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Develop your passion for designing contemporary ceramics, jewellery and interior objects using a diverse range of materials and making, using both traditional and digital technologies.
Whether you want to be a ceramicist, jeweller, furniture or lighting designer, this multi-disciplinary degree helps you develop your practice with confidence.
Learn the essential skills to prepare you for a career as an independent designer-maker or a designer in industry.
There is a strong emphasis on experimentation in making innovative objects through industrial processes with high levels of craftsmanship, giving you the chance to become a more informed contemporary maker. Guest speakers from industry, educational visits and responding to live briefs will help you learn and develop skills ready for industry.
What you’ll do
Working in your own dedicated studio area, with access to a broad range of industry-standard workshop facilities, you will learn a variety of hands-on making processes and techniques including both traditional and digital technologies. These span different materials such as wood, metal, ceramics and plastics, reflecting current trends and practices in the ever-changing world of the designer maker.
We aim to develop your knowledge within your chosen material affinity, enabling you to become a more informed contemporary maker and someone who can use specialist skills professionally and effectively. The emphasis is on high-end skills, experimentation and craftsmanship. This course will enable you to create innovative design solutions and develop your ability to contextualise your design practice within a global arena.
In your second year, you will start to develop your own independent professional working practices, undertake ‘Live’ briefs with brands such as Wedgwood and Royal Doulton, taking on increasing responsibilities for your own creative journey. You will also be given the opportunity for an industrial placement with leading sector corporations such as Fiskars group, or Milton Bridg .
In your third year, you’ll consolidate your knowledge and skills to produce your final exhibition pieces. Alongside your studio work, you will gain an insight into design futures/business set-up and branding yourself ready for the world of work and given the opportunity to exhibit at the external venues such as the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester.
With your final year projects, you are encouraged to generate innovative objects for the contemporary design arena. This culminates with your annual Degree Show exhibition for academic, public and professional audiences at the end of year. Some students also take up the opportunity to show work at New Designers, London.
• Intense skills set taught to high levels of craftsmanship
• ‘Live’ Projects • Industrial Placements
• Material Investigation & Design Histories
• Material Enquiry: Form & Surface
• Designer Maker in Context – Interfaces and Exchanges
• Design, Make, Manufacture
• Digital Design & Prototyping
• Professional Practice
• Design Futures
• Children’s Literature
New Designers 2018:
• Best Overall Stand Award
• The Denby Highly Commended Award
• National Trust Artisan & Craft Award
Degree Show 2018:
• 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize for work with outstanding excellence generously provided by Valentine Clays
• The Keith Brymer Jones ‘Promising Young Designer’ award
• Potclays National Awards
• Winner of the Caroline Gardner placement at the National Student Stationery Design Competition.
In addition, two of last year’s graduates were invited to take part in February’s Artistar Jewels exhibition in Milan sponsored by Vogue Accessories.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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|Campus name||Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus)|
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||112 points||
We welcome a wide range of qualifications and qualification combinations. We assess each application individually, taking in to account any experience and skills you may have in your chosen field.
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Other A Level combinations possible to achieve 112 points.
Minimum of 2 A Levels, can be combined with other Level 3 qualifications eg. AS levels/Extended Project to achieve 112 points
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM||Grade combinations below 112 points considered when combined with other Level 3 qualifications including AS and Extended Project to achieve 112 points|
|Access to HE Diploma||
Access Pass Access with 15 credits at Pass
Some courses require credits in specific subject areas.
|Scottish Higher||Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Highers offered with two Advanced Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of (BBCCC) are required.|
|AS||Can be combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 points|
|Extended Project||Can be combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 points|
|HNC (BTEC)||P||May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content of level 4. A transcript will be required.|
|HND (BTEC)||P||May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content of level 4. A transcript will be required.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||24 points||Made up of 6 components - usually comprising of 3 subjects at 'higher level' and 3 at 'standard' level. Opportunity to add on to points with extended essay and theory of knowledge. All the above attract UCAS points. Potential to meet the points by not passing all six component of qualification|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H3, H3, H3, H3, H4|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate||Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma||D*D*||Grade combinations below 112 points considered when combined with other Level 3 qualifications including AS and Extended Project to achieve 112 points|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate||Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma||Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma||Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma||Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||D*D*||Grade combinations below 112 points considered when combined with other Level 3 qualifications including AS and Extended Project to achieve 112 points|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers.|
Additional entry requirements
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|