Walk into one of our specialist workshops – we’ve got one for everything from ceramics to textiles – and you’ll understand why they’re so fundamental to our art and design community.

Our workshops are open for all our students to use, after health and safety introductions and appropriate tuition. They include:

  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Ceramics
  • Textiles
  • Print
  • Photography
  • Plastic
  • Casting
  • Paint
  • Fashion
  • Digital Technologies

Workshops operate with an open door policy, with students coming and going as they please. You’ll see the results of previous experimentations everywhere, from little plastic figures printed on one of our 3D printers to unusual ceramics lining the walls of our glaze laboratory.

You’ll benefit from technical support that is second to none. Our technicians are passionate makers, who want you to think big and will help you find a way to achieve your goal.

Be an artist

Our workshops are the engines of the art school. They are spaces where students from all years and disciplines teach one another, for failure as well as success, experimentation, and wider discourse between students and staff.

You're likely to explore and experiment in workshops across the school. Work often overlaps into a variety of areas, and who are we to restrict you to one workshop or discipline? Our technical demonstrators enjoy a challenge and are happy to collaborate with each other and you to work out the best way to achieve your goal.

Your specialism in detail

Ceramics

Clay preparation, throwing, plaster mould-making and slip casting – we’ve got everything a ceramicist could need. You’ll be able to fire your creations using our range of electric and gas-fired kilns.

In addition we have an excellent glaze laboratory. There are glazes ready for you to use, or if you’re feeling experimental, you can mix up your own glaze.

You can also take advantage of our 3D digital processes workshop including rapid prototyping and digital transfer printing.

Digital

We have comprehensive digital workshops and facilities. We are constantly adding to our digital technology and our current facilities include:

  • Suite for Rhino and rendering
  • Laser cutting (plastics, paper, wood)
  • CNC routing
  • 3D printing (Zcorp)
  • 3D Engraver / Miller
  • Vinyl plotter cutter
  • Ceramic transfer printer
  • ZSK embroidery machine
  • Makerbot
  • Arduino
  • Digital suites for Illustrator and Photoshop

Textiles

Using our facilities you’ll be able to explore and experiment with ideas, theory and inspiration, visual research, textile processes, colour, fabric and yarn, pattern, styling and presentation.

The textile equipment in specialist workshops or available to take into the studios include:

  • Traditional textile screen printing for fabric and wallpapers
  • Fabric and yarn dye range
  • Embroidery machines (Bernina, Irish, Cornelly, Tufting)
  • Digital ZSK embroidery machines
  • Knit machines (Silver Reed, Dubied)
  • Looms
  • Mimaki (direct to fabric) inkjet printers
  • Laser Cutter (large bed)

Paint

Our painting methods room include:

  • Surface preparation and priming; board, panel, canvas (cotton duck, linen union, calico), paper and metal for oil and acrylic, and many other types of paint.
  • Paint making, including choosing and grinding pigment and combining with oil or other suitable mediums.
  • Painting grounds (including Gesso), Paint medium and varnish making, both modern and traditional.
  • Painting techniques of all kinds.
  • Water-based paint spraying techniques.
  • Natural resin and wax techniques.

Want something more outlandish? We make paint out of anything – dirt, food, metals, blood, plants, we’ll give anything a go. And we also make painting machines and paint bombs.

Photography

Cameras, lighting and darkrooms – we’re well equipped for your photography needs. In addition, you can make the most of our digital suites for image finishing, scanning and large format print.

In our workshops you can experiment with:

  • Wet photography – we have a black and white darkroom
  • Photography lighting
  • Digital imaging
  • Wide format digital printing

Don’t have your own equipment? You can loan all types of professional cameras, lenses and lighting.

Audio Visual (AV)

Grab a computer and work on your latest projects. As you’d expect, the AV studio is space to work on anything audio or visual with projectors and video cameras available. Working here, you’ll be surrounded by students working on films and moving images.

Technical demonstrators hold demos throughout the year. These are open to all students, so swing by if you’re looking to pick up some new skills.

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