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There are three named degree award: Ceramics & Glass, Jewellery and Product Design. You can select your degree award title at the beginning of your final year.

• The course presents opportunities to explore Product & Craft Design through research, development and innovation in materials and processes.

• Industry-linked projects, European exchanges, design internships, live competitions and public facing external events are an integral part of our course. You will participate in undergraduate exhibitions, the graduate degree show and at New Designers, London.

• Specialist staff support you through all aspects of the discipline. These include, design thinking, 3D modelling & adobe CAD training, design drawing and visualisation, ceramics, glass, metalwork, rapid prototyping & computer aided manufacture and professional practice.


Students can become designers within the product and craft design industries. These include working with product and industrial design consultancies, manufacturing, the retail sector and setting up as an independent freelance designer maker.

• Industrial designers
• Product designers
• Ceramics & glass designer makers
• Jewellery designer makers
• Designer(s) makers with up-cycled and low carbon design interests.

Staff Profile
Simon Ward

Simon is an internationally renowned ceramicist who has extensive experience of producing and exhibiting ceramics in the UK, Europe and the Far East. Recent work has involved the exploration of ceramic surfaces using under glaze print techniques and traditional Chinese blue and white decoration.

This work has primarily resulted in wall based multiples, flocks of birds, which are mould-formed descendants of broken/damaged and discarded ornaments and souvenirs. These wall-based panels appear to pulse with birds like aerobatic flocks of starlings. Simon has recently exhibited at Collect, UK and is about to exhibit at SOFA, Chicago.

Graduate Overview
Cara Walker

Cara joined the course at the beginning of 3rd year having completed an HND in Jewellery & Silversmithing in Glasgow. Cara’s final year work at Gray’s focused on traditional ‘making’ techniques with glass to translate her conceptual themes of family characteristics and connections.

She has gone on to win a number of National Design Awards in 2014/15, including a Contemporary Glass Society Award at New Designers, London. She has also secured Design Studio work with Max Jacquard, working on various high profile projects including the MOBO Award design.

“Being presented with the Contemporary Glass Society award was an amazing experience and I’m really proud to receive it. “I’m the first person from Gray’s to have won this award, so it was nice to be able to represent the art school in this way. The experience has definitely raised my confidence as a maker.”

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