Duration: 2 academic years (each 36 weeks) full time

Develop well-rounded metalworking theory and skills that will enhance your employment prospects or allow you to continue your studies in higher education. Projects become more challenging as the course progresses and encompasses both silversmithing and blacksmithing. You will be encouraged to understand historic craft practice in order to place your own work in a broader context and gain a keen understanding of the time needed for a piece of work in a creative, problem solving environment.

You can expect

To develop excellent practical skills
To learn how material properties influence practice and making
To learn historic metalwork techniques

Learning environment:

• Low student: tutor ratio
• Workshop access 7am-10pm, 7 days a week
• Interdisciplinary environment
• Visits from specialists from the heritage and private sectors
• Visits to museums and active links with heritage bodies

Facilities

You will work in our well-equipped metals workshop with areas for photography, analysis, chemicals, hot work (casting, soldering, and welding) and a machine shop. Adjacent to the workshop is the newly-built forge to which you will have access. Collaboration with other conservation specialisms makes for a uniquely enriched learning environment.

A well-equipped analytical laboratory is also available to students. The computer suite and on-site Art and Conservation Library puts thousands of specialist books, journals and databases within your reach.

Entry requirements

An interest in metalwork and a good general education combined with a desire to attain an excellent level of hand skills. The FdA will appeal to you if you are aiming for employment in the trade, further study or are an international student.

English language: CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) level B2 or IELTS 6.0 or above.

Fees

UK/EU Fee: £13,560 pa

(Students have the option to pay fees in instalments by term, 2 weeks in advance of term start date).

Currently a third of all tuition fees are met through bursary or scholarship funding.
In 16/17 almost 60% of students were in receipt of some support. Find out about funding here.

Careers

Graduates go on to further education or work as makers, repairers, restorers, teachers or advisors. There are many areas of specialism within the profession.

Tutors

Maickel van Bellegem ACR

Maickel van Bellegen ACR - Subject Leader Metalwork

Maickel van Bellegem ACR is a goldsmith and metals conservator who has worked both independently and in museums, notably the Rijksmuseum, the British Museum and the V&A Museum. He has worked on a range of metal objects for display, loans, storage and research purposes, and has published regularly. He has membership of a number of professional organisations and is accredited by Icon.

Dr Nicholas Pyall

Programme Co-ordinator FdA Historic Craft Practices

Nick specialises in instruments inspired by Viennese guitars of the early and mid-nineteenth century, including those with extra bass strings, and the mid-twentieth-century guitars of the North American 'golden era' of acoustic guitar making. In recent years his passion has led to him studying the instrument's development and societal history.

Belinda Hager (MA)

Belinda studied Metalwork Conservation at West Dean College, graduating with an MA in Conservation Studies. She also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Practice and Management from the University of Ulster. She works in private practice as a metalwork conservator/restorer

Program advisors

Hazel Newey: former Head of Conservation at the Science Museum.
Richard Rogers: Richard Rogers Conservation.
Alistair Dickenson: specialist in precious metalwork.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this course or would like further information please contact admissions either by enquiring online or calling the number below. To make your application you will need to download and fill out our application form.

+44 (0)1243 818 291

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