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Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses in craft related subjects

A number of Scottish universities offer degrees in craft-related subjects. We have detailed some of the courses below, at postgraduate (normally MA, MSc, MFA) level. 

DJCAD

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design has a world-renowned reputation for high-class teaching and research. They offer a range of courses across 11 disciplines and are also the only university in Scotland to offer a General Foundation entry course, allowing you to develop your artistic skills and help you to decide which subject specialism you wish to pursue for the following three years.

Product Design MSc 

The MSc Product Design programme will prepare you for working in the most exciting global industries, where designers meet with creative technologists. The programme has established a world-class reputation across industry, research and teaching. DJCAD has strong connections to the UK and global design economy – with tutors collaborating on research and industrial projects with successful design consultancies that operate on a global scale. 

 

ECA

Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) is a vibrant and creative community of students and academics: a place of experimentation, exploration, intellectual stimulation and exciting collaborations. The College enjoys an international reputation for the quality of their teaching and research across the disciplines of art, design, architecture and landscape architecture, history of art and music. Tracing their history back to the 1770s, ECA remains at the forefront of teaching and research, placed to engage with the challenges of the future.

Glass MA/MFA

Comprehensive workshop and studio facilities will enable you to experience a programme in the conception and production of glass, which is both practical and theoretical.

Performance Costume - MFA/MA

Giving you the ideal opportunity to explore and extend your design work into new territory, you will extend your knowledge through research and drawing, pattern cutting and costume making, taking your design and technical skills to a professional level, and developing a flexible and confident approach to contemporary working practices within costume design.

Product Design - MFA/MA

In this programme, you will use your initiative to generate useful, innovative, sustainable, thought-provoking and commercially-viable design solutions.

Jewellery - MFA

You will be challenged to develop your work both creatively and conceptually though short projects and tutorial guidance. The final body of work you design and make for exhibition aims to be explorative, original and challenging.

Fashion - MFA/MA

You will develop an enhanced research and design proposal, culminating in a showcase of your fashion collection at either the annual ECA Degree Show (MFA) or ECA Postgraduate Degree Show during the Edinburgh International Festival (MA).

Textiles - MFA/MA

Your Masters project will be underpinned by a course structure which allows the broadest flexibility in the interpretation of texiles. Research will help inform your project: you will explore materials, techniques, colour, image and tactile sensitivity, and place your concepts into appropriate contexts, ensuring their relevance for the world around us.

GSA

The Glasgow School of Art GSA is internationally recognised as one of Europe's leading university-level institutions for the visual creative disciplines. Their studio-based approach to research and teaching brings disciplines together to explore problems in new ways to find new innovative solutions. The School was founded in 1845 as one of the first Government Schools of Design. Then as now their purpose remains the same - to contribute to a better world through creative education and research.

Fashion & Textiles

The MDes in Fashion and Textiles at the Glasgow School of Art is an advanced skills postgraduate programme designed to meet the ambitions of motivated Fashion and Textile graduates: those of you who wish to extend, develop and hone your individual 'design signature'.

Heriot-Watt University

Since its beginnings in 1883 the School of Textiles and Design has specialised in the education of professionals and practitioners in the global textile and clothing industry and has established a reputation as one of the world's leading textile institutions. Located at the Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels, the School is small and friendly which together with its wide range of IT and production machinery, provides a stimulating and creative environment for textile and fashion designers.

Fashion & Textiles Design Diploma/MA

This taught postgraduate programme aims to develop advanced knowledge and practice through the exploration of concepts and contemporary topics in design, fashion and textiles.

Universities around the UK run degrees in craft-related subjects. Search UCAS for details of further degrees, in:

  • Ceramics 
  • Glass 
  • Furniture 
  • Jewellery 
  • Silversmithing and goldsmithing 
  • Textiles 
  • General craft and design

Please note that while we have done our best to include all craft-related degrees in Scotland, this list may not be exhaustive. If you know of a craft degree not mentioned here, please let us know.

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