Design Crafts

Gain a wide practical craft provision experience in ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles and metalwork and get introduced and supported on a journey to discover your unique artistic style that will help you pursue a range of careers in the creative industries.

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Key Facts

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Degree

BA (Hons) Design Crafts

Degree Duration

4 years :

1 year pathway + 3 years degree

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Pathways Available

International Year Zero

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Start Dates

Degree Overview

Academic professionals in this course will help you develop into a creative professional such as craftsperson, jeweller, ceramicist, textile artist, designer-maker, glass artist, designer, researcher, consultant, curator, buyer, stylist or educator. You will be encouraged to select a specialism, helping you establish your own personal creative voice and be capable of producing inspiring work.
This course will allow you to explore both traditional hand skills and emerging technologies while working with a wide range of materials such as hot glass, clay, paper, fine metals, plastics, resin, wood, and textiles. Students produce a wide range of objects, including individual artefacts for galleries and to commission, small batches of similar items, limited editions, public installations, and designs for industry. Bespoke objects are produced for domestic, interior spaces, exterior spaces, to be worn on the body, and can be hand-held or large-scale sculptural pieces.
Professional practice is embedded throughout the course to grow your entrepreneurial and business skills. Graduates of this course have set up their own craft workshops, secure roles in design studios with brands including Sainsbury’s, work in the craft industry with leading ceramicists, for example, Sue Pryke and Hannah Tounsend, as well as to collaborate with the likes of the National Trust.

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Important

You may incur additional costs during your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, Stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

The employment rate of this course is 95% according to

Our graduates can gain the skills to go on to careers in a variety of areas such as craftsperson, jeweller, ceramicist, textile artist, designer-maker, glass artist, designer, researcher, consultant, curator, buyer, stylist and educator.

Previous graduates have set up their own craft workshops, secured roles in design studios with brands including Sainsbury’s and Next, worked in the craft industry with leading ceramicists such as Sue Pryke and Hannah Tounsend, as well as collaborated with organisations including the National Trust. 

Your Pathways

The International Year Zero is the first year of the four year undergraduate course. IYZ is designed to help you gain extra skills in your subject area, as well as English Language, before you continue to year one of your chosen University undergraduate degree course.

Following successful completion of the IYZ, you will continue onto Year One of your degree directly with the University of your choice.

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De Montfort University

Leicester-based DMU brings the highest standards in education to an inclusive, international curriculum with over 170 accredited courses.

De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) is a diverse university boasting of the highest standards in academics, extracurricular activities, sport, study abroad programmes and great career paths.

In 2021, DMU was named the best university in the UK for our careers and employability service, at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards.