Student view: 3D Design and Craft | University of Brighton

Student view: 3D Design and Craft | University of Brighton


My name is Xanthe and I study on 3D
Design and Crafts. I chose to study 3d design and craft at Brighton because it
seemed like there was a real focus on making and learning skills, and trying
out lots of different materials. It seemed a bit different to other 3d
courses where there might have been more of a focus on kind of product design. In first year you are working in all the material areas so wood, metal, plastics
and ceramics and you get to try out all different skills and processes and then
you kind of specialize a bit later on. In second year I did heavy metal and
ceramic so I did two ceramics projects and one like metal heavy metal forging
welding project well the facilities on 3d are amazing we
have kind of pretty much everything you could wish for and we have I think a lot
of space compared to other 3d courses and to be honest even other courses in
the university we have a lot of space so in third year we have Wyman’s i’m in
ceramics at the moment and we have our own desk in ceramics which is really
great, somewhere to put your stuff. Because the course is smaller than
other courses i think in the university there’s a really strong sense of
community and you’re in the workshops with the third years and the first years
and the second years all in the workshop together so you kind of get to know
everyone and that’s really lovely and all the technicians are amazing like
they just are so helpful and they know so much and there’s so much to be learnt
from them, they’re always ready to help. It’s
really inspiring being on this campus where there’s so many different art
subjects being studied and lots of pop up kind of exhibitions and you can see
work everywhere you’ve got textiles and sculpture and graphic design and
everything so it’s an inspiring environment in that sense and that you
you’re doing your course but you’re kind of constantly aware of all these other
things that are being done in the university and I suppose there are
opportunities to kind of collaborate . I love that you can walk most places, makes
a really big difference. I love the green spaces, I love the nature reserve,
I’ve always lived in Hanover kind of up Elm Grove so the Whitehawk
nature reserve is just at the top of that hill and you can have an amazing view
from there of the sea and the whole city and and you’ve obviously got the South
Downs not that far either so yeah that’s one of the main things I love about
Brighton. For my final project this year I’ve been digging clay locally in Sussex
and Surrey and I’ve been doing a number of projects with groups of local people
running workshops and making things for specific groups of people with clay that
I’ve dug I hope when I graduate that something that I will continue working
with groups of people and doing participatory work and running workshops. I would like to keep working with clay when I graduate it’s been kind of
amazing to realize how abundant it is and available it is as a material and
I’ve yeah figuring out how to find clay and dig it I think there’s a lot of
potential there for kind of yeah workshops and inviting
people into that process is quite interesting for me.

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