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Situated in Cork City centre, CIT Crawford College of Art & Design's Department of Fine Art & Applied Art is a stimulating and dynamic environment in which to study, welcoming students to become part of a vibrant arts community.
What is Contemporary Applied Art (Ceramics, Glass, Textiles)?
Contemporary Applied Art encourages fresh ideas, inventive use of materials and techniques, and offers students the opportunity to critically engage with current practice. The course combines studio projects with practical workshop based sessions, alongside contextual academic studies where ideas, historical reference and making are integrated.
About the programme
CR 210 Course Location: CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Department of Fine Art & Applied Art.
This is an innovative interdisciplinary programme with an emphasis in three main material areas, Ceramics, Glass, and Textiles, either as a chosen specialism, or in combination. It offers students the opportunity to creatively develop and make objects. The emphasis is on an open and experimental exploration grounded in historical context and current critical debate about contemporary practice. This course offers a creative and playful approach to materials and idea development with a strong emphasis on practical skills, conceptual development and self-directed exploration.
The delivery of this course is modular and centred on ‘thinking through making’ including: skills development workshops, lectures, group seminars, tutorials, peer and independent learning. In their final year students will be expected to develop and execute an original body of work to a high standard and undertake a written thesis which explores the intellectual aspects and implications of the work. In the final year also, students undertake a professional practice module, which is delivered by an international curator to teach students how to present their work to the professional world.
Students are encouraged to pursue opportunities within the programme for international exchange and placement. The College has extensive facilities; excellent specialised workshops, digital labs, individual studio space, and a specialised visual arts library; which with the experienced artist and educator lecturing staff makes the College a vibrant place to study and grow.
First year at a glance
The first year of study introduces students to Ceramics, Glass & Textiles through skills development workshops. The academic lectures & seminars teach the histories and contemporary theories that inform object-making. Students undertake modules: Introduction to Art Processes, Drawing, 3D Elements, Applied Art Studio practice, and Art History. Teaching is delivered through workshops, lectures, group seminars, tutorials, and peer and independent learning.
Qualified Honours Degree graduates are eligible to apply for admission to
Graduates who have also completed a foundation level course in Art Therapy are eligible for admission to
Graduates are also encouraged to continue their studies at postgraduate level to MA by research and PhD.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a late application facility?
No. It is very important to note that the option of ‘change of mind’ before 1 July does not apply to restricted access courses such as CR210. You can change the order of your CAO choices but you cannot add on this course if you haven’t listed it already on your choices before the 1 February.
What are the typical student numbers in first year?
In the first semester, Contemporary Applied Art and Fine Art students share all modules. Students will be part of a large dynamic first year group and in the second semester will begin inductions into Ceramic, Glass & Textiles workshops where class size will be approx 15.
Is there any written exam?
There are no sit-down exams. However, there are many academic modules where assessment is in essay, report, seminar paper/thesis format.
Does the College provide all the materials for coursework?
We have stores in the College providing papers, canvas, paint, clay, inks etc. where students can purchase materials.
MA by Research in Applied Art student
Helen is currently undertaking an MA by Research in Applied Art focusing on environmental issues.
“The Contemporary Applied Art course offered me the freedom to build on my past learning experiences. I was really supported by my tutors to progress and develop. My background was in Fine Art Textiles and I saw the Contemporary Applied Art programme as being open and expansive. The course had progress markers built in, in the form of tutorials, giving feedback on progress which I found very valuable.
Doing my degree increased my confidence and professionalism as an artist. After college, I exhibited at the Tresor Contemporary Art fair in Switzerland. Through exposure in college, I was invited to take part in the Discovery section, which hosts emerging artists not yet represented by galleries. This opportunity allowed me focus on preparing a body of work to showcase in a professional environment in a European market.”
My advice to current CIT CCAD students
Find a way to keep a record of your thought processes - sketchbooks worked for me. Trust yourself to know.. what you like.. what you think. Say YES to opportunities. Explore as much as you can, ask for support when needed, and relax because that’s when magic happens. CIT CCAD offered a supportive community that gave me experiences and opportunities to make an impact on my future career, professionalising me as an artist.
"Studying at CCAD helped me to find out a lot about myself, and more importantly what sort of career and lifestyle I want to pursue. It opened a lot of opportunities to travel and to make connections with people from all walks of life, and all parts of the world.
I am an independent professional artist and also work as a part time technician in CCAD Applied Art Workshops. I am based in the Backwater Studios on Wandesford Quay, where I make both glass and ceramic pieces for exhibition, as well as working to commission on a regular basis. The commission based work varies from custom ware for cafes to wedding gifts, which helps to fund the more sculptural work I then make for exhibiting. After going to CCAD I realised that I am happiest when I’m making, and seeing other people enjoy what I make.
My advice to current CIT CCAD students
Be open to all advice… and criticism. The tutors are there to guide you, they will see things in you that you can’t see. Try as many different things as you can while you have the opportunity, the more skills and techniques you can learn while there, the better. When the challenge is no longer fun, throw it all in the bin and start something else!"
“When you enter the CCAD you enter a community, a community both supportive and challenging. My time studying Contemporary Applied Art (and Fine Art) was integral to my development as a visual artist. Not only was the attention put on research and concept, but the practical skills and techniques which I learned from the lecturers and tutors have proven invaluable to me in the progression of my career after college.
The exchange programme to Shanghai University Glass Department opened my eyes to the endless possibilities of the art world internationally and has left a hugely important impression on me. Most significantly, the guidance, openness and encouragement of my tutors assisted me in finding my own path towards my future career.”
“I completed my degree at CIT CCAD in 2010. I found that the experienced tutors promoted my thirst for experimentation and research and I built a dynamic relationship with the lecturers and my peer group. Processes, exploration, and productivity are foremost in Contemporary Applied Art. This positive and creative environment is the perfect place to grow.”
Kevin has worked independently and exhibited many times since completing his degree programme. He has recently completed a postgraduate Masters in Ceramics and Glass at The Royal College of Art, London.