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:
Our undergraduate and pre-degree prospectus is bursting with information.
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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 what some of our students and graduates think about their time at UCA
"The technical staff you cannot fault, they’re absolutely brilliant. If you ever have a question, they’ve definitely got the answer for you and they’ll work with you to get what you want from the material, which is brilliant. The support that was available to make what I’ve achieved – it was absolutely amazing. I couldn’t have done it without the technical support. "
"It’s been a really amazing experience; I feel like I’ve met so many people from around the world, it’s a very diverse university and I love the fact that we have exchange students and that you get to know more people from around the world. It’s been a good three years."