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BA (Hons)

Decorative Arts


Accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD), 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, jewellery, wood, glass and mould making. You’ll have the opportunity to embrace new technologies and more traditional methods of making. Live projects, study visits, international trips and work placements will support your studio work.

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

Fees and funding:

Please see our applying and fees section.

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If you want to become a designer-maker, creating and selling your own work, this course will give you the commercial skills and business knowledge you'll need to start your own business.

This is the only Decorative Arts degree course in the UK which is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD), giving you discounted membership to the CSD during your studies. You will also have access to CSD online careers advice, guidance and vacancies.

Key features of the course

  • Work with a range of media including paper, plastic, ceramics, textiles, metal, 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 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.
  • Work in our dedicated studios and workshops, support by expert technical staff.
  • Opt for a Live Trading module in your final year, where you could be part of team setting up a retail operation selling your products to the public.
  • Exhibit your work in your final year at our Degree Shows in Nottingham, and at New Designers in London.
  • Apply to join a business development programme at The Hive, NTU’s purpose-built centre for entrepreneurship and enterprise.
  • 98% of graduates from this course are in employment or further study within six months. (DLHE survey 2012-13)

Student work gallery

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


This course in endorsed by the Chartered Society of Designers.

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