Ceramics & Glass*

BA (Hons) - UCA Farnham - 2019, 2020

Based in Farnham, this exciting new course focuses UCA’s extensive craft experience and expertise in ceramics and glass at the heart of England's designated Craft Town.

You'll learn how to blow glass and use the hot glass workshop, or create beautiful ceramic pieces and learn the details of using kilns, wheel throwing and more.

The course embraces diverse approaches to ceramics and glass, supporting you to explore all methods of the crafts including traditional and contemporary practices. 

You’ll have the opportunity to experience materials and processes across both disciplines in detail, whilst naturally focusing on your chosen path.

With an emphasis on high-quality craftsmanship, we place great importance on traditional hand skills whilst fully acknowledging the new and exciting possibilities also offered by digital fabrication.

You'll gain the knowledge and experience to build your own studio at home if you want to set up an independent brand, or the confidence to settle comfortably within an established studio, working with others.

*Course subject to validation.

Length of study:

Three years full-time

Campus:

UCA Farnham

Start month:

September

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Entry year(s):

2019, 2020

Entry requirements:

112 UCAS tariff points

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UCAS code:

W266

UCAS institution code:

C93

UCAS campus code:

F

Next event

UCA Open Day Pre-degree & Undergraduate

Saturday 15 June, 2019

All campuses

Course details

  • Year 1

    You'll acquire a broad set of fundamental practical skills in your first year which will underpin your continued developmental study throughout the course. You'll be introduced to the subject context and theory in order to start positioning your own thinking and approach.

    Maker and Materials Lab

    Ceramics and Glass Practice Process 1

    Ceramics and Glass Practice Process 2

    Contexual Frameworks

  • Year 2

    Your second year is about experimentation, collaboration and increasing industry awareness. You'll have the opportunity to participate in competitions and live projects. You'll be encouraged to step outside your own boundaries and discover new territory to test your creative identity.

    Ideation and Insight

    Ceramics and Glass Exploration Process 1

    Ceramics and Glass Exploration Process 2

    Contextual Perspectives

     

  • Study Abroad Year (Optional)

    Students in the School of Crafts and Design have the unique opportunity within UCA to add an additional year of study at an overseas institution (either at a higher education establishment or workplace).

    This optional year is designed to broaden your educational experience and deepen your understanding of cultural diversity, enabling you to study within a different cultural context and gain fresh perspectives. 

    Studying abroad can be a life-changing experience. Living in another country, you'll experience new places, people, cultures and possibilities. You'll develop initiative, independence, motivation and, depending on where you go, a working knowledge of another language – all qualities employers are looking for. You will return to complete your degree with all the benefits of the International Year experience behind you.

    To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section:

  • Year 3

    In your final year, you'll find and express your own creative voice, culminating in the graduation show where you have the opportunity to successfully communicate this to a public audience. You'll also prepare a professional portfolio in support of your future aspirations.

    Practice Portfolio

    Ceramics and Glass Practice Position 1

    Ceramics and Glass Practice Position 2

    Contextual Research and Critical Reflection

     
  • Fees

    The course fees per year for 2019 entry are:

    • UK and EU students - £9,250 
    • International students - £15,500 (standard fee)
    • International students - £14,800 (full early payment fee)

    The fees for 2020 entry have not been confirmed but will be listed here as soon as possible.

    Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

    These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

     

Facilities

We are one of only a few UK universities with a glass workshop, including: hotshop for glass blowing; ladle casting and centrifuging; polishing and engraving machinery. For ceramics we have dedicated hand building area; throwing room; glaze room; plaster room for mould making; and a kiln room.

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Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

  • Industry links

    We enjoy close links with a range of Worshipful companies and other organisations who are able to benefit our students in the form of bursaries, awards, seminars, workshops, commissions and competitions. These include:

    • Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass
    • Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers
    • Bullseye Glass of America
    • Gaffer Glass UK.

    Our students have also taken part in competitions with the Lighting Industry Association and the British Art Medals Society.

  • Careers

    Many of our graduates become self-employed designers, makers or practitioners, setting up their own businesses and also taking freelance commissions. Others pursue positions within galleries and curatorships, or enter teaching roles.

  • Further study

    You may also like to consider further study at postgraduate level.

     

How to apply - 2019 entry

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How to apply - 2020 entry

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When to apply:

We are still accepting applications for 2019 entry via UCAS - get your application in now.
If applying directly to us, you can apply throughout the year but we recommend you apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas.

More information:

Go to our how to apply pages

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 27-30 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 15 IB points at Higher level, see more information about IB entry requirements.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

International entry requirements

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

English language requirements


Your portfolio

For this course we will require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you apply. At the Applicant Day you will have a chance to meet the course team and other applicants, and take a tour of all our facilities. Students from diverse educational backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We welcome students with a broad range of A-level subjects, as well as students with appropriate Art & Design Foundations or BTEC/UALAB diplomas which allow you to demonstrate your ability to research, evaluate and produce creative solutions.

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