Product, Furniture, Ceramics *

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BA (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code:
W325
UCAS code:
W327
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Study option:
Full-time, with a placement year
Study option:
Part-time
Duration:
3 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Duration:
6 Years
Start date:
26 September 2022

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Unique course

The only ‘Product, Furniture, Ceramics’ course in the UK

Huge industry connections

Take advantage of our network of world renowned local and international brands

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Become a creator of the future. Design and make innovative, contemporary and sustainable products on our unique course. Design and produce innovative pieces to high levels of craftsmanship using a diverse range of materials, practical skills and methods. Focus on user experience and explore opportunities sustainable design, new technology and smart materials.

Become a creator of the future. Design and make innovative, contemporary products to high levels of craftsmanship using a diverse range of materials, processes and practical skills. Focus on user experience and explore sustainable design, new technology and smart materials on our unique Product, Furniture, Ceramics course

You’ll develop a broad set of design and making skills, learning from our team of expert academics in our dedicated design studio. You’ll apply your skills through live projects with world-renowned brands, building a portfolio of innovative and exciting work. You can choose to specialise in the third year, tailoring your projects to your target career, whether you want to be a Product Designer, Ceramicist, Furniture Maker or Entrepreneurial Designer-Maker.

Our course is taught by academics with real-world experience in design and manufacturing, who will be at your side throughout your journey to provide you with the knowledge, skills and support you need to take the first step to a successful career in Product, Furniture, Ceramics.

Students have won prestigious National and International awards including;
the M&S Homeware Award, Pentland Brands Award, New Designers Best Stand Award, Sainsbury’s Homeware Award, Formica Award for Excellence and consecutive year on year 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize for excellence from Valentine Clays. Students have also won multiple Keith Brymer Jones ‘promising young designer’ awards, FRANZ Rising Star Global Scholarships, and the GNCCF ‘Best Maker’ awards. Students have had their work realised by KEF, Royal Doulton and Wedgwood, as well as being BCB Show ‘Highlights’ at the British Ceramics Biennials.

You’ll get the chance to visit leading Design Studios, Manufacturers and Exhibitions both in the UK and internationally on our vibrant Educational Visits, to places like New York, Copenhagen, Milan and London.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Product, Furniture, Ceramics.

Become a creator of the future. Design and make innovative, contemporary products to high levels of craftsmanship using a diverse range of materials, processes and practical skills. Focus on user experience and explore sustainable design, new technology and smart materials on our unique Product, Furniture, Ceramics course

You’ll develop a broad set of design and making skills, learning from our team of expert academics in our dedicated design studio. You’ll apply your skills through live projects with world-renowned brands, building a portfolio of innovative and exciting work. You can choose to specialise in the third year, tailoring your projects to your target career, whether you want to be a Product Designer, Ceramicist, Furniture Maker or Entrepreneurial Designer-Maker.

Our course is taught by academics with real-world experience in design and manufacturing, who will be at your side throughout your journey to provide you with the knowledge, skills and support you need to take the first step to a successful career in Product, Furniture, Ceramics.

Students have won prestigious National and International awards including;
the M&S Homeware Award, Pentland Brands Award, New Designers Best Stand Award, Sainsbury’s Homeware Award, Formica Award for Excellence and consecutive year on year 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize for excellence from Valentine Clays. Students have also won multiple Keith Brymer Jones ‘promising young designer’ awards, FRANZ Rising Star Global Scholarships, and the GNCCF ‘Best Maker’ awards. Students have had their work realised by KEF, Royal Doulton and Wedgwood, as well as being BCB Show ‘Highlights’ at the British Ceramics Biennials.

You’ll get the chance to visit leading Design Studios, Manufacturers and Exhibitions both in the UK and internationally on our vibrant Educational Visits, to places like New York, Copenhagen, Milan and London.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Product, Furniture, Ceramics.

Become a creator of the future. Design and make innovative, contemporary products to high levels of craftsmanship using a diverse range of materials, processes and practical skills. Focus on user experience and explore sustainable design, new technology and smart materials on our unique Product, Furniture, Ceramics course

You’ll develop a broad set of design and making skills, learning from our team of expert academics in our dedicated design studio. You’ll apply your skills through live projects with world-renowned brands, building a portfolio of innovative and exciting work. You can choose to specialise in the third year, tailoring your projects to your target career, whether you want to be a Product Designer, Ceramicist, Furniture Maker or Entrepreneurial Designer-Maker.

Our course is taught by academics with real-world experience in design and manufacturing, who will be at your side throughout your journey to provide you with the knowledge, skills and support you need to take the first step to a successful career in Product, Furniture, Ceramics.

Students have won prestigious National and International awards including;
the M&S Homeware Award, Pentland Brands Award, New Designers Best Stand Award, Sainsbury’s Homeware Award, Formica Award for Excellence and consecutive year on year 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize for excellence from Valentine Clays. Students have also won multiple Keith Brymer Jones ‘promising young designer’ awards, FRANZ Rising Star Global Scholarships, and the GNCCF ‘Best Maker’ awards. Students have had their work realised by KEF, Royal Doulton and Wedgwood, as well as being BCB Show ‘Highlights’ at the British Ceramics Biennials.

You’ll get the chance to visit leading Design Studios, Manufacturers and Exhibitions both in the UK and internationally on our vibrant Educational Visits, to places like New York, Copenhagen, Milan and London.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Product, Furniture, Ceramics.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Product, Furniture, Ceramics

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Product, Furniture, Ceramics

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Product, Furniture, Ceramics

Work placements

By choosing the placement route, you will have the opportunity to spend a year in industry working at a selected company. You will be able to develop your skills, knowledge and experience as part of your degree and return to the third year feeling even more confident about tackling your negotiated major project.

Previous students have completed placements at companies across the UK and internationally.

Previous students have completed placements at companies across the UK and internationally.

Previous students have completed placements at companies across the UK and internationally.

Course content

The first year of the course is designed to provide you with solid foundations, focusing on core design skills, material exploration, and the role of CAD as a visualisation tool. Live projects with Industry give you the opportunity to put these skills into practice and get your first taste of working with clients.

In the second year, you’ll focus on developing an identity as a designer whilst learning more about design for manufacture and advanced digital techniques. You’ll work collaboratively through live projects with industry that will develop your independence, focusing on driving factors like consumer behaviour, emotional design and sustainability.

The third year allows you to specialise, tailoring your Major Project to your target career, putting all the skills developed into practice. You’ll consider the contextualisation of your work, including branding, costings and intellectual property. Further live projects with industry and competition briefs provide opportunities to produce stand out portfolio projects. The third-year culminates in an end-of-year Degree Show, as well as the opportunity to exhibit your work at a national design show.

The first year of the course is designed to provide you with solid foundations, focusing on core design skills, material exploration, and the role of CAD as a visualisation tool. Live projects with Industry give you the opportunity to put these skills into practice and get your first taste of working with clients.

In the second year, you’ll focus on developing an identity as a designer whilst learning more about design for manufacture and advanced digital techniques. You’ll work collaboratively through live projects with industry that will develop your independence, focusing on driving factors like consumer behaviour, emotional design and sustainability.

The third year allows you to specialise, tailoring your Major Project to your target career, putting all the skills developed into practice. You’ll consider the contextualisation of your work, including branding, costings and intellectual property. Further live projects with industry and competition briefs provide opportunities to produce stand out portfolio projects. The third-year culminates in an end-of-year Degree Show, as well as the opportunity to exhibit your work at a national design show.

The first year of the course is designed to provide you with solid foundations, focusing on core design skills, material exploration, and the role of CAD as a visualisation tool. Live projects with Industry give you the opportunity to put these skills into practice and get your first taste of working with clients.

In the second year, you’ll focus on developing an identity as a designer whilst learning more about design for manufacture and advanced digital techniques. You’ll work collaboratively through live projects with industry that will develop your independence, focusing on driving factors like consumer behaviour, emotional design and sustainability.

The third year allows you to specialise, tailoring your Major Project to your target career, putting all the skills developed into practice. You’ll consider the contextualisation of your work, including branding, costings and intellectual property. Further live projects with industry and competition briefs provide opportunities to produce stand out portfolio projects. The third-year culminates in an end-of-year Degree Show, as well as the opportunity to exhibit your work at a national design show.

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM
  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design: Merit

All applicants are individually assessed via a Portfolio Review session.

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

A foundation year is available for applicants who do not have the appropriate entry qualifications for direct entry to the degree level course, or applicants who wish to develop a broader set of creative skills before joining our Product, Furniture, Ceramics course. Our Art & Design foundation year has a long track record of success in providing a smooth transition to our BA (Hons) courses.

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM
  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design: Merit

All applicants are individually assessed via a Portfolio Review session.

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

A foundation year is available for applicants who do not have the appropriate entry qualifications for direct entry to the degree level course, or applicants who wish to develop a broader set of creative skills before joining our Product, Furniture, Ceramics course. Our Art & Design foundation year has a long track record of success in providing a smooth transition to our BA (Hons) courses.

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM
  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design: Merit

All applicants are individually assessed via a Portfolio Review session.

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

A foundation year is available for applicants who do not have the appropriate entry qualifications for direct entry to the degree level course, or applicants who wish to develop a broader set of creative skills before joining our Product, Furniture, Ceramics course. Our Art & Design foundation year has a long track record of success in providing a smooth transition to our BA (Hons) courses.

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

For equivalent entry requirements in your home country, please see the information on our country pages.

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Facilities

Dedicated Studio

Our well-equipped studio represents a real world design studio. Here, you'll have generate ideas, make models and have access to excellent computer facilities, industry-standard software including Rhino, Solidworks and the Adobe Creative Suite.

3D Workshops

Work in Heavy metal, Fine metals, Wood, Plastics and Resin. Our 3D workshops are equipped with everything you'd expect to see in a working studio from lathes to laser cutters and arc welders to etching tanks.

CAD Modelling Suite

You’ll have access to our dedicated CAD modelling suite with industry relevant software including SolidWorks and Alias, as well as rendering packages like KeyShot.

3D Printing Bureau

Book in jobs, pay for prints, collect work and get technical support using our collection of 3D printers that include Mojo, Up Box, Markforged Onyx One, Formlab 2, and Ultimaker 3.

Careers

Graduates from our design degrees are highly sought after, securing careers worldwide and working on a wide variety of projects. They work for companies including:

  • Habitat
  • M&S Home
  • Wedgwood
  • Westbridge Furniture
  • Evoke Creative
  • GoldenBear Toys
  • 1882

Some graduates are also running their own businesses, teaching, and studying at postgraduate level.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

The teaching on this course largely takes place in our dedicated studio and 3D workshops. You’ll work on a variety of live industry projects that aim to develop a broad skill set that you can apply in a range of careers. You’ll work both independently and in teams, with great opportunities to learn from other students and our expert teaching team. A typical week on the course will include tutorials, seminars, technical demonstrations, ‘thinking through making’ in our 3D workshops and software tutorials.

The teaching on this course largely takes place in our dedicated studio and 3D workshops. You’ll work on a variety of live industry projects that aim to develop a broad skill set that you can apply in a range of careers. You’ll work both independently and in teams, with great opportunities to learn from other students and our expert teaching team. A typical week on the course will include tutorials, seminars, technical demonstrations, ‘thinking through making’ in our 3D workshops and software tutorials.

The teaching on this course largely takes place in our dedicated studio and 3D workshops. You’ll work on a variety of live industry projects that aim to develop a broad skill set that you can apply in a range of careers. You’ll work both independently and in teams, with great opportunities to learn from other students and our expert teaching team. A typical week on the course will include tutorials, seminars, technical demonstrations, ‘thinking through making’ in our 3D workshops and software tutorials.

Assessment

All assessment takes place through the submission of coursework. This will include sketch work, models, presentation material, digital modelling files and written work.

There are no exams on this course.

All assessment takes place through the submission of coursework. This will include sketch work, models, presentation material, digital modelling files and written work.

There are no exams on this course.

All assessment takes place through the submission of coursework. This will include sketch work, models, presentation material, digital modelling files and written work.

There are no exams on this course.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Inclusion Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

You will receive regular feedback from our expert teaching team, both verbally in our studio and workshops, and more formally in writing at the end of each module.

You will receive regular feedback from our expert teaching team, both verbally in our studio and workshops, and more formally in writing at the end of each module.

You will receive regular feedback from our expert teaching team, both verbally in our studio and workshops, and more formally in writing at the end of each module.

Your study time will consist of in session contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the year of study but your timetable will provide you with a good opportunity to learn from our team of expert academics, whilst retaining the flexibility to manage your independent working.

Your study time will consist of in session contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the year of study but your timetable will provide you with a good opportunity to learn from our team of expert academics, whilst retaining the flexibility to manage your independent working.

Your study time will consist of in session contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the year of study but your timetable will provide you with a good opportunity to learn from our team of expert academics, whilst retaining the flexibility to manage your independent working.

Independent learning

Independent learning includes the development of design projects, written assignments and model making in your own time.

All our module handbooks provide a timetable with guidance on how to progress your projects when working independently in the studio or at home.

Independent learning includes the development of design projects, written assignments and model making in your own time.

All our module handbooks provide a timetable with guidance on how to progress your projects when working independently in the studio or at home.

Independent learning includes the development of design projects, written assignments and model making in your own time.

All our module handbooks provide a timetable with guidance on how to progress your projects when working independently in the studio or at home.

Staff

The course is led by Dan Lewis and Tim Forrester who both have extensive industry and academic experience within the UK and abroad.

You'll also be taught by Senior Lecturers, Nigel Turner and Keeley Marshall who both have rich industry experience developing products for internationally recognised brands including Wedgwood, Royal Doulton and their associated design partners.

Francesco Feltrin, Laura Plant, Tim Potts and Rich Gilmartin also deliver taught content, bringing a wealth of materials, manufacturing and consumer behaviour knowledge, software teaching to the course.

You will also learn and undertake technical demonstrations from our extensive and immensely knowledgeable technicians who bring a vast wealth of industry knowledge and global experience.

Dan Lewis

Course Director

Dan is the Course Director for Design, and Course Leader for Industrial Design: Product and Transport at Staffordshire University. Dan’s background is in Product Design and his research focuses on Emotional Design.

Dan's profile

Timothy Forrester

Senior Lecturer

Tim Forrester is one of Britain's most innovative designers. He achieved great success whilst working in Milan before returning to the UK to design and manufacture his high quality, inspirational and versatile furniture ranges.

Timothy's profile

Nigel Turner

Senior Lecturer

With a Masters degree from the Royal College of Art and over 20 years' experience in industry designing anything and everything from homeware to automotive accessories, and underwear to packaging, Nigel also has 10 years' experience in product d…

Nigel's profile

Keeley Marshall

Senior Lecturer

Francesco Feltrin

P/T Lecturer (Hrly) - 3d Design

Richard Gilmartin

Lecturer

Timothy Potts

P/T Lecturer (Hrly) - Design & Fine Art

Fees

For the course starting on 26 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BA (Hons)-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,500 per year of study

For the course starting on 26 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BA (Hons) Full-time, with a placement year
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,500 per year of study

For the course starting on 26 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BA (Hons) Part-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part-time £4,620 per year of study

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:
  • The cost of materials is not included in the course fees. Materials can be purchased from our affordable on-campus Art Shop and 3D workshops.
  • The cost of educational visits are not included in the course fees and must be paid for by students. Please note these trips are optional.
  • The cost of materials is not included in the course fees. Materials can be purchased from our affordable on-campus Art Shop and 3D workshops.
  • The cost of educational visits are not included in the course fees and must be paid for by students. Please note these trips are optional.
  • The cost of materials is not included in the course fees. Materials can be purchased from our affordable on-campus Art Shop and 3D workshops.
  • The cost of educational visits are not included in the course fees and must be paid for by students. Please note these trips are optional.
Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting: www.gov.uk

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

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Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
Stoke-on-Trent campus BA (Hons) Full-time 26 September 2022 Apply now

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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