This exciting new course will help you learn the design and creative 3D making skills you need to work professionally with Glass, Ceramics and Jewellery. You have the freedom to discover your creative voice whilst developing traditional hand-making skills and contemporary approaches such as laser, waterjet cutting and 3D printing. Our excellent specialist equipment and facilities for glass, ceramics and jewellery, supported by a comprehensive array of general and digital workshops, gives you the opportunity to explore, ideas through materials and making. Our Design Crafts degree offers you a host of exciting opportunities to work on live briefs and take part in placements with industry partners from the worlds of interior design, the gallery sector and architecture. The teaching team of professional practitioners with extensive networks of industry contacts will support your future career and professional development beyond graduation.
First year modules are designed to establish a core platform of essential skills for all students and encourage the development of design and making in glass, ceramics and jewellery: • Contextual Practices to develop and enrich the student’s knowledge of Design and Craft. • Design and Make modules that develop 2D and 3D drawing and visual literacy through materials. • Professional Practice to gain core skills in digital portfolios and online presence. • Material workshops to build the student’s skills in working with glass, ceramics and other materials. • Design and material knowledge to provide understanding of design and craft. Second year students develop the knowledge, practical abilities and creativity to undertake design and craft artefact realization. They are able to work as an individual designer, maker or as part of a multidisciplinary team for the manufacture of design crafts. During this year students experience ‘live briefs’ and client based scenarios. Third year modules are designed to allow students to formulate their own individual career direction and aspirations as a design crafts graduate. Students select and manage their own personal and major projects with the support of the staff team so that they can demonstrate their core skills and experience and develop: • Advanced knowledge of design crafts, thinking and practice. • A personal design philosophy to underpin their current and future practice. • Advanced awareness of the value of their intellectual and creative ability and a well-defined strategy for personal brand and career development. Third year students prepare for their launch into the graduate marketplace with the support from the universities Research, Innovation and Enterprise Services. Year four modules (level 7) are designed to encourage advanced practice and entrepreneurial thinking. In particular, students studying at this level are encouraged to display resourcefulness, entrepreneurial skills, and the capacity to establish new and innovative enterprises. Level 7 provides an advanced understanding of research tools that can be implemented within a range of contexts and extend critical and creative thinking. Students are encouraged to extend their professional standing in their chosen field through either developing existing assets generated at undergraduate level or exploring collaborative opportunities with commercial partners, public sector or social enterprises: or may seek to develop a new business start-up. (The MDes allows you to study on a four-year course that allows you to achieve a Master’s award within a single fee structure) MODULES Each year of the course has a value of 120 credits spread over the following subject areas. Year 1 • Contextual Practices • Design and Make 1 & 2 • Graduate Attribute Skills • Introduction to Casting Year 2 • Contextual Practices • Design and Make 3 & 4 • Graduate Attribute Skills • Advanced Material Practice • Advanced Material Finishing Year 3 • Advanced Creative Enquiry • Independent Project • Individual Major Project / Professional Placement / Study abroad Year 4 • Research Methods and communication • Thought Experiment • Collaborative Dialogues • Creative Venture
The three main modes of assessment used on this programme are: Studio Projects – work undertaken to fulfil the demands of a given or student generated brief. Projects are set to examine the student’s abilities to master the integration of new design principles and skills to his / her design practice. Studio projects may be set and take place in a variety of forms and over a range of durations, and include activity within the glass workshops, CAD studios as well as traditional design studios. Students may be required to present a variety of types of work for assessment such as; portfolios, sketchbooks and project journals, presentation boards, three-dimensional models, glass samples and artefacts. Written Assignments – work undertaken by the student in his/her own time. Written assignments may take the form of an illustrated paper or report. In both cases the student is expected to demonstrate critical insight and proficiency in articulating the results of a practice or research based assignment. Seminar Presentations – this form of assessment requires the student to demonstrate conceptual understanding and evaluate the rigour and validity of published research. Seminars may take the form of individual and/or group presentations to peers and other professional groups.
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 3
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9000||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9000||Year 1|
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