BA (Honours) in Contemporary Applied Art (Ceramics, Glass, Textiles)

CAO Code: MT820

Duration: 4 years (8 Semesters)

Course Fee:

What is the course about?

This is an innovative interdisciplinary programme with an emphasis in three main material areas, Ceramics, Glass and Textiles, either as a chosen specialism, or in combination.  It offers students the opportunity to creatively develop and make objects.  The emphasis is on an open and experimental exploration grounded in historical context and current critical debate about contemporary practice.  This course offers a creative and playful approach to materials and idea development in Ceramics, Glass, and Textiles with a strong emphasis on practical skills, conceptual development and self-directed exploration.

The teaching of this course is centred on ‘thinking through making’ and is delivered through a programme of: skills development workshops, lectures, group seminars & critiques, individual tutorials, peer and independent learning.   In the final year students will develop and execute an original body of work and undertake a written thesis, which explores the intellectual aspects and implications of the work.  Students are encouraged to pursue opportunities within the programme for international exchange and placement. The Contemporary Applied Art course is delivered in the Sharman Crawford Street campus.

What will you be doing?

Modules include: Studio Practice, Applied Art History, Drawing, Ceramics, Glass, Textiles, Mould-making, Professional Practice, Contemporary Applied Art Practice and more!

Why do this course?

  • Develop the skills and technical abilities utilised in Ceramics, Glass & Textiles
  • Understand the historical references and develop a critical awareness of Applied Art practices
  • Learn to research, develop and propose your ideas professionally
  • Develop the knowledge and skills for a career as a craftsperson, artist or arts professional

Career Opportunities

Exhibiting Artist Maker Craft Designer Community Arts Arts Administrator Gallery/Museum Professional e.g. Curator Creative Industries • Teacher/Educator (requires further post-graduate study) Ceramicist Textile Producer Art Professional Studio Potter Technician Sculptor Entrepreneur and much more. 


Course Enquiries:
Trish Brennan
+353 21 433 5222

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