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BA (Hons) Ceramics & Glass — Overview

We will be accepting applications for 2019 entry to study Ceramics & Glass or Jewellery as part of our BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts programme - please call us on 01752 203400 to find out about your creative study options.

The materials of clay and glass are receptive to the contemporary designer, yet each has a history beyond imagination.

With their own distinctive tactile qualities – and processes for making which cut across the boundaries of time – these unique materials link the ancient with the very latest techniques, methods and styles. 

Glass has rich, malleable material properties which our expert instructors will teach you to work with, exploring its potential and designing to your strengths. You’ll be encouraged to experiment with techniques such as glass blowing, kiln-casting, slumping, fusing and lampworking. 

You'll have full access to the range of equipment in our Ceramics Workshops.

Our academic and technical team is made up of inspirational artists and designer-makers who work with blown and kiln-formed glass, and challenge the boundaries of conventional glass-making – both in the UK and internationally.

Exploring your ideas in the medium of clay will enable you to experiment through a variety of hand-building techniques and small batch production methods, such as mould-making, wheel-throwing, slip-casting and slab building.

You will learn from highly acclaimed ceramic artists, whose experience and expertise you will draw upon as you learn about the material properties of clays, slips and glazes. They’ll teach you all the making techniques you need to achieve your ambitions, helping you find your true creativity.

Our workshops and studios house specialist facilities – including a large glass furnace and ceramic kilns – and offer you the latest in making techniques.

Visual research, drawings and ideas will drive your outcomes, and we encourage you to experiment and learn through the experience of materials and making. You will also learn all you need to know about safe working practices, gaining confidence in your ideas and execution.

Students can work in hot, cold or warm glass in our stunning Glass Studios.

You’ll discover how to market your work globally, defining what characterizes your style, and driving your learning experience beyond the studio walls. You will have the opportunity to meet some of the UK’s most inventive and entrepreneurial craft makers and thinkers through studio visits, demonstrations and presentations.

You will be able to work with students from other disciplines, and lectures will inform you about both historical and current makers, enabling you to understand the wider context of the contemporary craft maker.

Our ambition and outlook for our students is international, and you will be given the opportunity to visit events such as TALENTE in Munich, British Ceramics Biennial, the Contemporary Craft Festival and London Design Fair.

Bringing international topical debate into your studies, this programme sits at the core of our biennial Making Futures conference, which in 2017 welcomed over 150 guests from over 13 countries, and saw keynote speakers such as Glenn Adamson, Katie Schwab and Sarah Mann delivering stimulating presentations, encouraging designer-makers to reflect on their place and practice.

What will I achieve?

The first year of the programme will see you working across disciplines within 3D design crafts, while gaining a comprehensive understanding of both the materials and processes behind ceramics and glass production.

It will be your creative individuality that determines whether you specialise in glass, ceramics or work to combine the two as you develop your own creative voice in your second and third years.

Student Alex Derry during his residency at the prestigious Pilchuck Glass School in the US.

Whether you develop as a purist hand-maker or someone who is excited by semi-industrial processes, you’ll have the opportunity to use all the resources of our digital Fab Lab, which could revolutionise your ideas and making techniques in both ceramics and glass.

Our programme is based on learning through making, beginning in the first year with an introduction to the design cycle and process.

Our on campus Gallery features exhibitions and events from some of the world's most exciting artists, designers and makers.

You’ll have the opportunity to master traditional processes at the same time as exploring digital technologies, so that you can combine the two in original ways. 

There are over 20,000 contemporary craft-making businesses in the UK alone, making a total of almost £500m.


You’ll also learn about enterprise and entrepreneurship, acquiring the knowledge to price, display and promote products to a range of different markets.


Highlights — BA (Hons) Ceramics & Glass:

  • Learn how to purposefully design and make, both for industry and one-off exhibition pieces.
  • Benefit from our wealth of national and international industry links, with regular visiting lecturers, Erasmus and international exchange programmes.
  • Gain professional skills through the opportunity to undertake internships and to work on live briefs with real clients.
  • Submerge yourself in your field with frequent research trips, London showcases and chances to connect with fellow artists.
  • Work with a diverse range of glass, ceramics and mixed media materials and processes to explore their full potential and acquire technical expertise.
  • Show your work alongside practising professional craftspeople in galleries and exhibitions across the country.
  • Experience opportunities for cross-disciplinary working, giving you access to digital design and more.

Have a question for our team? Email: GLASS@pca.ac.uk
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BA (Hons) Ceramics & Glass — Modules

Year 1

BACG101 Visualisation

The Visualisation module forms an essential induction into developing approaches to design and questioning pre-conceptions regarding the use of drawing. As Makers we use drawing as a tool to communicate our ideas to others, and ourselves and as a way of recording what we see, but just as importantly, we use drawing as a means of generating the very ideas, which could develop into made objects.

You will develop existing drawing skills by exploring a wide variety of different materials and techniques (both traditional and contemporary) to depict objects, spaces and forms into 3D and 2D using Drawing in its broadest sense. In this way, it is intended that you will develop your observational and creative thinking skills, with an understanding of how drawing can inform making.

Practical workshops and trips will explore the use of drawing across a range of material areas relevant to contemporary making practices including: Metals, Wood, Ceramics and Glass – whilst utilising traditional, contemporary and digital ways of working, with contemporary and historical examples referenced. Creative-play and risk-taking will allow you to break free from any existing inhibitions regarding what a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ drawing actually is.

You will respond to a number of tasks that will develop your strategies and skills for using drawing.

BACG102 Realisation

Realisation through making is an important way in which we can achieve desired or anticipated ideas and concepts. Playful exploration using a range of materials and processes, engages us with numerous possibilities and allows us to come to understand something clearly and distinctly.

You will be introduced to materials and establish an appreciation of their properties whilst asking yourself, “What can I do with this? What does it look like if I do that?” This module will provide you with the security to ‘take risks’ and build confidence in making, in order to understand how creative play can lead to innovation.

You will engage with materials in a variety of ways such as, transforming, copying, re-mixing, combining, re-appropriating, for example, whilst learning essential techniques and processes which will form the foundation of future making.

You will be taught safe working practices and will develop research and recording skills including critical analysis and how to relate sometimes-abstract findings to practice. You will be encouraged to look at the work of others from your own and other eras and cultures.

BACG103 Design in Context

There are many contexts in which a designer/ maker can operate; from making functional objects by hand to designing for industrial manufacture or creating individual sculptural objects; reacting to a specific market or context will affect what is made.

You will be introduced to a range of contextual possibilities relevant to contemporary making practices (across Design Crafts, Jewellery, Ceramics and Glass). You will be expected to make decisions as to how best to approach making for these using appropriate materials and processes and will begin to consider how these relate to their own trajectory.

You will be encouraged to look at a range of contextual possibilities and identify the differences between them. The intention is to broaden your awareness of the variety of ways in which materials, making and process are relevant in contemporary art and design practices so you can begin to make decisions as to how to position your own practice.

BACG104 Professional Practice & PDP 1

This module is designed to help you explore the shape and patterns of employment in the creative industries, to enable you to start to match your current skills, knowledge and creative portfolio to those required to successfully compete for work in your intended career. Having identified areas for development, you will work with the module leader to update your Professional Development Plan (PDP blog) to enable you to identify the necessary experiences and skills to acquire during your degree course. The module will cover a wide range of general skills including: effective professional communication with employers, CV compilation and social media promotional platforms.

BAIS300 Interdisciplinary Studies

This module provides an opportunity to expand and develop students’ skills and knowledge, through the introduction of new approaches and methods that broaden and extend their understanding of practices both in their subject area, and the wider creative context in which they work.

The module will introduce students to interdisciplinary approaches and methods in their subject, and open up possibilities for engagement with practices both within and outside their immediate subject area. As such, this Module complements all of their study to date, and contributes to their wider knowledge and understanding of creative practices.

The module will encourage students to explore new skills and knowledge, develop team working skills, and above all encourage a reflective understanding of their own skills and contribution within an interdisciplinary context.

BCOP100 Contexts of Practice 1

This module will introduce you to key theories and will provide a range of critical approaches supporting the investigation, interpretation and analysis of contemporary Ceramics and Glass. You will study a range of concepts that have shaped the way that we understand Ceramics and Glass in its wider historical and cultural contexts. You will develop core research and communication skills to help you to articulate and contextualise your understanding of the themes covered in this module. The knowledge gained in this module will support your creative practice by developing an understanding of the relationship between thinking and making.

 

Year 2

BACG201 Object Enquiry

Throughout our lives we interact and react to the objects around us, continually making judgments and assessing their value in terms of functionality, cultural and/or personal significance. In addition, objects also reveal much about their manufacture, which in turn betrays their origins and adds to our assessment of their meaning and value. Often this ‘reading’ of objects is tacit, with judgments made about value and usefulness through our inherent understanding of our environment and culture.

By drawing your attention to how you read and judge objects, you will become aware of how designers and/or makers can affect the interaction between the object and the audience and how skills and processes are utilised to realise ideas. You will then be expected to demonstrate your awareness of these themes by producing a practical response.

Through seminars and group work you will become aware of the importance of the relationship between the object and the audience and how this changes according to context.

BACG202 External Practice

Working on external briefs will raise your awareness of the wide range of opportunities in the Ceramics and Glass arena and working to industry standard. This module will reflect creative external opportunities within the programme and encourage you to develop knowledge of appropriate professional contexts as you independently explore a range of approaches to Ceramics and Glass.

Undertaking a live project supports creative direction, investigation and exploration, which will lead you to critically analyse your own personal practice. You will be encouraged to develop your entrepreneurial skills as you take responsibility for the whole process from the initial idea to the final concept, taking design, production, marketing and submission into consideration.

BACG203 Professional Practice & PDP 2

Throughout the module, you will consider business and practice skills required to plan for a career in Ceramics and Glass. This module extends skills acquired during Level 4 allowing individuals to further explore professional practice alongside an investigation into in-house employment, career portfolio and entrepreneurial opportunities. Running throughout level 5, the module will inform an understanding of the level of professionalism, creativity and adaptability required to negotiate a career in the creative industries.

Continuing from the good practice established in the level 4 Professional Practice module, reflections will be an ongoing, recorded and archived through your PDP journal.

GCOP200 Contexts of Practice 2

This module extends and develops the themed ideas, concepts and critical discourses introduced in Contexts of Practice 1. You will attend core lectures and participate in a themed seminar series designed to deepen your understanding of Ceramics and Glass practice in its wider contexts. This themed approach encourages you to make considered and appropriate links between your area of practice and wider contextual and interdisciplinary discourses. You will continue to develop critical approaches to research, which will inform your understanding of the relationship between context and practice. You will undertake a contextual research project that links the thematic focus of your particular seminar series to your area of creative practice, which culminates in a research project.

 

Year 3

BACG301 Research and Experimentation

Starting from the evaluation of your previous work and your intentions for the year, this first module will require you to undertake a period of concentrated research, experimentation and development. The intention is to deconstruct preconceived ideas and work patterns, and to allow new creative formations to emerge through calculated risk taking and critical reflection. Throughout, the emphasis is on the exploration and development of concepts, media and methods, rather than finished outcomes. It is likely that this intense period of research and experimentation will underpin some of the critical choices made when you map out your aims in the subsequent Creative & Professional Development module.

BACG302 Creative and Professional Development

This module will enable you to use personal career ambitions to position yourself for progression to employment, self-employment or post-graduate study. It will provide multiple opportunities for you to assimilate previous industry experiences and research into both contextual subject matter and creative outcomes of the final year modules.

The module will encourage consideration of audiences, end-users and relevant markets. Relationships with appropriate external agencies, individuals and professionals will be explored and interactions with the creative, commercial and cultural environments will be investigated.

BACG303 Creative and Professional Conclusion

This module represents the culmination of the knowledge, skills and understanding acquired throughout the entirety of your study on the programme through the engagement in a project that is the result of a self-initiated or self-selected brief.

BACG304 Contexts of Practice 3

This module provides students with two pathways. Each pathway supports the development of independent critical thinking and requires them to consider and contextualise their practice by situating it within a wider set of discourses and contexts. Pathway One is an opportunity to conduct a substantive piece of independent research, which is focused on an area related to your creative practice. Pathway Two is a practice-led research project, with critical commentary.

 

Module details listed above are indicative content only.

BA (Hons) Ceramics & Glass — Staff

Gayle Matthias

Gayle Matthias
Programme Leader

Gayle is a practising artist, educator and researcher. Having exhibited nationally and internationally, Gayle has work in the permanent collections of the V&A, Musee de Vianne, Glazenhuis and Ebeltoft Museum of Glass amongst others. Previously, Gayle has worked in the Gallery Education Department at the Crafts Council; she has also been an artist in residence at Bullseye Glass in the USA. Examples of her work can be found in many glass publications, most recently New Glass Review 36.

Previously, Gayle was a Senior Lecturer on the BA Hons Contemporary Craft course at Falmouth University and formerly an External Examiner at De Montfort University.  She has a BA in 3D Design: Glass and an MA in Creative Practice.

Gayle has worked in a wide variety of kiln-formed glass techniques for over twenty years. Currently, she is engaged in collaborative research with Tavs Jorgensen, investigating Rapid Tooling for glass casting moulds combined with digital technologies. She is the co-author of papers presented at the GAS conference in Chicago 2014, ‘Making Futures’ conference in Plymouth, UK (2013), ‘Crafting the Future’, the 10th European Academy of Design (EAD), Gothenberg, Sweden (2013) and ‘Towards a New Ceramic Future’, research presentation at V&A, UK (2012).  Gayle is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Jason Marks

Jason Marks
Lecturer

Jason is a designer exploring the links between the crafted object and the possibilities afforded by 3D printing and other technologies. He has a degree in 3D Design, specialising in ceramics and an MA in Design from Central St Martins. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Ceramics Manufacture.

His work has been widely exhibited and is held in public and private collections internationally. He also undertakes architectural ceramic commissions. He is passionate about ceramic materials and strives, through the use of technology, to produce new forms and appropriate motifs for the 21st century.

Jason has taught at a range of levels. He teaches across the 3D Design Crafts programme and delivers specialist teaching in computer aided design. He also works in our Fab Lab.

Dr Kim Bagley

Dr Kim Bagley
Lecturer

Kim studied a BA (Hons) Visual Art and an MAFA, both specialising in ceramics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. She completed the first practice-led PhD in Ceramics at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham in 2014.

Alongside teaching and research, Kim has developed her own practice in sculptural and installation-based ceramics that explore and comment on social issues in South Africa and the UK.

Kim has taught at UCA Farnham, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, 318 Ceramics and Surrey Adult Learning. Kim has worked as a research associate at the University of Westminster as part of the Ceramics Research Centre – UK.

Kim contributes to teaching and learning across the 3D Design Crafts programme and delivers specialist teaching in Ceramics and Contextual Studies.

Lawrence West

Lawrence West
Workshop Coordinator – Glass

Lawrence completed his undergraduate studies at Plymouth College of Art and received his MA in Glass from the University of Wolverhampton. As an artist, he has exhibited widely across the UK and has been featured on the cover of Craft & Design Magazine.

His work is a reflection of his life; what he has seen and been influenced by. Lawrence enjoys the physical and technical challenge of working with hot glass. His designs include decorative, sculptural and functional work, all produced with characteristic high quality and individuality.

Lawrence supports students in glassmaking across the 3D Design Crafts programmes. He is a hot glass specialist.

Amy Whittingham

Amy Whittingham
Technical Demonstrator – Glass

Amy completed a BA Hons. in Applied Arts, glass and metals at Plymouth College of Art in 2005 and an MA in Glass at the University of Sunderland in 2006. Amy makes cast glass sculpture and jewellery, which begin as intricately carved waxes.

In 2016 Amy completed working on The Cold Truth, a commission for Effervescent and Children’s Charity Barnardo’s. This included creating moulds of 50 pairs of shoes, some cast in glass and some in ice, for an exhibition curated by young people.

Amy is involved extensively in the Plymouth art scene, including co-curating the Chrysalis exhibition for Flameworks at the Devonport Guildhall, being part of the Plymouth Art Weekender and being a Creative Director of Flameworks.

Amy supports students in working in glass across the 3D Design Crafts programmes and is a specialist in kiln-formed glass.

Dan Chapple

Dan Chapple
Technical Demonstrator in Ceramics

Dan is a BA graduate of Plymouth College of Art. He has been making Raku-fired ceramics since 1996. Dan’s wheel thrown and altered pieces are finished with a range of Raku glazing methods including highly polished slip resist Raku and traditional Raku crackle glazes. Dan sells his ceramics through galleries and craft fairs across the UK.

Dan draws his inspiration from classic Grecian forms, as well as oriental pottery traditions. Contrasting light and dark, with shiny, satin and matt, layering on slips and glazes to achieve varying degrees of crackle finish.

Dan supports students in ceramics across the 3D Design Crafts programmes.

Maria Psiliagkou

Maria Psiliagkou
Workshop Co-ordinator - Ceramics

Maria studied ceramics at the Ceramics School of Nikaia, Athens and the University of the West of England, Bristol. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of Greenwich.

Maria has been producing ceramics for over 20 years. In her creative practice, Maria investigates how personal experiences and memory are tied to a place and related to specific landscapes. Her research interests are in the development of socio-political narratives in contemporary ceramics and the use of digital technology in traditional crafts.

As part of the 3D Design Crafts team, she delivers workshops in a variety of model and mould making and surface pattern processes. She has been teaching ceramics and 3D design for over 15 years. Previously, she taught at Havering College, Barking College and Trinity School, London. Maria has also delivered family workshops at the Design Museum London and has taught pottery for Southwark Adult Education.

Noah Taylor

Noah Taylor
Resource Development Manager

Noah studied BA (Hons) Fine Art (Sculpture) at Ravensbourne. He has studied Blacksmithing at Hereford College of Arts, holds City & Guilds and PGCE qualifications.

Subsequently he has engaged with a broad variety of activity including work in the building and construction industry, a technical aid project in Zimbabwe, shop design and fitting in Germany, and time spent as a metalwork consultant for Danny Lane Studios.

Noah was one of the founding members of Flameworks Creative Arts Facility, Plymouth’s longest standing Artists’ studios. He has consistently maintained his own practice, including Public Art commissions, and exhibits both indoor and outdoor work at venues such as The Sculpture Park in Surrey, Lion Street Gallery in Hay on Wye, and Imagine Gallery in Suffolk.

In education, Noah has worked as a Lecturer in 3D and Art History at Cornwall College, part-time Metals Lecturer at Plymouth College of Art and now full-time Technical Resource Manager for our Material Lab. Noah supports students across the 3D Design Crafts programme, as a large-scale metalwork specialist.

The staff listed on this programme are correct at the time of writing. Students will be notified if there are any changes to key staff (i.e. Programme Leaders and Lecturers).

BA (Hons) Ceramics & Glass — Student Work

Student work by Naomi Cristofoli

Student work by Jo Barker

Student work by Matt Tomas

Student work by Charlotte Tringham

Student work by Alex Derry

Student work by Rachel Ronnie, using our FabLab to create molds which she then used for casting her ceramics.

BA (Hons) Ceramics & Glass — Students Say

Moira White – BA (Hons) Ceramics 

“I wanted to follow art when I left school in the early 70s but I knew getting a job would be hard so I became an occupational therapist. I always did evening and day classes until, 36 years after leaving school, I started a full time course. I specialised in ceramics (after considering glass) but I prefer to be hands-on rather than using tools. It’s just like baking – following recipes, adjusting temperatures. I plan to set up a home studio – make work for galleries, and concentrate on throwing.”

Jane Mooney – BA (Hons) Ceramics 

"I’ve combined traditional ceramic methods with digital technologies to create detail and textured surfaces. I’ve made a mould using 3D printing, slip-cast porcelain decanters and then laser cut the unfired clay to create a delicate layered effect. The course has made me realise that I want to work in a variety of ways. I’d like my own studio, but want to stay involved in community arts."

Amy Casto 

"I did a Foundation Diploma and originally wanted to study blacksmithing. I also wanted to be near the coast and chose this college because of its location and the facilities. I like to work standing up and moving around, to be more involved physically. It’s exciting because of the furnace and melting materials, and you never know what’s going to happen – there’s always an element of surprise. I don’t know how my pieces will turn out! I think of myself as an artist/ designer/maker.

I really like the college. There’s a lot of freedom and help to explore other areas. For example the jewellery tutor invited me into her workshops and made me feel welcome."

BA (Hons) Ceramics & Glass — Careers & Alumni

You’ll benefit from a rich programme of visiting international artists that has included Antoine Leperlier, Joanna Manousis, Geoffrey Mann, Heike Brachlow, Ian McIntyre, Chris Taylor, Sandy Brown and Paul Scott. We’ve also held masterclasses highlighting niche and specialist technologies, such as Richard Wheater’s neon workshop.                        

Our ambitious students have earned prestigious positions, including assisting glass-blower Jeremy Wintrebert at Studio Le Four in Paris, collaborating with Michael Petry for Pallant House and studying at the International Ceramic Research Center Guldagergaard in Denmark. They have also attended renowned summer school residencies with Dale Chihuly at Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, and at North Lands Creative Glass in Scotland.

Our enterprising students have exhibited at the British Glass Biennale and won the Best New Business Award at the Contemporary Craft Festival. Our aim is to encourage and support your creative education, and further support you to develop your career through your studies and after.                        

Our Careers & Enterprise office provides support from a dedicated team who are purely focused on developing creative opportunities. And this doesn’t stop when you graduate – we want to keep in contact and help support you through the first two years of your career. Our strong international connections allow our students to take a semester of study with one of our partner institutions within Europe and North America, and in turn, we welcome overseas students from those institutions to join us in our design studios, creating an exciting cultural exchange.

Artist Sandy Brown holds workshop with our students on large scale slab ceramics.

Awards & Accolades won by recent grads:

Eleanor Gooch, BA (Hons) Jewellery 2015 grad – Devon Guild of Craftsmen Prize, Contemporary Craft Festival One Year On Prize, Nicola Hurst Prize, Victoria Sewett Prize

Jessica Thorn, BA (Hons) Ceramics 2014 grad – Best New Business Award at Contemporary Craft Festival at Bovey Tracey, Selected for Craft Council Hothouse 6

Zoe Bailey, BA (Hons) Jewellery & Silversmithing 2014 grad – New Designers One Year On

Jonathan Daniels, BA (Hons) Jewellery & Silversmithing 2014 grad – New Designers One to Watch, Pewter Live Decorative Arts First Prize

Chloe O’Brien, BA (Hons) Jewellery & Silversmithing 2014 grad – Devon Guild of Craftsman Visual Arts Prize

Teresa Surman, BA (Hons) Contemporary Craft 2014 grad – Nicola Hurst Jewellery Prize, Contemporary Craft Festival One Year On Prize

Victoria Williams, BA (Hons) Jewellery & Silversmithing 2014 grad – New Designers One Year On

Adele Retter, BA (Hons) Contemporary Craft 2014 grad – Selected for Craft Council Hothouse 5

Graduates become:

  • Ceramicists
  • Glass Artists
  • Designer-Makers
  • Architectural Glass Artists
  • Sculptors/Designers
  • Gallery Owners
  • Designers
  • Curators
  • Researchers
  • Artists
  • Glass Studio Assistants
  • Lecturers/Teachers/Technicians
  • Ceramics/Glass Conservators
Visiting Artists:

2015-2016:

Ian McIntyre
Silo Studio
Geoffrey Mann
Dauvit Alexander
Vikoria Munzker
Siobhan Davies Dance
Alison Proctor
Heike Brachlow
Dail Behennah
Billy Lloyd
The Goldsmiths Company
Solidwool
Sarah James
Mini Making Futures
Rachel Darbourne
Jamie Billing
Notonthehighstreet
Lee Merchant

2014 – 2015:

Ian McIntyre
Silo Studio
Geoffrey Mann
Dauvit Alexander
Vikoria Munzker
Siobhan Davies Dance
Alison Proctor
Heike Brachlow
Jodie Bishop
Antoine Le Perleir
Matthew Raw
Paul Scott
Jacob Van Der Begel
Liam Reeves
Clare Willard
Sandy Brown
Helen Brown
Sally Fawkes
Jenny Ayrton
Joannna Manousis
Keith Harrison
Karen Huckvale
Nicola Farrington
Marie Toseland
Richard Kerwood
Sarah James

Careers & Enterprise in the Curriculum’ at Plymouth College of Art 

Professional practice is embedded within all of our programmes.  Throughout your studies, you will have the opportunity to develop the key professional, transferable skills for employability in the creative industries and potentially work in partnership with other sectors locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.

From writing and making the most of your CV to gaining industry experience, the acquisition of professional skills has been written into the programmes of study by our staff teams, who have ‘real world’ experience. They are also supported by our Industry Liaison Groups, who help inform the development of the higher education curriculum.

BA (Hons) Ceramics & Glass — Entry Requirements

BA (Hons) Ceramics & Glass — Resources

You’ll have open access across all our studios and workshops, including both electric and gas kilns, glass furnaces, a plaster room, cold working facilities and a glaze laboratory – all housed within our state-of-the-art craft and design centre.

You’ll also be able to make use of the highly-sophisticated computer-aided design software and machinery in our Fab Lab, which has been used for everything from Pâte de Verre glass printing to 3D printing of soundwaves to create distinctive craftwork.

Our extensive worldwide connections also see students secure residencies and placements with industry leaders, gaining rare access to their unique ways of working.

Ceramics and Glass Workshops

With a glass furnace that works at 1,100 degrees, 10 potters wheels, resources for hot, warm and cold glass processes, a plaster room for mould making, 16 kilns, a well-stocked glaze mixing area and individual studio space, our Ceramics and Glass Workshops have a real ‘wow’ factor, rivalling any art school around the country.

Our Ceramics Workshops.

Jewellery Design Studio

Housed in our fantastic new Craft, Design and Fabrication Workshops, this stunning space provides everything for contemporary and traditional techniques in jewellery design, including benches supplied with gas and oxygen, in-house metal casting resources, hand and machine-forming tools, facilities for vitreous enamelling, and a separate chemical room for etching, anodising and patternation. We also have larger metalwork equipment for welding, brazing, cutting and grinding.

Our Jewellery Design Studio.

Fab Lab Plymouth

Our ‘fabrication laboratory’ is kitted-out with the latest in digital design technologies – from 3D printers to 3D scanners, a vinyl cutter, CNC milling machine, CNC router and laser cutter. It adds a whole new level of opportunity for students across all creative walks of life. See more.

3D technologies in Fab Lab Plymouth.

Students have full access to our dedicated Fab Lab with all the latest 3D technology.

Woods and Plastics Workshop

Alongside the latest in new technology, we value the long-standing traditions of making in wood and plastics – and have developed an excellently-resourced workshop that is open to all our students. It boasts a wide range of kit, including an impressive CNC router, plenty of saws and lathes, and strip-heaters, as well as greenwood-working facilities.

CNC Milling Machine in our Woods & Plastics Workshop

Hot glass resources in our Ceramics & Glass Workshops.

Ceramics resources in our Ceramics & Glass Workshops.

BA (Hons) Ceramics & Glass — Interview

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