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The Master in Jewellery Design is structured to consolidate the preparation in strategic sectors of jewelry, giving the participants a chance to develop and be ready to respond to different market opportunities. Read more
The Master in Jewellery Design is structured to consolidate the preparation in strategic sectors of jewelry, giving the participants a chance to develop and be ready to respond to different market opportunities.

The pathway of study is developed through direct project experiences in laboratory, learning of traditional techniques, knowledge of materials and new production techniques. The student receives the methodological bases for the creative process and the professional practice, including the ability to present and promote projects.

Special attention is given to the knowledge of the culture, the historical-critical and economic instruments of the sector. The history of jewellery design, in particular, through the analysis of technical and creative evolution reaches the contemporary collections. The course examines in detail the methods and creative processes of design as part of the international jewellery, referring to specific production environments with the example of several case histories.

Design workshops introduce students to the creation of watch collections (for jewellery, fashion and sports) where the study of design is linked to the technical and mechanical characteristics of the components of the clock. Fine jewellery design focuses on the study of gemstones including their characteristics, nuances, colors and market values. The workshop dedicated to Industrial Jewellery Design illustrates the entire range of jewellery, the use of precious and non-precious, unconventional materials, complex surface treatments.

The Master in Jewellery Design is structured to acquire a higher expertise in the three-dimensional design: from a strong knowledge of the geometry to the most advanced construction solutions of the jewel, using specific software. The course is developed starting from a basic understanding of the 3D program and is structured in order to achieve an advanced level of design capability.

Knowledge of theories and experiences in the field of Marketing and Advertising allows students to adopt a new approach in the role of Designer Jewellery, by learning communication methodologies for collections of jewellery and watches created for major brands and for the great diffusion.

The Master ends with a final project, as a synthesis of the academic course, useful later as a portfolio to enter the world of work.

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Study jewellery and metalwork at an advanced level and develop your talents for designing and making. You're challenged to think differently about design and creatively push boundaries, while developing the skills needed to become an imaginative and versatile designer. Read more
Study jewellery and metalwork at an advanced level and develop your talents for designing and making. You're challenged to think differently about design and creatively push boundaries, while developing the skills needed to become an imaginative and versatile designer. Your studies are project led and develop through researching, designing, producing and exhibiting your work. As a Postgraduate Design student you join an established network of creative people that encourage and support you to drive your studies to the next level. Our Postgraduate framework of design courses has been specially designed to allow students from different disciplines, backgrounds and cultures to come together, share teaching and learning experiences and explore their creative identities through dialogue and practice. Your studies will be project-led and developed through researching, designing, producing and communicating through presentations and exhibitions of your work.

If you are a highly motivated individual this course prepares you for a career working at the forefront of jewellery and metalwork. You build upon existing craft traditions, extending them in response to the needs of our rapidly changing society both in terms of function and style.

Your work on the course is project led and studio based. You develop and apply advanced skills using traditional and new technologies in the field. You also carry out research through practical and theoretical investigation.

Your individual project work includes research and creative work which explores your study topic. This is supported by lectures and seminars dealing with professional practice issues and reviewing progress. You also take part in regular group and individual tutorials.

This culminates with your final project that demonstrates you can deal with difficult contemporary questions and take a leading role in your profession as a designer. There are also residential study trips at home and abroad, complemented by opportunities to visit design conferences and debates.

See website for more information: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mamfa-design-jewellery-and-metalwork

Excellent facilities and creative resources

You have access to a huge range of creative resources to experiment and engage with including:
-3D printing for rapid prototyping.
-State-of-the-art hardware and software.
-Photography studios.
-A creative media centre.
-A gallery.
-Well-equipped workshops.

You also have access to our award-winning learning centre featuring a specialist art, design and media library and extensive online resources.

Research-led expertise

We are one of the oldest established art and design institutions in the UK, renowned for producing internationally recognised research. Your projects are supported by lecturers who are reknowned specialists in jewellery and metalwork. You benefit from a strong relationship between the masters design programme and the University’s Art and Design Research Centre which has gained international recognition for its work in both practice-based and strategic research. This has led to an approach to postgraduate study in design which emphasises the role of research in professional practice.

Vibrant and supportive learning environment

During the course you regularly take part in constructive critical debates about your own work and that of your peers. You need to communicate your research, ideas and designs in ways that are appropriate to professional leadership. You study alongside MA and MFA Design students for part of your course and benefit from a vibrant, international, collaborative and supportive postgraduate environment.

Sheffield: an international centre for excellence in metalwork

Sheffield is famous not only for its innovative steel and tool industries but also for being at the leading edge of the design and production of contemporary metalwork, silversmithing and tableware.

MA and MFA study

MA and MFA students complete the same modules during the course except that MFA students complete an extra project module. The MFA project encourages you to develop professional skills that help you to identify, instigate, and deliver projects with external partners, such as communities, galleries or businesses. You find a project partner, agree a brief and then deliver the project to a professional standard. We are normally asked to shortlist applicants before recommending a small number to apply. If this happens, we consider your interview, portfolio of work, academic qualifications and learning aims. We aim to pick people whose abilities and aims are relevant for the company and who are most likely to be successful in a competitive interview.

Course structure

MA
Full time – 1 year continuous or 16 months including a summer break.
Part time – typically 3 years.
MFA
Full time – typically 2 years.
Part time – typically 4 years.
When studying part-time, you share teaching with full-time students.
Starts September.

Full time structure
Semester One
-Project 1
-Theory supporting practice
Semester Two
-Project 2
-Negotiated project
Semester Three
-Major project
Semester Four – MFA students only
-MFA project

Part time structure
Semester One (Year 1)
-Theory supporting practice
-Negotiated project
Semester Two (Year 2)
-Project 1
-Project 2
Semester Three (Year 3)
-Major project
Semester Four – MFA students only (year 4)
-MFA project

Assessment: assessment and feedback are vital parts of the learning process in creative disciplines. Most assessment is through individual project work which combines research and creative practice.

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MA Design - Jewellery is concerned with the development of advanced craft and design practice. Jewellery activity within a contemporary context should be considered as a prospective and not prescriptive pursuit so the question ‘What can contemporary jewellery be?’ is particularly relevant. Read more
MA Design - Jewellery is concerned with the development of advanced craft and design practice. Jewellery activity within a contemporary context should be considered as a prospective and not prescriptive pursuit so the question ‘What can contemporary jewellery be?’ is particularly relevant.

The flexible nature of the programme not only allows the development of advanced practice within a discreet jewellery related area but also and importantly, encourages the cross fertilisation of ideas, preoccupations and practices.

Course Content

The MA Design: Jewellery is made up of four units totalling 180 credits.

The programme is designed to help you acclimatise to the challenges of MA level research and practice, enabling you to identify and describe a clear direction for your postgraduate design study.

You will be encouraged to develop design propositions that encompass key design issues and have complexity and ambition, taking full consideration of the relative contextual drivers.

You will also be encouraged and supported to extend your experience in the professional sphere either through a practical project, research context, exchange, work experience, or other negotiated professional set of interactions with an external partner, groups of students and creative industry.

Towards the end of the programme you will undertake a major project to consolidate your past research and practice into fully realised collections, pieces, proposals, business plans, or exhibitions – whatever means is appropriate to the work. You will also have developed a strategy for the continuation of your practice located and contextualised to the profession or discipline.

If you choose to progress to MFA Design: Jewellery award you will study a further two units of 60 credits each.

This route is focused on the continuation of your practice aligned to the research and selection of appropriate public or professional venues and platforms to disseminate a significant body of work. You will be required to produce work for a public audience in the most relevant and appropriate form along with any implicit publicity and dissemination material.

Special Features

Access to an extensive range of small metal and jewellery workshops and to a broad range of other three dimensional design and craft cultures, including those related to the design and/or making of domestic products, furniture, glass and ceramics.

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The Master of Applied Design and Art combines practical skills with theoretical knowledge to enhance your current undergraduate degree or chosen specialisation in art and design. Read more
The Master of Applied Design and Art combines practical skills with theoretical knowledge to enhance your current undergraduate degree or chosen specialisation in art and design.

This course will help you reach a high level of expertise and qualification in contemporary design and art. You will develop creative and professional skills through studies in cross- and inter-disciplinary design and art practice.

In this course you will learn through discussion, reflection and the production of original and innovative solutions to studio-based or industry-related projects. You will be encouraged to develop your independent research skills, originality, creative leadership and awareness of the needs of contemporary society.

Through a combination of coursework and project-based units you will learn a range of skills and develop the depth of knowledge required to produce contemporary design and art solutions. The program is flexible and can be tailored to suit your individual interests and professional development.

This course is also suitable if you have knowledge and expertise from other disciplines, such as marketing, information technology, science, media and advertising, as well as those with formal qualifications in art and design.

You can choose to focus your studies on one of the following specialisations:

-3D Design (jewellery, furniture and/or product design)
-Creative Advertising
-Digital Design
-Fashion Design
-Fine Art
-Graphic Design
-Illustration Design
-Photography
-Visual Culture

Professional recognition

Professional recognition is dependent upon your area of specialisation. You may be recognised by professional associations such as the National Association for the Visual Arts and the Design Institute of Australia. You may also be eligible for membership in the following organisations:

-Australian Graphic Design Association
-Perth Advertising and Design Club
-The Design Management Institute
-Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
-Artsource: the Artists Foundation of Western Australia
-FORM (formerly CraftsWest).

Career opportunities

You may find high-level employment across the arts, fashion and design industries. This may include employment in government, the not-for-profit sector, media or education.

Credit for previous study

If you have a background in design and art, you may be eligible for 100 points of credit for recognised learning (CRL).

Other notes

This course is only available to international onshore students. July intake for the Master of Applied Design and Art is only available to students with Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) equivalent to one semester or 100 credits.

2016 Curtin International Scholarships: Merit Scholarship

Curtin University is an inspiring, vibrant, international organisation, committed to making tomorrow better. It is a beacon for innovation, driving advances in technology through high-impact research and offering more than 100 practical, industry-aligned courses connecting to workplaces of tomorrow.

Ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, the University is also ranked 25th in the world for universities under the age of 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2015 Curtin also received an overall five-star excellence rating in the QS stars rating.

Curtin University strives to give high achieving international students the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised education through offering the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship will give you up to 25 per cent of your first year tuition fees and if you enrol in an ELB program at Curtin English before studying at Curtin, you will also receive a 10 per cent discount on your Curtin English fees.

For full details and terms and conditions of this scholarship, please visit: curtin.edu/int-scholarships and click on Merit.

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The Graduate Certificate in Design provides a sound introduction to graduate studies and allows you to pursue independent projects under the guidance of experienced staff. Read more
The Graduate Certificate in Design provides a sound introduction to graduate studies and allows you to pursue independent projects under the guidance of experienced staff. This course is flexible and can be tailored to suit individual interests and career objectives. It allows you to develop creative and professional skills through studies in contemporary design and art practice, and covers a wide variety of specialisations.

You can choose to focus your studies on one of the following specialisations:

-creative advertising and graphic design
-photography and illustration design
-digital design
-fashion design
-3D design (jewellery, product or furniture design)
-art and design studies
-fine art

This course is suited to applicants with knowledge and expertise from other disciplines as well as those with formal qualifications in art or design. Through a combination of coursework, project-based units, and professional placements you'll learn the skills and knowledge required to produce contemporary design and art solutions.

Upon successful completion of the graduate certificate, you may then subsequently enrol in the master degree.

Professional recognition

Graduates are recognised by professional associations such as the National Association for the Arts (NAVA) and the Design Institute of Australia. Graduates are also eligible for membership in the following organisations:

Australian Graphic Design Association
Perth Art Directors Club
Design Management Institute
Perth Institute of Australia (PICA)
Arts Source: The Artists Foundation of Western Australia
FORM.

Career opportunities

Graduates of design and art generally find employment within all avenues of design, including design studios, advertising agencies, public relations and marketing organisations. Your research project can aid further in niche specialisation and self employment.

Credit for previous study

Applications for credit for recognised learning (CRL) are assessed on an individual basis.

2016 Curtin International Scholarships: Merit Scholarship

Curtin University is an inspiring, vibrant, international organisation, committed to making tomorrow better. It is a beacon for innovation, driving advances in technology through high-impact research and offering more than 100 practical, industry-aligned courses connecting to workplaces of tomorrow.

Ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, the University is also ranked 25th in the world for universities under the age of 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2015 Curtin also received an overall five-star excellence rating in the QS stars rating.

Curtin University strives to give high achieving international students the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised education through offering the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship will give you up to 25 per cent of your first year tuition fees and if you enrol in an ELB program at Curtin English before studying at Curtin, you will also receive a 10 per cent discount on your Curtin English fees.

For full details and terms and conditions of this scholarship, please visit: curtin.edu/int-scholarships and click on Merit.

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The MFA Design provides a learning environment and context that transcends the traditional disciplines within design and ranges from the physical and tangible to the virtual and digital, offering the opportunity for an individual to develop their specific design and making skills, at Masters level, in relation to other areas of design practice. Read more
The MFA Design provides a learning environment and context that transcends the traditional disciplines within design and ranges from the physical and tangible to the virtual and digital, offering the opportunity for an individual to develop their specific design and making skills, at Masters level, in relation to other areas of design practice. The course is a hot bed of creativity where each student is asked to challenge their current thinking, explore new possibilities, engage in the current debates surrounding design practice and through this become advanced specialists in their own practice whilst potentially creating new territories of practice.

Visit the website: http://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201718/design-13658

Course detail

MFA Design responds to continuing changes in contemporary design practice and challenges the perceived boundaries between the many and varied recognised art and design disciplines.

The course currently supports the areas of: Ceramics, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interaction Design, Jewellery, Silversmithing, and Textiles.

MFA Design was previously known as MFA Multidisciplinary Design. In the redesign of the course, additional staff members have joined the core team, and we now support a range of design disciplines.This richness of knowledge and experience of academic and technical staff enhances the student experience on the program, and opens up additional possibilities for collaboration and innovation, whilst maintaining the rigour in technical, research and development skills required of a masters student.

This change to the course team has also realigned the course to focus on the attainment of advanced, sustainable, skilled practice through research, which is made possible through the technical and specialist facilities available within Belfast School of Art.The course retains the emphasis of entrepreneurship which was a unique strength of the previous version of the program and is built upon tried and tested models developed in conjunction with NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) in recognition of the essential skills necessary for a successful, sustainable practice within the rapidly growing creative industries.

Through ongoing questioning and development during the course a student may identify themselves with a variety of outcomes such as;

Designer Maker – Leading to self employment, professional designer, setting up a SME

Design Researcher – Leading to PhD, research fellowships

Designer Leader – Leading to business leadership or Strategic Thinker within the creative industries.

Teaching and learning assessment

You will be taught in lectures, seminars, group crits, individual and group tutorials and peer feedback sessions. You will work independently, and engage in both practical and written research. Access to discipline specific workshops will be available to enable you to develop, experiment and produce work.

Career options

MFA Design has a very strong employability track record. Graduates from the course have gained employment both nationally and internationally. With the course’s strong entrepreneurial focus, many graduates have gone on to establish their own, successful businesses with many securing substantial venture capital funding.

Our students and graduates are opportunity focused and, during the first six years of the course had secured over £650,000 in project funding. In addition our students and graduates have received international recognition through winning numerous awards and bursaries.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why Choose Ulster University ?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We recruit international students from more than 100 different countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five* or ten* equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/postgraduate

Scholarships

A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

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The best contemporary jewellery combines excellent craftsmanship with strong conceptual and critical thinking. This stimulating new course will expand your approach to jewellery practice and challenge you to consider how collaboration and interdisciplinary projects can shape future ways of working and making. Read more
The best contemporary jewellery combines excellent craftsmanship with strong conceptual and critical thinking. This stimulating new course will expand your approach to jewellery practice and challenge you to consider how collaboration and interdisciplinary projects can shape future ways of working and making.


Why study MA Jewellery Futures at Middlesex?

At Middlesex we take a highly practical and critical approach to Jewellery that ensures that you spend the majority of your postgraduate study researching and making. This combination of in-depth analysis and hands-on experience will enable you to draw on a diverse range of expertise and resources while questioning and developing your practice in a contemporary context for a stimulating and successful career.Based in our University's £80 million Art and Design School, our course features state-of-the-art facilities with dedicated studio space for each of our MA students to ensure that we cater for a diverse range of interests and ambitions. With opportunities to collaborate with students from across the School, you'll be part of a supportive and interdisciplinary environment of artists who are shaping the future of creative industries worldwide with their award-winning, innovative work.

This course is flexibly designed to put you at the centre of your learning by using a range of teaching and assessment approaches that take into account your individual interests, abilities and ambitions in jewellery.

Course leaders Helen Carnac and Tim Carson are practising artists who have exhibited internationally, known also for developing thought about new practices. You will be encouraged to look at jewellery practice as more than an isolated solo activity, considering the anthropological, sociological, economic, political and geographic aspects that influence the field. You will explore how jewellery underpins and enables human sociability, engagement and interaction, and how it comes to impact other disciplines.

You will develop your work through individual and interdisciplinary projects, making full use of the many collaboration opportunities available at Middlesex. You will also be supported by some of the best facilities and equipment in the country, with technical tuition on a range of modern and traditional art and design tools.

Course Highlights

- World-class teaching from some of the UK's leading artists, curators, practitioners who have substantial experience in building successful careers with their artistic talents
- Innovative facilities that allow you to experiment and develop your individual approach to jewellery using a wide range of contemporary and traditional equipment, spaces and software
- Exhibition opportunities off-site to create networking opportunities, build industry links and explore new ways of working and creating
Direct access to London's art and craft world with valuable industry links to a range of galleries, high-profile creators, libraries and collections to enhance your research and inform your practice
- Flexible module structure to meet the needs, ambitions and abilities of each student whatever stage you are at in your creative career
- Access to networking opportunities, world-leading research and expertise through the Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts (LCEA) and Art & Design Research Institute (ADRI) on campus

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MA Design - Ceramics is concerned with the development of advanced craft and design practice. Ceramics activity within a contemporary context should be considered as a prospective and not prescriptive pursuit so the question ‘What can a contemporary ceramics practice be?’ is particularly relevant. Read more
MA Design - Ceramics is concerned with the development of advanced craft and design practice. Ceramics activity within a contemporary context should be considered as a prospective and not prescriptive pursuit so the question ‘What can a contemporary ceramics practice be?’ is particularly relevant.

There is access to an extensive range of ceramics workshops and to a broad range of other three dimensional design and craft cultures, including those related to the design and/or making of domestic products, furniture, glass and jewellery. The flexible nature of the programme not only allows the development of advanced practice within a discreet ceramics related area but also and importantly, encourages the cross fertilisation of ideas, preoccupations and practices.

Course Content

The MA Design: Ceramics is made up of four units totalling 180 credits.

The programme is designed to help you acclimatise to the challenges of MA level research and practice, enabling you to identify and describe a clear direction for your postgraduate design study.

You will be encouraged to develop design propositions that encompass key design issues and have complexity and ambition, taking full consideration of the relative contextual drivers.

You will also be encouraged and supported to extend your experience in the professional sphere either through a practical project, research context, exchange, work experience, or other negotiated professional set of interactions with an external partner, groups of students and creative industry.

Towards the end of the programme you will undertake a major project to consolidate your past research and practice into fully realised collections, pieces, proposals, business plans, or exhibitions – whatever means is appropriate to the work. You will also have developed a strategy for the continuation of your practice located and contextualised to the profession or discipline.

If you choose to progress to MFA Design: Ceramics award you will study a further two units of 60 credits each.

This award is focused on the continuation of your practice aligned to the research and selection of appropriate public or professional venues and platforms to disseminate a significant body of work. You will be required to produce work for a public audience in the most relevant and appropriate form along with any implicit publicity and dissemination material.

Special Features

Extensive ceramic workshops and facilities including mould making, casting, throwing, glazing, digital ceramic transfer printing and firing using electric and gas kilns.

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MA Design - Furniture is concerned with relationships between people, contexts and environments and the designed consequences. Read more
MA Design - Furniture is concerned with relationships between people, contexts and environments and the designed consequences. Furniture design activity in this context should be considered as a prospective and not prescriptive pursuit so the question ‘What can contemporary furniture practice be?’ is particularly relevant.The flexible nature of the programme not only allows the development of a practice within a discreet furniture related area but also and importantly, encourages the cross fertilisation of ideas, preoccupations and practices.

Course Content

The MA Design: Furniture is made up of four units totalling 180 credits.

The programme is designed to help you acclimatise to the challenges of MA level research and practice, enabling you to identify and describe a clear direction for your postgraduate design study.

You will be encouraged to develop design propositions that encompass key design issues and have complexity and ambition, taking full consideration of the relative contextual drivers.

You will also be encouraged and supported to extend your experience in the professional sphere either through a practical project, research context, exchange, work experience, or other negotiated professional set of interactions with an external partner, groups of students and creative industry.

Towards the end of the programme you will undertake a major project to consolidate your past research and practice into fully realised collections, pieces, proposals, business plans, or exhibitions – whatever means is appropriate to the work. You will also have developed a strategy for the continuation of your practice located and contextualised to the profession or discipline.

If you choose to progress to MFA Design:Furniture award you will study a further two units of 60 credits each.

This award is focussed on the continuation of your practice aligned to the research and selection of appropriate public or professional venues and platforms to disseminate a significant body of work. You will be required to produce work for a public audience in the most relevant and appropriate form along with any implicit publicity and dissemination material.

Special Features

Access to an extensive range of workshops, both traditional and digital and to a broad range of three dimensional design and craft cultures, including those related to the design and/or making of domestic products, ceramics, glass and jewellery.

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MA Design – Glass is concerned with the development of advanced craft and design practice. Glass activity within a contemporary context should be considered as a prospective and not prescriptive pursuit so the question ‘What can a contemporary glass practice be?’ is particularly relevant. Read more
MA Design – Glass is concerned with the development of advanced craft and design practice. Glass activity within a contemporary context should be considered as a prospective and not prescriptive pursuit so the question ‘What can a contemporary glass practice be?’ is particularly relevant.

The flexible nature of the programme not only allows the development of advanced practice within a discreet glass related area but also and importantly, encourages the cross fertilisation of ideas, preoccupations and practices.

Course Content

he MA Design: Glass is made up of four units totalling 180 credits.

The programme is designed to help you acclimatise to the challenges of MA level research and practice, enabling you to identify and describe a clear direction for your postgraduate design study.

You will be encouraged to develop design propositions that encompass key design issues and have complexity and ambition, taking full consideration of the relative contextual drivers.

You will also be encouraged and supported to extend your experience in the professional sphere either through a practical project, research context, exchange, work experience, or other negotiated professional set of interactions with an external partner, groups of students and creative industry.

Towards the end of the programme you will undertake a major project to consolidate your past research and practice into fully realised collections, pieces, proposals, business plans, or exhibitions – what ever means is appropriate to the work. You will also have developed a strategy for the continuation of your practice located and contextualised to the profession or discipline.

If you choose to progress to MFA Design: Glass award you will study a further two units of 60 credits each.

This route is focused on the continuation of your practice aligned to the research and selection of appropriate public or professional venues and platforms to disseminate a significant body of work. You will be required to produce work for a public audience in the most relevant and appropriate form along with any implicit publicity and dissemination material.

Special Features

Access to an extensive range of glass studios and workshops and to a broad range of other three dimensional design and craft cultures, including those related to the design and/or making of domestic products, furniture, glass and jewellery.

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Our MA Contemporary Jewellery course celebrates the contribution of individual artists and designer-makers. It enables you to extend the boundaries of your practice by examining cutting edge ideas in jewellery which you've not been exposed to before. Read more
Our MA Contemporary Jewellery course celebrates the contribution of individual artists and designer-makers. It enables you to extend the boundaries of your practice by examining cutting edge ideas in jewellery which you've not been exposed to before.

As a student on this course, you'll be free to explore a variety of materials and to experiment with scale, form, ornament and body adornment in our dedicated facilities.

Our course is responsive to a wide range of topics and creative disciplines, including fine art, fashion, design and photography. It's designed to encourage you to explore the relationship between jewellery and other related disciplines.

Conceived as a breeding ground for experimentation and innovation, this MA is an excellent opportunity for you to develop cutting edge work and develop your individual style.

Working alongside creative practitioners from a variety of different design backgrounds, you'll receive specialist tuition through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. You'll be expected to present your work-in-progress regularly at formal reviews.

Emphasis will be placed on your personal development through the production of your individual jewellery project.

Facilities

At UCA Rochester we have dedicated workspaces for postgraduate students, as well as an extensive range of books, journals, special collections and online resources.

Industry Partners

The course is based at UCA Rochester, and our jewellery courses at this campus have strong industry links.

You're encouraged to build personal contacts and networks through competitions, exhibitions and publishing.

Careers

There are numerous potential career options for graduates of this course.

Our alumni work as:
-Practising jewellers
-Artists
-Designers/makers
-Arts administrators or in design consultancies, galleries and designer outlets.

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MA Material Futures explores the intersection of craft, science and technology encouraging students to look beyond existing boundaries to anticipate future needs, desires, and challenges. Read more

Introduction

MA Material Futures explores the intersection of craft, science and technology encouraging students to look beyond existing boundaries to anticipate future needs, desires, and challenges. Taking materiality as the starting point of the design process we integrate high and low technological materials and processes, pursuing relevant applications across fashion, architecture, product design, and communication & critical design.

Observing and analysing how we live today allows us to consider how we can live better tomorrow. Considering the current and future context of design decisions is core to our ethos, combining social, political and economic inquiry to inform future, sustainable design applications.

Content

The 21st century marks the beginning of a new textile revolution - one we believe is smart, invisible, sustainable, ethical and poetic.

MA Material Futures is part of the Jewellery and Textiles programme. The MA Material Futures ethos is to approach textile design as a form of industrial design but with a focus on the language and codes inherent to textiles. By exploring key contextual questions to interrogate, critique and propose new design concepts, we invite our designers to engage fully with the challenges of designing for the 21st century. How do we reconcile ecology and smart technology? With current progress in nanotechnologies, how do we engineer invisible functions with new aesthetics? How can biomimicry principles inform the design of resilient textiles? Will scientists become designers? With digital fabrications becoming mainstream, what future for craft? How can textiles lead to the development of smart interactive interface? Can textiles inform a new way to imagine architecture? These are examples of questions MA Material Futures will consider over the two year postgraduate programme.

Smart textiles, invisible performance, sustainable and ethical issues as much as poetics and aesthetics call for new design perspectives. Crossover with other design disciplines as well as with science and socio-economics are more pertinent than ever. Rapid changes in culture, economics and technology need dynamic designers who can propose and realise intelligent, responsible innovations with strategic thought, leadership and personal vision. The MA Material Futures course aims at equipping designers with critical skills to design for our future selves and provides a 'think-tank' in which to cultivate ideas, reflect on individual practice, and challenge the boundaries of textile design.

Structure

MA Material Futures lasts 60 weeks structured as two consecutive periods of 30 weeks each (i.e. two academic years) in its 'extended full-time mode'.

MA Material Futures is credit rated at 180 credits, and comprises 2 units:

Unit 1 (60 credits) lasts 20 weeks
Unit 2 (120 credits) runs for 10 weeks in the first year and 30 weeks in the second year.

Both units must be passed in order to achieve the MA, but the classification of the award of MA derives from your mark for Unit 2 only.

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Running from February to September, this intensive, six month postgraduate jewellery course will help familiarise students with the key practical processes, techniques and terminology within contemporary jewellery and related products. Read more

Summary

Running from February to September, this intensive, six month postgraduate jewellery course will help familiarise students with the key practical processes, techniques and terminology within contemporary jewellery and related products.

This course caters for students looking to top up their skills before taking an MA, as well as art and design graduates looking to specialise in jewellery.

Students will benefit from outstanding workshop based development from expert staff. The course combines theory and practice.

Students will develop their skills and work in workshops to produce pieces of a professional standard jewellery and related products. Lectures and seminars will be backed up by industry and cultural visits.

Students will be taught by an experienced jewellery designer-maker, and have access to first class studios five day a week, with intensive, full-day tutorials three days per week.

Modules

The course consists of two modules. Each module consists of a nominal 300 hours of study time

Materials and Processes (Conventions and Innovation);
Self-Initiated Project.

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This is an innovative course which develops creative potential and in-depth knowledge of theories, processes and techniques. Students will use a variety of materials, manufacturing techniques and processes. Read more

Summary

This is an innovative course which develops creative potential and in-depth knowledge of theories, processes and techniques.

Students will use a variety of materials, manufacturing techniques and processes.

The scope for design is very broad and builds on knowledge in the area of personal ornaments, body signification and decorative metal objects. There are also affinities with industrial design, fashion design, fine art and sculpture and content is often informed by philosophy, conceptualisation and critical theory.

Project-based activities will develop creative, design and making skills and enhance students' professional skills. Concepts and products will also be developed. Students will analyse problems and reflect on the relationships between personal objectives, cultural values, market identities, prototyping techniques and new technologies.

This course is divided into three trimesters to allow students to work towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master's qualification.

Modules

PgCert: Research and Applied Practice.

PgDip: Creative Exploration; Specialist Research Enquiry.

Master's: Master Design Project.

Assessment

Studies include structured, project based learning activities which develop creative, design and making skills, research and investigative abilities, evaluation and independent learning to an advanced level; it includes individual and group tutorials, tutor-led and student-led seminars, lectures, and workshops as well as report writing and project work.

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Our MA Jewellery course gives design professionals and graduates the opportunity to deepen their skills and experience in the areas of jewellery, to refine specific areas of research. Read more
Our MA Jewellery course gives design professionals and graduates the opportunity to deepen their skills and experience in the areas of jewellery, to refine specific areas of research.

This course is suited to highly motivated and talented people who wish to work at the forefront of their creative discipline. It's a project-led and studio-based course with close tutorial guidance.

Rigorous research will encourage you to explore a wide range of approaches, from traditional to contemporary influences of art, craft, design and technology.

As a student on this course, you'll benefit from teaching by leading specialist designers, artists and crafts people. You'll get to create a range of objects and experiment with different materials and processes, to develop your creative thinking.

Throughout the course, you'll work closely alongside students from other fields such as textiles, ceramics, metalwork and glass. This will enable you to broaden your knowledge and incorporate elements from various disciplines into your own practice.

Our Farnham campus offers extraordinary facilities with extensive workshops and equipment to support your study. It's also home to the Crafts Study Centre - a purpose-built museum, research centre and gallery dedicated to crafts.

Facilities

UCA Farnham provides first-rate facilities with extensive workshops and equipment to support your study. It's also home to the Crafts Study Centre - a purpose-built museum, research centre and gallery dedicated to crafts.

Industry Partners

This course has excellent support from:
-Worshipful Company of Ironmongers
-The Goldsmiths' Company
-The Worshipful Company of Pewterers
-Association of Contemporary Jewellery
-Jewellers and Silversmiths Network
-The New Ashgate Trust

Careers

Our course will equip you with a host of valuable and transferable skills. Upon successful completion, you might decide to become a self-employed artist, or forge a career within the craft and design industries, for example.

Recent graduates work as:
-Artists
-Designers
-Makers
-Arts administrators
-Gallery curators
-Teachers
-Writers

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