Wolverhampton School of Art

BA (Hons) Applied Arts


The Applied Arts course offers artists and designers the opportunity to develop and work as both specialist and interdisciplinary practitioners across the fields of design, art and architecture. It is an intensive studio-based programme in which you will have freedom to explore your own ideas supported by a rich programme of tutorials, technical workshops, theoretical and critical studies and national and European study visits.

‌In your first year you will have the opportunity to explore the traditional disciplines of ceramics, glass, metal, wood and plastic and also be introduced to a range of Fine Art media and more conceptual approaches to practice. Increasingly you will be expected to understand and adopt personal positions in relation to Fine Art and Applied Art enabling you to follow more specialist routes through the programme for your final two years.

You will be encouraged to develop inquisitive, experimental and creative approaches to your practice, and to extend design expression through drawing and digital visualisations. You will be introduced to new technologies and applications and carry out extensive self-directed research and studio practice.

You will learn from renowned practising designers, artists and researchers involved in a range of professional practice, exhibition and publication. Your involvement in live projects, national and international exhibitions and events will promote exposure of your work to an international audience. Additionally, you will benefit from links with companies including: Wedgwood, Ibstock Brick, Thorn Lighting and DuPont International, together with local and regional manufacturers and designers.






Career development

We aim to prepare you to establish yourself as an artist, designer or maker, with the skills to enable you to engage in freelance design or design for industry producing anything from small scale jewellery to large scale architectural installations and interior projects. Graduates have also gone on to postgraduate study, and work in arts administration, curation, teaching and mentoring, community work and arts editorial.

Career opportunities

  • Establishing yourself as an artist, designer or maker.
  • Setting up a studio as a sole supplier or in a partnership with others
  • Engaging in freelance work on architectural and interiors projects.
  • Designing for industry or working in the ceramics, glass or metals industry.
  • Working on private and public commissions.
  • Working on art projects, community projects.
  • Other opportunities include arts administration, curation, teaching and mentoring, community work and arts editorial.
  • Graduates may naturally be involved in a broad range of these opportunities.

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Course leader: Paul McAllister, p.mcallister@wlv.ac.uk