Crafts & Product Design

Overview

Here at UCA we’re proud to offer our students excellence in creative education. We are the highest ranked specialist creative university in The Guardian University Guide 2018 and the Complete University Guide 2018, and we are ranked 10th in the Red Dot Design (Design Concept) Universities Americas and Europe 2016 awards.

These accolades, combined with our unrivalled specialist craft and design workshop facilities across three historic locations - Farnham, Rochester and Hampton Court Palace - make studying craft and design at UCA a truly unique and exciting prospect.

Our experienced staff practitioners, educators, academics and technical teams all aim to help support you to achieve far beyond your expectations. The workshops are the vibrant heart of our hands-on student learning experience, where practical experimentation is a key part of your incremental development process.

You’ll be equipped with all the critical and technical skills necessary to express your personal viewpoint with confidence and to understand your own creative craft and design work within the broader subject context. Our students emerge from their experience at UCA as aspirational professionals, equipped with the potential not just to support the industry of craft and design, but to lead it forward into the future.

Crafts & Product Design courses

Crafts & Product Design courses are available to study at the following locations:

UCA Farnham

    UCA Rochester

      Royal School of Needlework

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        Take a look around our campuses and view 360 images of some of our creative studio spaces and workshops.

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        Careers in Crafts and Product Design

        A course in Crafts & Product Design will expose you to a world of opportunities

        Our courses in Crafts & Product Design offer you a springboard to a diverse range of career paths. Many of our graduates become self-employed designers, makers or practitioners, setting 
up their own businesses
 and also taking freelance commissions. Others go on to work in design, production, buying, marketing, retailing and teaching, galleries and curating. 

        Recent graduates have won roles as:

        • Designer makers
        • Textile designers and stylists
        • Print designers
        • Fabric technologists
        • Public art practitioners
        • Weave interior fabric designers
        • Fabric and accessories coordinators
        • Textile conservators and curators
        • Art educators and teachers
        • Fashion buyers and retailers
        • Arts administrators
        • Gallery directors

        We enjoy strong connections with all the Worshipful companies (long-standing and modern trade associations and guilds), as well as an array of other leading names in the sector, including: 

        • Dartington Glass
        • Salviati Murano Glass
        • New Ashgate Gallery
        • Farnham Maltings
        • Keeler Gordon Design Studio

        • LK Bennett Design Studio
        • Paul Smith

        • Mirjam Rouden

        • V&A Museum

        • Margo Selby

        • Colfax & Fowler
        • Westcott Design Studio
        • Carol Waller
        • Debenhams design department

        • Nicola Killeen

        • Savoir Beds, Mayfair
        • Caggie Dunlop’s ISWAI
        • Sacho Hesslein, Germany
        • Ratti Spa, Italy
        • Geist Magazine
        • The Goldsmiths’ Company
        • The Worshipful Company of Pewterers
        • The British Art Medals Society

        • Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery Design
        • Solidscape

        • RF Bright Ltd

        Case studies

        Find out where our Crafts & Product Design courses have taken some of our students

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