Glyndwr University Design Applied Arts

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Glyndwr University Design Applied Arts

BA (Hons) Applied Arts

Studying our Applied Arts degree will give you the opportunity to develop your skills in a range of techniques and materials including glass, ceramics, woodwork, metalwork, jewellery and decorative art. You will also be encouraged to combine materials and techniques to produce creative and innovative works.

The course showcases traditional techniques and new technology and gives you the confidence to develop ideas which utilise both talents. Studying in a traditional art school environment enables you to work alongside others, developing friendships and contacts which last a lifetime.

During the course you will develop the artistic flair and ability to be able to express your ideas and mature as a professional maker. In addition you will be provided with the business and marketing skills to be able to sell and promote your work in the future.

You will be given opportunities to work on ‘live’ projects, exhibit your work and to enter your work into competitions throughout the course.

What will you study?


Year 1 (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.


  • Contextual Studies 1
  • Creative Futures 1
  • Introductory Subject Studies (Applied Arts)
  • Principles and Processes (Applied Arts)
  • Ideas and Concepts (Applied Arts)
  • Media and Techniques (Applied Arts)

Year 2 (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 advance your own creative style. The key professional skills of understanding market, publicity and costings are also developed through practical projects.


  • Contextual Studies
  • Creative Futures 2
  • Extended Practice (Applied Arts)
  • Practice in Context (Applied Arts)
  • Specialist Study (Applied Arts)

Year 3 (Level 4)

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.


  • Contextual Studies 3
  • Creative Futures 3
  • Negotiated Study 1 (Applied Arts)
  • Negotiated Study 2 (Applied Arts)

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.