What students say about design
There are three key strands to the course design/manufacturing, business studies and historical and critical studies. In an average week you might spend a day learning how to pattern, cut and sew; have an individual tutorial about your design work; present a project to your class; spend half a day doing research; go to a lecture for business studies and work on a group project; do a drawing class; work on your project in the studio and attend a historical studies seminar. So youll be busy and learn loads!3rd year, University of Brighton
The studio sessions are really interesting and challenge you to come up with not just visually pleasing results, but also get you to look at the conceptual aspects and social/ethical implications of your design. There is a good mixture of independent and collaborative/group work, as well learning how to present and pitch your ideas to potential clients, something you may dread at first, but honestly it gets easier!1st year, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- Diploma in foundation art and design
- Art or a design-related subject
Useful to have
- Design technology
- History of art
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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- Design occupations
- Sales assistants and retail cashiers
- Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Designers (exact type depending on speciality)
- Marketers and advertisers
- Commercial artists
Other real-life job examples
- Merchandisers and buyers
- Conference and exhibition designers
- Arts officers
What employers like about this subject
A degree in design will provide you with subject-related skills specific to the design speciality or specialities you pursue. For example, a textile designer will work with fabric, a graphic designer with art. You will be trained to use technology such as CAD (computer-aided design), and you will learn how to present and market designs. Students studying design gain important transferable skills such as the ability to study independently, set goals, manage your own workload and meet deadlines. Design students also develop project management skills and learn how to develop their creative ability.