University of Brighton

3d design and craft ba(hons)

University of Brighton
In Brighton and Hove

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Brighton and hove
Duration 3 Years
Start Different dates available
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Brighton and hove
  • Duration:
    3 Years
  • Start:
    Different dates available

On this established, hands-on course you can explore the full spectrum of three-dimensional practices from studio ceramics and jewellery to products and furniture, graduating with an impressive body of work.
You will have access to spacious specialist workshops in wood, metals, ceramics, polymers and digital technology, working alongside fellow students in a collaborative art-school environment.
Your workshop practice is integrated with historical and critical studies, so you will explore critical, conceptual, ethical and environmental issues as well as the role of design within a social and cultural contexts.
The staff team are practising designers, makers, artists and researchers, bringing their real-world expertise to your studies. Live projects, case studies and exhibitions enable you to place your work in real-world contexts.
Students from the course have gone on to life-long creative careers winning international acclaim and working with global brands and NGOs, exhibiting at leading galleries and museums around the world and pioneering new approaches to making and material culture.

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Brighton and Hove
East Sussex, England
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Starts Different dates available
Brighton and Hove
East Sussex, England
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· Requirements

Entry requirements A-levels or BTEC Entry requirements are in the range of A-level BBB–CCC (120–96 UCAS Tariff points), or BTEC Extended Diploma DDM–MMM. Our conditional offers typically fall within this range. We are looking for highly motivated and creative students. We will consider you on an individual basis. Your portfolio is the most important and mandatory part of your application. If your predicted or actual grades fall below the range below but you can evidence your thinking, ideas and abilities through a high-quality portfolio we will still consider your application. could...

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What you'll learn on the course

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Course programme

Year 1

In the first year, core study modules in studio practice aim to develop material-specific skills and introduce fundamental ideas of design and craft.

Through four material areas (wood, metal, ceramics, polymers and composites) students are introduced to the processes and techniques of design and making. This is followed by a short period of self-directed study or a design project.

Concept development, context and the surrounding discussion on design and craft are led by overarching themes and project briefs increasing in depth of critical engagement, for example:

  • culture of making – traditions
  • consumption – resources and environment
  • technology – materials and performance
  • object and context – body, space and site.

Studio practice is integrated with a creative enquiry module introducing research methods in creative practice and delivering skills in visual communication, design development (drawing, representation, studio techniques such as technical drawing, model making, digital image and layout skills).

The first year programme is also supported by professional practice, and design and craft culture.

  • Making, Materiality and Processes

    The key questions ‘why make?’ and ‘how do we make?’ are investigated through a range of projects exploring materiality and process. You will be introduced to the course’s workshop areas, essential analogue/digital processes, working individually and in teams in response to these fundamental questions.

  • People, Places and Context

    This module offers you the opportunity to explore design and craft within the given contexts People and Place. Projects are research-led and undertaken in conjunction with the continuing development of workshop skills.

    Utilising a range of different approaches, you will begin to investigate relationships between object, user and site. Professional practice elements help to locate yourself and your practice within a vocational context and introduce a range of transferable and employability skills such as teamwork through the group project and networking.

  • Why Make? What Sort of Maker Am I?

    This module offers a period of study for you to situate your practice and determine what kind of a maker you are. It will give you the opportunity to consolidate and extend your knowledge and use of materials in preparation for level 5. You will define an area of enquiry to investigate building on your workshop experience to date. The module culminates in a student-curated exhibition.

  • The Culture of Design and Craft

    This module will provide you with an introduction to a broad range of current key debates relevant to the analysis of the past and present in the field of design and craft. Through lectures, seminars and exhibition visits, you will be introduced to and engage with critical ideas and academic approaches relevant to your field of study.

    The module will support studio work through the development of critical thinking and formal written skills.

Making sure that what you learn with us is relevant, up to date and what employers are looking for is our priority, so courses are reviewed and enhanced on an ongoing basis. When you have applied to us, you’ll be told about any new developments through our applicant portal.

Students meet iconic designer Ron Arad in his studio.

Trips and working outside the studio are an important part of the course

A design by award-winning student Luke Fuller.

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