BA (Hons) Applied Art

Course details

  • UCAS CodeW201
  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 3 YRS (FT)
  • UCAS Tariff 80-112
  • Institution Code G53
  • Location Wrexham
Students sitting in a workshop, hand modelling ceramics

Course Highlights

2nd in Wales

for career prospects (The Guardian University Guide 2022)*

Opportunities

to become an artist in residence

8th in the UK

for teaching quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)*

Why choose this course?

This Applied Art course focuses on the high-quality craft skills needed to be a professional maker. Develop your material and design skills through ceramics, metal, jewellery and mixed media.

Students will:

  • Be able to understand the importance of high-quality making, originality and how to generate personal responses to materials and processes.
  • Develop creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial skills.
  • Be able to combine their conceptual and technical skills in applied arts with the professional skills needed to be a successful maker.
  • Develop interpersonal skills through collaborative projects and teamwork.
  • *Study a course that is part of a subject area rated 1st in the UK for satisfaction with assessment, 2nd in Wales for career prospects and 3rd in Wales for satisfaction with teaching and satisfaction with the course in the Design and Crafts subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2022.
  • *Study a course that is part of a subject area rated 8th in the UK for teaching quality and 3rd in Wales for student experience in the Art and Design subject league tables, Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

You can also choose to study this course with a foundation year BA Hons Applied Art (with foundation year)

Applied art student in workshop

Art & DesignAt Wrexham Glyndwr

Key course features

  • Excellent gallery and commercial links, with the focus on craft skills to enable you to become exceptional makers.
  • Focus is placed on developing your business skills in areas such as pricing, publicity and marketing; we are consistently praised by external examiners for how well prepared our students are for professional life.
  • You will be taught by a dedicated team of research-active practitioners who exhibit their own work both nationally and internationally.
  • Work on live projects, exhibitions, competitions and commissions for public and private clients; this will give you confidence for your future career, for example, when approaching galleries and retail outlets with your work.
  • *This course is part of a subject area rated 1st in the UK for satisfaction with assessment, 2nd in Wales for career prospects and 3rd in Wales for satisfaction with teaching and satisfaction with the course in the Design and Crafts subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2022.
  • *This course is part of a subject area rated 8th in the UK for teaching quality and 3rd in Wales for student experience in the Art and Design subject league tables, Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

What you will study

YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)

Introduces you to the breadth of materials and techniques within the Applied Arts, where you have the opportunity to work across all the material areas, experimenting with glass, ceramics, metal and mixed media.

MODULES

  • History and Context
  • Creative Futures 1
  • Visual Communication
  • Material Exploration
  • Craft Processes
  • Material and Language

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)

Expands your making skills within your main material choice, developing a depth of knowledge and understanding about materials and craft skills and allowing you to advance your own creative style. The key professional skills of understanding market, publicity and costings are also developed through practical projects.

MODULES

  • Critical Thinking
  • Creative Futures: Making a Living
  • Extended Practice (Applied Arts)
  • Art Practice
  • Practice in Context
  • Specialist Study (Applied Arts)

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6)

Allows you to realise your ideas in the direction of your choice, with students developing their own individual themes to produce collections, demonstrating high-quality making skills and innovative design solutions.

MODULES

  • Dissertation
  • Creative Futures: Professional Practice
  • Negotiated Practice
  • Applied Art Degree Project

 

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

UCAS code: W201

Standard entry requirements for BA (Hons) Applied Art 80-112 UCAS Tariff points at GCE A Level or equivalent.

The Applied Art programme team welcomes applications from anyone who can demonstrate a commitment to the subject and the potential to complete their chosen programme successfully. This can be established by showing appropriate academic achievements or by demonstrating that they possess the knowledge and ability equivalent to the academic qualifications.

All candidates will either be individually interviewed or invited to an applicants’ day where they will have the opportunity to display a portfolio of their work. Experience may also be taken into consideration, particularly for those applicants who do not meet the academic requirements above, depending on the extent and depth of subject knowledge. Students from overseas, who are unable to attend an interview are invited to send their portfolio of work digitally for consideration.

Teaching & Assessment

Assessment is predominantly through practical and design work such as maquettes, sketchbooks, samples, and finished objects. Work is presented to tutors, and verbal feedback is given instantly, followed by more expansive written feedback.

You'll be assessed for each module. Formative assessments are used to monitor progress and can take place at any time. These consist of a band grading, plus evaluative comments and a feedback tutorial if appropriate. Grading isn't finalised until the end of the year, when work is reviewed and moderated by an external examiner.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

Contact time is 14 hours per week for Level 4, 12 hours per week for Level 5, and 10 hours per week for Level 6. The workshop facilities are open and staffed 5 days a week and students have constant access to the workshops.

Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Designers who can respond creatively to applied art and design problems remain in high demand.

Our graduates have careers in a wide range of areas including education, restoration work, museums and retail. A proportion go on to work in or set up their own galleries.

The majority of our graduates work in applied arts businesses, become self-employed as artists, technicians, designer craftspeople, and often set up their own making businesses.

Further study opportunities are also available at PG Diploma Advanced Professional Practice, MA or PGCE level.

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are TBC. 

Most materials are included however there may be some additional costs depending on what you choose to make.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages. You will also find information about what your fees include in the FAQs.

 

Accommodation

If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our accommodation pages to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.

International

If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section

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