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FdA Design Craft Maker

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


This two-year programme will develop personal Design Craft Making and entrepreneurial practices to establish individual making identities through a wide range of objects, to help determine a creative future. Opportunities to develop practical and academic skills using professional equipment and tools within a dedicated adult learning environment. Understand how to respond to design ideas and concepts as well as problem solve by developing individual practice and outcomes. Design Craft Making solutions can be used in 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.

Cornwall has an extensive craft heritage, and this course will reflect a wide range of making within the evolving field of Design Crafts. It will provide opportunities to acquire and develop practical and academic skills, manipulation of materials, formal and aesthetic solutions to briefs.

The programme will demonstrate how to investigate and develop skills that combine multi-disciplinary design craft specialisms using digital design processes. Your learning will be informed by contextual understanding to stimulate individual development and awareness of two and three-dimensional language, procedural thinking and making. Academic and professional practice skills will prepare you for specialist fields and study.

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Start date: 19/09/2022

Course code
Level 5
Truro College
2 years
Foundation Degree
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small classes

excellent tutor support

Purpose-built Art building

Modern equipment

A variety of facilities

Traditional and Digital Studios

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

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.

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?

Year one will introduce you to a range of making and construction techniques using diverse ceramic, metal, textile materials in response to briefs. You will explore design theories from historical and contemporary contexts to understand their influence on art, design and craft. Design processes will be explored through the introduction of digital applications. You will explore an extensive range of making within an individually directed brief.

In year two you will develop individual ideas and skills attained in year one and increase your understanding, knowledge and exploitation of materials and processes. The critical analysis of art, craft and design will further your knowledge regarding audience and society.


Year One:

  • Making
  • Critical and Contextual Studies
  • Digital Design
  • Self-Directed Project

Year Two:

  • Innovation
  • Advanced Digital Design
  • Critical and Contextual Studies (Personal Development)
  • Personal Research Project

Methods of study:

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.

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Where will it take me?

On completion of the FdA Design Craft Maker, progression is available to the BA (Hons) Craft and Design (top-up) degree at Truro and Penwith College. Students could also choose any BA courses locally or nationally or enter the craft industries or art related opportunities. After the intensive two 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 and contemporary and professional practice within the creative industries.

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

  • Ceramicist /ceramics technician
  • Textile maker/textiles technician
  • Silversmith and jewellery technician
  • Gallerist / curator
  • Product design technician
  • Craft workshop/business manager
  • Craft marketing
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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

48 UCAS points from relevant level 3 qualification and English and Maths at 4/c or above.

Additional Information


Two years full-time, four years part-time


Truro College

Awarding Body:

University of Plymouth

How to apply:

UCAS Institution: Truro and Penwith College

UCAS Institution Code: T85

UCAS Course Code: W701

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