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On this contemporary design crafts degree we’ll provide you with the tools and skills to become a successful designer-maker, exploring ceramics, textiles, metals, wood, print and glass.
Develop your design and making skills, learning techniques in drawing, mould making, kiln forming, and jewellery making. Embrace new digital technologies in 2D and 3D, as well as more traditional methods of making for products in the interior, home and fashion sectors, or for the gallery or luxury giftware market.
This course is ideal:
- if you have a love of fine art, hands-on making and / or product design
- if you’re aspiring to launch a career within retail, buying, design, marketing, merchandising, art direction and consultancy
- if you want to become designer-maker. You’ll gain the commercial knowledge required to start your own enterprise
- if you want to get into teaching art and design at all levels.
- Decorative Arts at NTU remains one of the foremost 2D and 3D design craft-based degrees in the UK and is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers.
- We’re delighted to be ranked 8th in the UK for Design and Crafts (Guardian University League Tables 2019).
- Our students are in high demand within the industry – 94% of graduates in employment or further study within six months (DLHE survey 2016/17).
- Learn traditional and digital methods of making on our workshop programme and enhance your drawing skills in dedicated drawing classes.
- Be inspired by Nottingham’s art community and creative places to visit, such as Nottingham Castle, Nottingham Contemporary and Lakeside Arts.
- Opportunity to be nominated for competitions such as the Society of Dyers and Colourists’ annual colour competition and Texprint.
- Go on study trips to places like Denby, The Design Museum, Tom Dixon and Heals in London.
- Showcase your work in our Degree Show, and be selected to exhibit at New Designers, London, where students have won high-profile prizes, such as the Denby Associate Prize.
- Learn commercial skills to help you set up your own business.
- Apply to join a business development programme at The Hive, NTU’s purpose-built centre for entrepreneurship and enterprise.
Careers and employability
Employability is excellent for students from this degree, with 94% of graduates going on to employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE 2016/17)
Graduates regularly feature in the UK’s most influential style publications, including Elle Decoration, Vogue, Wallpaper* and World of Interiors.
Many have gone on to set up their own businesses as designer-makers, with recent success stories including:
- Brittany Delaney (Brittany Delany Ceramics)
- Esther Patterson (Curiousa & Curiousa)
- Anna Collette Hunt (Anna Collette Hunt Contemporary Fine Crafts)
- Rosie Norman (Rosie Olivia Millinery).
Other recent graduates work as designers, studio practitioners and stylists for companies such as:
- Paul Smith
- Vivienne Westwood
- Emma Bridgewater
- Hugo Boss
- Fired Earth
This course also prepares you for a career in teaching art and design at any level, with the addition of a postgraduate teaching qualification.