The BA Design and Materials (Level 6) course will enable you to find and start to establish your individual identity as a designer and maker. It will help you to locate your design practice in the wider world of the creative industries. The course is aimed at those who wish to develop their practice in areas including studio ceramics, jewellery, textiles, print and enamelling.
Creativity by nature
The course is interdisciplinary in nature (enabling and encouraging you to work in more than one material or process area). You will explore a range of media and processes to find your own direction, articulating a distinctive individual and professional approach to the design and making of a range of resolved personal work. A lively and experimental approach is encouraged; practical workshops will allow you to explore and develop skills using a wide range of 2D and 3D materials, and digital media. It is regarded as critical to your development that you are free to move between areas and can seek out and devise your own means to combine materials and processes, as appropriate to your aims.
You will also be actively taking part in creative conversations and debates in the studio, in workplaces (visits and placements) and through our lecture and seminar programme. You will research, critically analyse and write about historical or contemporary theoretical and social contexts for design, materials and making in your dissertation. Professional organisations and contexts will be explored in relation to your own personal approach to creative thinking and the production of practical work. You will develop the professional and transferrable skills necessary to pursuing a career as a successful practitioner in the creative industries. You will develop strategies to promote your work and build a sustainable practice. You will participate in exhibitions and enterprises to build a professional network and to market your work.