Crafts & Product Design


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

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

UCA Farnham

    UCA Rochester

      Royal School of Needlework

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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

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