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BA Honours Artist Blacksmithing

B A Honours Artist Blacksmithing

Herefordshire and Ludlow College and Hereford College of Arts - (validated by University of Wales Trinity St David)


The BA (Hons) Artist Blacksmithing is the only undergraduate programme of its type in the UK. It has a gathering national and international reputation and is uniquely placed to be at the forefront of contemporary forged metalwork practice, it attracts ambitious and diverse students from both the UK and abroad and combines the skills of traditional blacksmithing with contemporary design.

You will be immersed in conversations about thinking and making and explore the relationship between your creative intention and the process of making alongside superb technical instruction.

Another key feature of the course is its focus on the development of your professional and entrepreneurial skills that will ensure the viability and sustainability of your future practice.

Course highlights

  • Taught in the largest forge training facility in Europe
  • Extensive links with the Creative Industries
  • Regular opportunities to exhibit your creative practice throughout your studies and great links with galleries and national and international blacksmithing organisations
  • International links with the top Artist Blacksmithing Centres for study in Sweden and the USA.

Course Content

Year One - Level 4: Investigative, Experimental and Analytical

The course, which is primarily project based, encourages creative thinking and experimentation. In year one, particular emphasis is placed upon the development of appropriate drawing, design, materials manipulation and specialist blacksmithing skills. Learners are introduced to the importance of a reflective, analytical and evaluative approach through personal practical and visual research supported by learning journals.

Studio activity is underpinned by seminars and lectures in which issues of a broader cultural and contextual nature are explored.

Year Two - Level 5: Establishing Practice

Building upon the understandings and experiences of the first year, students will be encouraged to develop a creative risk taking approach underpinned by thorough research and an independent analytical process allowing them to make informed choices that determine the direction of their individual creative practice.

There is the opportunity to creatively respond to a range of situations in different contexts. Forge work practice continues to be supported by a series of advanced specialist workshops. Studio activity is further supported by seminars and lectures that link theory and practice, both professional and creative.

Year Three - Level 6: Resolution of Practice

This final year provides the intellectual and creative space for students to realise their creative ambitions through the production of a body of work. Emphasis will be placed upon their ability to demonstrate professionalism and autonomous learning in the resolution of ideas. Students will be required to refine and resolve their creative practice, clarity of intention is paramount and a rigorous approach to all aspects of practice is essential. ‘Master’ classes focusing upon the development and refinement of skills will support studio practice. Students will be expected to work in an increasingly self-directed manner to a professional level and will have the opportunity to produce a body of work for public exhibition. Part of this will require the production of a business plan and market strategy focusing on their projected career intent as well as an in depth and critical analysis of an agreed area of study in the form of a dissertation.

Entry Requirements

  • Students must demonstrate an understanding of the design process, a high level of commitment and curiosity within the field of blacksmithing
  • The minimum age is 18 years
  • Successful Portfolio and Interview
  • 200 UCAS Tariff Points
  • Mature students with related experience
  • English as a second language - minimum ELTS 5.0 at interview (and achieving 6.0 by the subsequent June)
  • UCAS Deadline: 15 Jan 2017


Graduates are technically competent and critically aware designers in forged metals with a broad range of transferable skills. Many graduates develop careers as ‘sole traders’ setting up their own professional design studios and workshops and producing major pieces of public artwork or objects for domestic, architectural or public environments.

Alternatively, graduates can choose to explore broader opportunities in the creative arts sector through consultancy, community arts, teaching and residencies and/or undertake post graduate study.


Key Facts

Herefordshire and Ludlow College and Hereford College of Arts

Location: Hereford College of Arts – Whitecross Road, Hereford & HLC's Holme Lacy Campus – Rural Crafts Centre

Duration: 3 years

Attendance: Full-time

Application: UCAS application, UCAS code W720.

Course Fees:
All new full-time students at Hereford College of Arts pay a tuition fee of £9,000 per year. (at present)

All fees are subject to change, please check with the relevant provider and see the Finance for HE page of this website.

Hereford College of Arts
Tel: 01432 273359

You can find blacksmiths in the UK with The National Directory of Blacksmiths

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Christian Vaughan-Jones

Christian Vaughan-Jones

Having worked as a stonemason for 20 years I decided to focus on a new direction. I’ve always had a passion for design and was looking for more freedom to explore my ideas...