Undergraduate 3D Design Degrees

Our 3D Design degrees will challenge and develop your creativity and design expertise.

Our 3D Designer Maker degrees give students the opportunity to choose their area of specialist study via pathways. This could be as a ceramic practitioner, a jeweller, a designer-maker for interior objects such as furniture and lighting or as a maker choosing to work across a broad range of materials, including ceramics, metal, wood and plastics, developing your confidence and an ability to manipulate a combination of materials in order to create exciting and innovative contemporary objects.

The Designer Maker course aims to provide you with an environment in which you can work experimentally, combining materials and a range of designing and making methodologies. Approaching the design process with an understanding of making contemporary objects, which reflect current trends and practices in an ever-changing world of the designer maker. This course will enable you to create innovative design solutions and develop your ability to contextualize your design practice within a global arena.

You won't just learn from us either. Live briefs and competitions will give you a real experience of the 3D Design industry. Previous students have worked with Wedgwood, Dudsons and Moorland Pottery. Our courses will broaden your experience, giving you the confidence to thrive in contemporary design practice.


What our staff and students say

The excellent range of facilities and the dedicated support from tutors and technicians creates a rich learning environment where ideas development and creativity can be fully explored.

Emma Westmacott - 3D Designer Maker

This was a big factor when choosing a university, there seemed no better choice than to study ceramics in the heart of the Potteries and it came as a bonus that I received a friendly supportive network there from all departments, who encouraged me throughout my studies.

Grace Pepper - 3D Designer Maker: Ceramics

We've got the expertise to help you succeed as a designer-maker. You'll learn in great facilities with regular support from creative experts. And we've got the industry contacts to help you stand out.

Tim Forrester, Course Leader


You'll develop your specialist knowledge within your chosen material affinity becoming an informed contemporary maker, someone who can use specialist skills, professionally and effectively. You'll work with materials innovatively and confidently gaining high levels of craftsmanship within a studio-based ethos.

3D Workshop

Our 3D workshop is equipped with everything you'd expect to see in a working studio including lathes, bandsaws and 3d printers.


Our plaster, modelling, glaze and kiln room, along with print and computer workshops is where you'll create functional ceramicware and sculptural forms using the techniques of slipcasting, clay forming, hand throwing and hand building..

Hands On

You'll use Industry-standard workshops and design software, laser cutters, 3D printing, fine metalworking tools, mould preparation and casting equipment.


We'll also train you in traditional hand-making, machine manufacture and modern digital technology to gain high levels of craftsmanship.

Take a 360 look at our 3D Design Facilities


Our graduates have secured careers as artists, designers and makers.

We've built strong relationships across the 3D Design industry. We work closely with the Crafts Council who help make the UK the best place to learn contemporary craft. So, you know you'll learn the latest knowledge and industry practice.

Our 3D Designer Maker graduates go on to achieve great things. Lots have set up their own businesses as designer-makers. Ceramics graduates have secured careers in Stoke-on-Trent's illustrious ceramics industry or joined postgraduate courses. Craft graduates have secured roles with the likes of the Crafts Council and the V&A Museum.

Employment Opportunities:

  • Museums
  • Art Galleries
  • Independent artists
  • Design Workshops
  • Teaching

Guaranteed Work Experience

Who says students have never done a day's work? We provide the opportunity of work experience for all new students.

This work experience may link to your course, or it could be a broader experience . Our commitment will give students the best possible mix of knowledge and experience.

To give you the broadest possible expertise, we'll invite industry experts to share their techniques and artistic skills with you. Guest lecturers to-date have included a talisman diamond setter, as well as contemporary jewellers and experienced craftspeople.

As part of our Live Briefs module, you'll have the chance to visit the world-famous Maison & Objet Design Show in Paris, as well as other events such as Frankfurt or Milan. On our annual overseas trip you'll also get to visit museums, galleries and design studios..

Getting you noticed:

We'll encourage and support you to exhibit and get noticed at major design events. Highlights include:

  • Pulse Award for innovation in contemporary tableware at New Designers.
  • The 'Best Maker' award at the Great Northern Craft Fair, Manchester.
  • 'best commercial design' as part of a 'Live' brief set by Sheffield knife manufacture Taylor Eye Witness.
  • 'Top Ten' makers to watch by Ceramic Review.
  • 'Potclays Prize' to the best ceramic maker.

Students have also succeeded as selected Crafts Council 'Hothouse makers', which supports new contemporary craft new makers.