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BA (Hons) Craft & Material Practices

Course Duration

3 years; full-time
4 years; full-time Extended BA route
6 years; part-time
7 years; part-time Extended BA route

UCAS Code

Course: 67T2
Institution: P65

Our stimulating degree courses are delivered by our team of academics, technical demonstrators and invited experts who together deliver excellence in teaching. You’ll learn from real industry professionals, to ensure your future success in the fast-paced creative industries.

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Gayle Matthias
Senior Lecturer & Subject Leader
Gayle is a practising artist, educator and researcher. Having exhibited nationally and internationally, Gayle has work in the permanent collections of the V&A, Musee de Vianne, Glazenhuis and Ebeltoft Museum of Glass amongst others. Previously, Gayle has worked in the Gallery Education Department at the Crafts Council; she has also been an artist in residence at Bullseye Glass in the USA. Examples of her work can be found in many glass publications. Previously, Gayle was a Senior Lecturer on the BA Hons Contemporary Craft course at Falmouth University and formerly an External Examiner at De Montfort University. She has a BA in 3D Design: Glass and an MA in Creative Practice: Fine Art. Gayle has worked in a wide variety of kiln-formed glass techniques for over twenty years. She recently presented a paper at the Ireland Glass Biennale 2020 and ‘S-O-T Body Repairs: Narrative Pursuits’ was published in Arts Journal in 2019. Previously, Gayle was engaged in collaborative research with Tavs Jorgensen, investigating Rapid Tooling for glass casting moulds combined with digital technologies. She is the co-author of papers presented at the GAS conference in Chicago 2014, ‘Making Futures’ conference in Plymouth, UK (2013), and ‘Towards a New Ceramic Future’, research presentation at V&A, UK (2012). She is a member of the international Glass Virus think tank. Gayle is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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Jason Marks
Lecturer
Jason is a designer exploring the links between the crafted object and the possibilities afforded by 3D printing and other technologies. He has a degree in 3D Design, specialising in ceramics and an MA in Design from Central St Martins. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Ceramics Manufacture. His work has been widely exhibited and is held in public and private collections internationally. He also undertakes architectural ceramic commissions. He is passionate about ceramic materials and strives, through the use of technology, to produce new forms and appropriate motifs for the 21st century. Jason has taught at a range of levels. He teaches across the Craft & Material Practices programme and delivers specialist teaching in computer-aided design. He also works in our Fab Lab.
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Rachel is a practicing artist, researcher, project and conference organiser, educator and creative entrepreneur. Her practice explores notions of value: what we value and why we value it; through material investigation; subversion; and then market positioning. The studio outcomes are exhibited nationally and internationally. Rachel is interested in portfolio practices and collaborations and how these activities inform each other, impacting and expanding professional practice. Previous projects include JUNK: rubbish to gold and the founding of Polyphonous, an international collective of jewellers with Professor Jivan Astfalck and Laura Bradshaw-Heap. Rachel has also curated exhibitions including Radius at Ocean Studios, Plymouth, SENSEability with Drew Markou, and Suspended in Green with Flameworks. Rachel has a BA (Hons) degree, specialising in Jewellery from Middlesex University and an MA in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products from The School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University. From 2013-14, Rachel was a Visiting Lecturer at Birmingham School of Jewellery. Rachel teaches across the BA (Hons) Craft & Material Practices programme, with specialist teaching in Jewellery, and is the subject tutor for MA Jewellery.