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Design Crafts BA (Hons)

Design Crafts is a multi-disciplinary crafts course where you design and make objects using both traditional and emerging technologies. You can experiment with a variety of materials such as hot glass, textiles, plaster, paper, glass, clay, fine metals, plastics, resin, foam and wood.


Reasons to study Design Crafts degree at De Montfort University:

  • Professional practice modules are embedded throughout the course to develop your employability skills and prepare you for a career in design crafts
  • Excellent workshop facilities for ceramics, metalwork, textiles, glass, wood, engineering, hot glass and glass blowing
  • Develop your entrepreneurial skills by promoting and selling your own products at public exhibitions 
  • Have your own dedicated studio space
  • Establish your own creative voice through completing a range of challenging design projects

This course attracts students who have an ambition to develop their own personal Design Crafts practice, often with interests in entrepreneurship and a desire to determine their own creative future. During the course we enable students to develop their passion for making and to establish a personal, creative voice through a range of challenging projects.

Students and staff in Design Crafts produce a wide range of objects including; individual artefacts for galleries and to commission, small batches of similar items, limited editions, public installations and designs for industry for example. Bespoke objects are produced for domestic, interior spaces, exterior spaces, worn by the body, and can be hand-held or large-scale sculptural pieces. This reflects the range of careers accessible within the field of Design Crafts; including craftsperson, jeweller, ceramicist, textile artist, designer-maker, glass artist, designer, researcher, consultant, curator, buyer, stylist and educator.

You will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience as part of your studies through #DMUglobal and there is an annual school-wide study trip abroad.



At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are currently finalising our scholarship packages for 2017 entry.

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: W200

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time.

Fees and funding: For 2017/18 tuition fees will be £9,250 (subject to Parliamentary approval)

Find out more about course tuition fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding 2016/17: £11,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal or direct application form.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

A good portfolio and normally:

  • Art and Design Foundation or
  • 112 points from at least 2 A ‘levels and including grade C in Art and Design or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM in an Art and Design related subject or
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points including Art and Design

GCSEs - Five GCSEs grades A* - C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above.

Access - Pass QAA Accredited with at least 15 credits in Art and Design at grade Merit and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade C.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C or above.

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Interview and Portfolio

UK applicants with relevant qualifications will be invited to bring their portfolio of work to an open day and interview. Overseas applicants will be invited to send samples of their work. Please see our Design Crafts BA (Hons) portfolio advice for full details.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Visiting lecturers programme


First year

  • Introduction to Workshop Materials and Processes
  • Design: From Thought to Thing
  • Critical and Contextual Studies
  • Introduction to Professional Practice and Personal Development Planning
  • Design and Making for Audiences

Second year

  • Materials and Processes
  • Design: Live Projects
  • Contextual and Critical Studies
  • Professional Practice and PDP

Third year

  • Design Crafts Practice
  • Personal Project
  • Contextual and Cultural Studies: Extended Essay
  • Professional Debut


You will learn in regular timetabled practical workshops, inductions, lectures, seminars, group tutorials, one-to-one tutorials, practical and theoretical talks. Each module has a brief that challenges you to respond creatively, enabling you to develop a range of skills which enhance your personal development. By the final year you will propose your own direction of study and final project. 

You will receive ongoing feedback in tutorials, seminars, workshops and more formal written feedback. We assess your progress and achievement throughout the course, formally through presentations and the display of coursework. Typically we assess your work in sketchbooks, design sheets, physical objects, maquettes, models and samples, portfolios and log books. We assess a small amount of written work in the form of technical notes, reports and essays. We ask you to evaluate your own achievements and comment on your own progress. ‘Formative’ assessment is a review of your progress during the module. ‘Summative’ assessment is the final, formal assessment of your achievement reached by the end of the module.

There are opportunities throughout the course for placements in galleries, small workshops, Sainsbury’s, Hand & Lock, and for exchanges, working collaboratively and working on live briefs and with external clients.  

DMU is involved in the Crafts Council’s Firing Up scheme where you can volunteer to work with clay in local schools. Many of our students assess their suitability for teaching during a school or college placement and go on to do a postgraduate teaching course. (PGCE)

Students also take part in practical craft workshops; for example as a second-year student Megan Strickson assisted with short courses at the famous West Dean College.

Our graduates have won many recent awards and prizes including The Enameller’s Guild Bursary, the Embroiderers' Guild Scholar 18-30, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmith’s Precious Metal Bursary, The Creative Business Award and the Silver Award in Craft and Design Magazine’s Selected Maker Awards, The Young Silversmith’s Award. 

Contact hours
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 24 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 19 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.



The Design Crafts lecturers are all practising designers and makers, from a wide range of arts and crafts disciplines. Our visiting lecture programme gives you the opportunity to engage with current practice and extend your expertise into niche Design Crafts areas.

Facilities and features

Art and design facilities

We have excellent workshop facilities in hot glass, kiln formed glass, cold glass, ceramics, fine metalwork, jewellery, large scale metalwork, textiles, digital embroidery, engineering, digital printing, 3D printing, CNC milling, water jet cutting, laser cutting, woodwork, plaster work, resin and plastics, printmaking, bookmaking, mould making and casting. Our workshops are supported by highly skilled technicians.

We offer a lively studio culture by providing each student with an individual studio space throughout the course. In this environment our students support and learn from each other, and build life-long professional friendships. Many graduates continue to exhibit and work together.


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.


Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.


Opportunities and careers



Work placements are offered as part of this course and they are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience while studying, as well as improving your chances of gaining a graduate level job and can often lead to an offer of employment for when you graduate.

We have numerous links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team will help you find a placement to suit your and you interests and aspirations. 



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.


Graduate careers

Careers open to Design Crafts graduates include craftsperson, jeweller, ceramicist, textile artist, designer-maker, glass artist, designer, researcher, consultant, curator, buyer, stylist and educator. They often combine employed and self-employed careers.

Our graduates have set up their own studio workshops as small businesses and sole traders, including Katie Almond Ceramics and Emma Kelly who trades as Duck in a Bucket. Glass maker Samantha Donaldson RCA won the Royal Overseas League of Music Trophy 2012 and is selling her glass work in Selfridges.

Graduates also exhibit their work at events and galleries such as Fresh, Lustre, Made, 50:50, British Craft Trade fair, Contemporary Craft Fair, British Craft Trade Fair and the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair. 

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