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.
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.
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:
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.
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
The course fees per year for 2019 entry are:
- UK and EU students - £9,250
- International students - £15,500 (standard fee)
- International students - £14,880 (full early payment fee)
The fees for 2020 entry have not been confirmed but will be listed here as soon as possible.
Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2019 entry.
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 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.