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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 undergraduate (typically BA, BDes, BSc) 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 is 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.

Jewellery & Metal Design 

The course involves a comprehensive introduction to workshop practice and the design processes relating to Jewellery and Metal Design. An analytical approach to materials and techniques is common to all set projects that gradually allow the development of personal themes in order to express competently individual designs.

Product Design 

This course teaches a broad process of how to design and develop products that are practical and beautiful while developing personal approach.

Textile Design 

A multidisciplinary course offering a range of textile design specialisms including print, knit and mixed media. The course enables the student to cross boundaries from one discipline to another and to direct their work towards a fashion, interior or craft outcome.

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.

Jewellery and Silversmithing
Comprehensive workshop and studio facilities will enable students to experience a programme in the conception and production of jewellery from a variety of materials, which is both practical and theoretical.

Textiles
In this course students will develop individual interests through drawing, research, colour work and practical skills and receive instruction on screen preparation and all aspects of silkscreen printing, embroidery and stitch techniques.

Product Design 
Teaches students a broad process of how to find, make and talk product design that enables them to develop and appropriately define the boundaries of their own personal approach.

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.

Silversmithing and Jewellery

The course involves a comprehensive introduction to workshop practice and the design processes relating to Silversmithing and Jewellery.

Product Design

The intention of the course is to provide students with a design-orientated body of theory and knowledge related to the cultural, social and commercial contexts of professional design activity: not only will the design process be enhanced but so, too, will the designer.

Textile Design and Fashion Design

At undergraduate level in GSA there are two specialist programmes in Fashion Design and Textile Design. The programmes aim to create highly specialised subject experts in an ‘expert amongst experts’ environment which values the interactive, synergetic and ever evolving nature of Textile Design and Fashion Design. Fashion Design is concerned with the design of clothing. Fashion Designers consider the shape, cut, silhouette and construction of clothing and tend to think more three dimensionally when designing. Textile Design is concerned with the design of cloth for Interiors and Fashion. There are two broad areas of Textile Design known as ‘Structure’ and ‘Surface’. Structural Textiles include woven and knitted textiles where the structure and pattern of the cloth is formed from and by using yarn or thread. Surface Textiles include printed and embroidered textiles where pattern and interest is applied to the surface of an existing cloth using a variety of methods and processes.

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.

Design for Textiles

This programme balances practice-based exploration with appropriate theory and fabric design methodology with fabric production techniques. The programme has elected pathways in printed and constructed textiles (woven and knitted textiles, with an option in third year for fashion knit). The emphasis is fabric making with a personal handwriting geared towards different practical outcomes, many with the involvement of recognised design studios and companies.

RGU

Gray's School of Art is a self-contained school within Robert Gordon University; a vibrant, creative environment where studio practice enjoys a close relationship with the history and theory of art. They develop graduates who can thrive in the creative economy, equipped with passion and self-confidence.

Fashion and Textile Design 

This course will equip you with a wide range of creative skills and specialist knowledge to support your creative potential as a fashion or textile designer. Creative innovation, business and market awareness will be at the core of your projects.

Three Dimensional Design - Ceramics & Glass,/Jewellery/Product Design

This course aims to develop intelligent makers with appropriate cultural and professional awareness to effectively contribute to the expanding creative industries. It offers the only opportunity to study Ceramics at Honours degree level in Scotland.

UHI

The University of the Highlands & Islands (UHI)  is a partnership of 13 colleges, learning and research centres, working together to provide university-level education to people throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, and beyond. Their reputation is built on their innovative approach to learning and their distinctive research and curriculum – all enriched by the people, natural environment, economy, culture and heritage of the Highlands and Islands and its communities.

Contemporary Textiles

Students will develop practical skills in a range of textile areas, in knit, weave, and surface effects including print and machine embroidery.  They will participate in sculpture and textile ‘make and meaning modules, using computer-aided design (CAD) and manufacturing systems to develop ideas into a marketable product.

Fine Art Textiles

Based at Moray School of Art in Elgin, or Orkney College UHI, students will examine a range of textiles media, both traditional and non-traditional, enhancing their skills and applying them to individual project work. Students will be offered their own studio space from the second year onwards, with access to excellent fine art textiles resources.

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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