- UCAS Code
- Penryn Campus
- 3 years full-time
- Direct line
- 01326 213730
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.
How is the course taught
This full-time course is delivered through modules. Project work is supported by lectures, field trips, professional experiences, seminars and tutorials. You'll also have the opportunity to work on a number of collaborative projects.
What you'll do
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.
- Introduction to Crafts: Process and Materials 1
- Craft Foundations 1
- Introduction to Crafts: Process and Materials 2
- Craft Foundations 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.
- Designer-Maker 1: Audience and Identity
- Craft Connections
- Designer-Maker 2: Professional Engagement
- Professional Contexts (opportunity for international/ Erasmus exchange and/or negotiated placements)
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.
- External Brief
- Self-Negotiated Project: Studio and Professional Practice
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
Experience you'll get
- Live projects with businesses, galleries, cultural organisations, museums and community groups
- Collaborative design with fellow undergraduate design students in our innovative Design Centre workspace
- Opportunity to experiment with industry-standard technology including the much envied CNC milling and rapid prototyping machines
- Continuous assessment with no formal examinations
- A combination of visual, verbal and written assignments including project work, essays and seminar presentations
- A dissertation and two exhibitions in your final year of study
- Work in a design studio
- Setting up your own workshop or studio
- Work in community arts projects
- Work with museums and art galleries
Interview and selection process
Interviews will be held on:
- 12, 14, 19, 21 and 26 February 2014
- 5, 12 and 19 March 2014
Student mentor scheme
Our student mentors are now on Facebook. To chat to a mentor about the course, living in Cornwall or what to expect at Falmouth, check out the Contemporary Crafts group. You need to join the group before you can post. Our student mentors have already done the first year of the course ... so ask them anything you like!
If you do not have access to Facebook please email your name and your course to firstname.lastname@example.org