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 through the 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.
You will also have the opportunity to take part in an international study field trip visit and the Angelfield Festival on our campus.
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. Mid way through the year, 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 and 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.
From the beginning of the first year there is an emphasis on drawing methods supporting design development, design and creative communication skills. The aim is for you to gain an understanding of the applications and uses of drawing as an investigative and supportive tool. Life drawing sessions are available alongside other more experimental drawing approaches.
This chronological lecture series introduces you to key events, styles and movements in the history of art and design, starting in Antiquity and ending with modern/postmodern art in the late 20th century. The lecture and seminar series is organised in five chronological period blocks. Within each block, thematic topics will draw together cross-disciplinary content relating to diverse aspects of historical art and design practices, from painting and sculpture to ceramics, fashion and graphic design. Themes of the study include concepts of the self and the body; the social and political role of art and design history; inhabiting the material world; producing and consuming art and design. Each block will also contain a key reading, which will introduce students to a range of critical thinkers. Each block lasts five weeks and includes one full day for a site visit.
The ‘Close Up’ programme extends the lecture series through provision of in-depth investigation of particular themes, makers and objects. Lectures may include:
This lecture series provides a complementary programme to the historically focused ‘Themes and Issues’. This topic will be structured to maximise connections across these programmes of study, e.g. attitudes to the human body in 20th/21st century art and design as a parallel strand to historical idealisations of the body. The interconnectedness between these programmes is intended to make explicit the relevance of historical studies to contemporary issues and ideas. This topic will also include guest lectures from practitioners from within and outside the institution, introducing a range of voices and perspectives to contemporary enquiry.
The weekly tutorial will provide a focus on developing study skills and methodologies, and encouraging student-led discussion and activities. Themes introduced during the three lecture/seminar elements will be picked up during the tutorials.
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.
The practical component is a year-long lecture and seminar series studied alongside students studying Design. It will introduce you to more advanced aspects of exhibition planning, project management and fundraising. The practical components will take place in the seminar and are largely self-directed. The assessment of this element, a Learning Portfolio, will focus on the preparatory stage of the exhibition planning.
This topic gives you the opportunity to get involved with academic research based on your tutors’ expertise. Special topics will be offered in the form of six-week blocks, including a site visit. Topics will include relevant approaches from the fields of Fine Art, Design and Graphic Design. These may change from year to year, but examples include ‘Narratives in Art and Design’, ‘Feminism and Gender’, ‘Propaganda and Persuasion in Visual and Material Culture’, ‘National Identity and Post-Colonialism’. The seminar will pick up the content of the lecture through the texts of key thinkers. At the end of each block, you will be asked to produce a practical writing task will then be assessed by others in your class.
Study skills and methodologies that were introduced during the first year will be explored in more depth during your second year. The other key function of the tutorial is assignment and exam preparation. Particular attention will be given to the Special Study Proposal, which is a viability study of the research project in Year 3.
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 a professional setting at the university.
Delivered by professional working designers and researchers, this topic provides you with employability skills for the creative industries. Professional practice also gives an insight into career opportunities that exist within the creative industry sector through visiting designers and industry professional talks and seminars.
This lecture series will explore the development of curating as an integral aspect of creative practice, both as an art form in itself and as a fundamental element of professional creative life. Curating today goes far beyond the confines of the museum or art gallery; the term is increasingly used to describe the practice of navigating, selecting, presenting and making meaning from the plethora of images, objects and experiences available in a digital age. This lecture/seminar series will combine theoretical/historical discussion with presentations by professional guest speakers from across the region during term 1, followed by a diverse programme of visits in term 2 providing opportunities to apply theoretical ideas to real world examples. It will provide you not only with grounded knowledge of developments in curatorial theory and practice but also a network of contacts within the creative industries in and around Liverpool.
The term-long seminar ‘Aesthetics’ will analyse key aesthetic concepts relating to the making and understanding of art and design. The history of aesthetics is bound up with philosophical ideas about the nature and function of art and design, and how the past has influenced current theories of art. Given the extensive nature of this subject, the topic aims to act as a catalyst to further study and thought rather than providing a comprehensive history of aesthetics. Seminars will focus on the five key aesthetic concepts of beauty, taste, value, interpretation and creativity. Through intensive study of these concepts, you will be introduced to a wide range of writers and philosophers of art, design and wider culture, spanning centuries of Western history.
Your final year tutorials are a mixture of group tutorials and individual tutorials, directly supporting you during the process of writing your final research project (special study or combined dissertation).
You produce a 5,000 word research project on a topic of your choice, which will relate to, and inform, your studio practice. You will be guided with a supervisor from Art & Design History and a second supervisor from the studio lecturing team.
|UCAS Tariff Points||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 HE||112 Tariff Points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||This qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications|
|Subject Requirements||You 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 Requirements||Select your country|
6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5. We also accept a wide range of International Qualifications. For more information, please visit our English Language Requirements page.
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.
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.
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 the 2020/21 academic year 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 the 2010/21 academic year are £11,400 per year for full-time undergraduate courses.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
This degree is only available to study as a Single Honours.