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 also have practicals and 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.
Throughout the three years of study you will have a number of assessments, including written exams, practical exams, portfolios, journals and coursework.
You will be given formative feedback and formal feedback on your assessments, and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in more detail.
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. The study of Art and Design History is an integral and important part of the Design degree, providing historical, contemporary and theoretical underpinning to your work, enabling you to become a knowledgeable practitioner.
At this level, you will start to specialise, 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 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. You will explore key themes and issues in Art and Design History from the 20th and 21st centuries, including in-depth explorations of a design focused specialist topic.
Throughout the year, there are a number of fieldtrips to local venues and gallery talks from established professionals.
In discussion with your tutors you will follow an individually designed programme to suit your needs, making full use of the workshop facilities, within which to demonstrate your creative abilities, manufacturing capabilities and professionalism. The year finishes with an end of year degree show of degree exhibition. This is supported by underpinning research assignments and a portfolio which includes sketchbooks, technical information and a contextual journal.
An individually supervised special study of 5000 words enables you to contextualise your practice through critical analysis and reflection. The special study is, wherever possible, linked to your workshop practice. Aesthetics and Critical writing seminars will allow you critically analyse text related to your practice. Professional Practice at this advanced level feeds into all aspects of your development as a creative professional.
|UCAS Tariff Points||120-112. 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||120 - 112 Tariff Points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||120 - 112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||This qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications|
|Subject Requirements||All applicants are required to attend an interview, bringing a portfolio of your work with you.|
|Specific Country Requirements||Select your country|
|IELTS||6.0 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-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 webpages 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.