Mosaic Studies, Degree Course (3 years)*

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Learning aims and outcomes

Our three year degree course aims to equip students with artistic, technical and theoretical skills to work as professional mosaic artists in the range of contexts in which mosaic is applied (public and private work for commissions, socially engaged art, art therapy, restauration and conservation). Students will learn the major techniques of mosaic making as well as its application in interior end exterior. They will have a grounded knowledge in the history of mosaic, while gaining the ability to critically engage with concept and design for mosaic. Our professional practice training will enable students to gain the skills to set up and run their own business.

*Subject to undergoing validating process with a UK university, we will provide this course as a BA Mosaic Studies.

Course Outline

Year 1 (Diploma Course)

  • Introduction to Fabrication: Introduction to tools, techniques and materials; studying surfaces and substrates; Term 1 Roman Mosaics working with hammer and hardie using marble; Term 2 Byzantine Mosaic working with hammer and hardie  smalti; working with other standard mosaic materials and nippers; Term 3 Individual project, making frames, documenting and marketing work (60 credits)
  • History of Mosaic 1: Classical and Roman Mosaics, Byzantine and Western Mosaics from the 4th Century (For the Diploma only students there are a couple of extra sessions to give them an overview into Modern and Contemporary Mosaics) (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Design: Term 1 Design elements and geometric form (andamenti, cartoon making, scaling); Term 2 colour theory, life drawing and contextual studies (30 credits)

Year 2  

  • Intermediate Fabrication: Drawing, designing and making with consideration of scale and local context; Professional practice focus on setting up projects, writing proposals, getting commissions (60 credits)
  • Site-Specific Design: Architectural drawing; using digital imagery for designs (30 credits)
  • History of Mosaic 2: From Victorian to Contemporary mosaic, Non-western mosaics (30 credits)
  • Social Impact (option): Theory and practice working with communities, schools and people at risk (n/a)
  • Restoration & Conservation (option): Theory and practice of restoring and conserving mosaics (n/a)

Year 3

  • Advanced Fabrication: Work on a commission and project with skilled deployment of tools and techniques in self-directed manner (60 credits)
  • Dissertation: Development of a written essay of 6000 words on a practice or theory-based issue of the student's choice (30 credits)
  • Professional & Commercial Practice: business development, preparation of the students for work as mosaic artisans as well as other related roles (30 credits)

Open days

There are regular Open Days where students can learn about the course. They are advertised in our Events section.

Part-time

We expect students to take 60 credits each year, instead of the full-time equivalent of 120 credits. The student should complete the course within 6 years.