University for the creative arts product design

University for the creative arts product design


Crafts and product design are exciting fields of study, and comprise many different specialisms – jewellery, silversmithing, goldsmithing, hand embroidery, textiles, metalwork, glass, ceramics and more.

At UCA, all of our Crafts & Product Design courses are closely supported by our three internationally recognised research centres: the Craft Study Centre, the International Textiles Research Centre and the Centre for Sustainable Design. Combined with our unrivalled specialist workshop facilities across three historic locations – Farnham, Rochester and Hampton Court Palace (Hand Embroidery with the Royal School of Needlework) – this makes studying crafts and design with us a truly unique and exciting prospect.

Our experienced practitioners, tutors, academics and technical teams work together to help students achieve far beyond their expectations. We’ll equip you with all the critical and technical skills you’ll need to express your opinions with confidence and to understand your own creative craft and design work within the broader subject context.

At the heart of our fully hands-on creative courses are the well-stocked workshops, where you’ll experiment with a range of resources, tools and equipment, and learn that practical trial-and-error is a key part of the development process. This practical education will give you the confidence and potential to not only work in the crafts and design industry, but also to shape it.

University for the creative arts product design

Product Design

BA (Hons)

2018 entry

From abstract ideas through to designs and the development of prototypes, product designers respond to a wide range of different scenarios and cultural contexts.

Their work follows a journey from initial drawings through to the development of a product specification for the manufacturing industry, and can incorporate design for both one-off editions or for high-volume production with international distribution.

Here at UCA, your experiences will closely mirror those of a product designer working in industry. You’ll be taught in specialist workshops where you can develop your own ideas using processes from within the sector.