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Accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers, Decorative Arts at NTU is one of the most established 2D and 3D design and craft-based courses in the UK. Working from your own studio area, you can embrace new digital technologies and more traditional methods of making. Live projects, study visits and work placements will support your studio practice and personal development.
This course is ideal if you’re aspiring to launch a career in the homeware, interior or giftware sectors, working in retail, buying, design, marketing, merchandising, art direction, and consultancy. For designer-makers creating and selling your own work, you’ll gain the commercial skills and knowledge you need to start your own enterprise. When paired with a postgraduate teaching qualification, this course is also an ideal route into a career in teaching art and design.
Work with a range of media including paper, plastic, ceramics, textiles, metal and jewellery, wood, and glass.
Use the latest industry-standard digital software and machinery.
Gain commercial skills and business knowledge to help you set up your own business.
Complete short periods of work experience, helping you to gain professional experience and skills.
Take part in industry competitions such as the Society of Dyers and Colourists’ annual colour
competition, and Texprint.
Gain a professionally accredited degree – this is the only craft-based course in the UK to be accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers.
Go on international study trips to design capitals like Milan and New York.
Work in our dedicated studios and workshops, supported by expert technical staff.
Exhibit your work in your final year at our Degree Show in Nottingham, and potentially at New Designers in London.
Apply to join a business development programme at The Hive, NTU’s purpose-built centre for entrepreneurship and enterprise.
When paired with a postgraduate teaching qualification, this course is an ideal route into a career teaching art and design - at any level.
93% of graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE Survey 2014-15)