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BA (Hons) Craft and Design

Individual exploration of creative ideas, methods and solutions to develop advanced Design Craft Making skills using ceramics, textiles and metals. Design processes, including advanced digital applications will draw upon traditional and contemporary crafts throughout the world to celebrate the ever-changing relationships of Craft & Design.

Why Choose This Course?

This one-year programme will encourage development of personal Craft & Design making to a higher level, along with entrepreneurial and professional innovation and practice to progress a personal making identity through a wide range of objects and aim to determine a creative future. Design Craft Making solutions that are gained from the course, could be utilised for galleries, museums, commissions, public installations or designs for industry, that could be domestic, interior spaces, exterior spaces, worn by the body, hand-held or large-scale sculptural pieces.

Currently there is a re-evaluation of the strengths and identity of design crafts by makers which is being re-focused by design processes, innovation, function and use, materials and emerging and advanced technologies. Makers are considering tradition and innovation and how objects can communicate globally, regard sustainability, relevance and human interaction with objects.

Cornwall has a historic and contemporary craft heritage and this course will reflect a wide range of making within the evolving field of Design Crafts. It will provide further opportunities to develop practical and academic skills, manipulate materials, and consider formal and aesthetic solutions to personal projects.

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Start date: 23/09/2024

Course code
Level 6
Penwith College
1 year
Bachelor’s Degree
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Top Course Highlights

Small classes

Excellent tutor support

Variety of facilities

Modern equipment

Purpose-built buildings

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Friendly and creative staff

The Art Department is friendly, supportive, ambitious and hardworking. Achievement in this subject relies heavily on your attendance, punctuality and commitment to learning, both independently and within lectures.


Traditional and Digital Studios

Digital workshops offer all students access to develop skills in industry-standard software including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

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Series of workshops

The workshops are structured to encourage personal confidence in your own preferences and interests. You will explore how a range of modern and historic artists have communicated ideas through their imagery and techniques.

What will I learn?

Individual exploration and understanding as to how to respond to design ideas, concepts, and problem solving by developing individual practice and outcomes. Academic, professional and contextual understanding will inform practice for industry and employment. The programme will promote and support reflective practitioners and effective communication in a variety of forms to a range of audiences. The programme will combine multi-disciplinary design craft specialisms using digital design processes and learning will be informed by contextual influences to advance individual development.

Programme Quality Handbook 2022-23


  • Creative Influences
  • Design for Creative Industries
  • Making A Living from Art, Craft & Design
  • Craft & Design Technical Research
  • Craft & Design Final Major Project
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Where Will It Take Me?

You will be encouraged to participate in activities and work with real clients and organisations. The course is designed to develop the technical and design skills suitable for the student to enter the professional working environment. Modules within all years of the course give the students the opportunity to explore their own interests, both technical and aesthetic, enabling them to foster their own personal practice.

Your work will be exhibited in professional situations and exhibitions, allowing you the chance to enter the craft industries or art-related opportunities. After the intensive three years of study you could manufacture with ceramics, textiles and metal, using a range of digital and design process applications and have a knowledge of historical, contemporary and professional practice within the creative industries.

The course will reflect a range of related careers within the field of Design Crafts, including self-employed maker and designer.

Design Craft Maker includes a variety of settings and these opportunities include:

  • Ceramicist /ceramics technician
  • Textile maker/textiles technician
  • Silversmith and Jewellery technician
  • Gallerist
  • Product design technician
  • Craft workshop/business manager
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Assessment Arrangements

Your study will include workshop and studio practice, presentations, independent research and work-related visits.

The course is assessed through practical coursework, exhibitions and academic presentations.

Entry Requirements

GCSE Level: Normally English and Maths at Grade C or above together with one of the following:

  • A Foundation Degree in a related topic
  • A HND in a relevant topic (For example, successful completion of the Foundation Degree Silversmithing and Jewellery at Truro and Penwith College.)

Additional Information

Duration: One year full-time, part-time route available (two years)

Location: Penwith College

Awarding Body: University of Plymouth


How to Apply:

UCAS Institution: Truro and Penwith College

UCAS Institution Code: T85

UCAS Course Code: W700

Please note, additional costs may be incurred for a Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) and if any equipment, resources or trips need to be purchased

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What you could earn

  • Artists
  • Arts Officers, Producers and Directors
  • Textiles, Garments and Related Trades
  • Textile Process Operatives
  • Advertising Accounts Managers and Creative Directors
  • Architects
  • Furniture Makers and Other Craft Woodworkers
  • Other Skilled Trades
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