"This course will challenge you to think about the 'why' as well as the 'how' of your practice, so that you evolve as a socially innovative designer and craftsperson who pushes the discipline in new and exciting directions."
Developing new ideas, materials and processes is at the core of the Design Crafts BA programme. This is achieved through a rigorous and rich approach to teaching and learning in an environment that is both stimulating and challenging, and by engaging in craft and making through live projects and placements.
This course focuses on the creative possibilities of designing through making, and invites you to immerse yourself in multi-disciplinary materials and processes. You will enjoy access to industry-leading workshops, experimenting and creating with metals, ceramics, plaster, glass, plastics, wood, textiles, printing, as well as new technologies such as 3D scanning and printing. From your own dedicated studio space in our state-of-the-art £80m facility, your making skills will be enhanced by a rigorous and questioning approach to critical thinking, enabling you to create innovative new possibilities and contexts for your work.
Led by highly regarded practitioners and expert technicians, the BA Design Crafts programme challenges conventional boundaries to reinvent traditions of making objects and products. The outcomes can have a multitude of contexts such as objects for the home, to decorate the body, for practical use or perhaps purely for contemplation. Anything is possible, and this degree will help you explore both established and new territories for making.
Live projects are embedded throughout the course and in the past students have worked with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA). These will help will help you develop entrepreneurial skills and business acumen in order to establish yourself as an independent designer-maker producing your own designs in small batches or as one-offs. Your professional skills will be honed with practical briefs and specialist training. These skills may also open opportunities as a consultant to industry and manufacturers, for example as a freelance designer of jewellery, fashion accessories, or home-wares.
In addition to the standard three-year full-time course you also have the opportunity to incorporate an additional one-year professional practice placement for which you will receive an Advanced Diploma Professional Practice: Design Crafts at graduation.
BA Design Crafts is part of the Design Department, giving you proximity to students studying Fashion and Interiors with the potential for exciting collaborative projects.
Whether you are taking the first steps into higher education, looking to start your own business or changing direction in your profession, we have the facilities, industry links and world-class expertise to help you develop and make extraordinary things.
This course is divided into three levels - 4, 5 and 6 - with options to complete at a Certificate level (4), Diploma level (4 and 5), or Honours level (4, 5 and 6).
This module will introduce you to the fundamental learning required to developing design processes in order to build a body of visual and written research. Through the module you will establish these processes through a range of critical enquiry, visual and contextual research, mark making, drawing, and by gathering material and exploring process.
You will develop a broad understanding of the subject and explore a range of ideas and skills, both in the studios, outside environs and by visiting galleries, museums and exhibitions. You will also focus on concepts, theories and knowledge that foreground the understanding of this area of study.
This module will introduce you to a comprehensive range of skills, processes and materials through workshops and studio demonstrations. It will focus on the discovery of, and experimentation with, new and established materials, and traditional and emerging technologies. This will involve the exploration and experimentation of a variety of materials and testing notions of materiality and making practices.
This module will introduce you to concepts, notions, theories and practices of design crafts and promotes critical thinking. It aims to consider, develop and promote the place of authorship in the creative world through a variety of media and within multiple geographic regions, historical periods and subject specialist areas. It encourages well-researched, creative and informed writing within critical frameworks of knowledge and thinking.
Through this module you will develop your material manipulation skills through a range of projects, which are developed from semester one’s Materials and Processes module. It aims to help you expand your abilities to critically analyse and apply knowledge and skills to the processes of design research, experimentation and thinking through making.
This module aims to provide a framework to consolidate and develop making and material processes introduced in previous modules through a more advanced and focused exploration of further materials and processes. Through this period of research and analysis you will be able to critically reflect on your decisions and develop a fully resolved 3D artifact, material process, design proposal or question.
This module aims to give you the means to critically explore materials and engage with further processes of making. It aims to provide the tools to develop an emerging personal vocabulary that will underpin your ability to develop into a unique maker and designer. You will generate ideas about material practices through the analysis of concepts, ideas and production, experimenting with traditional and emerging technologies within workshop environments in order to develop responses to design and making/material problems.
This module aims to build on the first year module, Culture and Context: Locating Practice. It will encourage continuous professional development and self-direction through examining historical and theoretical discourses, business thinking and entrepreneurship, and their impacts on society. It aims to enable the development of your critical self-awareness and ability to identify and address strengths and your responses to working contexts and social issues. The module will nurture and develop your skills to allow you to become innovators and provide both contemporary and historical models of entrepreneurial/business support relevant and useful for creative entrepreneurs. This module provides a link between the theoretical aspects of the broader overview of making and material worlds, and the practice specifics that focus on how creativity can be strengthened through contextual knowledge of a field.
This module aims to create awareness and a critical appreciation of the concepts and theories of design thinking and making as well as its application and impact in a wide range of personal and global contexts. It will give you the ability to investigate and think creatively about design problems and key aspects of cultures that support design thinking, making and innovation.
This module will help you gain supervised experience in a professional work environment that is relevant to your chosen field. It is an opportunity for you to gain new skills, insights, self-awareness and self-confidence within specialist professional practices. It provides a valuable professional context and creates opportunities for you to develop individual maturity through practical application of skills and knowledge, and a realistic understanding of practices within industry.
This module will help you gain further supervised experience in a professional work environment that is relevant to your specialist field. It also provides you with the opportunity to build insights, reflexivity and cultivate networks within industry. You will be able to reflect, analyse and evaluate your experience and communicate this through writing and presentation. This will allow you to form plans for possible future careers and opportunities, and to progress into the final year, considerably enriched and empowered.
This module will enable you to locate your own work within a business/real life context. It allows you to build on previous learning and experience in order to develop relevant approaches to design crafts that are independent, innovative and appropriate in their current environment. You will explore business and life responsibilities, and processes associated with working in the sector. Particular emphasis is placed on how creative and entrepreneurial activity can be combined in a (business) development plan. The module provides practical specialist training in skills associated with your specialism, and you will be able to apply these skills to industry standard.
This module will enable you to assess and integrate your own ambitions for making with a real life case study, live project or collaboration. This component of your learning will embed patterns of development that challenge and support innovation in your own work. This includes the analysis of concepts and theories and the application of a self-negotiated design brief.
This module embodies the opportunity to develop and present the culmination of your learning and personal development. It consists of producing a body of work and portfolio of practice that demonstrates your elected specialist approach to Design Crafts. This modules provides a platform to express creativity, innovation and design thinking through the application of learning drawn from all previously taught modules.
We will consider all applications on their individual merit; successful applicants should demonstrate suitability, dedication and fitness for their chosen programme of study. All candidates are asked to submit evidence of previous production and creative practice, normally presented as a portfolio. As far as possible, students are invited to attend for interview and will be offered the opportunity to view the School and meet appropriate staff and students. Where prior qualifications are not available; applicants with appropriate experience will be assessed on the evidence of their commitment and the quality of their portfolio.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at Level 3 , of which all 45 must be at Merit or higher
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Foundation Year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree. For more information, please see our Foundation Year in Three Dimensional Design page. You may also be interested in our Intensive Foundation in Art and Design, successful completion of which will guarantee a place on a nominated degree. This is a twelve week course, running three times a year, to prepare you for degree-level study. For more information, please see our iFAD page.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit ourEnglish language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
The application is just the first step in our selection process, we also invite you to an interview and review your portfolio of art and design work. We've put together a short video to help you prepare your portfolio.
The interview itself usually lasts about 15 minutes, but please allow an hour as this usually includes a tour of our facilities. We use the interview to allow us to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests and for you to learn more about us. The interview will explore why you want to study the subject with us. There will be no trick questions, so try not to be too nervous.
In addition to the practical skills and knowledge you'll gain from this course, we equip you with the entrepreneurial opportunities and skills to help you succeed as an independent designer and maker or lead expert within specialist craft manufacturing or design application business.
While this is a new programme, we expect most of our graduates to pursue self-employment on completion of this course. Designed to support the aspirations and interests of students at any stage in their professional life and career, this course is flexibly designed to allow you to tailor your work to meet the needs of your ambitions. Therefore, the opportunities following graduation are varied and individually relevant and likely to be influenced by the work placement opportunities available for all our students in the third year of the course.
"I'm interested in how you can make a practice from different elements that are very connected but may seem quite disparate. The world of work is changing; I have had quite a varied career, doing various things to put all my work together. We need to look at how to develop new modes of working so that we don't rely on old systems that aren't always sustainable.
"I really enjoy the open nature of Middlesex and the shared resources. You meet people and have conversations along the way, and that's the way things happen – new ideas and projects come out of these short conversations."
"The focus of my own practice is the badge as a tool for communication. I'm interested in how the arrangement and manipulation of materials can give ideas a physical voice and how that voice can be used to both clarify and misdirect.
"I'm continually impressed with the level of energy that emanates around the Art and Design School at Middlesex University. There's always something interesting going on, which gives you a real sense of being part of something bigger".
"I mainly make items for restaurants and have worked with some high profile clients, from the famous Fat Duck fine dining restaurant to the large chain, Zizzi. I make in-house, whole ranges of items for many London restaurants including the Clove Club, who recently received their first Michelin star.
"Middlesex University, while investing in lots of the new fabrication processes involving advances in computer technology, has also kept hold of many of the traditional hand-making and machining processes. We have some fantastic workshop equipment available to students. Other colleges have chosen to go completely 'digital' but for me there's so much to learn through making and it is vital to have that opportunity."
"I studied three-dimensional design – wood, metal, ceramics and glass. My most recent work concerns itself with the language of time. I am currently producing a series of timepieces questioning how time is read and represented.
"At Middlesex, having access to new technologies such as 3D printing alongside conventional workshop machinery makes for a highly exciting and versatile environment. We hope to step into the future with a firm grip on the past, embracing new technology but not losing traditional techniques. The most enjoyable part of my job is working alongside students, figuring out how to approach and solve problems both creatively and practically, enabling them to realise their ideas in full."
"At Middlesex, we have the equipment needed to make anything you want to do, from traditional jewellery to high-end wearable technology, print making and digital printing, handmade and 3D printing. One of the great parts of our facilities are the technicians, who are all makers too.
"I I love the different challenges that students bring with their ideas to make something new."
"I work with second and third year students and being able to spend two years with them, teaching them new skills and seeing them develop as designers and young adults, is really rewarding. Knowing you are sending talented, mature and skilful students out into the world gives you a huge sense of pride in your work.
"We offer a huge range of facilities, from the traditional, like weaving looms, domestic knitting machines and screen printing, right up to the most cutting edge including laser cutting, digital embroidery and 3D printing – all supported by technicians with really advanced knowledge and experience. There is an incredible amount of specialised machinery and staff across the School of Art and Design and anyone from any course can utilise this, producing skilled and well-rounded students ready to enter the industry."