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.

Our School of Crafts & Product Design has leapt an impressive 24 places in The Guardian’s 2017 university league table.

University for the creative arts product design

Course overview:

On our BA (Hons) Product Design course, you’ll have access to the latest CAD and digital technologies to help you shape your vision and, by taking advantage of the wide range of materials here, you can make your own design concepts into high-quality prototypes.

Learning from our team of professional product designers with significant international experience, you’ll develop a deep knowledge of industry manufacturing techniques. We’ll set you projects that challenge you as a designer, honing your design, making and presentation skills.

As the course progresses, there’ll be an additional focus on professional development, helping you to establish your own creative identity and unique design profile.

Based at our Farnham campus, our extensive facilities will be at your fingertips – professional design studios, industry-standard CAD programmes, rapid prototyping and engineering facilities, and extensive model-making workshops.

Our course holds strong connections with both London-based design studios and larger manufacturers, enabling our students to take on rewarding work placements and live project briefs from companies such as Kenwood DeLonghi, iGuzzini, Atrium Lighting, Alexander Rose Furniture, Quinine Strategy Consultants and Therefore Design.

Our product design graduates successfully land roles with blue chip companies such as Samsung, Apple, and Nike; with design studios like Frog Design, McClaren, and therefore; with advertising and marketing agencies; and many other creative design studios.