Key facts


Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: W273 (Ceramics), W700 (Craft), W790 (Jewellery and Fashion Accessories)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 14 June 2019
September 2019 – June 2020 (dates to be confirmed)


Develop your passion for designing contemporary ceramics, jewellery and interior objects using a diverse range of materials.

Whether you want to be a ceramicist, jeweller, or designer-maker for interior objects such as furniture and lighting, you will be taught a wide range of making processes and techniques. These include both traditional and digital technologies, reflecting current trends and practices in the ever-changing world of the designer-maker.

There is a strong emphasis on experimentation and contemporary approaches to making innovative objects. You’ll get to experience both studio making and industrial processes to equip you for a range of creative career paths.

Guest speakers from industry, educational visits and responding to professional briefs will help you learn transferable skills for the jobs market. You could use your skills to set up your own business or work within a wide range of roles allied to creative industries.

Key features

  • Develop the essential skills a designer-maker needs to survive in the ‘outside world’.
  • Work with external clients on ‘Live’ projects, with clients including Middleport Pottery and Wedgwood Museum.
  • Educational visits to international trade fairs, including Tent (London), Maison Objet (Paris) and Ambiente (Frankfurt). 

On successful completion of study, we will issue one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway: BA (Hons) 3D Designer Maker (Ceramics) BA (Hons) 3D Designer Maker (Craft) BA (Hons) 3D Designer Maker (Jewellery & Fashion Accessories)

Course content

Working in your own dedicated studio area, with access to a broad range of workshop facilities, you will get the chance to experiment with a variety of cross-disciplinary materials as well as digital technologies. You will learn practical techniques and processes through hands-on technical demonstrations, gaining high levels of craftsmanship.

In your first year, you will develop your specialist knowledge across materials in ceramics, wood, metals and plastics. This will enable you to become a more informed contemporary maker and someone who can use specialist skills professionally and effectively, with an emphasis on high class skills in practical making, experimentation and craftsmanship. This course will enable you to create innovative design solutions and develop your ability to contextualise your design practice within a global arena.

In your second year, you will develop your own voice choosing one of the three pathways, build independent professional working practices, undertake ‘live’ briefs with companies such as Wedgwood, and take on increasing responsibilities for your own creative journey.

In your third year, you’ll consolidate your knowledge and skills to produce your final exhibition pieces. Alongside your studio work, you will gain an insight into design futures/business set-up and branding yourself ready for the world of work.

With your final year projects, you are encouraged to generate innovative objects for the contemporary design arena. This culminates with our annual degree show exhibition (Show and Tell) for academic, public and professional audiences at the end of year. Selected students are also given the opportunity to show work at New Designers in London. 


This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Material Investigation and Design Histories Compulsory
Visual Studies Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
3D Design: Integrating Theory & Practice Compulsory
Material Enquiry: Form and Surface Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Design, Make, Manufacture Compulsory
Digital Design and Prototyping Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Professional Practice Compulsory
Designer Maker in Context Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Contextualising Practice Compulsory
Research, Analysis and Communication Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Synthesis and Resolution Compulsory
Design Futures Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a team of experts whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience, as well as currently practising designer-makers. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 100% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.