We live in a society in which most of what we see, use, or have contact with has been “designed”. Underpinned by a commitment to the tradition of the designer-maker, our degree aims to creatively combine practice and theory to challenge, develop and reflect creative methodologies. An intimate knowledge of materials and processes is explicitly connected to an understanding of their history and contemporary theory alike. Our Design degree strives to develop your individual visual possibilities and skills, emphasising the importance of Design and Art and Design History within contemporary society.
It aims for autonomous engagement and professional practice within Design and related contemporary cultural industries, offering a broad range of career possibilities. You are taught in well-equipped specialist studios and workshops where you will have access to traditional and new technologies. You will work in studios and classrooms on a campus specialising in the creative and performing arts in a city renowned for its creative culture.
You will be encouraged to manipulate and experiment with a wide variety of materials and techniques, providing you with opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of material specialisms in ceramics, textiles and metals underpinned by new technologies in design. The degree progresses towards the professional standards required for theory and practice-led research and culminating in a final collection of work.
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.
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, Ceramics, Jewellery and Silversmithing are creatively explored. You will be introduced to an array of equipment supported by key workshops utilising new technologies and that of 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 the beginning of your second year, you will specialise in one or two of the material areas enabling development of your practical skills in greater depth 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. 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.
In your final year, with the agreement of your tutors, 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. The final practical examination comprises of design work, research assignments and a portfolio which includes sketchbooks, technical information and a contextual journal.
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.
During the August/September admissions period we are able to offer some flexibility in our entry requirements for courses that still have vacancies.
We are also offering a Foundation Year on many of our courses for students who have the ability and enthusiasm to study for a degree, but do not yet have the qualification level to enter directly onto our degree programmes.
Please call us to discuss the options available to you: 0151 291 3111
Design offers graduates a diverse range of career pathways including designer-makers 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 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.
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 2018/19 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 2018/19 are £11,400 for full-time undergraduate courses.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
This degree is only available to study as a Single Honours.