Undergraduate 3D Design Degrees

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

You can choose to study Ceramics, Crafts, or Contemporary Jewellery and Fashion. On each course, you'll explore a variety of creative disciplines and experiment with different materials. Learn both traditional handcrafted methods and modern digital design, plus you'll gain industrial craft practice and design experience.

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.

Courses

What our staff and students say

The tutors are creative specialists and are always available to provide hands-on support. The technical team also do a fantastic job in helping students in all areas of their study.

Charlotte Tamar - Jewellery and Fashion

Throughout my studies, the support I received was excellent. They were always available to help us learn new techniques and skills. Also, the tutorials were very useful and really helped my designs to develop.

Selina Campbell - 3D Design: Crafts

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

Angela Atkinson and Rajesh Gogna, Coyurse Leaders

Facilities

You'll be given practical, hands-on training to prepare you for the world of work. That's why our 3D workshops are superbly equipped. You'll experience traditional hand-making, machine manufacture and modern digital technology.

3D Workshop

Our 3D workshop is equipped with everything you'd expect to see in a working studio including lathes, jigsaws and rapid prototyping machines.


Ceramics

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


Hands On

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


Tradition

We'll also train you in traditional hand-making, machine manufacture and modern digital technology.


Take a 360 look at our 3D Design Facilities

Careers

Our graduates have secured careers as artists, designers, and jewellery and fashion accessories 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 Design 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. On the Paris trip, you'll also get to go to museums, galleries and leading design venues.

Getting you noticed:

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

  • Pulse Award for innovation in contemporary tableware at New Designers.
  • The best newcomer award at the Great Northern Craft Fair.
  • 'Potclays Prize' to the best ceramic maker.

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