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BA (Hons) 3D Design - Designer Maker
UCAS code: W241

Designer Makers make desirable objects in wood, metal and ceramics, using hand, machine and digital skills.

steam bent lounger
Recliner with identical parts in steam bent ash.

Lighting design is both practical and fun. John Caswell’s Slim Jim received a Lighting Association commendation.

ceramics bowl made with gingerbread shaped pieces


Decorative bowl in metal and concrete

Metal + concrete

CAD/CAM CNC small batch production

oak bench

CAD/CAM, inspired by making wooden surfboards

Cube light of London skylineDining table serving bowls on a railway lineCeramic loudspeakersLight bulb shaped lamp shade called EurekaStackable ceramics napkin ringsTable lamp in randomly coiled veneer stripsLow table with useful storageChair sculpture inspired by a photo of Auntie and Me

"In our first year, we can work on all three disciplines of 3D Design before choosing to follow the Designer Maker route."

BA (Hons) 3D Design - Designer Maker
has a national reputation for producing graduates who are individual, informed and understand how to be successful Designer Makers in business.
It offers the opportunity for individuals to be the authors of their own artefacts whether for the one-off or multiple batch production.
Designer Makers are expected to develop a diverse knowledge and range of skills relevant to their studies; designing through making,
learning through making and creating important links between materials, process ideas and expression.

Designer Maker provides you ...
... the opportunity to explore ideas of making and authorship, through the creation of single unique objects or multiple production.
Through an understanding of materials and making processes, Designer Makers develop individual pathways
and philosophies that respond and contribute to contemporary life.
And we have fun doing it!

Designer Makers are:
You are taught in a vibrant Open Studio environment to use creative thinking to find the aesthetic and functional characteristics of a product.

Designer Makers Students wins major awards from:
The Royal Society of Arts
The Devon Guild
New Designers
New Design Britain
Lighting Association
Real Sheepskin Association
Independent's Top 10 Sustainable Seating
Grand Designs Live product features
The New Forest Trust

Becoming a Designer Maker
We help you understand materials and teach you craft skills, but they are not seen as an end in themselves.
They are integrated into a broader understanding of design ideas, to problem solve and communicate through a developed individual language.
Whatever your direction, or emerging ideas, the application of your thinking will be, purposeful, useful, and inspirational.
Graduates from our course are running their own businesses, working at design consultancies, as in-house designers, doing teacher training and postgraduate research.

Examples of Designer Makers in business:
Barnaby Barford | Lucy Turner | Simon Maidment | Stuart Melrose | Nick Fraser | Simon White | James Otter | Black & Blum | Blog UK | Tim Parsons | John Caswell

"The course helps us discover ourselves to develop our own styles and identities."

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Contact Roy Tam, Admissions Tutor BA 3D Design, School of Art Design & Architecture, Faculty of Arts, University of Plymouth, 214 Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1752 585 170

Updated 21 Jun 2017
Copyright Roy Tam 2006-17