We have a national reputation for skill based teaching & learning underpinned by academic rigour and an emphasis on employability; developing knowledgeable, highly skilled creative practitioners for the future.
We are rural, being in one of the most beautiful counties in Wales yet we are well connected within the world of art and design; connected regionally, nationally and internationally through live projects, events, competitions, educational visits, alumni and industry links. Our Art and Design degrees are validated by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
The Lucky Pencil Art Shop at Jobswell campus stocks a wide range of specialist art, craft & design materials. It is open to the public as well as to students Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 12.45 pm.
This course gives you the opportunity to develop a multi-faceted and bespoke programme of study by selecting a combination of modules from two of our specialist degrees. You will work across different platforms, generating dynamic and innovative practice addressing personal interests and preparing you for future professional ambitions.
This challenging and exciting programme gives you the opportunity to develop skills across these two distinct specialisms. The focus is on learning through making and as you develop knowledge, skills and individual interests you can elect to specialise, or produce contemporary work that addresses both markets.
This degree programme embraces all forms of Illustration and its applications, e.g. character design, editorial and the graphic novel. You will work with both traditional and new media from drawing to 3D digital modelling to explore your creative ambitions to enable you to realise your ideas into 2D, 3D and 4D responses.
This programme develops your abilities and confidence in designing and constructing fashion garments through hands-on experience. Traditional and current technologies are applied to foster the development of individual design identity, eEnsuring that you develop a portfolio of fashion design work relevant to current industry needs.
You will learn how to manipulate painting, drawing and printmaking processes in specific workshops, using different approaches and techniques to traditional themes such as life-drawing and landscape. The emphasis is on experimentation in an exciting studio environment, exploring the past to inform contemporary practice.
The world of digital graphics is based on communicating ideas effectively. You will explore an expansive range of visual formats using contemporary and traditional means to address current issues and trends relevant to today’s industry. An industry which is continuously undergoing an exciting and dramatic period of digital change.
This degree programme offers a fresh perspective into the exciting profession of photography. You will explore a diverse range of genres from documentary to wildlife photography, developing your skills and passions; culminating in a distinct, individualistic portfolio appropriate for your professional ambitions.
This course has an international reputation for developing expertise. The department has a bespoke foundry and provides workshops in welding, casting in bronze, iron & aluminium, clay modeling and woodcarving which provides a foundation for your individual practice. In recent years student teams have had the opportunity to travel extensively performing iron casting demonstrations.
This unique programme focusses on weaving, knitting and mixed media as specialist areas within textile design. Drawing and digital processes provide a springboard for ideas whilst the emphasis on skills generates knowledge and confidence for you to develop individuality in preparation for a textile career.
Established in 1965, this course has a national reputation for excellence with many graduates now working at the top of their field. Workshops, studio practice and lectures take place across the art school offering you the opportunity to experiment and develop skills and understanding of the full range of art and design specialisms to inform future progression.
This level 3 programme gives students the opportunity to pursue art and design in exploratory, investigative and experimental ways. The course is designed for students who may not have gained any previous formal qualifications but are able to demonstrate an enthusiasm for and commitment to art and design.
Our courses on the Pibwrlwyd campus give you the opportunity to acquire a grounding in the general principles and skills which underpin art, design and craft. The courses have a practical focus across art and design and fashion and provide you with progression opportunities on to the next level of study or employment.
Portfolio & Raising the Bar
Criw Celf is an Arts Council of Wales project bringing together more able and talented students in the visual arts - with students ranging from ages 9-18. This is part of a national initiative to nurture young artistic talent in Wales. Working closely with schools, Criw Celf seeks to develop pupil’s creative practice and knowledge of the Visual and Applied arts through a series of Masterclasses.
Short courses are suitable for beginners or those wishing to refresh existing skills, and for aged sixteen and above. Our short courses give you access to exceptionally well resourced studios and workshops with both traditional and cutting edge equipment. Courses will be delivered in the degree departments by departmental staff.
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