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Artist Designer Maker: Glass and Ceramics

University of Sunderland
3-6 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Program description

Artist Designer Maker: Glass and Ceramics

Explore creativity in glass and ceramics. Utilise outstanding traditional and digital facilities at National Glass Centre and FabLab. Become an artist, designer, maker.

This exciting course embraces the possibilities of making for both art and design. Glass and Ceramics are a focus but you can work in other materials, for example, wood, metal and plastic - as well as digital media. You will work in excellent individual student workspaces in studios in National Glass Centre and FabLab, bringing you into contact with professionals in the field as well as opportunities such as external competitions and exhibitions.

Admission requirements

CBSE, ICSE, State Boards: 65% in Class 12

10+II (Senior School Certificate): 60% or above

3 Year Diploma: 60% or above

Portfolio requirements

We’ll invite you to an informal interview to talk about your work, where we would like to see evidence of your creative potential. Previous experience in glass, ceramics or making is not essential.

Please prepare a portfolio of work you have completed so far. We are not looking for perfection as we appreciate you are still developing work. Your portfolio should be simply mounted and include:

  • Art and design work completed in or outside of your studies
  • A variety of art and design work – we want to see a range of styles and technique
  • Ideas that didn’t work
  • Research: for example sketchbooks, scrapbooks of things that inspire you or design sheets
  • Photographs of 3D, and large 2D, work are acceptable
  • A USB stick or online link with any digital and screen-based work
  • Uncompleted or work in progress is also useful to see

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

You need an overall score of 6.0, with at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) will also be accepted if the applicant’s element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS. After 6 April 2015, you must take your IELTS exams at one of the test centres listed on the UKVI website.

Pearson Test of English Academic

You need an overall score of 56 with no less than 51 in each skill.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

You need grade C or above.

Cambridge Certification in Advanced English (CAE)

You need grade C or above.

O-Level English Language or GCSE English Language

You need grade C or above (UK Exam board).

Malaysian SPM 1119

You need grade 6 or above (only grades 1, 2 or 3 are acceptable for Law).

Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) II

You need Merit or Distinction.

Degree in English

If you have another qualification not listed above, contact the International Office for advice. If you do not have the necessary level of English you may need to take one of the University's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) University Preparation Courses before you begin your course.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1 (national level 4):

Focus on skill acquisition to introduce a broad base of techniques:

  • Ceramics: throwing, glazes, hand building, slip casting, decals,mono-printing, press moulding
  • Glass: glassblowing, kiln casting, stained glass, glass painting, sandcasting, sandblasting, glass cutting, gluing and construction
  • Finishing techniques: grinding and polishing, wood finishing, metal patination
  • Digital crafts; for example rhinoceros, tinkercad, blender, fusion 360, 3d printing, water jet cutting, laser cutting
  • Wood and metal - basic skills
  • Artists talks and visits will provide examples of professional careers and practice verbal presentation skills
  • Aspects of historical and contemporary artist designer maker contexts
  • Academic research, referencing and writing skills

Core modules:

  • Studio Techniques for Making
  • Ideas Into Practice
  • Key Themes for Art, Design and Making

Year 2 (national level 5):

Focus on development of professional transferable skills, understanding of contexts of practice and broader cultural issues, and of independent study and skills acquisition:

  • Continuing skill acquisition, including printmaking for glass and ceramics, advanced ceramics techniques, and digital skills
  • Applying for ‘real world’ opportunities like competitions, exhibitions and work experience
  • First semester: Focus on work in place, space and context through developing a project in response to a specific place, purpose or audience
  • Design boards, visualisations and sample making
  • Second semester: planning, executing and evaluating a self-directed project for exhibition at a professional public gallery - usually at Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
  • Opportunity to study abroad including USA, Australia or Sweden

Core modules:

  • Making for Place, Space and Audience
  • Making for Exhibition
  • Dialogues in Art, Design and Making
  • Collaborative Creativity

Final year (national level 6):

The final year is geared towards the exhibition of a professional body of work at National Glass Centre:

  • Experimentation, visualization, testing in order to develop a professional and resolved body of work for exhibition
  • Refinement of making skills, finishing techniques, presentation methods and consolidation of ideas in a final body of artworks
  • Research and write a critical dissertation relevant to students’ individual studio work and/or career goals. Also, focus on establishing a professional identity and career plan
  • Research career options, understand the nature of the sector the student aspires to enter and in turn develop a relevant career plan
  • Develop online portfolio or drawings and finished work

Core modules:

  • Experiment Visualise Prototype
  • Refine Resolve Exhibit
  • Dissertation: Your Creative Context
  • Professional Practice: Planning Your Creative Career

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, Please visit university website for more information.

Tuition fees

Full-time fees

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK/Europe*
  • £12,500 if you are an international student

Part-time fees

Tuition fees for part-time students are £6,935 per 120 credits.

Career opportunities

We aim to develop you as graduates who have the skills to work in diverse art, design and making contexts. You are likely to develop ‘portfolio careers’ that might involve a mix of working as artists for gallery exhibitions, designers making work to commission for specific contexts, and makers who can fabricate work for yourselves or others.

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SR1 3SD Sunderland

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