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Nottingham Trent University

Decorative Arts

UCAS Code: W170

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.

Pass your Access course with 60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English grade C/4 or equivalent GCSE Maths grade C/4 or GCSE Science grade C/4 or equivalent

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC level 3 National Diploma and one A-Level or equivalent qualification.

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC level 3 National Extended Certificate and two A-levels or equivalent qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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UCAS Tariff

112
71%
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Crafts

On this contemporary design degree, you’ll develop all the skills needed for a career in craft or design, education or in the commercial sector. You’ll have the opportunity to explore ceramics, metal, wood, surface and print, resin and glass through a series of specialist workshops. You’ll learn the skills required to produce 2D and 3D products, through digital or traditional methods, for the interior, home, fashion sectors, or for the gallery or luxury giftware market.

Decorative Arts at NTU remains one of the foremost 2D and 3D design craft-based degree courses in the UK and is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers.

In Year Three, you’ll showcase your work in our Degree Show in Nottingham, and may be selected to exhibit at New Designers, London and you’ll learn all the business skills needed to set up your own enterprise.

Graduating with a final collection as a qualified maker, you might start your own studio-based business or move in to a teaching role, or like the largest proportion of our graduates begin a career in the home and interior sector.

**This course is ideal:**

- if you have a love of fine art, hands-on making and / or product design.

- if you’re aspiring to launch a career within retail, buying, design, marketing, merchandising, art direction and consultancy.

- if you want to become designer-maker. You’ll gain the commercial knowledge required to start your own enterprise.

- it also provides an ideal route into teaching art and design at all levels.

**Assessment**

Assessment is 100% through coursework. You will receive feedback throughout each module and will be awarded a grade.

**Employability**

Employability is excellent for students from this degree, with 94% of graduates going on to employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE 2016/17)

Graduates from this course regularly feature in the UK’s most influential style publications, including Elle Decoration, Vogue, Wallpaper* and World of Interiors. Many have gone on to set up their own businesses as designer-makers. Other recent graduates work as designers, studio practitioners and stylists for companies such as Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood, Hugo Boss, Burberry, Harrods, Habitat, Adidas, and Next.

Modules

[Year One] *Form, Structure and Surface Decoration (100 credit points)
You’ll be given an introduction to decorative arts through drawing, initial concepts and developing ideas, research and design skills, prototypes, and finished products. Explore a range of 2D and 3D media, and you’ll learn about the principles of colour theory. Through workshops, learn about material processes, techniques, and skills relating to drawing, print, ceramics, embroidery, metal, wood, glass, and mould making. *Decorative Arts in Context (20 credit points)
This module will provide you with an introduction to the key movements, themes and issues within 20th and 21st Century design. Develop skills in research, visual analysis, writing, and presenting. You’ll research, organise and produce written work, presentations, and discussions. [Year Two] *Innovation: Creative Design (100 credit points)
Complete a variety of projects to help you to develop skills that apply to the production of contemporary applied arts. This includes drawing, idea generation, visual research, material exploration, presentation, and visualisation. Explore the cultural and commercial context in which your work exists through visits, market research, costing, marketing, and sustainability. [Final year] *Creative Practice and Theory (120 credit points)
There are two elements to this module, which are marked separately. The first part – Creative Practice – counts for 70% of your final mark. Attend lectures and tutorials where you negotiate a personal brief. Develop, explore and analyse your ideas, and create work that will lead to a professional portfolio and product collection.

The second part of the module is theoretical and counts for 30% of your final mark. You can choose to complete either a dissertation or a Live Trading business plan. For the dissertation, you’ll negotiate a research topic that you’ll then refine and evaluate. For the Live Trading business plan, you’ll create a business plan to support your practical work. Explore the legal elements of a freelance, sole trader or small and mediumsized enterprise (SME) business, and look at studio production and practice, pricing, marketing, and business development.

* Business and Professional Practice (20 credit points)
You’ll be given an overview of business and professional development in the context of decorative arts. Learn about setting up a workshop or studio, product development, marketing, publicity, finance, sales, and pricing. You’ll also research, organise and produce written work, presentations, and discussions.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,900
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

City Campus

Department:

School of Art and Design

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

79%
med
Crafts

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Others in creative arts and design

Teaching and learning

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
62%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
4%
Male students
96%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
A*
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Others in creative arts and design

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£15,600
low
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
96%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Design occupations
14%
Customer service occupations
10%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Not many people take this subject, but those that do tend to go into design or craft roles, particularly in the jewellery industry. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once. As a result, graduates are based all over the country.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Crafts

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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