The MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery courses at the University of the Arts London (UAL) are 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.
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.
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.
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.
- Exploring and Designing
- Design and Professional Practice
- Evaluation and Resolution
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
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- An honours degree OR
- An equivalent EU / international qualification.
Your personal statement should give us information about yourself and why you want to join the course. (Write between 300 and 500 words)
- What are you doing at the moment educationally, professionally, personally?
- Why do you wish to study on MA Design (Ceramics), (Furniture) or (Jewellery)?
- What makes you a suitable candidate for acceptance?
- What do you think you would contribute to your peer group on the course?
Indicative Project Proposal
We expect a project proposal to be 500 to 800 words long in total. The sections ‘Resources’, ‘Bibliography’ and ‘Appendix’ are in addition to this word count.
International16450 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 16450 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
EU/EEA6455 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 6455 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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