Ceramics & Glass BA (Hons)

UCA Farnham - 2020

Length of study:

Three years full-time


UCA Farnham

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Entry requirements:

112 UCAS tariff points

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Course overview

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.

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Course details

  • Year 1

    Your first year is all about practical engagement with Ceramics and Glass. You'll learn through a series of stimulating projects and you'll be introduced to the workshops and skills that will ultimately enable you to design and make to a high-standard. You'll develop confidence in making and testing ideas in ceramics and glass alongside learning basic techniques of drawing, research, design, computer aided design and theoretical skills to help you explore projects to their full potential. At the end of the year you'll specialise in ceramics or glass.

    Practice Process 1
    The purpose of this unit is to introduce you to the act of making as a key skill and means of experimental research through the exploration of materials and processes. You are familiarised with ceramics and glass practice context and introduced to fundamental skills and knowledge that provide the subject learning foundation and inform the design process. The unit is informed by close reference to relevant historic and contemporary practice.

    Contextual Studies 1
    This unit introduces you to a range of historical and contemporary contexts that serve to locate crafts and design practices within wider social and cultural frameworks, and promotes contextual research as a fundamental aspect of creative practice.

    Practice Process 2
    This unit builds on the Practice Process 1 with you extending your vocabulary of material knowledge through the acquisition of a different but related set of processes. You'll test and further develop skills and knowledge from inception to resolution within the context of given ceramics and glass practice briefs.

    Practice Process 3
    The purpose of this unit is for you to develop competency in the range of processes and materials learned in previous units and acquire a new range of related skills to further develop their ability to respond creatively and with confidence to design briefs.


  • Year 2

    An important element of second year study is to develop an individual approach. You'll explore design and making, either as a maker of bespoke objects or production processes for a range of contexts. You'll speculate, test boundaries, experiment, increase your knowledge of the material, refine your technical skills and develop new ones.

    Practice Exploration 1
    The purpose of this unit is to extend and develop the exploration of your individual design identity and interest. This is undertaken through engagement with selected project brief/s set within specific themes and is seen as an impetus to engage in speculative and conceptually led design in the production of Ceramics and Glass.

    Contextual Studies 2
    Objects and environments are fundamental to our understanding of the world and this unit introduces a range of contexts that demonstrate the importance of meaning, and the ways that this meaning can be used to create and express value within crafts and design practices.

    Practice Exploration 2
    The purpose of this unit is to explore individual design identity and interest through engagement with design ceramics and glass project briefs. Briefs require consideration from inception to resolution and incorporate all stages of the design process.

    Practice Exploration 3
    This unit enables you to define your own patterns of study and consolidate your creative practice. This unit provides, within a defined framework, an opportunity to develop work in response to your own concerns and personal direction.


  • International 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 pursue and realise your designs, identifying a personal creative direction and critically defining your practice within your chosen discipline. Participation in competitions, curating, exhibiting and the development of a portfolio and online presence establishes a strong sense of professional positioning within the field, in preparation for opportunities and awareness of future direction post-graduation.

    Practice Portfolio
    The purpose of this unit is to prime you for constructive engagement with your future prospects upon graduation. It helps to facilitate the transition from student to early stage professional practitioner or adjacent destination. You are required to develop and curate a bespoke, purposeful and future-facing practice portfolio reflecting your individual interest and position. 

    Practice Position 1
    The purpose of this unit is for you to commence framing an individual ceramics and glass practice position. In order to achieve this, two routes of pursuit are offered (i) research / exploratory prototyping and testing (ii) research to resolution.  
    Contextual Studies 3
    The purpose of this unit is for you to conceive, develop and construct a personally meaningful portfolio of contextual research that informs, augments and reflects upon practice, towards the provision of structured narratives that critically engage with a range of contextual and theoretical frameworks and serve to support the positioning of individual practice in relation to past, present and possible future endeavours.
    Practice Position 2
    The purpose of this unit is for you to finalise framing an individual ceramics and glass practice position and realise a self-initiated, graduate major project that realises your individual potential. 
  • Fees and additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    The course fees per year for 2020 entry are:

    • UK and EU students - £9,250 
    • International students - £16,250 (standard fee)
    • International students - £15,600 (full early payment fee)

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2020 entry.

    Further information
    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.



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.


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UK/EU applications

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International applications

If you are applying for more than one course in the UK please apply via UCAS, to apply direct to UCA please use the links below:

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Due to visa requirements, this course is not available to students that require a Tier 4 (General) visa

If you have another category of visa please contact us: internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk to find out if you are eligible to study.

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892 960 or admissions@uca.ac.uk

When to apply:

The UCAS application deadline is 15 January. If you are 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.

For more information visit 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

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

International Foundation courses in the UK

The UCA International College

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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