Crafts and product design are exciting fields of study, and comprise many different specialisms – jewellery, silversmithing, goldsmithing, hand embroidery, textiles, metalwork, glass, ceramics and more.
At UCA, all of our Crafts & Product Design courses are closely supported by our three internationally recognised research centres: the Craft Study Centre, the International Textiles Research Centre and the Centre for Sustainable Design. Combined with our unrivalled specialist workshop facilities across three historic locations – Farnham, Rochester and Hampton Court Palace (Hand Embroidery with the Royal School of Needlework) – this makes studying crafts and design with us a truly unique and exciting prospect.
Our experienced practitioners, tutors, academics and technical teams work together to help students achieve far beyond their expectations. We’ll equip you with all the critical and technical skills you’ll need to express your opinions with confidence and to understand your own creative craft and design work within the broader subject context.
At the heart of our fully hands-on creative courses are the well-stocked workshops, where you’ll experiment with a range of resources, tools and equipment, and learn that practical trial-and-error is a key part of the development process. This practical education will give you the confidence and potential to not only work in the crafts and design industry, but also to shape it.
Crafts & Product Design courses are available to study at the following locations:
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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:
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:
Find out where our Crafts & Product Design courses have taken some of our students
"I have been able to reflect on my values and express these through my work due to the open yet structured briefs. The briefs explore various aspects of craft practice, drawing, designing, making, craftsmanship, business and marketing, and they allow you to become familiar with competitions, commissions and exhibitions. "
"The extensive facilities, workshops and tutor support are very beneficial in combination with the structure of the units of the course. I’ve enjoyed being able to see projects through from the very early design stages, and creating physical models to gain real involvement in the development of concepts, producing much more refined designs. "