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UCAS Code: W200|Duration: 3 years|Full Time|Creative Campus|UCAS Campus Code: L46
International students can apply|Study Abroad opportunities
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BA Design offers an exciting insight into the material exploration of Ceramics, Metal, Printmaking and Textiles with the opportunity to creatively explore, manipulate and fuse together ideas and concepts, and use of process. The degree highlights the importance of making, developing creative intelligence through using your hands, to look and analyse, and to develop.

The degree offers tactility through creative exploration, harnessing traditional techniques and embracing new technologies. Studio practice and that of making is underpinned and intrinsically linked to Art and Design History. By the end of your studies, you will be equipped with the tools to understand your practice, put your work into context and be able to reflect and critically evaluate. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the degree, you will be well prepared to enter a broad spectrum of career possibilities, from buying and visual merchandiser to designer maker.

Enhanced through Professional Practice, you are encouraged to direct your studies to a bespoke pathway of a career that interests you. There will be opportunities to work on ‘live briefs’ with the Walker Art Gallery and the Bluecoat Display Centre, which will enhance your development and confidence and utilises the creative energy of Liverpool and the diverse spectrum of the creative sector.


Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars, which are smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which usually have no more than 10 students. You will also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week.

There are approximately 12 teaching hours per week in your first year, which reduces to approximately 10 teaching hours in your second and third years. On top of teaching hours, you are expected to spend approximately 10 hours studying independently each week, as well as studying in groups to prepare for any group assessments you may have.


Practical work is assessed through informal and formal exams and includes preparatory research, design development and finished work. Assessment of coursework allows tutors to check your learning and engagement and provides on-going feedback. There is a final assessment of coursework at the end of the academic year, alongside a formal exam of practical and written work. You receive ongoing feedback throughout the year in your seminars and tutorials. At Christmas, you have an indicative assessment with tutorial feedback followed by a formative assessment in May, which coincides with exit tutorials. This is both in the form of written and verbal feedback.


Introduction to Design

Your first year is an experimental diagnostic period where you will be involved in short process and ideas-based projects. The manipulation of materials is fundamental to the year. The material areas of Textiles, Printmaking, Ceramics, Jewellery and Silversmithing are creatively explored. You will be introduced to an array of equipment supported by key workshops utilising new technologies through digital design applications.

The second half of the year extends the material understanding and skill-base within a more autonomous, self-directed project that is underpinned by theoretical and contextual studies. At each level there is the opportunity to exhibit your work, participating in a group exhibition.


Explorations in Design

Development of practical skills, supported by bespoke research continues in your second year. This is supported through continuous tutorial consultation and supervision. Advanced process-based workshops will support your development. You will acquire a firmer sense of your creative strengths and skills and define your own personal aesthetic. You will be encouraged to work on a self-directed project alongside a live brief, making continual links with Art and Design History This focus is developed through the Professional Practice strand of the degree, supported by continual theoretical and contextual studies.

Throughout the year, there are a number of fieldtrips to local venues and gallery talks from established professionals.


Advanced Studies in Design

In your final year you will follow an individually designed programme to suit your needs. You make full use of the workshop facilities to demonstrate your creative abilities, manufacturing capability and professionalism. In the final year an individually supervised special study enables you to contextualise your practice through critical analysis and self-reflection. Professional Practice at this advanced level feeds into all aspects of your development and aspirations for the future.

The final practical examination comprises of design work, a portfolio, research and written assignments Your independent project will be exhibited within your final degree show showcasing your achievements within professional setting.


UCAS Tariff Points120-112. UCAS Tariff points must come from a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent). Additional points can be made up from a range of alternative qualifications
Access to HE120 - 112 Tariff Points
Irish Leaving Certificate120 - 112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
Welsh BaccalaureateThis qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
Subject RequirementsYou will preferably have an A Level (or equivalent) in an arts-related subject. All applicants are required to attend an interview, bringing a portfolio of your work with you.


Specific Country RequirementsSelect your country
IELTS6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5


Design offers graduates a diverse range of career pathways including designer-maker and related employment in buying, marketing, education, teaching and art therapy. There are also further study options at Masters level available at Liverpool Hope, including the PGCE, an MA by Creative Practice, an MA in Art History and Curating and MA Museum and Heritage Studies.

As a Design graduate, you will have the ability to study independently, work towards goals, manage your workload and meet deadlines. You will be able to generate original ideas, concepts, solutions and self- initiated projects – all skills highly valued by a wide range of employers.



The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.

Study Abroad

As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.


The tuition fees for 2019/20 are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.

If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.

The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.


There is an additional cost of approximately £200 to buy materials that you will need to use during your degree. There are also additional costs for optional national and international study visits, you will be told about these, including price, once you arrive at the University.

You also need to consider the cost of your accommodation whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.


We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.


The International tuition fees for 2019/2020 entry will be released in due course.

Visit our International fees page for more information.


This degree is only available to study as a Single Honours.

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  • Established links with businesses including Tate Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery and the Bluecoat Display Centre
  • Part of the AA2A project, providing placement opportunities for visual artists and designer/makers
  • Opportunity to exhibit your work in the Cornerstone Gallery

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