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3D Designer Maker (Ceramics) (Hons), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #801 (WUR) Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Develop your passion for designing and making ceramics using a diverse range of skills & techniques taught with high levels of craftsmanship throughout this 3D Designer Maker (Ceramics) (Hons) course at Staffordshire University.
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The strength of this distinctive course is reflected in the achievements of our former students. Some have won nationally recognised awards, including

  • New Designers - Best Stand Overall Award
  • Keith Brymer Jones Award for ‘promising young designer’ & ‘Keith’s one to watch’ 
  • Denby Highly Commended Award – New Designers 
  • Valentine Clays Award for excellence  – 1st 2nd and 3rd Prize
  • Multiple winners of the Franz Rising Star Project scholarships

You'll get to experience a breadth of materials and 3D workshop skills before specialising in the area of ceramics as well as transferable skills for the jobs market.

You could also use your skills to set up your own businesses as a designer-maker. Many of our self-employed graduates have been featured in nationally recognised magazines such as Crafts, Elle Decoration and Craftsman Magazine. Others have gained employment with The Crafts Council, Hidden Arts and Wedgwood.

Our 3D Designer Maker degree offers three pathways – Ceramics, Craft and Jewellery and Fashion Accessories.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) 3D Designer Maker (Ceramics)

Working in your own dedicated studio area, with access to a broad range of workshop facilities, you will get the chance to experiment with a variety of cross-disciplinary materials as well as digital technologies. In this this 3D Designer Maker (Ceramics) (Hons) course at Staffordshire University, you will learn practical techniques and processes through hands-on technical demonstrations, gaining high levels of craftsmanship.


Libby Ward was awarded ‘Best Maker’ at the Great Northern Craft Fair, Manchester.

Jasmine Simpson was voted one of the ‘Top Ten’ makers to watch by Ceramic Review in.

Amy Ridyard was selected to exhibit her work at the Museum of Art & Design in New York.

Faith Shillito won the ‘Best Commercial Design’ as part of a live brief set by Sheffield knife manufacturer Taylor Eye Witness.

Grace Pepper was given the Potclays Award. She has gone on to gain a position at Portmeirion Pottery within the export department.

A number of our students also go on to our award winning MA Ceramics course.

You could gain employment as a designer-maker in industry, or set up your own business. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits

    All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. 

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • In your first year, you will develop your specialist knowledge across materials in ceramics, wood, metals and plastics. This will enable you to become a more informed contemporary maker and someone who can use specialist skills professionally and effectively, with an emphasis on high class skills in practical making, experimentation and craftsmanship. 
  • In your second year, you will develop your own voice choosing one of the three pathways, build independent professional working practices, undertake ‘live’ briefs with companies such as Wedgwood and Royal Doulton, and take on increasing responsibilities for your own creative journey. 
  • In your third year, you’ll consolidate your knowledge and skills to produce your final exhibition pieces. Alongside your studio work, you will gain an insight into design futures/business set-up and branding yourself ready for the world of work.

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus B at AS

All applicants are individually assessed via interview with portfolio.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Stoke-on-Trent

  • 550 - 850 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries.

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