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UCA recognised as one of the top universities in prestigious international design rankings

We have been named as one of the top ten most successful universities in the Americas and European region in the prestigious Red Dot Design Rankings 2016.

The rankings, which acknowledge successes in the Red Dot Design Concept awards, name the top fifteen organisations in each of the four categories: Universities – Americas and Europe; Universities – Asia Pacific; Companies; and Design Studios. Red Dot is an internationally recognised design organisation and its awards are among the most prestigious in the world.

Colin Holden, Head of the School of Crafts and Design, said: “I'm delighted that the award-winning work of students from the School of Crafts and Design has brought the University international recognition in this way.

“The Red Dot Design Concept awards are truly global with over 4,000 entries worldwide and only a small percentage of winners. For UCA to gain tenth place in the Red Dot Americas and Europe University rankings for 2016 is an exciting achievement. It highlights to all our students the exceptional standard they are achieving and continues to raise the level of ambition for the future. I really look forward to seeing our new successes in the forthcoming academic year.”

Earlier this year, two of our graduates received Red Dot Design Concept awards for work they created whilst studying for their postgraduate degrees. Tami Ishida, who completed an MA in Glass (2014/15), was recognised for her Japanese tea ceremony inspired glass vessels, while Saki Yokota, who completed an MA in Product Design (2014/15), was awarded a Red Dot: Best of the Best award for her 'Hoop' light. 

Our School of Crafts and Design offers a range of specialist courses including in Glass, Ceramics, Silversmithing and Jewellery, Metalwork, Textiles, Product Design and Hand Embroidery. Courses are carefully designed to extend the imagination, promote conceptual thinking and develop high levels of making skills for those who wish to become creative practitioners in the global arena. Students benefit from our strong links with the creative industries, extensive specialist workshops, and the broad range of designers, scholars and industry professionals who deliver the courses.

Saki Yokota Hoop Lighting