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An evolution of our BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics course, this programme embraces the possibilities of both art and design and is underpinned by making skills in a variety of materials. Glass and Ceramics are a focus but you can work in other materials, for example, wood, metal and plastic - as well as digital media. On this programme, you will develop your confidence, problem-solving skills, communications skills and professionalism so that you are well prepared to enter the professional world.
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 specialised opportunities such as external competitions and exhibitions. You will also gain confidence, build resilience and develop a personal understanding of the broader cultural and social contexts of art, design and making.
The research and professional practice of your tutors and technicians underpin our curriculum. Guided by our experts you will explore diverse examples of creative careers through visiting professionals, exhibitions, conferences and vocational and professional opportunities. You will learn in a supportive creative community and be encouraged to become nationally, even internationally, networked during your time on the course.
Come and find out more at one of our Maker Days for prospective students, running throughout the year.
Your first year will introduce you to a range of traditional and contemporary craft skills, through staff led demonstrations and seminars as well as hands-on making. You will learn making skills, ideas development and about key subject themes – all of which will prepare you for self-negotiated projects in your second year where you will learn about making for particular contexts as well as for exhibition. You will start to identify your own voice through your work as well as considering debates in the subject and professional practice. The final year is significantly about developing your degree show work, reflecting on your practice, critically positioning your work and importantly planning for your future career.
Whilst building the core skills of being an artist, designer or maker, this programme also offers the chance for students to develop a broader range of skills and attitudes that can allow them to work in other areas. These include: creative thinking, team working, presentation skills, writing skills, research skills, digital skills, and time management.
Throughout the course, you’ll be assessed through a range of studio practice, visual research – sketchbooks, technical notebooks, and contextual files, your professional development portfolio, written assignments and presentations to fellow students and staff.
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Focus on skill acquisition to introduce a broad base of techniques:
Focus on development of professional transferable skills, understanding of contexts of practice and broader cultural issues, and of independent study and skills acquisition:
The final year is geared towards the exhibition of a professional body of work at National Glass Centre:
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Our typical offer is 112 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (e.g. 1 x AVCE double award).
We accept a maximum of 6 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications. We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language; or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
If you are studying a HND or Foundation Degree you may be able to enter onto the final year of our degree courses. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
If you are an international applicant, please send a link to your online portfolio.
The annual fee for this course is:
Tuition fees for part-time students are:
Please note that part-time courses are not available to international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
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.
We have modules focused on employability and professional skills at each stage. The careers and employability service are closely linked to the programme and the ‘Sunderland Futures’ offer, which supports students with employability, is promoted at each stage.
Professional ‘real-world’ experience is central to this programme which could include the chance to show your work in public exhibitions, undertake internships, work on real commissions, and competitions – all of which will help you to build a professional CV.
You will be required to participate in a public exhibition as part of your programme, as part of the Stage 2 ‘Making for Exhibition’ module.
Also at Stage 2 as part of the ‘Professional Practice: Engaging with the Creative Community’ module, students must apply for an opportunity such as an internship, competition or funding – this mirrors the approach that professional artists will need to take in their careers. These aspects of the programme will present you with challenges through which you can build experience and confidence for your dynamic career in the creative industries!
The programme is designed so that opportunities students undertake outside of the programme can be factored into some of the modules and assessed. For example, some of the live projects that students can apply for at Stage 2 can be assessed in the ‘Engaging with your creative community’ module. Several students set up their own businesses or exhibit their work while a student, and aspects of this can often be assessed at Stage 3 for example in the ‘Professional Practice: Planning Your Creative Career’ module or reflected upon in the ‘Dissertation: Your Creative Context’ module.
The glass and ceramics department is unique in its placement at the heart of the National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland. The additional learning opportunities and resources that this facilitates are actively promoted within this programme. You will be encouraged to participate in museum/gallery/studio visits both in groups and as individuals. Attending conferences and/or public demonstrations by professional makers are actively promoted. The additional resources of ‘National Glass Centre Research’ and ‘Ceramics Arts Research Centre University of Sunderland’ (CARCuos) enhance the offer further.
The University has close links with arts organisations including Sunderland Arts Studio, British Ceramics Biennial, Arts Council England, Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA), National Association for Ceramics in Higher Education (NACHE), Equal Arts, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA) and Nissan.
Our students have progressed from our Glass and Ceramics studios to work with Wanganui Glass School New Zealand, Devereux and Huskie Glassworks, GLASSTORM UK/Danish Studios, Angels' Share Glass, Cumbria Crystal, English Antique Glass, Antony Gormley Studio, Crafts Council, Sorrel Foundation, British Ceramics Biennale and Hepworth Museum.
University lecturers undertake research, as well as teaching, in order to advance knowledge in their subjects. Your lecturers will use the experience and knowledge that they gain from this in order to support you to achieve your goals. You are likely to benefit from research in a number of ways including:
We encourage students to take part in competitions and they’ve had considerable success: