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Design practices

Design at Brighton is represented through a range of academic and practice specialities. Its success is to be seen in its internationally reputed professors, its partnerships for research and doctoral studies, the far-reaching reputations of its past students and in the dedication of its current staff and students in creating an environment that is creative, productive and professional.

Situated in the heart of Brighton, one of Europe's most vibrant and creative cities, our design courses foster professional excellence and personal creativity, responding all the time to the changes inherent in the design world. Our range of three-dimensional creative practices ranges through 3Ddesign, smart textiles, material culture and sustainability, user engagement and material craftsmanship across wood, metals, plastics and ceramics.

Our record in research and practice in design, organised through our Design Research Initiatives (DRi), allows cross-disciplinary collaboration with sustainability and ecology, science and engineering, medicine, digital media, sculpture, fashion and the built environment, with major projects being developed both locally and across international borders, involving both staff and students at all levels.

We begin with the belief that everything in our world is designed, from computer technologies to poster displays, from interior spaces and furniture to communicative graphics and museum installations. We seek to make our designers a meaningful part of that world, a place where their skills, their approach and their thinking will matter.

At the University of Brighton's College of Arts and Humanities we are shaping, through practice, education and research, the design of the future. Our former students have gone on to become makers and analysts, designers, historians, curators and creatives within the panoply of today's design-focused industries. The emergence of new creative industries requires multidisciplinary thinkers for tomorrow's increasingly hybrid practices. Our design courses, projects and research respond to this need.

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bethan wood folding table design

3D Design and Craft


Hannah Mawbey - Accessories for medical equipment



Research in arts, design, humanities, brighton

PhDs in design

PhD / MPhil