Blacksmithing: Design and Forgework Skills
The DFS programme is a joint venture between The British Artist Blacksmiths Association (BABA) and Herefordshire and Ludlow College (HLC). BABA are the architects of the programme and the lead industry body responsible for monitoring programme quality on behalf of the industry.
The course provides practising blacksmiths with the opportunity to explore and develop a broad spectrum of design and production techniques in a highly creative environment. The units listed below have been carefully selected from the Edexcel portfolio to create a unique programme tailored to meet the needs of those wishing to enhance their skills as practising artist blacksmiths.
Subject matter will be drawn from the following list of approved units:
- Unit 1 - Forging techniques
- Unit 2 - Forge practice
- Unit 3 - Drawing practice
- Unit 4 - Blacksmithing processes
- Unit 5 - Blacksmithing construction skills
- Unit 6 - Blacksmithing installation skills
- Unit 11 - Large scale design
- Unit 12 - Repousse and other decorative skills
Assessment will take place via practical projects and written assignments. Students will undertake project work between block weeks so routine, regular access to a forge will be essential.
All students undergo a diagnostic assessment to determine individual needs.
Facilities and Resources
HLC has outstanding resources for blacksmiths and farriers that include 60 forges and related equipment, MMA/TIG/MIG welding facilities, design studio, demo forge, learning resources centre, IT suites and conventional classrooms. Teaching staff are master craftsmen with many years experience of supporting individuals to develop and enhance their forgework skills.
Presentation of Awards
At the end of the programme students are invited to attend a celebration ceremony where achievement certificates and special awards are presented.
Typical employment/self employment: Artist/designer blacksmith
Further study at Herefordshire and Ludlow College:
- Advanced Apprenticeship (anticipated to be available from September 2013)
- BA (Hons) Artist Blacksmithing (in association with Hereford College of Arts)
Venue: Rural Crafts Centre - Holme Lacy Campus
Level: Level 3 (Advanced)
Attendance: 10 block weeks over 2 years (30 hours per week block release)
16 - 18 year olds do not have to pay tuition fees but there are material fees of £450
For those aged 19 years and over, find out about Advanced Learner Loans
For adults (aged 19+) the following fees apply:
Total Cost: £3,345
Please Note: Course fees are subject to change, please call 0800 032 1986 for the latest details.
Due to the format of the course the required attendance is set for 1 week blocks at approximately 7-9 week gaps between attendances for a total of 10 weeks over 2 years. Please note that due to the high cost of delivery any course can only start when a full group of students is enrolled, this means that start dates can't be confirmed until the course is full.
Interview date: by arrangement, please contact us as per details below -
Contact Name: Adrian Legge
Telephone: 0800 032 1986