Masters | Postgraduate Course - Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery MA Course Details within University of the Arts London

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Home/EU Fee: Tuition fees for 2015/16: £4,750 per year. Please note that fees for second year of study will be subject to inflationary increase. International Fee: Tuition fees for 2014/15: £11,450 per year. £500 per annum discount for all students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.
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Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery MA

Study Details

Central Saint Martins - MA Full time: 2 years (60 weeks)

MA Design focuses on your individual design practice and, through making and immersion in material processes, will broaden your career and research horizons. Your Masters project becomes the vehicle for developing your creative abilities and analytical skills, while you critically engage in the fields of emergent design discourse, global markets and the investigation of technologies. Our two-year Masters programme expects you to be ambitious. It will challenge you to explore and expand your opportunities, and make your mark on the global design industry.

Reasons to Apply

  • The course addresses the changing roles of designers and their increasing need to design responsibly, think entrepreneurially and re-imagine manufacturing.
  • Gain a new, challenging perspective on your practice.
  • Combine individually tailored project work with the unique experience of studying in a cohort alongside other specialist designers and different subject cultures.
  • You are your project. This project-based MA enables you to become self-motivated, transformative, and empowered in your practice as a designer.
  • You’ll be supported by the experience and long-term professional networks accrued by staff and alumni, expanding and enhancing your project.
  • During the two years of study you will reshape the way your career progresses, creating global networks and establishing an active professional career in the design industry.
  • The high level of specialised, final work frames a bespoke business for many MA Design graduates, while others go on to work as consultants or creative directors.

Module details

MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery is part of the Product, Ceramic and Industrial Design programme. Ceramics, furniture and jewellery design share rich cultural histories and traditions of practice. Each is concerned with what can be described as 'intimate architecture' - a physical relationship of the artefact with the body.

The role of design practitioners is changing as a result of emergent technologies, global marketing, the internationalisation of production, and a rising interest in a 'bespoke approach' or 'craft content' within design.

Designers need to be able to think creatively and strategically about the identity of products and their cultural backgrounds and to support their ideas with innovation, commercial thinking and ethical questioning. MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery (by Project) develops your creative abilities, imagination and expertise in relation to real design world demands by linking formal design approaches with practice-led research.

The postgraduate course is achieved in the context of your own personal project, explored and developed according to your individual pathway choice, in a stimulating, supportive, creative and collaborative environment.

About this course

  • MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery lasts 60 weeks structured as two consecutive periods of 30 weeks each (i.e. two academic years) in its 'extended full-time mode'.
  • MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery is credit rated at 180 credits, and comprises 2 units. Unit 1 (60 credits) lasts 20 weeks. Unit 2 (120 credits) runs for 10 weeks in the first year and 30 weeks in the second year.
  • Both units must be passed in order to achieve the MA, but the classification of the award of MA derives from your mark for Unit 2 only.

You are expected to attend three days each week.

The framework for the postgraduate course is an independent study route defined by your chosen project. The project becomes a vehicle for developing your creative abilities, problem solving and analytical skills, and for locating your work within the professional world.

You'll be encouraged to refocus your skills intellectually, contextually and practically, to exploit and extend design strategies from your own and other disciplines, and to question and test your ideas through teamwork and group critiques. On applying to MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery you'll be asked to produce a comprehensive project proposal that you refine during Stage 1 of the programme. In Stage 2, this proposal becomes an Action Agreement, the blueprint for the MA project submission at the end of the postgraduate course.

Unit 1- Investigation and Development: Research for your Personal Project and allied elements

This Unit is concerned with the clarification, investigation and development of the Personal Project. You'll be supported by a range of teaching and learning strategies, this frequently includes the opportunity to undertake a consultant design team project with a significant client,

The introduction of specialist research information that will enable the development of your project. There will be a short period of introduction to the course, the College and the University resources and postgraduate community. Research methodology seminars will focus on your own project and practice understanding and you'll be introduced to the use of professional mentors. The development of your Project Proposal and Critical Synopsis are preparation for the Critical Review in Unit Two.

Unit 2 - Reflection, Synthesis and Resolution: delivering and fully understanding your Project

During this Unit you bring your Project to both a practical and critically reflective conclusion, manifesting the practical outcomes and defining your position through the Critical Review. During the final stages of the postgraduate course there will be professional futures workshops to support your career development.

Entry Requirements

MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery requirements are: relevant Honours degree; evidence of experiential learning equivalent to a degree; or three years relevant professional experience.

What we look for

We recruit students to ensure a dynamic and supportive cohort with a range of different life experiences within the ceramic, furniture or jewellery design areas, who will be able to share expertise and add value to the experience of all students on the course.

We offer places to a variety of applicants, ranging from exceptional students who have just completed undergraduate degrees in the appropriate subject, to graduates who have been working in the field for some time and who wish to return to study.

We are interested in applicants from a range of arts/design backgrounds who are looking to relocate their career paths or who feel that their skill base can be used to open new opportunities and avenues in the ceramics, furniture or jewellery fields.

Applicants who have proven managerial experience of design will also be encouraged, especially if they have worked in an area directly related to ceramic, furniture or jewellery production.

Admission to MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery will be based on submission of the following:

  • A Project Proposal written by the applicant outlining the main project's intentions and the research support and commercial/industrial connections applicable to the project.
  • A portfolio of supporting work illustrating the applicant's previous experience and practical skills. Documentation relating to exhibitions or particular 'live' projects will also be required

The interview (for applicants selected following submission of the application form, action project proposal and supporting work) is used to evaluate the extent to which a candidate demonstrates:

  • The suitability, appropriateness and deliverability of the Project Proposal in relation to the professional expertise of the staff team
  • Analytical and critical skills and the ability of the applicant to apply these to the Project Proposal
  • The quality of the design work submitted in support of the application and the 'match' between this and the Project Proposal
  • The applicant's awareness of the historical, cultural and social implications of their project
  • The resource implications of the Project Proposal and the ability of the course and the applicant to support the practical realisation of the project

English language requirement

All classes are conducted in English. The standard English language requirement for entry is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one paper, or equivalent. For further information visit the Language Centre website. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you send us an English language test score together with your application to prove your level of proficiency. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please clearly indicate this on your application form. When you have received your test score, please send it to us immediately. 
Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the External English Tests page which provides important information about UK Border Agency (UKBA) requirements.

Student Destinations

Through the professional experience of the teaching team there are strong links with commercial, artistic, craft and industrial bodies in London, nationally and internationally. Over the duration of the MA, meetings with practitioners, industry professionals, and participants in the wider design community will enable you to learn to communicate effectively across a range of different environments.
Future careers and graduate prospects

Many MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery graduates move speedily into self-employment, developing businesses at the highest levels finding opportunities to progress their independent practice at both a national and international level. These includes students showing work at the Victoria Miro Gallery and Sotheby’s and collection designs for Swarovksi, MADE, Top shop and the House of Fraser.

Other MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery graduates work for design teams in Europe and Internationally either in their country of origin or increasingly in a country of their choice. A significant minority enter educational work at Masters level.