, and across the University. Year three In your final year, you’ll hone your making skills to professional standards, and you’ll be actively marketing your work alongside your making. You’ll set your own brief and be working independently, with support from your tutors, to create an ambitious body of work. You’ll work on a dissertation, and participate in the degree show, which will provide a showcase and networking opportunities. Professional practice is closely aligned to your final exhibition, and focuses on supporting your career aspirations after University.
Your progress is evaluated regularly through assessments and feedback, and at the end of each semester through a mix of one-to-one sessions and group tutorials, exhibitions, live projects, verbal/visual presentations, sketchbooks and context folders.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 4
Additional entry requirements
Applicants will be invited to interview at our Sion Hill campus and will be required to bring high quality portfolio in support of their application. More details will be supplied to applicants who meet the entry criteria for the course.
English language requirements
|IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.
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