The course normally lasts three years (BA (Hons)) or four years (MDes) when studied full-time and four to six years part-time. You can start in September.
You will have a base studio with your year group colleagues, which is where you will learn through design exploration, discussion, sketching and making. There will also be a series of lectures with associated seminars and workshop practical classes. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.
Several pieces of design work will be tackled each year. Projects are set to fully represent the range and duration expected in commercial practice. Specific ‘drivers’ of design, such as environmental impact, inclusive design, assistive technology, blue sky thinking, engineering or brand image will provide a range of changing and demanding possibilities.
As the course progresses, you will follow a ‘self-selected display’ format when selecting items for exhibition or inclusion within your portfolio, common in art and design practice. The act of choosing your most powerful work develops valuable skills in self-promotion, reflection and helps to inform personal development.
We provide technical support and access to industry-standard software and hardware, as well as in other technologies like silkscreen, letterpress and laser-cutting from specialist technicians. In addition, you may have the opportunity to sign up for workshops designed to enrich your skills in things like sublimation, photography, print-making and digital media.
During your course of study, we organise field trips to museums and galleries across the UK, which have previously included the V&A, Ikon, Herbert, National Gallery, Photography Gallery and Design Museum. We exhibit at New Designers in London each year, we also offer study trips abroad, previously to Berlin, Rome, Seville and Lisbon to visit museums, design collections and exhibitions and to observe cultural diversity and local practice.
We pride ourselves on having visiting designers, consultants and researchers from major design, creativity and brand management consultancies, such as Imagination and Seymour Powell.