Applied Arts

Develop your material and design skills through glass, ceramics, metal, jewellery and mixed media. Our Applied Arts course focuses on the high quality craft skills needed to be a professional maker.

The Applied Arts programme enables you to understand the importance of high quality making, originality and how to generate personal responses to materials and processes.

Designers who can respond creatively to applied art and design problems remain in high demand. We place a strong emphasis on the language of design through exploration and expression of ideas and use of materials, processes and practices.

We encourage creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial skills to produce graduates who can combine their conceptual and technical skills in craft with the professional skills needed to be a successful maker.

The course offers a broad range of opportunities for making jewellery, metalwork, glass, ceramics, wood, plastics and mixed media.

Our courses promote excellent communication skills and professional aspects of practice and encourage innovative and interdisciplinary use of media and materials. There is also a strong emphasis on developing interpersonal skills through collaborative projects and teamwork.

“Students learn a wide range of techniques and with a focus on hands on making students perform well; they have a clear understanding of materials and how to get the best out of them. Graduates leave with well developed skills and a strong awareness of what high quality means.”

External Examiner’s Report