BA (Hons) Designer Maker

What entry requirements do I need?

You will need a minimum of: Minimum of 64 UCAS points (160 old system) from a BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma / A Levels / Foundation Diploma / Access Diploma in a related subject; if English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 with a 6 in writing; proof of qualifications; a satisfactory reference.

What will I learn?

Our Designer Maker course will help you to develop all the skills you need to establish yourself as a craft practitioner. You'll be able to study the course on a part-time basis over 6 years, benefiting from the strong emphasis on design practice and making, and giving you a solid understanding of materiality and function.

You will be able to develop your creative thinking and experiment with a range of materials to produce installations, prototype product design, and retail ready pieces. Use our fantastic facilities to learn technical skills in ceramics, stained glass, kiln-formed glass, metals, and textiles.

Many of our past students have gone on to work in the UK and abroad with organisations such as the Craft Council, Conran Design, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Imperial War Museum.

During your first two years of the course we will introduce you to the essential craft knowledge and technical skills you’ll need to become a crafts practitioner. You will have the freedom to explore and experiment with a range of materials, helping you to find an area you love to work in. You will explore the skills and science behind working with glass and ceramics, metals and textiles, and drawing, painting and design.

Core modules in year 1 and 2:

  • DM101 Glass & Ceramics
  • DM102 Metal & Textile
  • DM103 Draw, Print & Design
  • DM104 Contextual Studies 1
  • DM105 Designer Maker

The third and fourth year will build on your contextual understanding of crafts and design. You will study studio practice and begin to critically analyse your designs and prototypes to develop your work, ready for batch production. There will also be an opportunity to undertake a 10 day work placement to work on live projects and client briefs.

Core modules in year 3 and 4:

  • DM201 work experience
  • DM202 Design Development
  • DM203 Studio Practice
  • DM204 Contextual Studies 2
  • DM205 Batch Production

In your fifth and sixth year you will be able to fine-tune your innovative approaches in design and practise, undertake your dissertation project, and prepare your work for the end of year exhibition project, where you will be able to demonstrate your personal vision and artistic maturity.

Core modules

  • DM301 Concept Refinement
  • DM302 Dissertation
  • DM303 Presentation and Progression
  • DM304 Exhibition

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

What could I progress on to?

Once you have graduated, you will have a diverse range of transferable skills that will enable you to start you career in this exciting industry. You may have found your specialism, or you may wish to continue working with a diverse range of materials, but one thing that is sure, you will be fully equipped to seek out roles and apply your knowledge as a designer maker. Other options could include further study onto MA programmes or complete a Post Graduate Certificate of Education.


Additional Course Details for 18/19

If you have any questions please contact Student Services on (01424) 458475 or if available use the Enquiry button.

  • Course code 18298Y1
    Course name BA (Hons) Designer Maker PT Y1
    Campus Station Plaza
    Study mode Part-Time
    Days Tbc
    Start date 01/10/18
    Duration 30 week (s)
  • Course code 18292Y1
    Course name BA (Hons) Designer Maker Y1
    Campus Station Plaza
    Study mode Full-Time
    Start date 01/10/18
    Duration 30 week (s)

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