Wolverhampton School of Art

Glass and Ceramics

BA (Hons) Part-time 6 years, Full-time 3 years

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code W266
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Art
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Why choose this course?

100% of part time students were satisfied overall with their course.

Source: Discover Uni

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 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.

What happens on the course?

The BA Hons Glass and Ceramics course is assessed on 100% coursework.

The curriculum is delivered through a series of projects which will give you the opportunity to develop making and designing skills, conceptual ideas, contextual knowledge and understanding and experience of live industry briefs/ external projects in the public domain.

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.

Studio and workshop culture are core to our courses and you will be encouraged to become part of the art and design community through time spent working in the studios, workshops and labs available to students across the week. Access to world-class GlassCeramic Facilities

Our course is designed to provide you with the best possible creative education centred on employability and student support. At each level two year-long modules allow you to experience and engage with projects of increasing complexity and varied timescales that reflect the breadth and flexibility of the commercial design world.

Teaching is focussed in (though not limited to) a studio environment in which tutor-student engagement and peer-to-peer learning supports a creative, experimental, professional and independent approach to development from Level 4 onwards. Teaching, supervised practice and independent exploration also takes place in well-equipped material workshops and computer labs. Throughout the course students are encouraged to explore, develop and build material and technical competencies towards developing their own rich, challenging and distinct visual language as artists and designers.

Graduate success

Applied Arts graduate Elliot Walker has claimed the top prize in the second series of Blown Away, a global glassblowing reality show which is currently being livestreamed on Netflix.

Wolverhampton School of Art Graduate Showcase 2021

We are delighted to announce our end of year graduate showcase highlighting the work of our final year students in Art, Design and Screen based subjects.

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British Art Show 9

We are delighted to announce that the Wolverhampton School of Art has been selected as one of the venues for the prestigious British Art Show 9! In what is a major boost and sign of recognition for arts and culture in Wolverhampton, we are proud to be hosting this prestigious touring exhibition in January 2022 along with Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

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Additional Information

BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics 

  • The member of academic staff who leads this course is Paul McAllister.
  • For more information about our facilities – visit our Glass and Ceramics facilities pages.

Wolverhampton School of Art

  • For more information about the Wolverhampton School of Art: visit our home page.
  • Discover more about our outstanding facilities – visit our facilities pages.
  • Learn about the creative industries and everything we do to help our students to achieve the career of their dreams on our Creative Enterprise page.
  • Our Creative Futures talks, led by professionals working in the creative industries, provide encouragement and insight to make your creative career a reality.
  • Check out the work of our 2021 graduating students on our Degree Show and MA Show pages.
  • Find out what our students say – view testimonies from successful graduates on our Case Studies page.
  • Browse through our Undergraduate Courses and Postgraduate Courses.
  • Research – learn about the Centre for Art and Design Research and Experimentation (CADRE) and FEINART, our ambitious and innovative pan European training network.
  • Wolverhampton School of Art has been selected as one of the venues for the prestigious British Art Show 9!
  • Artsfest – our established programme of arts and cultural events continues to bring you the very best this region has to offer!
  • Learn about all the exciting things that are happening at the Wolverhampton School of Art in our News and Events pages.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Employability is core to the ethos of the School of Art’s learning and teaching, and the BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics provides opportunities from Level 4 to experience and engage with professional and industrial contacts.  At Level 4 students are encouraged to encounter and experience all aspects of their specialist area and further embed themselves into the subject through visits and speakers. At Level 5 students will have the opportunity to experience professional practice and will work on subject-specific briefs led by external clients/organisations. At this level there will also be an emphasis on off-site/live projects/placements that offer opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborative practice. Level 5 is designed to give students the opportunity to risk take and experiment within their subjects but also to meet and network with other students across the School of Art. Level 6 emphasises self-negotiated projects and provides students with the time and support to develop their individual voices as artists and designers. There is also provision for interdisciplinary teams working together on ambitious final outcomes where appropriate, and student will be supported to maintain placement learning and external networks established at Level 5. In addition, the University offers a Career Development Week each year, which is intended to provide cross-curricula activities that enable students to extend or galvanise their skill and employability goals.

The Faculty of Arts promotes student enterprise and enhances their employability. There are Employability Co-ordinators and Champions who can assist students in securing work placements, undertaking live briefs, engaging directly with employers and developing key employability skills. The Faculty is committed to raising student awareness of the opportunities that exist post-graduation, and can assist as the interface between education and industry within the region.

In addition, the course aims to introduce students to less conventional approaches to building careers in the cultural industries and many of our graduates are actively involved in artist led projects for example curatorial cooperatives, independent galleries and studio groups which are now widely acknowledged to contribute to urban regeneration and economic revival. To support this career trajectory our students develop a vast range of transferable skills which include entrepreneurial, project management and marketing experience, the ability to initiate, reflect and problem solve in a range of situations and the presentation skills appropriate to working in professional and academic life.

All of our students have the opportunity to engage with an additional ‘Employability Award’ associated with their degree, and a high percentage of our students achieve the gold standard as a result of our employment-focused curriculum.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics course in particular is distinctive in its approach due to:

  • The emphasis of ‘thinking though making’ is key to establishing innovative approaches and responding to the rich history of material practice within ceramics and glass.
  • Students being encouraged to play, think, make and thus innovate in a responsive approach to speculative making. 
  • Some of the best ceramics and glass workshops in Europe, with knowledgeable practice led staff teams and excellent industry links. 
  • Interdisciplinary projects with other specialist courses within the school of Art help to support diverse practice and an understanding of the wider material culture through digital print, rapid prototyping, and more established material practice.  
  • The course is designed to provide you with the best possible creative education centred on employability and student support. At each level two year-long modules allow you to experience and engage with projects of increasing complexity and varied timescales that reflect the breadth and flexibility of the commercial design world.
  • A carefully structured approach that encourages independent learning supported by an integrated delivery of the contextual, theoretical, technical and practical skills.

The School of Art houses a range of purpose built studio spaces and workshops with an extensive range of professional equipment not available in schools and colleges. Students at the School of Art are taught by practicing artists and designers working in academic and technical roles. These specialist practitioners teach both fundamental skills, support experimental and speculative practice and ensure practice is underpinned by knowledge and awareness of contemporary contexts.

In addition the School of Art provides many opportunities throughout the year for students to join study visits to UK and European destinations. These visits underpin student learning by providing an opportunity for students to see professional practice in their field, engage with new ideas, materials, sites and scale, consider display and presentation strategies and explore other roles associated with art and design such as curation, marketing, education. The visits also provide opportunities for students to spend time in an expanded community of their own peers to support interdisciplinary and cross year support and collaboration.

The member of academic staff who leads this course is Paul McAllister

This course will give you the necessary skills to pursue the huge range of exciting career opportunities associated with Contemporary Visual Arts Practice. For many Glass and Ceramics graduates the ultimate ambition is to become a successful artist, designer or maker. The Glass and Ceramics course is designed to support students in achieving this goal and indeed, graduates from the University of Wolverhampton are now exhibiting and selling their work and designs nationally and internationally on a regular basis. The next step towards achieving this ambition is to undertake a post graduate or Masters qualification and students from this course are very successful in making applications at this level. The course aims to provide students with the practical, theoretical and promotional skills to support such career choices.

The Glass and Ceramics course also aims to support and develop students’ vocational awareness and provides opportunities for educational placements and professional practice. As a result, a number of students each year successfully apply to postgraduate teaching courses and many School of Art and Design graduates are now teaching in the regions’ schools and colleges. Glass and Ceramics graduates are also working in museums and galleries as curators, educationalists, workshop facilitators, archivists and technicians, having taken specialist postgraduate courses in these fields.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

Additional Course Costs

Additional materials: £50 to £200 per semester - Prices vary according to your subject of practice.

Additional Field Trips: £50 to £400 - Prices will vary according to location.

Additional Events: £300 - Degree Show/New Designers. Costs will vary according to the medium and mode of your practice but considerations will be around materials, installation and presentation.

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades DD
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit
  • UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design - grade M

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for a Portfolio Review. Further details can be found at https://www.wlv.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/4---after-youve-applied/subject-specific-applications/. Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory reference.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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