Plymouth College of Art

3D Design Crafts Plymouth College of Art Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

TEF Bronze

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This programme allows you to develop a close understanding of a range of rich materials including: clay, hot and cold glass, metals, Jesmonite, wood and plastics.

Encompassing a comprehensive range of practices from designer-makers such as jewellers and conceptual sculptors, you can become a specialist in your chosen discipline.

  • Experience a vibrant mix of designing and making, with a chance to explore diverse materials.

  • Benefit from experienced academic staff who have exhibited, curated and published internationally.

  • Develop design skills so that your making is underpinned by sound methodology, and enjoy opportunities for business start-up and enterprise.

By exploring histories and contemporary contexts of designing and making, you’ll expand your critical approach. You will learn how visual ideas, research, thinking and making can inform one another, responding to issues such as globalisation and sustainability.

Study with us and you’ll expand your critical approach alongside developing skills in research and analysis. Our academically robust and intellectually stimulating degree programmes are delivered by our team of academics, technical demonstrators and invited experts who together deliver excellence in learning, teaching and assessment. Our programmes encourage diversity in thinking and making - from practical applications through to reflective, analytical writing.

You will have the opportunity to meet some of the UK’s most inventive contemporary craft makers through studio visits and demonstrations, and have the opportunity to visit events such as Sieraad in Amsterdam, Collect at the Saatchi Gallery, the Contemporary Craft Festival and London Design Fair.

The range of material practices covered includes ceramics, fine metalwork and silversmithing, glass-blowing and kiln-formed glass, woodworking, mould-making, laser cutting and CAD/CAM. Our workshops house cutting-edge craft facilities, and you can also explore digital making, using sophisticated computer-aided design software and machinery in our Fab Lab.

Students work with industry partners including British Pewter, The Goldsmiths’ Company, the Crafts Council, the Association for Contemporary Jewellery, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, the Eden Project, Mount Edgcumbe and Dartington Crystal on live briefs, exhibitions and more.

You also have the opportunity to curate, exhibit and sell work at internationally known festivals including London Design Fair, as well as visiting shows including Handwerk & Design and Schmuck, Munich.

Course details


Our taught programme encompasses a wealth of disciplines, materials and approaches, from one-off artefacts to batch production methods, all underpinned by strong methodologies and a focus on design solutions.
The range of primary material practices that we cover on our programme includes ceramics, fine metalwork and silversmithing, glass blowing and kiln-formed glass, wood, mould-making, laser cutting and CAD/CAM. You will also develop an understanding of materials such as concrete, plastic and resin – crafting your original ideas into finished artefacts.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 - 120 points We accept combinations of qualifications that meet or exceed our tariff requirements, alongside evidence of your creativity

We recognise the value of a variety of qualifications and relevant experience and welcome applications from students who have followed less traditional routes. We are happy to accept combinations of qualifications, and welcome applications from candidates without formal qualifications who can provide evidence of their creativity.

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Additional entry requirements


Your application will tell us about your qualifications and previous experience, but studying the arts is about more than can be captured on forms. We need to find out about your creative potential, your abilities and idiosyncrasies, so we will invite you to talk about your work with a member of our HE academic team. You can tell us about your aspirations, and why you want to study at the college. It is also a good moment to find out what we can offer you.

We encourage you to visit the college, so that you can see our facilities, meet our teaching and technical staff, and discuss any other queries you may have; however we appreciate this may not be possible, and are happy to talk to you via an online platform (such as Google Meet or similar).

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £14,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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Plymouth College of Art
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