Our students work with industry partners including the Crafts Council, 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, New Designers and London Craft Week, 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.
Recent graduate successes:
- Gregory Williams, BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts
2020 graduate, British Art Medal Society, student competition, Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers alias Wire Workers
- Colin Wilkes, BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts
2019 graduate, Design Fresh at 100% Design, London. 2019, CGS highly commended, New Graduate Review, 2020 Get Fresh exhibition at Devon Guild
- Ben Kew, BA (Hons) Ceramics and Glass
2019 graduate, selected for the British Ceramics Biennial Fresh exhibition
- Chloe Bell, BA (Hons) Contemporary Craft
2017 graduate, selected for the British Ceramics Biennial Fresh exhibition, and the Craft Council’s Hothouse programme 2020, Griffin Scholarship at the Royal College of Art 2017.
- 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.
Graduates can become:
- glass artists
- prop designers
- ornament/wearables designers
- architectural surface designers
- textile designers
- fine artists
- gallery and museum professionals