Designer makers are: individual, inspirational, hands-on
Plymouth has a national reputation for producing designer makers who are individual, informed and who understand business. Focusing on hands-on explorations, designer makers work with a range of materials and skills to create expressive designs in furniture, ceramics and lighting for one-off or batch production. You’ll be expected to develop a diverse knowledge and range of skills relevant to your studies; designing and learning through making, and creating important links between materials, process ideas and expression.
You will be taught and learn in a vibrant open studio environment. Through an understanding of materials and making processes, designer makers develop individual pathways and philosophies that respond and contribute to contemporary life. Many graduates such as Lucy Turner, Stuart Melrose and Nick Fraser have established their own businesses, and are regularly featured at major exhibitions such as the London Design Festival.
Becoming a designer maker
We’ll help you understand materials and teach you craft skills, though these are not seen as an end in themselves – they are integrated into a broader understanding of design ideas, to problem solve and communicate through a developed individual language.
Whatever your direction, or emerging ideas, the application to which you put your thinking will be purposeful, useful, and inspirational. Graduates from our course are running their own businesses, working at design consultancies, as in-house designers, doing teacher training and postgraduate research.
Bethany Isaac - inspired by Dartmoor
... it's about my journey as a maker, between walking in the landscape to coming back and translating that through clay in the workshop.
Winner of our Vitra competition, Bethany Isaac discusses her work for the 2017 Art and Design degree show.
Joshua Milton - furniture designer
I work completely, entirely in wood ... it's been my passion since i was younger
Felder Furniture Prizewinner, Josh Milton, discusses his work for the HOT'17 Art and Design degree show.