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BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts — Overview

Applying to study with us in September 2021? 

This course is currently under revalidation, with the new title BA (Hons) Craft & Material Practices.

Degrees listed as subject to revalidation are in the final stage of our rigorous approval process, ensuring our well-established undergraduate curriculum accurately reflects the excellent academic and employment opportunities available to students. Through close consultation with industry experts, academics, students and alumni, you can be sure the course you study will prepare you for a bright future in the ever-changing creative industries. 

Our diverse 3D Design Crafts programme allows you to develop a close understanding and relationship with a range of craft media including ceramics, clay, hot and cold glass, metals, jewellery, jesmonite, wood and plastics.


You will have the chance to explore both the functional and the expressive potential of these rich, tactile materials and to take them in innovative and unexpected directions.

2016 Jewellery grad Stevie Leigh Smith interning at Rachel Entwhistle's studio in London, working on a commission for singer FKA Twigs. Photo by Andy Ford.

3D Design Crafts encompasses a comprehensive range of practices from designer-makers such as jewellers, to conceptual sculptors, with the option for you to become a specialist in a particular discipline as you progress.

Students take part in a masterclass led by ceramic artist Steve Dixon.

The first year of the programme includes working across processes within 3D design crafts to learn crucial interdisciplinary skills. You will gain an in-depth understanding of materials, processes and design development.

In the second and third years, you’ll have the opportunity to focus on your chosen field, or continue to work across a range of disciplines. There will be ongoing lectures that support the development of your professional practice and contextual studies throughout the three years of the programme.

Our superbly equipped and spacious workshops provide opportunities for you to pair traditional making with the rapid digital prototyping facilities in our Fab Lab, giving you the opportunity to reinvent craft for the 21st century.

Students can work in hot, cold or warm glass in our stunning Glass Studios.

Our academic and technical teams are all artists and designers and they will teach you the skills you need, challenge you, and test your conceptual thinking.

Learning isn’t limited to our design studios and workshops – you will meet some of the UK’s most inventive and entrepreneurial contemporary makers and thinkers through studio visits, demonstrations, and presentations.

Our ambition and outlook for our students is international; you will be given the opportunity to visit events such as Sieraad in Amsterdam, Collect at the Saatchi Gallery, British Ceramics Biennial, the Contemporary Craft Festival and London Design Fair.

You'll have full access to the 3D technologies in our Fab Lab.

You’ll have opportunities to broaden your horizons with visiting lecturers and artist talks from the likes of Antoine Leperlier, Emma Woffenden, Barnaby Barford, Nuala Clooney and Keith Harrison.

Bringing international topical debate into your studies, this programme sits at the core of our biennial Making Futures conference, which in 2017 welcomed over 150 guests from over 13 countries.

Keynote speakers included Glenn Adamson, Katie Schwab and Sarah Mann who delivered stimulating presentations, encouraging designer makers to reflect on their place and practice.

What will I achieve

You will define your practice.
Our taught programme encompasses a wealth of disciplines, materials and approaches, from creating individual pieces to batch production methods, all underpinned by strong methodologies and a focus on design solutions.

You will become a 21st century maker.
By exploring histories and contemporary contexts of designing and making, you will expand your approach. You will learn how ideas, visual research, critical thinking, and making can inform each other, responding to current issues such as globalisation and sustainability.

You will be ready for the future.
You’ll learn about enterprise and entrepreneurship, and how to price, display and promote products for a range of different markets including: large scale site specific work, individual exhibition pieces and domestic products, all based on knowledge of your customers and the experience gained by working on live briefs, pitching to clients and entering competitions.


“There was so much amazing talent and work at the Plymouth College of Art Degree Show. It was a real pleasure to have a student from the 3D Design Crafts programme working with us; it is such a valuable course and we are keen to support it.”

Dr Jo Elworthy, Director of Interpretation at Eden Project

Thinking & making

Study with us and you’ll expand your critical approach alongside developing skills in research and analysis. Our academically robust and intellectually stimulating degree programmes are delivered by our team of academics, technical demonstrators and invited experts who together deliver excellence in learning, teaching and assessment. Our programmes encourage diversity in thinking and making - from practical applications through to reflective, analytical writing.

We provide a dynamic, stimulating learning environment from which to test new models of practice, while investing in the rich relationship between practice and theory - based on the potential in material and visual exploration, collaborative working, cross-fertilisation of ideas, and the exploration of histories and contemporary contexts.

Opportunities for studying abroad are available at our partner institutions, click here for more.

Highlights — BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts:

  • Turn design ideas into artefacts and objects – ready for production or exhibition. 
  • Experience a vibrant mix of designing and making, with a chance to explore diverse materials.
  • Benefit from experienced academic staff who have exhibited, curated and published internationally.
  • Develop valuable design skills, so that your making is underpinned by sound methodology.
  • Enjoy opportunities for business start-up and enterprise.
  • Research global markets to inform your work.
  • Support from a team of dedicated and knowledgeable technicians in the realisation of your ideas.

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BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts — Modules

Year 1

BADC101 Visualisation

The Visualisation module forms an essential induction into developing approaches to design and questioning pre-conceptions regarding the use of drawing. As Makers we use drawing as a tool to communicate our ideas to others, and ourselves and as a way of recording what we see, but just as importantly, we use drawing as a means of generating the very ideas, which could develop into made objects.

You will develop existing drawing skills by exploring a wide variety of different materials and techniques (both traditional and contemporary) to depict objects, spaces and forms into 3D and 2D using Drawing in its broadest sense. In this way, it is intended that you will develop your observational and creative thinking skills, with an understanding of how drawing can inform making.

Practical workshops and trips will explore the use of drawing across a range of material areas relevant to contemporary making practices including: Metals, Wood, Ceramics and Glass – whilst utilising traditional, contemporary and digital ways of working, with contemporary and historical examples referenced. Creative-play and risk-taking will allow you to break free from any existing inhibitions regarding what a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ drawing actually is.

You will respond to a number of tasks that will develop your strategies and skills for using drawing.

BADC102 Realisation

Realisation through making is an important way in which we can achieve desired or anticipated ideas and concepts. Playful exploration using a range of materials and processes, engages us with numerous possibilities and allows us to come to understand something clearly and distinctly.

You will be introduced to materials and establish an appreciation of their properties whilst asking yourself, “what can I do with this? What does it look like if I do that?” This module will provide you with the security to ‘take risks and build confidence in making, in order to understand how creative play can lead to innovation. You will engage with materials in a variety of ways such as, transforming, copying, re-mixing, combining, re-appropriating, for example, whilst learning essential techniques and processes which will form the foundation of future making.

You will be taught safe working practices and will develop research and recording skills including critical analysis and how to relate sometimes-abstract findings to practice. You will be encouraged to look at the work of others from your own and other eras and cultures.

BADC103 Design in Context

There are many contexts in which a designer/ maker can operate; from making functional objects by hand to designing for industrial manufacture or creating individual sculptural objects; reacting to a specific market or context will affect what is made.

You will be introduced to a range of contextual possibilities relevant to contemporary making practices (across Design Crafts, Jewellery, Ceramics and Glass). You will be expected to make decisions as to how best to approach making for these using appropriate materials and processes and will begin to consider how these relate to their own trajectory.

You will be encouraged to look at a range of contextual possibilities and identify the differences between them. The intention is to broaden your awareness of the variety of ways in which materials, making and process are relevant in contemporary art and design practices so you can begin to make decisions as to how to position your own practice.

BADC104 Professional Practice & PDP 1

This module is designed to help you explore the shape and patterns of employment in the creative industries, to enable you to start to match your current skills, knowledge and creative portfolio to those required to successfully compete for work in your intended career. Having identified areas for development, you will work with the module leader to update your Professional Development Plan (PDP blog) to enable you to identify the necessary experiences and skills to acquire during your degree course. The module will cover a wide range of general skills including: effective professional communication with employers, CV compilation and social media promotional platforms.

BAIS300 Interdisciplinary Studies

This module provides an opportunity to expand and develop skills and knowledge, through the introduction of new approaches and methods that broaden and extend the student’s understanding of practices both in their subject area, and the wider creative context in which they work.

The module will introduce students to interdisciplinary approaches and methods in their subject, and open up possibilities for engagement with practices both within and outside their immediate subject area. As such, this Module complements all of the student’s study to date, and contributes to their wider knowledge and understanding of creative practices.

The module will encourage students to explore new skills, knowledge and approaches including team working and problem solving. Above all, it will encourage critical reflection on the range of interdisciplinary approaches and contexts explored within the module.

BCOP100 Contexts of Practice 1

This module introduces students to key theories and ideas, and provides a range of critical approaches to support the investigation, interpretation and analysis of contemporary art, design and media. Students will study a range of concepts that have shaped the way that we understand art, design and media in its wider historical and cultural contexts. Students will develop core research and communication skills to help them to articulate and contextualise their understanding of the themes covered in this module, and the knowledge gained will support creative practice by developing an understanding of the relationship between thinking and making.


Year 2

BADC201 Object Enquiry

Throughout our lives we interact and react to the objects around us, continually making judgments and assessing their value in terms of functionality, cultural and/or personal significance. In addition objects also reveal much about their manufacture, which in turn betrays their origins and adds to our assessment of their meaning and value. Often this ‘reading’ of objects is tacit, with judgments made about value and usefulness through our inherent understanding of our environment and culture.

By drawing your attention to how you read and judge objects, you will become aware of how designers and/or makers can affect the interaction between the object and the audience and how skills and processes are utilised to realise ideas. You will then be expected to demonstrate your awareness of these themes by producing a practical response.

Through seminars and group work you will become aware of the importance of the relationship between the object and the audience and how this changes according to context.

BADC202 External Practice

Working on external briefs will raise your awareness of the wide range of opportunities in the 3D Design Craft arena and working to industry standard. This module will reflect creative external opportunities within the programme and encourage you to develop knowledge of appropriate professional contexts as you independently explore a range of approaches to 3D Design Craft.

Undertaking a live project supports creative direction, investigation and exploration, which will lead you to critically analyse your own personal practice. You will be encouraged to develop your entrepreneurial skills as you take responsibility for the whole process from the initial idea to the final concept, taking design, production, marketing and submission into consideration.

BADC203 Professional Practice & PDP 2

Throughout the module, you will consider business and practice skills required to plan for a career in 3D Design Crafts. This module extends skills acquired during Level 4 allowing individuals to further explore professional practice alongside an investigation into in-house employment, career portfolio and entrepreneurial opportunities. Running throughout level 5, the module will inform an understanding of the level of professionalism, creativity and adaptability required to negotiate a career in the creative industries.

Continuing from the good practice established in the level 4 Professional Practice module, reflections will be an ongoing, recorded and archived through your PDP journal.

GCOP200 Contexts of Practice 2

This module extends and develops the themes, ideas, concepts and critical discourses introduced in Year One. Students will attend core lectures and participate in a lecture/ seminar series designed to deepen their understanding of creative practice in its wider contexts. This themed approach encourages students to make considered and appropriate links between their area of practice and wider contextual and interdisciplinary discourses. You will continue to develop critical approaches to research, which will inform your understanding of the relationship between context and practice.


Year 3

BADC301 Research and Experimentation

Starting from the evaluation of your previous work and your intentions for the year, this first module will require you to undertake a period of concentrated research, experimentation and development. The intention is to deconstruct pre-conceived ideas and work patterns, and to allow new creative formations to emerge through calculated risk taking and critical reflection. Throughout, the emphasis is on the exploration and development of concepts, media and methods, rather than finished outcomes. It is likely that this intense period of research and experimentation will underpin some of the critical choices made when you map out your aims in the subsequent Creative & Professional Development module.

BADC302 Creative and Professional Development

This module will enable you to use personal career ambitions to position yourself for progression to employment, self-employment or post-graduate study. It will provide multiple opportunities for you to assimilate previous industry experiences and research into both contextual subject matter and creative outcomes of the final year modules. The module will encourage consideration of audiences, end-users and relevant markets. Relationships with appropriate external agencies, individuals and professionals will be explored and interactions with the creative, commercial and cultural environments will be investigated.

BADC303 Creative and Professional Conclusion

This module represents the culmination of the knowledge, skills and understanding acquired throughout the entirety of your study on the programme through the engagement in a project that is the result of a self-initiated or self-selected brief.

BADC304 Contexts of Practice 3

This module provides students with two pathways. Each pathway supports the development of independent critical thinking and requires them to consider and contextualise their practice by situating it within a wider set of discourses and contexts. 

Pathway One - Written Research Project (WRP) is an opportunity to conduct a substantive piece of independent research, which is focused on an area related to creative practice. 
Pathway Two - Contextual Enquiry Project (CEP) is a practice-led research project with critical commentary, in which students conduct an in-depth inquiry intended to inform and reposition their creative practice.


Module details listed above are indicative content only.
All modules listed are compulsory.

BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts — Staff

Gayle Matthias

Gayle Matthias
Senior Lecturer & Subject Leader
MA Subject Tutor

Gayle is a practising artist, educator and researcher. Having exhibited nationally and internationally, Gayle has work in the permanent collections of the V&A, Musee de Vianne, Glazenhuis and Ebeltoft Museum of Glass amongst others. Previously, Gayle has worked in the Gallery Education Department at the Crafts Council; she has also been an artist in residence at Bullseye Glass in the USA. Examples of her work can be found in many glass publications, most recently New Glass Review 36.

Previously, Gayle was a Senior Lecturer on the BA Hons Contemporary Craft course at Falmouth University and formerly an External Examiner at De Montfort University.  She has a BA in 3D Design: Glass and an MA in Creative Practice.

Gayle has worked in a wide variety of kiln-formed glass techniques for over twenty years. Currently, she is engaged in collaborative research with Tavs Jorgensen, investigating Rapid Tooling for glass casting moulds combined with digital technologies. She is the co-author of papers presented at the GAS conference in Chicago 2014, ‘Making Futures’ conference in Plymouth, UK (2013), ‘Crafting the Future’, the 10th European Academy of Design (EAD), Gothenberg, Sweden (2013) and ‘Towards a New Ceramic Future’, research presentation at V&A, UK (2012).  Gayle is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Jason Marks

Jason Marks
MA Subject Tutor

Jason is a designer exploring the links between the crafted object and the possibilities afforded by 3D printing and other technologies. He has a degree in 3D Design, specialising in ceramics and an MA in Design from Central St Martins. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Ceramics Manufacture.

His work has been widely exhibited and is held in public and private collections internationally. He also undertakes architectural ceramic commissions. He is passionate about ceramic materials and strives, through the use of technology, to produce new forms and appropriate motifs for the 21st century.

Jason has taught at a range of levels. He teaches across the 3D Design Crafts programme and delivers specialist teaching in computer aided design. He also works in our Fab Lab.

Dr Kim Bagley

Dr Kim Bagley
MA Subject Tutor

Kim studied a BA (Hons) Visual Art and an MAFA, both specialising in ceramics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. She completed the first practice-led PhD in Ceramics at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham in 2014.

Alongside teaching and research, Kim has developed her own practice in sculptural and installation-based ceramics that explore and comment on social issues in South Africa and the UK.

Kim has taught at UCA Farnham, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, 318 Ceramics and Surrey Adult Learning. Kim has worked as a research associate at the University of Westminster as part of the Ceramics Research Centre – UK.

Kim contributes to teaching and learning across the 3D Design Crafts programme and delivers specialist teaching in Ceramics and Contextual Studies.

Rachel Darbourne

Rachel Darbourne
MA Subject Tutor

Rachel studied at Middlesex University where she achieved a BA (Hons) degree, specialising in Jewellery. She has since established her practice in Plymouth where she lives and works. Rachel has a product range of polyethene jewellery that is exhibited and sold in galleries throughout the UK.

Rachel returned to education at the School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University as a mature student where she achieved an MA in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products.

This period of study resulted in a more conceptual line of enquiry, investigating humanity’s predisposition for violence through a range of mixed media jewellery; this work is shown internationally.

Rachel has co-curated an exhibition that travelled to Munich for Schmuck, Plymouth, and then finally Vienna. Most recently she was co-creator and coordinator of the participatory performance project, JUNK: rubbish to gold, with Professor Jivan Astfalck and Laura Bradshaw-Heap.

Rachel teaches across the 3D Design Crafts programmes, with specialist teaching in Jewellery.  

Amy Whittingham

Amy Whittingham
Technical Demonstrator – Glass

Amy completed a BA Hons. in Applied Arts, glass and metals at Plymouth College of Art in 2005 and an MA in Glass at the University of Sunderland in 2006. Amy makes cast glass sculpture and jewellery, which begin as intricately carved waxes.

In 2016 Amy completed working on The Cold Truth, a commission for Effervescent and Children’s Charity Barnardo’s. This included creating moulds of 50 pairs of shoes, some cast in glass and some in ice, for an exhibition curated by young people.

Amy is involved extensively in the Plymouth art scene, including co-curating the Chrysalis exhibition for Flameworks at the Devonport Guildhall, being part of the Plymouth Art Weekender and being a Creative Director of Flameworks.

Amy supports students in working in glass across the 3D Design Crafts programmes and is a specialist in kiln-formed glass.

Dan Chapple

Dan Chapple
Technical Demonstrator – Ceramics

Dan is a BA graduate of Plymouth College of Art. He has been making Raku-fired ceramics since 1996. Dan’s wheel thrown and altered pieces are finished with a range of Raku glazing methods including highly polished slip resist Raku and traditional Raku crackle glazes. Dan sells his ceramics through galleries and craft fairs across the UK.

Dan draws his inspiration from classic Grecian forms, as well as oriental pottery traditions. Contrasting light and dark, with shiny, satin and matt, layering on slips and glazes to achieve varying degrees of crackle finish.

Dan supports students in ceramics across the 3D Design Crafts programmes.

Ana Simoes

Ana Simoes
Workshop Coordinator - Jewellery

Ana Simoes is a designer-jeweller who has a BA (Hons) in Jewellery from The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design. She has taken part in collaborative exhibitions and has also exhibited solo in renowned jewellery shows and fairs in Europe and in the UK such as Schmuck, Legnica Jewellery Festival Silver, British Craft Trade Fair, Jewellery & Watch Birmingham, amongst others.

Currently, Ana works mainly with precious metals and gemstones and aims to merge traditional jewellery making techniques with a modern aesthetic. She is one of the designer-jewellers behind Muscari Jewellery, a contemporary fine jewellery brand where thought-provoking design and attention to the finest details are essential to the look and feel of the collections.  

Ana supports students across the 3D Design Crafts programmes. She is a specialist in fine metal jewellery.

Maria Psiliagkou

Maria Psiliagkou
Workshop Co-ordinator – Ceramics

Maria studied ceramics at the Ceramics School of Nikaia, Athens and the University of the West of England, Bristol. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of Greenwich.

Maria has been producing ceramics for over 20 years. In her creative practice, Maria investigates how personal experiences and memory are tied to a place and related to specific landscapes. Her research interests are in the development of socio-political narratives in contemporary ceramics and the use of digital technology in traditional crafts.

As part of the 3D Design Crafts team, she delivers workshops in a variety of model and mould making and surface pattern processes. She has been teaching ceramics and 3D design for over 15 years. Previously, she taught at Havering College, Barking College and Trinity School, London. Maria has also delivered family workshops at the Design Museum London and has taught pottery for Southwark Adult Education.

Noah Taylor

Noah Taylor
Technical Demonstrator

Noah studied BA (Hons) Fine Art (Sculpture) at Ravensbourne. He has studied Blacksmithing at Hereford College of Arts, holds City & Guilds and PGCE qualifications.

Subsequently he has engaged with a broad variety of activity including work in the building and construction industry, a technical aid project in Zimbabwe, shop design and fitting in Germany, and time spent as a metalwork consultant for Danny Lane Studios.

Noah was one of the founding members of Flameworks Creative Arts Facility, Plymouth’s longest standing Artists’ studios. He has consistently maintained his own practice, including Public Art commissions, and exhibits both indoor and outdoor work at venues such as The Sculpture Park in Surrey, Lion Street Gallery in Hay on Wye, and Imagine Gallery in Suffolk.

In education, Noah has worked as a Lecturer in 3D and Art History at Cornwall College, part-time Metals Lecturer at Plymouth College of Art and now full-time Technical Resource Manager for our Material Lab. Noah supports students across the 3D Design Crafts programme, as a large-scale metalwork specialist.

The staff listed on this programme are correct at the time of writing. Students will be notified if there are any changes to key staff (i.e. Programme Leaders and Lecturers).

BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts — Student Work

"For Crafts' Sake" Picket Line at Tate Exchange

Student work by Lolita Diot-Parslow. Photography by Rod Gonzalez.

Student work by Rosie Groom. Photography by Rod Gonzalez.

Student work by Ian Palfrey.

Student work by Ben Kew. Photography by Rod Gonzalez.

Student work by Vanessa Child-Villiers.

Student work by Ruby Butler.

Student work by Jorge Mata. Photography by Rod Gonzalez.

Student work by Lorna Yabsley.

Student work by Colin Wilkes. Photography by Rod Gonzalez.

Student work by Ruby Butler. Photography by Rod Gonzalez.

Student work by Kate Howes. Photography by Rod Gonzalez.

Student work by Isabelle LaTurner.

Student work by Lauren Gunning-Bown.

Student work by Jenny Hicks. Photography by Rod Gonzalez.

Student work by Cavan Wright. Photography by Rod Gonzalez.

Student work by Lucy Edenbrough. Photography by Rod Gonzalez.

Student work by Julian Roux.

Student work by Jo Hart. Photography by Rod Gonzalez.

Student work by Laura Brooks. Photography by Rod Gonzalez.

BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts — Students Say

In Conversation with: Rosie Groom – BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts from Plymouth College of Art on Vimeo.

Moira White – BA (Hons) Ceramics

“I wanted to follow art when I left school in the early 70s but I knew getting a job would be hard so I became an occupational therapist. I always did evening and day classes until, 36 years after leaving school, I started a full time course. I specialised in ceramics (after considering glass) but I prefer to be hands-on rather than using tools. It’s just like baking – following recipes, adjusting temperatures. I plan to set up a home studio – make work for galleries, and concentrate on throwing.”

Jane Mooney – BA (Hons) Ceramics

"I’ve combined traditional ceramic methods with digital technologies to create detail and textured surfaces. I’ve made a mould using 3D printing, slip-cast porcelain decanters and then laser cut the unfired clay to create a delicate layered effect. The course has made me realise that I want to work in a variety of ways. I’d like my own studio, but want to stay involved in community arts."

Amy Casto 

"I did a Foundation Diploma and originally wanted to study blacksmithing. I also wanted to be near the coast and chose this college because of its location and the facilities. I like to work standing up and moving around, to be more involved physically. It’s exciting because of the furnace and melting materials, and you never know what’s going to happen – there’s always an element of surprise. I don’t know how my pieces will turn out! I think of myself as an artist/ designer/maker.

I really like the college. There’s a lot of freedom and help to explore other areas. For example the jewellery tutor invited me into her workshops and made me feel welcome."

BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts — Careers & Alumni

Our students work with industry partners including the Crafts Council, British Pewter, the Goldsmiths’ Company, the Association for Contemporary Jewellery, Hothouse, Craftspace, the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, British Art Medal Society, the Eden Project, Mount Edgcumbe and Dartington Crystal on live briefs, competitions and exhibitions.

They curate, exhibit and sell their work at many prestigious design and craft events. In recent years students have exhibited at TENT, part of London Design Fair, and have had opportunities to visit shows in Europe, including the Handwerk fair and SCHMUCK, Munich.

Our strong international connections also allow our students to take a semester of study at one of our partner institutions within Europe and North America, and in turn, we welcome overseas students from those institutions to join us in our design studios, creating an exciting cultural exchange.

We will encourage and support your creative education, helping you to succeed and launch your career. 

Our students have gained employment as independent makers, business owners, designers, conservators, technicians and teachers.

Our dedicated employability team are on hand to help you develop professional opportunities. And this doesn’t stop when you graduate – we want to stay in contact and will help support you through the first two years of your career.

Awards & Accolades won by recent graduates:

Rosemary Groom, BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts, 2018 graduate - Residency at Birmingham School of Jewellery.

Bethany and Alice Antliff BA (Hons) Ceramics and Glass, 2018 graduates - Won the Canonteign Falls residency for 2018, they were both selected as Commended for 'New Graduate Review', with Bethany Antliff’s work included in an exhibition at London Glassblowing, September 2018.

Lorna Yabsley, BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts, 2018 graduate, British Art Medal Society, Student Competition, Second Prize.

Ben Lintell, BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts, 2017 graduate - Talente 2018 Munich Award.

Ian Palfrey, BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts, 2017 graduate - Contemporary Glass Society Graduate Prize 2017, Second Prize.

Mim Brigham, BA (Hons) Contemporary Crafts, 2017 graduate - Selected for The 3rd Session of China (Hejian) Craft Glass Design & Creation Exhibition and Competition at Ming Shangde Glass Museum, Hejian City, Cangzhou City, Hebei Province, China November 2018.  Selected for the British Glass Biennale 2017. Devon Guild of Craftsmen Prize 2017.

Ishtar Liljefors, BA (Hons) Jewellery, 2017 graduate - Selected for Bright Young Gems and exhibited at International Jewellery London, September 2017.

Val Muddyman BA (Hons)  Contemporary Craft, 2017 graduate - Selected for the Contemporary Craft Festival 2018 StartUP scheme.

Eleanor Gooch, BA (Hons) Jewellery, 2015 graduate – Devon Guild of Craftsmen Prize, Contemporary Craft Festival One Year On Prize, Nicola Hurst Prize, Victoria Sewart Prize

Jessica Thorn, BA (Hons) Ceramics, 2014 graduate – Best New Business Award at Contemporary Craft Festival at Bovey Tracey, Selected for Craft Council Hothouse 6, Ceramic Art London 2018.

Zoe Bailey, BA (Hons) Jewellery & Silversmithing, 2014 graduate – New Designers One Year On.

Jonathan Daniels, BA (Hons) Jewellery & Silversmithing, 2014 graduate – New Designers One to Watch, Pewter Live Decorative Arts First Prize.

Chloe O’Brien, BA (Hons) Jewellery & Silversmithing, 2014 graduate – Devon Guild of Craftsman Visual Arts Prize.

Teresa Surman, BA (Hons) Contemporary Craft, 2014 graduate – Nicola Hurst Jewellery Prize, Contemporary Craft Festival One Year On Prize.

Victoria Williams, BA (Hons) Jewellery & Silversmithing 2014 graduate – New Designers One Year On.

Adele Retter, BA (Hons) Contemporary Craft 2014 graduate – Selected for Craft Council Hothouse 5.

Graduates become:

  • Designer Makers
  • Jewellery Designers
  • Furniture Designers and Makers
  • Ceramicists
  • Glass Artists
  • Prop Designers
  • Designers
  • Architectural Glass Artists
  • Artists
  • Gallery Curators
  • Studio Assistants
  • Teachers/Lecturers/Technicians    
Visiting Lecturers:

2017 - 2018:

Steve Dixon
Nuala Clooney
Sam Photic
Chris Taylor
Sarah James

2016 – 2017:

Emma Woffenden
Colin Reid
Barnaby Barford
Steffen Dam
Stevie Leigh Smith
Jenny Ayrton
Billy Wynter
Katie Treggiden
Angela Thwaites
Sarah James

2015 – 2016:

Ian McIntyre
Silo Studio
Geoffrey Mann
Dauvit Alexander
Vikoria Munzker
Siobhan Davies Dance
Alison Proctor
Heike Brachlow
Dail Behennah
Billy Lloyd
Sarah James
Rachel Darbourne
Jamie Billing
Lee Merchant


Careers & Enterprise in the Curriculum’ at Plymouth College of Art 

Professional practice is embedded within all of our programmes.  Throughout your studies, you will have the opportunity to develop the key professional, transferable skills for employability in the creative industries and potentially work in partnership with other sectors locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.

From writing and making the most of your CV to gaining industry experience, the acquisition of professional skills has been written into the programmes of study by our staff teams, who have ‘real world’ experience. They are also supported by our Industry Liaison Groups, who help inform the development of the higher education curriculum.

BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts — Entry Requirements

BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts — Resources

Our purpose-built specialist fabrication workshops house cutting-edge facilities for glass, metal, ceramics, woods and plastics, all supported by expert tuition and technical provision.

You’ll be able to use a variety of hand-building techniques and small batch production methods in ceramics, such as press-moulding, mould-making, wheel-throwing and slip-casting. In glass, you’ll be encouraged to experiment with techniques such as glass blowing, kiln-casting, slumping, fusing and lampworking. You will have access to fine metalwork and silversmithing processes, including lost wax casting and micro-welding. Traditional hand forming and contemporary mixed media approaches are taught. For working with wood we have all the tools and expertise you’ll need. You will also develop an understanding of materials such as concrete, plastic, jesmonite and resin.

You’ll also be able to explore digital making. Fab Lab Plymouth links you with an international network of digital makers and European projects.

Our Fab Lab is exceptionally well resourced with additive and subtractive manufacturing tools, 3D scanners and the very latest design software. Our supportive specialist staff will guide you through the digital making process.

Ceramics and Glass Workshops

With a glass furnace that works at 1,100 degrees, 10 potters wheels, resources for hot, warm and cold glass processes, a plaster room for mould making, 16 kilns, a well-stocked glaze mixing area and individual studio space, our Ceramics and Glass Workshops have a real ‘wow’ factor, rivalling any art school around the country.

Our Ceramics Workshops.

Jewellery Design Studio

Housed in our fantastic new Craft, Design and Fabrication Workshops, this stunning space provides everything for contemporary and traditional techniques in jewellery design, including benches supplied with gas and oxygen, in-house metal casting resources, hand and machine-forming tools, facilities for vitreous enamelling, and a separate chemical room for etching, anodising and patternation. We also have larger metalwork equipment for welding, brazing, cutting and grinding.

Our Jewellery Design Studio.

Fab Lab Plymouth

Our ‘fabrication laboratory’ is kitted-out with the latest in digital design technologies – from 3D printers to 3D scanners, a vinyl cutter, CNC milling machine, CNC router and laser cutter. It adds a whole new level of opportunity for students across all creative walks of life. See more.

3D technologies in Fab Lab Plymouth.

Students have full access to our dedicated Fab Lab with all the latest 3D technology.

Woods and Plastics Workshop

Alongside the latest in new technology, we value the long-standing traditions of making in wood and plastics – and have developed an excellently-resourced workshop that is open to all our students. It boasts a wide range of kit, including an impressive CNC router, plenty of saws and lathes, and strip-heaters, as well as greenwood-working facilities.

CNC Milling Machine in our Woods & Plastics Workshop

Hot glass resources in our Ceramics & Glass Workshops.

Ceramics resources in our Ceramics & Glass Workshops.

BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts — Interview

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