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Course details

UCAS Code

W202

Year of entry

2024

Duration

4 YRS (FT)

UCAS Tariff

48-72

Institution Code

G53

Location

Wrexham

Course Highlights

Strong links

to gallery and commercial institutions

1st in the UK

for the teaching on my course (National Student Survey 2022)*

Top 10 in the UK

and 1st out of Welsh universities for overall satisfaction (National Student Survey 2022)*

Why choose? this course?

This Applied Art course focuses on the high-quality craft skills needed to be a professional maker. Develop your material and design skills through ceramics, metal, jewellery and mixed media.

You will:

  • Be able to understand the importance of high-quality making, originality and how to generate personal responses to materials and processes.
  • Develop creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial skills.
  • Be able to combine their conceptual and technical skills in applied arts with the professional skills needed to be a successful maker.
  • Develop interpersonal skills through collaborative projects and teamwork.
  • *Study a course that has been ranked 5th in Wales as part of the Art & Design subject league table for Teaching Quality  in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023.
  • *Study a course that has been ranked 5th out of Welsh universities for the teaching on my course in the Others in creative Arts and Design subject league tables, National Student Survey (NSS) 2022

You can also choose to study this course as a three-year programme without the foundation year BA (Hons) Applied Arts UCAS code: W202 

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Art & Designat Wrexham Glyndwr

Key course features

  • Includes a foundation year to prepare you for further years of study
  • Excellent gallery and commercial links, with the focus on craft skills to enable you to become exceptional makers
  • Focus is placed on developing your business skills in areas such as pricing, publicity and marketing; we are consistently praised by external examiners for how well prepared our students are for professional life
  • You will be taught by a dedicated team of research-active practitioners who exhibit their own work both nationally and internationally
  • Work on live projects, exhibitions, competitions and commissions for public and private clients; this will give you confidence for your future career, for example, when approaching galleries and retail outlets with your work.
  • Be part of an end of year degree show exhibition - view the 2022 Degree Show e-magazine, Unjammed.
  • *This course is part of a subject area rated 1st in the UK for satisfaction with assessment, 2nd in Wales for career prospects and 3rd in Wales for satisfaction with teaching and satisfaction with the course in the Design and Crafts subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2022.
  • *Study a course that is part of the CHA3 subject group which is ranked 1st in the UK for teaching on my course and 6th in the UK and 1st out of Welsh universities for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2022.

What you will study

YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR)

The foundation year will introduce you to the key elements of art and design, including graphic design, animation, illustration, photography, and film, applied and fine art.  You will explore the creative thought process relating to various art and design disciplines, developing your ability to put ideas down on paper quickly.  There will be a range of practice assignments that will increase your recognition of strong ideas and original concepts.

MODULES

  • Visual Investigation
  • Materials and Methods
  • Creative Processes
  • Progression Project
  • The Skills You Need
  • Contextual Studies

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4)

Introduces you to the breadth of materials and techniques within the Applied Arts, where you have the opportunity to work across all the material areas, experimenting with glass, ceramics, metal and mixed media.

MODULES

  • History and Context
  • Creative Futures 1
  • Visual Communication
  • Material Exploration
  • Craft Processes
  • Material and Language

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5)

Expands your making skills within your main material choice, developing a depth of knowledge and understanding about materials and craft skills and allowing you to advance your own creative style. The key professional skills of understanding market, publicity and costings are also developed through practical projects.

MODULES

  • Critical Thinking
  • Creative Futures: Making a Living
  • Extended Practice (Applied Arts)
  • Art Practice
  • Practice in Context
  • Specialist Study (Applied Arts)

YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6)

Allows you to realise your ideas in the direction of your choice, with students developing their own individual themes to produce collections, demonstrating high-quality making skills and innovative design solutions.

MODULES

  • Dissertation
  • Creative Futures: Professional Practice
  • Negotiated Practice
  • Applied Art Degree Project

 

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

Entry requirements for our foundation year are 48-72 UCAS tariff points but all applications are considered individually and we consider work experience, vocational training/qualifications, as well as motivation and potential to succeed.

The Applied Arts programme team welcomes applications from anyone who can demonstrate a commitment to the subject and the potential to complete their chosen programme successfully. This can be established by showing appropriate academic achievements or by demonstrating that they possess the knowledge and ability equivalent to the academic qualifications.

All candidates will either be individually interviewed or invited to an applicants’ day where they will have the opportunity to display a portfolio of their work. Experience may also be taken into consideration, particularly for those applicants who do not meet the academic requirements above, depending on the extent and depth of subject knowledge.

Students from overseas, who are unable to attend an interview are invited to send their portfolio of work digitally for consideration.

Teaching & Assessment

Assessment is predominantly through practical and design work such as maquettes, sketchbooks, samples, and finished objects. Work is presented to tutors, and verbal feedback is given instantly, followed by more expansive written feedback.

You'll be assessed for each module. Formative assessments are used to monitor progress and can take place at any time. These consist of a band grading, plus evaluative comments and a feedback tutorial if appropriate. Grading isn't finalised until the end of the year, when work is reviewed and moderated by an external examiner.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

The majority of the active teaching and learning is studio/workshop based and practical in nature supported with lectures, demonstrations, tutorials, seminars and critiques and talks by specialist guest speakers.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

Contact time is 14 hours per week for Level 4, 12 hours per week for Level 5, and 10 hours per week for Level 6. The workshop facilities are open and staffed 5 days a week and students have constant access to the workshops.

Career prospects

Our Careers and Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Designers who can respond creatively to applied art and design problems remain in high demand.

Our graduates have careers in a wide range of areas including education, restoration work, museums and retail. A proportion go on to work in or set up their own galleries.

This degree teaches you to be a highly skilled designer maker, utilising traditional craft skills to create objects for exhibition and sale. Alongside the practical skills you will learn, the course will develop your understanding of the core business skills needed as a professional maker, with opportunities to show your work at a variety of venues and sell to the public. 

A degree in Applied Art provides a variety of future opportunities for graduates. Jobs include, but are not limited to:

  • Independent Maker 
  • Creative Business owner 
  • Silversmith 
  • Jeweller 
  • Ceramicist 
  • Blacksmith 
  • Gallery curator 
  • Teacher 

There are also options for further study including our MA Professional Art Practitioner, MA Interdisciplinary Art Practice and PGCE courses. 

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2024/25 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are £9000 per year.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages. You will also find information about what your fees include in the FAQs

Accommodation

If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our accommodation pages to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.

International

If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section