BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts

Ceramics. Glass. Wood. Metal. Plastic. Paper… Whatever materials interest you, our innovative approach to design 
and making will help your creativity soar. Covering a broad 
range of skills and processes, all with making at their heart, Contemporary Crafts at Falmouth gives you the opportunity 
to explore both traditional processes and digital technologies. Our high-specification facilities, progressive technology and 
staff of practising designer-makers will help you develop 
exciting and original approaches to your work.

Our innovative and flexible approach means you'll have ample opportunity to experiment and discover your own artistic voice, pushing the boundaries of existing practice. Through community projects, site-specific work, exhibitions and self-negotiated projects, you'll learn how to drive design concepts forward from idea to final product, working with both traditional and revolutionary techniques, from maquette making to computer-aided design (CAD). You'll gain a solid grasp of the core principles of design through the manipulation of materials, as well as a broad range of related craft skills – helping you to develop your creative ideas. You'll also have the opportunity 
to work on a number of live projects with museums, galleries, gardens and businesses.

BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts benefits from the unique history and landscape of Cornwall, as well as the facilities and resources of our acclaimed Design Centre. A collaborative design environment, this inspiring space provides the opportunity for shared practice with other undergraduate design courses, so you can develop critical thinking and craft skills that work across design and art disciplines.

Key facts

UCAS code W271
When October 2014
Where Penryn Campus
Course length 3 years full-time

To get a place

A typical offer is between 260 and 300 UCAS points, equivalent Level 3 qualifications or relevant experience. You may be required to submit some work to help us decide who to interview.

How is the course taught?

Full-time, practice-based and very intensive, you'll be taught through training and technique sessions, workshops, seminars and one-to-one tutorials. You'll receive high-level instruction from our technical specialists and be expected to participate in workshops and talks from visiting professionals as well as attend performances presented through our public programme.

Where could it take me?

  • Work in a design studio
  • Setting up your own workshop or studio
  • Work in community arts projects
  • Work with museums and art galleries

How you're marked

  • Continuous assessment with no formal examinations

What you'll do

Stage 1

In your first year, you'll be given a thorough practical introduction to a wide range of materials and processes, trying your hand at everything to see what interests you the most. You'll develop a sound technical and production knowledge that will help you explore and innovate, reinforced with theoretical, professional and contextual understanding to strengthen your grasp of studio practice and processes.

Stage 2

As your experience grows, you'll have the opportunity to hone in on the materials and processes you'd like to specialise in. You'll also take a closer look at the designer-maker's audiences and identity, different forms of professional engagement and a deeper level of critical theory and practice, while also working in student teams on live projects for real clients.

Stage 3

As your confidence grows, you'll gradually work more and more independently. Exploring your own ideas and interests, you'll negotiate and complete a project of your own, as well as a contextual research project. Your final year also presents an external brief for you to respond to; planning, managing and producing your work to prepare you for professional life after graduation.

Work by Anna Roberts, Contemporary Crafts. Work by Briony Maple, BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts. Work by Mayumi Yamashita, BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts. Brooch by Hannah Batstone, BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts. Work by Nadia Medani, BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts.

I found it refreshing to visit a course with a strong emphasis on making skills in a wonderfully stimulating environment full of exciting possibilities.

Philip Eglin
Award-winning ceramicist

BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts students design and build lanterns for the City of Lights festival

Truro City of Lights Festival

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Successes

Student awards include:

  • Five students took part in the Sinopticon exhibition at Plymouth City Museum alongside Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry
  • New Designer of the Year 2010 at New Designers
  • Students have created work for and exhibited at Hampton Court Flower Show, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Port Eliot Festival, the National Trust and more

Jason Cleverly

Jason Cleverly

Award Leader, Contemporary Crafts

Jason designs and makes interactive sculptural craft works, exhibiting nationally and internationally. His work includes a number of projects with museums and art gallery collections, where he creates site specific interactive artefacts designed to enhance informal learning. Most recently, he completed an interactive exhibit for Dr Johnson’s House London to celebrate Johnson’s tercentenary.

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Facilities

The Design Centre facilities include:

  • Comprehensive ceramic and glass workshops
  • High-specification wood, metals and plastics workshop
  • CAD/CAM equipment including laser cutters, CNC milling and rapid prototyping
  • A range of digital printing capabilities
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