MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery

University of the Arts London

Program Description

MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery

University of the Arts London

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.

Content and structure

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. 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.

  • 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 3 units. Unit 1 (60 credits) lasts 20 weeks. Unit 2 (60 credits) runs for 10 weeks in the first year and 10 weeks in the second year. Unit 3 (60 credits) runs for 20 weeks,
  • Units 1 and 2 must be passed in order to progress to Unit 3.
  • The MA certification (Pass, Pass with Merit or Pass with Distinction) derives from the assessment for Unit 3 only.
  • An exit award of Postgraduate Certificate can be awarded on completion of Unit 1.
  • An exist award of Postgraduate Diploma can be awarded on completion of Unit 2.
  • The student is expected to typically commit 30 hours over 3 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.

Entry requirements

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.

Minimum entry requirements

We consider applicants who have already achieved an educational level equivalent to an Honours degree. You can demonstrate this educational level by:

  • Relevant Honours degree; (or)
  • Evidence of experiential learning equivalent to a degree; (or)
  • 3 years relevant professional experience.

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability in order to apply for a visa, enrol, and start your course. The English language requirement for entry for this course is: IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one paper, or equivalent.

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University of the Arts London

Last updated February 2, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
12,860 GBP
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom London, England
Application deadline Request Info
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Duration 2 years
Price 12,860 GBP
International: £12,860; Home/EU: £5,050 per year.