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Design Crafts BA (Hons)

Our long-standing craft provision in ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles and metalwork will help you discover your artistic style and develop your entrepreneurial skills to set you up for a range of careers in the creative industries.
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Overview

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We will help you develop into a creative professional such as craftsperson, jeweller, ceramicist, textile artist, designer-maker, glass artist, designer, researcher, consultant, curator, buyer, stylist or educator. You will be encouraged to select a specialism, helping you establish your own personal creative voice and be capable of producing inspiring work. 

You will explore both traditional hand skills and emerging technologies while working with a wide range of materials such as hot glass, clay, paper, fine metals, plastics, resin, wood and textiles. Students 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. Bespoke objects are produced for domestic, interior spaces, exterior spaces, to be worn on the body, and can be hand-held or large-scale sculptural pieces. 

Professional practice is embedded throughout the course to grow your entrepreneurial and business skills, preparing you for your career. Graduates have gone on to set up their own craft workshops, secure roles in design studios with brands including Sainsbury’s, work in the craft industry with leading ceramicists, for example Sue Pryke and Hannah Tounsend, as well as to collaborate with the likes of the National Trust. 

Key features

  • DMU is ranked in the top 10 for Art and Design courses in the UK for ‘student satisfaction’ (The Complete University Guide 2020). 

  • Work on live projects with industry experts to gain valuable skills and experience. Recent briefs have been set by Wedgwood, Waterford and Argos Home. 

  • Establish yourself by entering national and international competitions. DMU graduates have won many accolades, including the Goldsmiths’ Precious Metal award, and have exhibited at prestigious events such as New Designers and One Year In. 

  • 100% of our Design Crafts graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2016-17 report). 

  • Gain valuable international experience as part of your studies with our DMU Global programme. Previous trips have taken students to explore UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, experience a design-centred culture in Copenhagen, and understand how their art practice sits within an international context in Berlin.  

  • The award-winning  Vijay Patel Building  provides both the space and the facilities to foster creative thinking, where ideas can develop and flourish for all of our art and design students. 

  • We provide  core workshop materials  at no cost, and give cash awards – £150, £200 and £300 in years one, two and three respectively – to support personal materials/printing costs*. 

 

Scholarships:

DMU Sports Scholarship
Apply for the DMU Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

DMU Global High Flyers Award
Our dedicated DMU Global High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a DMU Global opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

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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: 

2021/22 tuition fees for UK students will be £9,250

2021/22 tuition fees for EU students: TBC - Learn more

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Students of this course qualify for financial support as part of The DMU Difference. We will provide awards of £150, £200 and £300, for students in years one, two and three respectively, towards materials and specialist printing*.

*Awards are available to students undertaking full-time study and pro-rata for part-time students. Students on placement and therefore not incurring such costs are not eligible for financial assistance.

Important information on The DMU Difference.

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, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding international: For 2021/22 tuition fees will be £14,250 per year.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Students of this course qualify for financial support as part of The DMU Difference. We will provide awards of £150, £200 and £300, for students in years one, two and three respectively, towards materials and specialist printing*.

*Awards are available to students undertaking full-time study and pro-rata for part-time students. Students on placement and therefore not incurring such costs are not eligible for financial assistance.

Important information on The DMU Difference.

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, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

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

Plus five GCSEs grades 9-4 including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above.

  • Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit in Art and Design and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade 4 or above

We will normally require students to have had a break from full time education before undertaking the Access course.

  • We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, 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.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Visiting lecturers programme

 

First year

  • Workshop Materials and Processes
  • Drawing and Model making
  • Design Cultures 1
  • Professional Practice and Personal Development Planning
  • Craft in Context

Second year

  • Craft Materials and Processes
  • Design: Live Projects
  • Design Cultures 2
  • Professional Practice

Third year

  • Design Crafts Practice
  • Personal Project
  • Design Cultures: Extended Essay
  • Professional Debut

Structure

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. 

One of our recent graduates Alice Funge was personally selected by New Designers sponsor Sainsbury’s to show their work alongside a display of the supermarket giant’s own homewares in a prime spot near the entrance of the hall at the Business Design Centre. 

We are also proud to have numerous visiting speakers such as:

  • Katie Almond: Ceramics (Alumni)
  • Richard McVetis: Textiles / Embroidery (London)
  • Tina Lilienthal: Global Jewellery Design  Practice (London)
  • Tim Carson: London based, sculptural and performance  jewellery practice
  • Hannah Tounsend: Alumni, Ceramics BCB ‘Fresh’ winner
  • Karina Thompson: Textile Artist, Birmingham- based
  • Lee Brothwick: Textile / mixed media Maker,  London-based
  • Kim Norrie: Textiles – designer-maker (London based)
  • John Grayson: Enameller, West Midlands
  • Dan Schofield: Furniture and Product designer- London
  • Jane Askey: Artist and Illustrator – approaching galleries
  • Dayle Green: Education officer at The Harley Gallery, Workshop
  • Alkesh Parmar: Sustainability / Designer- Alumni/ RCA,  London
  • Jonathan keep: 3d printing / ceramics
  • Rachel Dormor: setting up and running a workshop/ceramic studio Practice – Cambridge
  • Sue Pryke: ceramics, Leicestershire-based 

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.

 

Overview

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

Our award-winning Vijay Patel building has been designed to provide the space and facilities where all of our art and design students can develop their ideas and flourish. 

The creative industries require imaginative graduates who can develop new ideas and products. Students use our sophisticated and contemporary workshops, labs and studios to experiment and test in the same way they will in industry, while the open and transparent spaces in the building encourage collaboration between disciplines. In doing so, the building prepares students for industry and helps develop them as future leaders in their respective fields. 

Take a look at our stunning showcase of the building at dmu.ac.uk/aad.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Campus Centre

The home of  De Montfort Students' Union, (DSU) our Campus Centre offers a welcoming and lively hub for student life. Conveniently located at the heart of campus, it includes a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. Here you can find the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and DSU’s shop, SUpplies, selling art supplies, stationery and clothing, and printing and binding services. The building is also home to the DSU officer team. 

Opportunities and careers

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Artist in Residence

As part of our Artist in Residence programme, selected graduates are provided with a year’s worth of access to DMU’s workshops and academic and technical support after finishing their studies. It provides our graduates with the opportunity for their ideas to grow within a creative environment, with support from access to facilities that would rarely be available to new graduates. 

Here’s how Design Crafts graduate Georgina White maximised this opportunity. 

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DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global 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 DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges. 

Students on this course have previously undertaken DMU Global trips to New York, where they visited arts organisation UrbanGlass, as well as benefited from a design-centred experience in Copenhagen and a trip to Berlin to understand how their art practice sits within an international context.

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Graduate careers

Our graduates can gain the skills to go on to careers in a variety of areas such as craftsperson, jeweller, ceramicist, textile artist, designer-maker, glass artist, designer, researcher, consultant, curator, buyer, stylist and educator.  

Previous graduates have set up their own craft workshops, secured roles in design studios with brands  including Sainsbury’s, worked in the craft industry with leading ceramicists such as Sue Pryke and Hannah Tounsend, as well as collaborated with organisations including the National Trust.  

Find out how Design Crafts graduate Ellie Barton secured a job with luxury interior design brand deVOL. 

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Our Art and Design Degree Show celebrates the talent and innovative work of our final-year art and design students by exhibiting their creations and achievements at a special event. This showcase is a wonderful celebration of all our students’ hard work and provides a fantastic opportunity to display your designs to thousands of visitors including potential employers.

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We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with 13 halls of residence and around 4,100 rooms, all of which are a short distance from our campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.

 
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