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. This course is part of the Product, Ceramic and Industrial Design programme.
Great reasons to apply:
- The course addresses the changing roles of designers and their increasing need to imagine powerfully, design responsibly, think entrepreneurially and re-imagine manufacturing
- Combine individually tailored project work with the unique experience of studying in a cohort alongside other specialist designers and different subject cultures
- This project-based MA enables your design practice to become self-motivated, transformative and empowered.
- You'll be supported by the experience and long-term professional networks accrued by staff and alumni, expanding and enhancing your project. This will help you gain a new, challenging perspective on your practice
- The high level of specialised, final work frames a bespoke business for many MA Design graduates, while others go on to work as consultants and creative directors.
Who should take this course
MA Design (Ceramics); MA Design (Furniture); MA Design (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.
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.
- MA Design (Ceramics) MA Design (Furniture); MA Design (Jewellery) lasts 60 weeks structured as three consecutive periods of 20 weeks each (i.e. two academic years) in its ' extended full-time mode
- The Course is credit rated at 180 credits, and comprises three units. Unit One (60 credits) lasts 20 weeks. Unit Two (60 credits) runs for 10 weeks in the first year and 10 weeks in the second year. Unit Three (60 credits) runs for 20 weeks
- Units One and Two must be passed in order to progress to Unit Three
- The MA certification (Pass, Pass with Merit or Pass with Distinction) derives from the assessment for Unit Three only
- An exit award of Postgraduate Certificate can be awarded on completion of Unit One
- An exist award of Postgraduate Diploma can be awarded on completion of Unit Two
- The student is expected to typically commit 30 hours over three days per week to study, within which the taught input will typically be scheduled over three days. The course has been designed in this way to enable the student to pursue studies, whilst also undertaking part-time employment, internships or care responsibilities
- Teaching will consist of lectures, seminars, demonstrations, workshops, fieldtrips, tutorials and project work carried in groups and individually.
Fees & Funding:
- Home/EU fee Tuition fees for 2019/20
About Course Provider
University of the Arts London (UAL) is Europe’s largest specialist art and design university. Its unique creative community is made up of six renowned Colleges, each with its own world-class reputation: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts.
UAL is the world’s sixth best University for Art and Design in the QS World University Rankings 2018. Offering an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts, UAL is the main talent pipeline to the UK’s creative industries.
Home to a diverse community of over 18,000 students from 129 countries, UAL has a track record for launching and furthering careers. Our graduates can be found in every part and at every level of the creative and cultural sectors, from heads of global business to self-employed practitioners, and on shortlists for awards ranging from the Turner Prize to the Oscars.
Building on UAL’s association with some of the most original thinkers in the arts, students and staff are inspired to challenge convention, generate new ideas and nurture talent. Home to award-winning staff and students for more than a century, UAL’s Colleges are at the forefront of learning, creativity and practice in their specialist subjects. This close-knit College structure offers opportunities for learning and enquiry for people at all stages of their creative development.
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