Three Dimensional Design - Ceramics and Glass, Jewellery, Product Design BA (Hons)

BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design

1. Overview

The Three Dimensional Design gives you the opportunity to explore the disciplines of Ceramics and Glass, Jewellery and Product Design.

The course allows you to develop a wide range of Three Dimensional Design skills, reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of professional design practice.

Project briefs focus on technologies, materials and processes to turn concepts into realities. Ideas are at the heart of what we do, and learning to develop ideas through a clear design process, through digital and physical prototyping and real world production methods is how students learn to affect change through design.

The course is uniquely equipped to develop highly employable graduates with the skills necessary to operate in this changing and increasingly demanding working environment, from the individual designer-maker, freelance product designer or team member in multidisciplinary consultancies.

2. What you will study

Year 1

This year develops the core research, design development and making skills; it challenges perceptions and thinking skills. In this year we help students explore the foundations of three dimensional design processes through practical, creative, critical thinking and making.

Students are guided by staff throughout activities in the studio and workshops. They are introduced to new ideas, new concepts and new ways of working and thinking through the projects briefs and technical inputs. Students will participate in seminars, critiques, design forum discussions and tutorial sessions.

Year 2

Year 2 will build on previous knowledge and experience gained in Year 1 whilst further exploring core skills within 3D Design practice. Projects are detailed and varied with more potential for self-direction.

Project briefs are delivered within both studio and workshop environments with further introduction and direction on more advanced creative thinking methods and systems, materials and making processes. New technologies and computer aided design and visualisation are core within the curriculum.

Year 3

This year is more externally focused through engagement with live projects, external contacts and competitions. Students will take part in cross-disciplinary projects, working in teams from across the design departments with Communication Designers, Fashion & Textile Designers and 3D Designers working together on common design projects with external clients.

Students undertake increasing levels of self-directed study and studio project work enabling a greater focus on developing specialist interests in preparation for Year 4. Opportunities to participate in a range of external collaborative projects and placement activities develop students’ professional aptitudes.

Year 4

This year is all about working independently, with guidance from staff, students will develop their self-directed proposal for work. This relates directly to areas of specific interest and questions of research. Staff will guide students in scoping out this field of study and provide on-going support. This occurs through a series of one-to-one tutorials, reviews, peer learning and group presentations, and ends with a final Honours assessment and degree show.

Graduating students have the opportunity to present their work amongst their peers from other UK institutions at ‘New Designers’ graduate shows in London.

Guests @ Gray's 

Guests @ Grays invite national and international artists and designers to the School to speak about their work. They have had a phenomenal list of speakers that have visited the school in the last few years.

Critical and Contextual Studies (CSS)

Studio practice is supported at all stages by a contextual and critical studies programme. This allows students to engage with history, theory and contemporary practice within each studio specialism. The CCS programme is delivered through blended learning, including lectures, seminars and group tutorials. Students engage with research, analytical critical thinking and are offered various models of communication for assessment, from essays to multimedia digital submissions. In Year 4 students propose their own topic that leads to the submission of a professionally presented body of research.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

3. How you will learn

Study is underpinned by research, design and visualisation methods including CAD. Design culture and context are examined through lectures and seminars, with study trips to, and visits from, leading designers and companies.

Live projects, international study visits, industrial placements and design competitions provide an awareness of context and develop professional skills. In your third year you will make an informed decision as to which area you wish to specialise in, in preparation for your fourth-year Honours project and the Degree Show. Your chosen specialisation will be reflected in your final award title allowing you to graduate with a:

  • BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design or
  • BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design,Ceramics and Glass or
  • BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design, Jewellery or
  • BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design, Product Design

4. Entry requirements

Year 1 Entry

SQA Higher: BBC to include English (or a subject requiring the use of English) and Art/Design.

GCE A Level: BC to include English (or a subject requiring the use of English) and Art/Design.

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: B2B2C1 to include Art and English (or a subject requiring the use of English).

IB Diploma: 24 to include Visual Arts and English at Higher Level (or a subject requiring the use of English).

Degree Link Programme: A relevant HNC from one of our partner FE colleges may be considered for year 2 entry.

Year 2 Entry

Suitable qualifications for entry to Year 2 or above may include a relevant HND or Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design, Art, Design & Media).

All advanced entry applicants will be asked to submit a mini portfolio. Applicants who successfully pass this stage of the selection process will be invited to attend an interview.

Interview/Portfolio Review

Suitable applicants will be invited to attend the School with their portfolio for an informal review/discussion with academic staff. This allows you to meet staff, see the teaching environment and allows the School to explore our ambitions whilst reviewing your work. We will discuss your folio work and specific interests within art and design, as well as your aspirations. It will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions.

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Non Standard Entry

Those who may not hold the standard qualifications, are encouraged to apply if they can evidence other appropriate life and work experiences. Such candidates are advised to contact the University during Open Days or the Visit Afternoons for further advice and guidance. A folio of work is still a requirement for this type of candidate.

English language requirementsfor those whose first language is not English.

5. Placements and accreditations


Students have the opportunity to participate in a diverse range of external activities throughout the duration of the course including international field study trips, national competitions and live collaborative projects with a wide variety of external partners.

An optional work placement in year 3, semester 2 is also available.

Study Abroad

Stage 3 students have the opportunity to undertake Erasmus overseas exchanges or industrial placement for one semester. The course has very well established partnerships with academic institutions in Milan, Hanover, Dusseldorf, Hameenlinna, Turku and Hasselt.

6. Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2016/2017

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £11,500 per academic year

For Academic Year 2015/2016

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,000 per academic year

For Academic Year 2014/2015

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £11,500 per academic year

For Academic Year 2013/2014

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £10,000 per academic year

For Academic Year 2012/2013

Scottish/EU Students


  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students


  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £9367 per academic year

For Academic Year 2011/2012

UK/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

International Students

  • £9300 per academic year


All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


8. How to apply

You must apply online at UCAS -

Once you register and create your username and password, you are guided through the process of applying. After submission, log in to your UCAS Track account to see the progress of your application, and view and respond to your offers.

9. Prospects

This course is equipped to provide you with the transferable design and business skills necessary to operate confidently in an ever-changing design, creative industries or design management related career. Many of our graduates are now working as designers within a wide range of companies and as self-employed jewellers, product designers, ceramicists and interior design consultants.

A number of graduates have extended their academic experience through further study at the Royal College of Art and other postgraduate institutions.

Recent graduates can also apply to our Graduate in Residence (GiR) scheme which supports the next stage of their professional journey, whether this involves setting up a business, applying for postgraduate study or building a portfolio.

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