BA (hons) Artist Designer: Maker

This course has making at its heart, enabling students to engage with practices drawn from a broad spectrum of creative disciplines including art, design and craft. Bridging the gap between traditional skills and new technologies, the course enables students to work in a myriad of ways, including producing work for batch production, bespoke one-off pieces or manufacture.

The programme offers students the opportunity to work with a broad range of materials, skills and processes from the traditional to the cutting edge. This combination of traditional skills and the use of new technologies is part of what makes this course so unique and exciting. You will explore the synergies between these areas, creating new ways of making for our ever-changing world.

The structure of the course enables you to gather the experience and knowledge relevant to your own future aspirations as a maker

 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.

Using our ‘state of the art’ equipment, you will create your own vocabulary of material skills and understanding in both traditional materials and digital media, and apply this to your unique creative ends.

We have purpose built workshops and studios and all our workshops supported by highly skilled Technical Demonstrators. Each Maker student has their own dedicated workspace, with bespoke furniture designed for a Maker’s needs, work bench, storage and shelving. The studios are large and light and are equipped with their own kitchen facilities. All Maker students work alongside each other across the years of the programme.

​The structure of the course enables you to gather the experience and knowledge relevant to your own future aspirations as a maker. You may choose to gain strong business experience or undertake a work placement within industry. Equally you may wish to take a more academic path, carrying out research-based projects with one of the professors or academics within the school. There are also opportunities to travel and study abroad, exploring other cultures and traditions of making. These individual interests are catered for particularly in your second year within the Field module, and in the third year where you elect to develop either a business plan, a conference paper, a full academic dissertation or a critical reflection on your creative practice.​​

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Course information on this page relates to September 2016 entry.

Key Facts

UCAS code: W291
Course length: Three years full-time.
Subject Leader: Ingrid Murphy;

For course specific enquiries, contact admissions Tutor: Ingrid Murphy

Click here to read full course details on the Cardiff Metropolitan University website.

Download the BA Artist Designer: Maker prospectus here

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Cardiff School of Art & Design,
Cardiff Metropolitan University,
Llandaff Campus,
Western Avenue,

Tel: +44 (0)29 2020 5898

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