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BA (Hons) Ceramics & Jewellery: 3D Maker

Programme Description

UCAS Code: C22

Course Code: WW27

The course philosophy for Ceramics & Jewellery: 3D Maker at Carmarthen School of Art at Coleg Sir Gar is built upon learning through making and material experimentation coupled with the importance of individual discovery informed by personal research. Practical workshops, teaching traditional and contemporary processes in both ceramics and jewellery, are delivered to small groups, where students explore their ideas and design potential through expressive 3D making.

Students are tutored by experienced makers with their own professional practice and tutor contact is second to none. This team of highly motivated staff is focused on identifying students’ talents, honing both practical and critical skills and facilitating the student’s individual creative voice. At Carmarthen School of Art, we believe that these combined elements lie at the heart of good design and are fundamental in the making of quality contemporary work.

By the third year students are able to specialise in specific areas of ceramics and jewellery or develop work across the two markets with exciting potential for producing mixed media artefacts in a range of art, design and craft contexts.



At a Glance

  Full Time / Part Time

  3 years full-time; part-time study available

  Jobswell Campus

Programme Features

You will be studying in a traditional art school, purpose built in the 1970’s. Staff, who you will work closely with, all have their own professional specialist practice. Each year you will be given your own individual workspace and access to bespoke ceramics and jewellery workshops. These include dedicated spaces for slip casting and plasterwork, jewellery fabrication, enamelling and metal casting, throwing, a glaze laboratory, an extensive array of gas and electric kilns, raku and pit firing facilities, laser cutting and state-of-the-art ceramic and metal decal printing technology.

The course of study supports the development of your studio practice with an emphasis on craft and skill. Lectures and contextual dialogue enable you to position yourself and your practice in terms of art history and contemporary critical thought, so that you will be equipped with the tools to research and map your own interests ensuring your ideas are informed. Dialogue is encouraged between departments, offering opportunities for collaboration and exciting interaction.

Students participate in public exhibitions, events and specialist competitions preparing them professionally for future career aspirations. All these skills are transferable across a range of professional contexts where taught critical and creative thinking, traditionally associated with arts practice, is now becoming increasingly sought after in the world of commerce and business.

Programme Content

Year 1 – A skills based year delivered through a series of workshops. The year comprises of eight modules: Ceramic Technologies, Jewellery Materials & Methods, Ceramic Product, 3D Mixed Media, Developing Visual Language, Study Skills & Developing a Critical & Contextual Language, Theories of Aesthetics and Creative Project.

Year 2 – A developmental year devised to allow you to apply the skills gained in year one to identify personal strengths and areas of interest within a range of industry relevant contexts. The year comprises of five modules: Studio Skills, Interpretive Art and Design Project, Professional Skills, Visual and Material Culture and Specialist Project.

Year 3 – A personal negotiated brief which allows you to consolidate your practice and build a portfolio in preparation for future progression and personal ambitions. The year comprises of four modules all based upon individual projects: Visual Research Methodology, Theoretical Perspectives from Practice, Professional Skills: Enterprise & Employability and Major Project; culminating in an opportunity to showcase your work in a final degree show.

Progression & Employment

Independent 3D designer maker, ceramic and jeweller artist or designer, studio potter, model maker for theatre and film, accessory designer, applied artist, educator, exhibition curator, retail buyer, arts administrator, community art worker, art therapist, researcher, post graduate study (MA, PhD), innovator etc.

Method of Assessment

Assessment is on-going through workshop plenary sessions, critiques, formative and summative assessment with aural and written feedback.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

Tariff score points accepted: A minimum of 96 points or equivalent portfolio ability for mature applicants.

Selection procedures

All applicants need to apply online through UCAS, our UCAS Institution code is C22 course code WW27. Offers will be made based on the UCAS application, predicted grades (if applicable), UCAS reference and one-to-one interview. Programme Directors interview every applicant and discuss your portfolio of artwork and ambitions with you. This is a vital part of our selection process to ensure that the course is right for you and you are right for the course. Due to developing a relationship with you from the start our student withdrawal rates are minimal. We continuously strive to turn students into successful professional practitioners.

Mature applicants with relevant prior experience are welcome and are considered on an individual basis. International students can be interviewed by video conferencing.

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Additional Costs

There is no additional Studio fee. However, it is likely that you will incur additional costs for specialist materials, printing and for course related excursions.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.  The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving.

Find out more about the Graduate Attributes Framework