Reasons to study Design Crafts degree at De Montfort University:
- Professional practice modules
are embedded throughout the course to develop your employability skills and prepare you for a career in design crafts
- Excellent workshop facilities and dedicated studio space
for ceramics, metalwork, textiles, glass, wood, engineering, hot glass and glass blowing
- Develop your entrepreneurial skills
by promoting and selling your own products at public exhibitions
- 100% overall student satisfaction
with the quality of the course and its organisation according to the National Student Survey, 2019
- 100% of our Design Crafts
graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating, according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report
- Establish your own creative voice
through completing a range of challenging design projects
- The new Vijay Patel building
has been designed to provide the space and facilities where ideas can develop and flourish for all our art and design courses – find out more
- Core workshop materials
available at no cost to our students along with some programme-specific workshop materials – find out more
- Cash awards of £150, £200 and £300
for students in years one, two and three respectively, towards materials and specialist printing*
This course attracts students who have an ambition to develop their own personal Design Crafts practice, often with interests in entrepreneurship and a desire to determine their own creative future. During the course we enable students to develop their passion for making and to establish a personal, creative voice through a range of challenging projects.
Students and staff in Design Crafts 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 for example. Bespoke objects are produced for domestic, interior spaces, exterior spaces, worn by the body, and can be hand-held or large-scale sculptural pieces. This reflects the range of careers accessible within the field of Design Crafts; including craftsperson, jeweller, ceramicist, textile artist, designer-maker, glass artist, designer, researcher, consultant, curator, buyer, stylist and educator.
You will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience as part of your studies through #DMUglobal and there is an annual school-wide study trip abroad.
Structure and assessment
- Introduction to Workshop Materials and Processes
- Design: From Thought to Thing
- Critical and Contextual Studies
- Introduction to Professional Practice and Personal Development Planning
- Design and Making for Audiences
- Materials and Processes
- Design: Live Projects
- Contextual and Critical Studies
- Professional Practice and PDP
- Design Crafts Practice
- Personal Project
- Contextual and Cultural Studies: Extended Essay
- Professional Debut
Facilities and features
Art and design facilities
We have excellent workshop facilities in hot glass, kiln formed glass, cold glass, ceramics, fine metalwork, jewellery, large scale metalwork, textiles, digital embroidery, engineering, digital printing, 3D printing, CNC milling, water jet cutting, laser cutting, woodwork, plaster work, resin and plastics, printmaking, bookmaking, mould making and casting. Our workshops are supported by highly skilled technicians.
We offer a lively studio culture by providing each student with an individual studio space throughout the course. In this environment our students support and learn from each other, and build life-long professional friendships. Many graduates continue to exhibit and work together.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse provide flexible spaces, whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities. Wi-Fi is available across all campus locations.
Opportunities and careers
Work placements are offered as part of this course and they are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience while studying, as well as improving your chances of gaining a graduate level job and can often lead to an offer of employment for when you graduate.
We have numerous links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team will help you find a placement to suit your and you interests and aspirations.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Careers open to Design Crafts graduates include craftsperson, jeweller, ceramicist, textile artist, designer-maker, glass artist, designer, researcher, consultant, curator, buyer, stylist and educator. They often combine employed and self-employed careers.
Our graduates have set up their own studio workshops as small businesses and sole traders, including Katie Almond Ceramics and Emma Kelly who trades as Duck in a Bucket. Glass maker Samantha Donaldson RCA won the Royal Overseas League of Music Trophy 2012 and is selling her glass work in Selfridges.
Graduates also exhibit their work at events and galleries such as Fresh, Lustre, Made, 50:50, British Craft Trade fair, Contemporary Craft Fair, British Craft Trade Fair and the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair.