Explore and refine your practice by joining our vibrant community of makers pushing the boundaries of contemporary craft.
This dynamic Masters programme offers an exciting opportunity to advance your individual creative practice. Here, you will join a vibrant community of makers from a wide range of disciplines in a specialist art-school environment.
The course will immerse you in exciting conversations about thinking and making. You will have the opportunity to build both your academic and practice-based skills and see how they inspire and inform each other.
Challenged to rethink and re-interpret contemporary crafts; you will be given the critical tools to push your work to the forefront of the discipline. The programme will encourage you to challenge boundaries, think conceptually, and extend your own visual, technical and creative vocabulary.
Your practice will be informed by a rich academic vocabulary and rigorous research, experimentation and exploration, all designed to foster innovation in your thinking and your practice. Modules are project-led and studio-based, supported by close supervision, group tutorials, lectures, seminars, and great access to a wide range of workshops and facilities.
There is an emphasis on the development of both professional and entrepreneurial skills that aim to ensure viability, relevance and sustainability long after the course has finished.
- At its heart, the programme is centred on the development of individual creative practice which is formalised through the writing of a research proposal.
- The course attracts ambitious students from a wide range of backgrounds including: arts, crafts, or design graduates and mid-career makers, and a variety of craft disciplines including: textiles, small metals, jewellery, artist blacksmithing, ceramics, printmaking and multi-disciplinary approaches. You can engage with new and traditional craft practices to extend your professional and technical expertise utilising excellent workshop access and support.
- One-to-one supervision and group tutorial support is central to the delivery and ethos of the programme and runs throughout the duration of the course.
- The MA programme aims to underpin and inform creative craft practice through a rich academic vocabulary and repertoire of research skills. Students are encouraged to identify new ways of thinking and making in order to develop and extend personal creative working methodologies and approaches.
- The course and its students sit within the context of the post-modern and contemporary craft scene. The discussion and exploration of craft in terms of its skills base, conceptual potential, and social and cultural contribution is integral.
- The course is populated by students who are passionate and committed to extending their practice and pursuing careers within the crafts industry primarily as professional makers. Professional engagement with contemporary craft business practices, industries, organisations and private and public bodies are an important feature of the programme.
You will have your own studio space and access to a wide range of well-equipped craft workshops including textiles, printmaking, small metals, jewellery, ceramics and the forge. Further supporting facilities include extensive photography and film resources, IT and library facilities. Please see our workshops page for more details about the amazing range of facilities you will have access to.
- Reflect on and analyse the central concerns, concepts and focus of your practice and develop a research proposal that will be the platform for your MA study.
- Engage with research methodologies to underpin and inform your MA practice.
- Explore and extend your ideas, media and processes.
- Develop both professional and entrepreneurial skills for both creative and commercially sound practice.
- Individual and small group tutorials and dedicated supervision and support.
- Dedicated individual studio spaces.
- Access to a wide range of well equipped craft workshops including textiles, printmaking, small metals, jewellery, ceramics and the forge; supported by photography, film, IT and library facilities.
At the end of the course you will be an independent, technical expert, and critically aware designer-maker or artist-maker, ready to establish yourself as a ‘sole trader’ or a creative professional with a portfolio career. You will also have a broad range of transferable skills for exploring wider opportunities in the creative arts sector through consultancy, community arts, teaching and residencies. Some makers may wish to move on to PhD study.
- Applicants should have an advanced understanding of their particular discipline and be able to demonstrate their ability to sustain research at MA level.
- Applicants should be (or about to become) graduates. Preference will be given to good honours graduates although exceptional applicants from a non-academic background will also be considered.
We advise that you bring along a selection of your work that reflects your abilities to show the Course Leader.
- Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve IELTS level 7.0 (reading & writing) or equivalent prior to enrolment. Please note, we only accept international applications from EU/EEA countries.
- Typical applicants would be Crafts or Applied Arts graduates. However, graduates from other disciplines within art, design and media will be considered.
- Professional artists, designers or craftspeople who wish to reposition their practice may also qualify.
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Ruth Cameron Swan
“Studying at Master Level, my making became a purposeful and professional endeavour of which I am proud. This was made possible by achieving a meaningful understanding of how theory and practice mesh together. It felt empowering.
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