MA in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery
MA in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery's attitude has shifted from a purely object-centred focus to a wider scope, questioning and exploring issues centred on the human condition. We are responsive to the rapidly changing social and cultural landscape, and draw on history and technology in nurturing intellectual and creative skills directed at understanding and pushing forward jewellery and objects of human making. The rich and extensive bodies of knowledge associated with object-making and jewellery underpin an approach that is outward-looking, open to the wider discourse on commodity objects, connecting to contemporary life.
As applied artists, being in control of the making process either by using our hands or through digital technologies is very important, it is our way of making sense of the world. As individuals we are fascinated with the rich and diverse materials and resources the world has to offer, and through the individuality of our personal visions we make our contribution to the bigger picture.
MA in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery's provides an environment for exploring, in practical and theoretical ways, what it means to be an applied artist today. We see our role as challenging norms and questioning conventions, interrogating the role and purpose of objects and adornment through the development of a personal approach to researching, experimenting, designing and making in the context of an increasingly complex object culture.
The growing importance and interdisciplinary character of our distinctive discipline within material culture gives the applied arts an added vibrancy and relevance. With the formation of the new School of Material, of which GSM&J is part, this facet will now be enhanced further. We believe the physical act of making has an essential role to play in an increasingly virtual world, but we also embrace digital technologies and the virtual and believe that creating a dialogue between these worlds provides the applied arts with one of its most fertile testing grounds at this time.
Our aim is to place critically and culturally aware individuals at the centre of the visual arts arena, creating objects and adornments that play a part in shaping our identities and the aesthetics of
Candidates for all MA courses are assessed on their existing qualities as demonstrated in their work and in their interview, as well as on their potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve MA standards overall. The assessment will consider: creativity, imagination and innovation evident in the work; ability to articulate the intentions of the work; intellectual engagement in relevant areas; appropriate technical skills; overall interview performance, including oral use of English.
- We seek to recruit students who are talented, enthusiastic, energetic, professionally minded, with an open and critical approach to design and making.
- You must possess a good undergraduate degree (or non-UK equivalent qualification) in metalwork, jewellery or a related subject for example, textiles, sculpture, architecture and industrial design. Your application should be supported by good academic references and you should possess a range of practical skills. Equivalent professional experience or apprenticeships are also taken into account.
- Applications may be considered from candidates without formal training and/or qualifications in other subjects, but you must clearly demonstrate a passion for our subject area.
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