Ceramics and Mixed Media Textiles

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An introduction to a wide range of techniques for developing and realising ideas in Ceramics, with the chance to develop individual specialist interests in the final part of the course.

Why study Ceramics?

This course suits adventurous students who want to use Ceramics as part of a broad engagement with Art practice.

As part of the Creative Arts programme this course offers students the opportunity to explore the possibilities of Ceramics as a medium alongside another subject. The interaction of Ceramics with the various other subjects within Creative Arts opens up possibilities for the subject to function in different ways.

You will choose one of the following subjects to study alongside Ceramics:

Course structure

 

 In Year 1 you will have the opportunity to work in ceramics within a sculptural context, with opportunity to work across more than one discipline if appropriate. You will be introduced to hand-building alongside other construction techniques as well as methods of decorating, glazing and firing, underpinned by drawing and visual research. You will also have a series of lectures introducing you to relevant theoretical and contextual issues.

In Year 2 you will learn more advanced techniques in mould-making and printed surface through a series of short projects alongside students in mixed-media sculpture. As the year goes on you will be encouraged to develop a more individual and self-directed programme of study.

The final year gives you the opportunity to explore and realise your ideas through an in depth study of a chosen area, leading to an exhibition of a body of work and focussing on understanding your practice as an artist within the wider creative community.

Course assessment

Continuous assessment (100% course work)

The course is taught by practising artists and you’ll have access to excellent facilities for all methods of making, decorating, finishing and firing objects in Ceramics, with specialist technical support.

Teaching methods

There is an emphasis on gaining practical knowledge and skills through the experience of learning to make, alongside skills in developing ideas and evaluating results.

The course is taught through practical studio and workshop sessions as well as lectures and seminars. This development of both critical and creative skills enables you to find an individual approach by the end of the course as well as encouraging you to engage with a creative community within the School of Art and Design and beyond.

 

Application method

All applications are through UCAS.

Course enquiries

For more information please contact Martin Thomas on m.thomas2@bathspa.ac.uk

Entry requirements

If studying A Levels: 260 UCAS points from A Levels, including a grade B in an art/design related subject

If studying a BTEC Extended Diploma: Overall Merit grade (Merit Merit Merit)

Art Foundation Diploma:  Merit

If applying for a combination of Art, Textiles, Ceramics and Visual Design, then we would invite you for an interview and ask you to bring a portfolio of creative work with you to support your application.

Career opportunities

Many different careers are possible: establishing studios as exhibiting artists, working as freelance artists to commission, or teaching at all levels of education. Often some of these roles may be combined. Other graduates may go on to postgraduate study or employment with museums, galleries and ceramics companies.

Since 2011 graduates from this course have worked with organisations such as the Roman Baths in Bath, The Maze Studios in Brighton and "Big Brother , Little Brother" mainly as potters, ceramists and freelance designers.

 

 

An introduction to a wide range of textile techniques, with the chance to specialise in an area of personal interest.

Mixed Media Textiles is studied within the Creative Arts programme, and is studied in combination with another subject. We encourage students who would like to have a broader experience of Textiles to apply for this course - you are encouraged to develop your creative potential using textiles to express ideas and to solve design problems. Attention is always paid to the interaction of Textiles with the various subject combinations within Creative Arts - for instance if you decide to combine Mixed Media Textiles and Art the subject may function in a different way than if you choose Mixed Media Textiles and Dance.

You will choose one of the following subjects to study alongside Mixed Media Textiles:

Mixed Media Textiles is an introduction to a wide range of textile techniques, with the chance to specialise in an area of personal interest.

Why study Mixed Media Textiles?

Students are encouraged to develop personal ideas and concepts in depth to prepare them for work as textile artists, designer makers or in the industry (for example, textile conservation; display; textile prediction and promotion). Students may also go on to set up their own businesses.

Course structure

In Year one the modules are workshop based and cover design and textile techniques, fibres, dyestuffs and drawing. You’ll also engage in visual research in support of your technical work, and you’ll understand the inter-dependence of practical, historical, theoretical and intellectual skills.

In the second year you’ll continue to develop specialist skills in textiles (printed, woven, knitted, and embroidered) combined with visual research to explore further possibilities. As the year progresses you are encouraged to develop personal ideas and concepts in depth in an individual textile study programme.

Your final year allows you to develop your personal ideas and skills in order to prepare a final piece, textile collection and portfolio of work. The focus of the course is Mixed Media Textiles within a broader Art context and students are free to work across disciplines if they wish.

Modules

 Sample modules include:

  • Introduction to Mixed Media Textiles
  • Advanced Textile Workshops
  • Individual Study Programme (choosing from a combination of Printed, Knitted, Embroidered or Woven Textiles, you will work across the disciplines and cross the conventional boundaries of techniques and materials to create mixed media textiles that are innovative and original).

Course assessment

Entirely on coursework and exhibitions. This includes:

  • Projects
  • Workshops
  • Notebooks
  • Experimental work
  • Seminar presentations
 

 Attention is always paid to the interaction of Textiles with the various subject combinations within Creative Arts, and you are encouraged to develop your creative potential using textiles to express ideas and to solve aesthetic, conceptual and design problems.

 

 

Teaching methods

Lectures and seminars provide the context for individual studio and workshop practice. You are encouraged to develop your creative potential using textiles to express ideas and to solve design problems.

Application method

All full time applications are through UCAS

Course enquiries

For more information please contact Susan Bradley on s.bradley@bathspa.ac.uk

Entry requirements

If studying A Levels: 260 UCAS points from A Levels, including a grade B in an art/design related subject

If studying a BTEC Extended Diploma: Overall Merit grade (Merit Merit Merit)

Art Foundation Diploma:  Merit

If applying for a combination of Art, Textiles, Ceramics and Visual Design, then we would invite you for an interview and ask you to bring a portfolio of creative work with you to support your application.

Career opportunities

The course will prepare you for work as textile artists, designer makers or to work within the textile industry (for example, textile conservation; display; textile prediction and promotion). Students may also go on to set up their own businesses.

    

What students say...

Graduate Profile: Nina Davis, graduated 2010

“Last year I exhibited my eco design work at Free Range Graduate show work, at New Designers and then at the Festival of Quilts (when I won the Student Graduate Bursary prize from the Quilter’s Guild of the British Isles). I then joined one of the UK’s leading girls independent boarding school as Artist in Residence, and worked with the students on several textiles and sculptural projects, culminating in my own solo exhibition. Needless to say I love my job! Since graduating I feel I have been tested in a manner of ways and am perpetually learning every single day.”

Sue Bradley, Course Leader:

My own specialism is within knitted textiles and I have had my own design label for more than 20 years. I find teaching at Bath Spa very inspiring and rewarding, the campus itself is beautiful and we have excellent workshop facilities and the most up to date equipment. It is very exciting for students to be studying across two subject areas and to be able to cross over ideas between the disciplines; this makes the course truly unique.