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Jaime Dunlop, BA (Hons) Ceramics & Glass, UCA Farnham

Ceramics & Glass BA (Hons)

Ceramics & Glass BA (Hons)

Farnham

Course overview

Our BA (Hons) Ceramics & Glass course at UCA Farnham offers you the chance to study ceramics and glass in the heart of a town with World Craft Town status, where you’ll benefit from UCA’s extensive craft expertise.

You will discover how to blow glass, use the hot glass workshop, and create beautiful ceramic pieces using techniques such as wheel-throwing and kiln-firing.

The course embraces diverse approaches to craft, supporting you to explore all methods of ceramics and glasswork, including traditional and contemporary practices. You’ll have the opportunity to experience materials and processes across both disciplines, while focusing on your chosen specialisms.

Along the way, you will gain the confidence, knowledge and experience you need to take the next steps in your career, whether that means setting up your own studio and independent brand, or joining an established studio and working with others.

From 2022 entry you have the option to complete a Professional Practice Year as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be confident and engaged in creative workplaces. Employers widely recognise these qualities, and a significant proportion of placement students are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Our standard three year undergraduate degree for those who meet the entry requirements for higher education.

UCAS Code for 3 year/standard: W266

A four year degree programme, including a foundation year to help develop your creativity before you embark on year one of a degree.

UCAS Code for course with Integrated Foundation Year: W26A

A four year course, specifically designed to provide international students with the English language and creative skills before they embark on year one of a degree.

UCAS Code for course with Integrated International Foundation Year: W26C

A four year programme, which sees you spend an entire year gaining valuable industry experience prior to your final year of study.

UCAS Code for course with Professional Practice: W267

A five year course, including a foundation year to help develop your creativity before you embark on year one of a degree, and a year on a professional placement gaining valuable industry experience prior to your final year of study.

UCAS Code for course with Integrated Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year: W26B

A five year course, including an international foundation year concentrating on English language and core creative skills before you embark on year one of a degree, and a year on a professional placement gaining valuable industry experience prior to your final year of study.

UCAS Code for course with International Integrated Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year: W26D

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Course details

Course Details

The content of the course may be subject to change. Curriculum content is provided as a guide.

UCA’s Integrated Foundation Year is designed to give you the skills you’ll need to start your degree in the best possible way – with confidence, solid knowledge of creative practice, study skills and more.

You’ll explore a range of creative techniques and develop your portfolio, with your chosen subject in mind. We’ll work with you throughout the year to ensure you’re on the right track and give you the tools to achieve your highest potential on your degree.

For our students coming from a non-UK educational background, UCA has launched an Integrated International Foundation Year, based at UCA Farnham to bring students from around the world to one hub of creativity.

This year of preparatory study is designed to give you the skills you’ll need to start your degree in the best possible way – with confidence, solid knowledge of creative practice, study skills and the English speaking and writing skills you’ll need to succeed.

You’ll explore a range of creative techniques and develop your portfolio, with your chosen subject in mind. We’ll work with you throughout the year to ensure you’re on the right track and give you the tools to achieve your highest potential on your degree.

Launch
For launch week we’ll introduce you to the term and year, review your summer project, undertake research visits, and undertake cross-programme activities with students on BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing.

Maker and materials
Become familiar and confident within the studio and workshop environment, undertake visual and contextual research and explore the act of making through materials and processes as a key skill.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 1
You’ll investigate the theme of ‘otherness and belonging’ to question histories and practices used within the crafts industries which privilege dominant cultural values. Engaging with themes of inclusivity and diversity situated in the context of global histories, cultures, and politics, you’ll explore and build an unbiased and progressive understanding of ethical approaches needed to challenge established industry principles.

2D CAD Cam
You’ll be introduced to 2D digital software, including Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, to give you a fundamental understanding of the role digital technology plays in the design and making process.

Opportunity
Your Opportunity week features an introduction to the term, research visits, inductions and cross-programme activities with Jewellery and Silversmithing students.

Form and Surface
You’ll be introduced to a range of production methods, including forming, mould-making, casting and surface application, as you learn the importance of being able to repeatedly reproduce components for design and making.

Professional Communication
Learn a range of professional communication methods used for self-promotion, identify categories of makers and making and understand how that relates to your subject and future ambitions.

3D CAD Cam
Extending your understanding for the potential of digital technology in the design and manufacturing process, this unit covers 3D computer aided design (CAD) application.

Launch
As we return after the summer break, we’ll go over the term ahead, review summer work, undertake project planning, begin planning for the placement unit and introduce you to peer groups, among other activities.

Body, Object, Space
You’ll investigate the inter-relationships between body, object and space (interior/exterior) as an impetus for developing your work. You will explore how location can positively inform creative practice.

The Conscious Practitioner
Engaging with themes of inclusivity and diversity situated in the context of global histories, cultures, and politics, you’ll explore and build an unbiased and progressive understanding of the ethical visual and textual language needed to challenge industry ideologies.

Sustainability
You’ll explore how materials and processes can be used and sourced sustainably, questioning and examining the ways in which we use and consume materials in designing and making, and the wider impact of our making choices.

Opportunity
Your Opportunity Week will include a term introduction, project planning session, a project briefing, a personalised learning session and cross-programme activities with Jewellery and Silversmithing students.

Audience and Context
You’ll further and develop your creative practice through research, designing and making, as you begin to define who you are as a ceramicist or glassmaker. You’ll work more independently as you progress, and the work you produce here will be used later in the year.

External Context
You’ll develop an understanding of your chosen industry by choosing either an industry placement or internship, or an industry-focused live project. For either option, you’ll be required to keep an online reflective journal, which documents and professionally presents your progress throughout the unit, relating to your chosen option and evaluating your experience.

Exhibiting
With the work you created in Audience and Context, you’ll work in teams to organise, curate and present a group exhibition. This is an exciting opportunity to generate and experience audience engagement and external feedback on your work in a public context.

If you opt to complete a professional practice year, this will take place in year three. You will undertake a placement within the creative industries to further develop your skills and CV.

While on your Professional Practice Year, you will be required to pay a reduced tuition fee for that year. This fee will be determined using government funding regulations. Based on current regulations, we expect this to be a maximum of 20% of the tuition fee rate that you are charged for your second year of study. You will also incur additional travel and accommodation costs during this year. The University will provide you with further advice and guidance about this as you approach your Professional Practice Year.

Please note: If you are an international applicant, you will need to enrol onto the course ‘with Professional Practice Year’. It will not be possible to transfer onto the Professional Practice Year after enrolment

Launch
For your final year, we’ll start with Launch Week, which this year features a review of summer work, a project planning session, research visits, managing autonomous practice and an introduction to thinking professionally.

Minor project: Exploratory Research and Development
You’ll undertake an extensive body of exploratory research, as part of a negotiated period of work, including a written proposal that must clearly outline the scope of the project, paying particular attention to reflective and critical analysis of material testing and prototyping.

Professional Practice
As you prepare for a working life beyond university, you’ll learn about the range of issues and tasks that will be important in planning your future, establishing aims and understanding elements of self-promotion and employment, self-employment or further study.

Opportunity
For your final Opportunity Week, you’ll be introduced to your final term, undertake project reflection, project planning and research weeks.

Major Project: Realisation
You’ll frame your individual Ceramics/Glass practice and realise a self-initiated, major project, which reflects individual potential. It should have a professional impact suitable for public exhibition and/or industry focus, and will have an emphasis on contextual and critical analysis and evaluation on the positioning of your work.

You 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:

Tuition fees
2022 course fees for Year 1 entry and Integrated Foundation Year:

  • UK students - £9,250 
  • EU students - £9,250 (see fee discount information)
  • International students - £16,950

If you opt to study the Professional Practice Year, for 2022 you will be required to pay a reduced tuition fee of £1,850 (UK students) and £3,390 (International students). You will also incur additional travel and accommodation costs during your Professional Practice year. The University will provide you with further advice and guidance about this.

Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees there may be other costs for your course. The things that you are likely to need to budget for to get the most out of a creative arts education will include books, printing costs, occasional or optional study trips and/or project materials. These costs will vary according to the nature of your project work and the individual choices that you make. Please see the Additional Course Costs section of your Course Information for details of the costs you may incur.

 

Further information
For more detailed information about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to please see our fees and finance pages.

The fees listed here 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.

Industry placement
offer

Preparing graduates for successful careers underpins everything we do, and all students on this course will be offered an industry placement anywhere between two weeks and a year in length, depending on their individual needs. We’ll draw on our wide range of contacts within the creative industries to ensure you’re offered opportunities that align with your interests and future career aspirations.

Course specifications

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.

Facilities

We have state-of-the-art workshops and machinery for a wide range of ceramics and glass processes, including traditional and emerging digital techniques, including clay 3D printers and a CNC mill for plaster. We have both hot-glass and kiln-glass facilities, including; a hotshop for glass blowing, dedicated kilns for glass fusing and casting, and facilities for grinding, engraving and polishing. For ceramics we have a dedicated hand building area, throwing room, glaze room, plaster room for mould making, and a kiln room.

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Glass hot shop, UCA Farnham

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Ceramics hand-building studio, UCA Farnham

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Glass hot shop, UCA Farnham

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Ceramics throwing room, UCA Farnham

Course connections

Course connections

We enjoy close links with a range of professional organisations who are able to benefit our students in the form of work experience and deeper collaborations. We work 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. Our students have also taken part in competitions with the Lighting Industry Association and the British Art Medals Society. Other links include:

  • Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass
  • Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers
  • Bullseye Glass of America
  • Gaffer Glass UK.
  • 318 Ceramics
  • The Crafts Study Centre
  • Grayshott Pottery
  • Froyle Tiles

As well as study abroad/international year opportunities, a European study trip is organised each year and is open to all year groups.

The course at Farnham is the UK’s representative of ISCAEE (International Symposium of Ceramics Art Education and Exchange). Every two years staff and students visit an institute for a symposium. Students exhibit their work and deliver lectures alongside their professors. These are all published in ISBN publications. They experience demonstrations from experts and cultural visits. Countries visited include China, Japan, Korea and Turkey.

 

Many of our graduates become self-employed designers and makers, setting up their own businesses and also taking freelance commissions. Some go on to work for design and manufacturing companies. Others work with galleries, for museums, undertake curatorships, work in academia or move on to postgraduate study.

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

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Heidi Nicholson
Heidi Nicholson

"We have fantastic facilities and a great sense of community within our course. I always feel I’m being challenged creatively, and the support and knowledge of the tutors and technicians help me to produce work I am really proud of."

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

BA (Hons) course
BA (Hons) course with Professional Practice Year

The standard entry requirements* for these courses 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 / BTEC National 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.  

 


 

BA (Hons) course with Integrated Foundation Year
BA (Hons) course with Integrated Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year

The standard entry requirements for these courses are one of the following:

  • 64 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma / BTEC National Extended Diploma
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 64 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 24 points from the International Baccalaureate, 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. 

 


 

BA (Hons) course with Integrated International Foundation Year
BA (Hons) course with Integrated International Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year

For these courses you need to have completed 12 years* of schooling (with good grades) and show strong evidence of your ability to successfully complete the programme and progress onto your chosen degree.

 


 

*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.

 

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

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

Pre-sessional English courses

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

BA (Hons) course
BA (Hons) course with Professional Practice Year

For these courses, we’ll need to see your portfolio for review. We’ll invite you to attend an Applicant Day so you can have your portfolio review in person, meet the course team and learn more about your course. If you would prefer to upload a portfolio digitally, there is also the option to submit it online via your UCA Applicant Portal. Further information will be provided once you have applied.

 


 

BA (Hons) course with Integrated Foundation Year
BA (Hons) course with Integrated Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year

These courses don't require a portfolio. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Applicant Day where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.

 


 

BA (Hons) course with Integrated International Foundation Year
BA (Hons) course with Integrated International Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year

These courses don't require a portfolio. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Applicant Day where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.

 


 

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Please use the following fields to help select the right application link for you:
  • UCAS Institution

    C93

  • UCAS Code for 3 year/standard

    W266

  • UCAS Code for course with Professional Practice

    W267

  • UCAS Code for course with Integrated Foundation Year

    W26A

  • UCAS Code for course with Integrated International Foundation Year

    W26C

  • UCAS Code for course with Integrated Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year

    W26B

  • UCAS Code for course with Integrated International Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year

    W26D

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