We 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.
You will 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, preparing you for your career. Graduates have gone on to 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.
- Work on live projects with industry experts to gain valuable skills and experience. Recent briefs have been set by Wedgwood, Waterford and Sainsbury’s Home and Argos.
- Establish yourself by entering national and international competitions. DMU graduates have won many accolades, including the Goldsmiths’ Precious Metal award, and have exhibited at prestigious events such as New Designers and One Year In.
- Graduates have gone on to set up their own craft workshops, work in design studios with brands such as Sainsbury’s Argos, work in the craft industry with leading ceramicists such as Sue Pryke and Hannah Tounsend, as well as to collaborate with the likes of the National Trust.
- Gain valuable international experience as part of your studies with our DMU Global programme. Previous trips have taken students to explore UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, experience a design-centred culture in Copenhagen, and understand how their art practice sits within an international context in Berlin.
- The award-winning Vijay Patel Building provides both the space and the facilities to foster creative thinking, where ideas can develop and flourish for all of our art and design students.
- We provide core workshop materials at no cost, and give cash awards – £150, £200 and £300 in years one, two and three respectively – to support personal materials/printing costs*.
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.
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