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 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. "