Makers are artists. Designers. Innovators. They work with their hands – creating the objects that shape our world.
The BA Artist Designer Maker degree is a course that has made at its heart. You gain hands-on experience with materials from metals, glass and ceramics through to wood and textiles. You learn to bridge the gap between age-old skills and the latest technology – and create new ways of making for our ever-changing world.
You develop your unique style and consider where your work sits within creative practice. You learn from industry experience – and take inspiration from practicing makers.
By the time you graduate, you’ll be able to investigate and develop an idea all the way through into realisation – whether it’s a working product, decorative object or installation. You’ll be a maker – and the future will be in your hands.
What makes this course so unique is the combination of traditional skills and cutting-edge technologies. You'll have opportunities to work with materials, skills and processes that include:
- Metal - Casting in bronze, aluminium and pewter, welding, soldering, forging and small metalworking including enamelling
- Ceramics - Modelling, throwing, mould making, casting, firing and glazing
- Wood - Joinery, turning, marquetry
- Glass - Casting, fusing, slumping and painting
- Textiles - Stitch, print and construction
- Digital fabrication - 3D printing, laser cutting, 3D digital modelling (Rhino), scanning, digital stitch, digital print textiles, Arduino/electronics and augmented reality
Alongside this skill acquisition you will be learning about the context of making practices. You will identify where your work is situated within the broader parameters of creative practice; are you a designer, an artist, a craftsperson or do you work across a number of disciplines? You will learn how to investigate and develop an idea into a fully realised material outcome, whether this is a functional product, a decorative artefact, an installation or an expressive object.
Whatever your interests as a maker are, this course is structured to help you explore them. You can opt to gain business experience or take on an industry work placement, choose an academic path with a research project – or travel and study abroad. So you have every opportunity to gain the tools and knowledge you need to fulfil your aspirations as a maker.
Learning & Teaching
From the outset, you will gain hands-on experience in practical studio sessions and workshops – developing your core material skills. Lectures, lead by members of the academic staff, will broaden your theoretical understanding of your field, whilst smaller, targeted seminars are designed to provide guidance for meeting more individual intellectual and practical demands.
During their first year of study each student can expect to receive between 14 and 22 hours of contact time per week via lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical workshops.
Employability & Careers
Whilst your learning is designed to develop you into a rounded and capable artist/designer and intellectual, your curriculum is similarly structured with your potential in mind.
As such, the emphasis that will have been placed upon your work ethic, both creatively and academically, is matched with significant focus on real world experience; from building contacts and undertaking placements to live briefs and, should you choose so, support in forming your own business.
You can elect to take a route through your second and final years of studies where you can engage with businesses or launch your own for the moment you graduate. In your final year, rather than submit a dissertation, you have the option of devising a detailed business plan.
Throughout your time at CSAD, you will be meeting and hearing from professionals within your industry, honing your skills and ideas for commercial and professional advantage. Cross-disciplinary projects will prepare you for teamwork later on, whilst live briefs will prepare you for deadlines and the demands of tight specifications.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Applicants should have a strong art and/or design portfolio and demonstrate a commitment to art and/or design, and preferable five GCSE passes to include English language and Mathematics* at grade C or above/grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England)
Following an interview and assessment of portfolio, our typical offers can range between:
- 96 - 120 points from a successfully completed Art & Design Foundation Diploma or/and
- 96 - 120 points from at least 2 A Levels; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be considered as a third subject
- RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMM - DDM
- 96 - 120 points from a combination of Scottish Highers and Scottish Advanced Highers
- 96 - 120 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades from any subject (minimum grade H4 considered)
- 96 - 120 points from the Access to HE Diploma within a relevant subject
*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSEMathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.