Samina - year 2
“Design crafts has taught me so much over the last two years. I went into the course wanted to only focus on jewellery. However, I found myself leaning towards lost wax casting and UV bonding glass.
The program allowed me to explore avenues that were not at all on my radar and now I am making glass jewellery. Being a DC student means you get to be in a multidisciplinary course that will cater to the path you would like to choose for yourself!”
Gina – year 2
"Hi my name is Gina, I’m currently in my second-year degree studying Design Crafts. I can’t believe how quickly time has flown, I’m really enjoying it, everyone is great. The staff and students are all very friendly, there is plenty of support and encouragement. The facilities are exceptional and set in a beautiful building.
I’m a mature student and completed the foundation course first, and am lucky enough to have the chance to work with so many different materials, that’s why I love this course as it is so unrestricted and gives you the chance to experiment and explore with likeminded makers!"
Alyson - Year 2
"I am a second-year Mature student. Returning to studies after working in the charity and community sectors for a long time. After completing a foundation year at Swansea College of Art I decided on this particular degree course as I felt it would allow me to carry on experimenting with and to try my hand at a wider range of materials and disciplines than some of the other courses.
All the staff and technicians are very knowledgeable about their subjects and actively encourage and support experimentation to promote self-learning”
Kate - year 1
“I'm just coming to the end of my first year of Design Craft in Swansea and I have loved every minute of it. In fact, starting this course was probably one of the best decisions I've ever made! The lecturers are so knowledgeable and inspiring as well as being amazingly friendly and approachable, making each week so interesting for us.
We've covered so much already from glass cutting and sandblasting to spot welding and ceramic casting, as well as pattern making and sketching and creating abstract forms. I've been really excited about every part of the course so far and I'm looking forward to continuing.”
Lesley - 1st year
"I am a first-year Design Craft student who has returned to Higher Education after 40 years in work! I was drawn to the course because it offered me the opportunity to explore a range of design areas in glass, ceramics and jewellery making, to present my finished pieces in a professional way and to fulfil my dreams of being a designer and maker. The advice and support provided by the tutors is invaluable, all of them have an incredible depth of knowledge and extensive experience and skills in the creative industry and the workshop facilities are amazing, with technicians on hand, to help us maximise the use of the tools and technology."
Megan – year 1
"The Design Craft course has allowed me to explore my creativity with endless opportunities from the different media we explore, from printing and cutting glass, making pots and glazes in ceramics, to making jewellery. I love the freedom I have going from department to department. This course has no boundaries and has allowed me to create mixed media outcomes."
Carwyn Llewelyn – year 1
"This course was practically made for me! Throughout this course, I have been exposed to an array of new working techniques as well as new working environments within various workshops and through the use of taught sessions. Within these taught sessions, I am able to further enhance my overall practical and theoretical knowledge within ceramics, Glass and jewellery.
This is done through the use of practical drawing, which would then be transferred into 3d forms using any technical process. Practising artists within themselves the tutors are happy to fully guide me with any issue in relation to the course as well as any further plans for the future of my workings.
Hard-working technicians are always there to help when I need them, whether it be guidance on the use of a material or the functionality of a tool or piece of machinery. Going forward within this course I am excited to see what new opportunities and experiences that can be offered along with numerous material and tool based techniques. "