Masters in Contemporary Crafts

Plymouth College of Art

Program Description

Masters in Contemporary Crafts

Plymouth College of Art

Masters in Contemporary Crafts


Something fundamental about the act of making empowers the master as much as the student of craft. Craft engages the body, the head and the heart. Our programme is structured to cater for those who share this profound involvement in making and who are willing to take their practice in new directions. Studio and workshop will become your laboratory for research and experiment.

This MA gives recent graduates, as well as those who are established in their practice, an opportunity to use the course as a catalyst to a focused period of self directed learning to deepen skills and experience in the areas of glass, ceramics, textiles, small-scale metalwork and jewelry, bookbinding, print and multimedia. It is for highly motivated practitioners across contemporary and traditional craft practices who wish to experimenting with, review, and ultimately accelerate their practice.

Craft has an important role to play in the transition to a sustainable culture. By questioning and subverting aspects of mass-production and consumerism, the craft disciplines are generating experimental practices that are reshaping ideas about form and function. Contemporary craft focuses on the local, the personal, the marginal and the meaningful.

Full time study (1 year) requires a commitment to a minimum of two days in college plus your own studio practice and self directed study to meet assignment requirements. Part time study (21 months) requires a minimum of one day in college plus your own studio practice and self directed study to meet assignment requirements.

Entry requirements

Normally a first degree upper second class standard (2.1) in an Art, Design and/or Media discipline is required. Applicants with Accredited Prior Learning (APL) credits from previous qualifications and equivalent experience as a professional in creative practice (Accredited Prior Experiential Learning-APEL) are also considered as alternative fulfilment of the requirements. In all cases, prospective students must demonstrate their capability of studying at postgraduate level.

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Careers & Alumni

The craft and design industries offer many different and evolving career opportunities for graduates including:

  • Artists
  • Designers
  • Makers
  • Arts administrators
  • Gallery curators
  • Teachers
  • Writers.

You could expand and develop your own practice and/or start-up new ventures in solo or collaborative mode. Those with a specific interest in, and talent for publishing could develop an academic career through research, writing and lecturing.

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
12 - 21 months
Part time
Full time
Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Plymouth, England
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Duration 12 - 21 months
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