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BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics with Foundation Year

The BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics course encourages students to develop approaches to practice based on ‘thinking through making’ where learning takes place through direct, responsive engagement with materials and processes, combining tacit knowledge of skills and craft with curiosity, speculation and reflection.

The Foundation year prepares students for university level study. Successful completion of our Foundation course permits access to any of our Art or Digital Media BA (Hons) or BDes (Hons) degree courses, which include Fashion, Fine Art, Furniture Design, Glass and Ceramics, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Paint and Print Making, Photography, Product Design, Sculpture and Environmental Art — The Foundation year begins with modules aimed at providing transferable study skills and then, in the second semester, gives students the opportunity to study more specialist modules, with a focus on various aspects of Arts and Digital Media.

The course at Wolverhampton is an intensive studio based programme, supported by technical workshops, theoretical engagement and a wide range of study visits and opportunities to promote and exhibit your work. The programme aims to support media specialist practitioners in glass and ceramics alongside students who want to work across media and subject disciplines and forge new relationships between conceptual and material approaches to practice.

Initially students are given opportunities to engage with materials and processes associated with glass and ceramics alongside related activities of print, drawing/image making and digital manufacture. Increasingly students are encouraged to adopt more personal, informed and responsive approaches that will allow for diverse practice across a wide spectrum of craft, design and art contexts.

The course aims to:

• Provide you with an exciting and diverse introduction to contemporary Glass and Ceramics practice.

• Support you to acquire specialist knowledge and practical experience of working in Glass and Ceramics.

• Encourage you to test and explore different approaches to practice and to critically evaluate the relationship between idea, media, method and outcome.

• Enable you to develop an individually negotiated practice informed by a relevant theoretical and contextual framework.

• Produce informed independent and reflective practitioners who can adapt their knowledge, understanding and skills for a variety of professional contexts.