BA (Hons)
Decorative Arts  
Paper trees

This course is a combination of applied design, art and studio crafts. You’ll explore, develop and create, working with colour, print, ceramics, textiles, metal, wood, glass and mould making. You’ll have the opportunity to embrace new technologies and more traditional methods of making. Live projects, study visits and international trips will support your studio work. With a fantastic graduate employment rate, this course prepares you for a career as a designer-maker.

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100% of graduates from this course are in employment or further study after six months (National Student Survey, 2013).

Why choose this course?

You will have the opportunity to:

  • work with a range of media including paper, plastic, ceramics, textiles, metal, wood and glass
  • use the latest industry-standard digital software and machinery
  • study in our dedicated studios and workshops, supported by expert technical staff
  • gain commercial skills and business knowledge to help you set up your own business and establish yourself as a designer/maker
  • complete short periods of work experience, helping you to gain professional experience and skills
  • take part in industry competitions like the Society of Dyers and Colourists annual colour competition and Texprint
  • go on international study trips to design capitals like Milan and New York
  • apply to join a business development programme at The Hive, NTU’s purpose built centre for entrepreneurship and enterprise.


This course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers.

Student work gallery

Take a look at some final-year work from this course in our BA (Hons) Decorative Arts student work gallery.

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Fact file
UCAS code: W170 BA/DA
Entry requirements: Please see the Applying section
Starting: October
Course length: Three years full-time
Study location: City site

Fees and funding:

Please see our applying and fees section.

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