Design and Crafts in the UK

UK Design and Craft Courses

Introduction to Design and Crafts

A Design and Crafts degree at a UK university will encompass many of the different areas of both traditional and cutting edge design techniques used to create objects.

Students will use materials such as metal, clay, plastic, wood, plaster casting, as well as well as newer technologies such as 3D scanning and 3D printing, to design and create their own objects. The size and scale of projects students undertake during the course will vary in scale and complexity, while entrepreneurial skills will be developed as you also promote and sell your own products at public exhibitions.

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Courses modules include drawing and design, design for clients, business thinking and creative practice. Work placements are also common place on many Design and Crafts programmes.

Careers in Design and Crafts

Illustration, graphic and interior design, craft manufacturing, jeweller, ceramicist, consultancy, curating and buying are just some of the roles Design and Crafts graduates can move into.

On a broader scale, employment can be found in different sectors such as multimedia, publishing, advertising, museums and galleries, fashion, and film.

Design and Crafts Entry Requirements

Most Design and Crafts courses do not specify what subjects you should have studied before applying, but some insist on achievement in an art-related subject. A personal portfolio of drawings and documents that represent your design work and show you are unique, creative and imaginative is a must.

  • Typical International Baccalaureate requirements: 28 points.
  • Typical IELTS requirements: 6.0 overall, with no lower than 5.5 in any one component.
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Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.

Where can I study Design and Crafts in the UK?

To learn more about the best Design and Crafts courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Design and Crafts universities in the Guardian University Guide 2019 below:


  1. Leeds Arts University
  2. Kingston University
  3. Goldsmiths, University of London
  4. Loughborough University
  5. University of Lincoln
  6. Arts University Bournemouth
  7. Staffordshire University
  8. Coventry University
  9. Nottingham Trent University
  10. University of Edinburgh

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