Masters degrees in Clay & Stone Crafts equip postgraduate with theoretical, historical and practical knowledge of ceramics crafts involving stone, clay and related materials.
Courses range from taught MA and MSc degrees, to research-based MRes and MPhil programmes. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant field such as Ceramics, Art or Design.
Training covers a broad range of methods, techniques and theoretical approaches. These include approaches in sculpture and installation, to studio ceramic and design for products in the commercial industries.
You will establish your own studio-based practise through an analysis of aesthetics and design, particularly in contemporary practise. Through an analysis of cultural and critical perspectives, you will also advance your contextual knowledge of Clay & Stone Crafts. This will include gathering data in the form of archival material, artefacts and literary resources.
You could use this experience to work independently upon graduation, exhibiting your own work across different galleries. Or, you may choose to form a collective of practitioners or join a guild to develop an artistic aim, such as a community art project.
At the School of Traditional Arts, based in London, UK, our MA degree is a full-time, two-year, taught course.
Our MA degree in Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts is unique – there is nothing like it anywhere else. We emphasize improving practice in skills and techniques in a range of traditional arts and crafts as much as theoretical and philosophical learning.
In the first year students take taught modules in geometry, ceramics, stained glass, woodwork, Indian and Persian miniature painting, icons, methods and materials. There is also a residential field study trip. (120 units)
In the second year teaching continues while students work on their own practical and research projects under supervision. (60 units)
At the end of the course, students select examples of their best art to exhibit in our Degree Show.
Our MA students tell us they especially appreciate
· Expert tuition and attentive supervision
· Good student:teacher ratio
· Small groups; close, supportive community
· International perspectives - teachers and students from varied backgrounds and from all over the world
· Our apprenticeship model - practising artists and experts guide students' development and deepen knowledge of techniques, materials and philosophical principles
· Varied learning - formal presentations, seminars, critical studio-based sessions, residential field study trip, staff and student meetings; informal visits to galleries, museums and other institutions
· Free access to our School's programme of short courses, in addition to the MA course
· Individual work space for each MA student
· Good technical facilities and support
Find out more about our Masters degree course here.
Applications for MA course beginning in September 2018 are now closed. Applications for the MA course beginning in September 2019 will be open from 24 September 2018 until 28 February 2019.
If you would like to register your interest and receive updates about the MA course beginning in September 2019, please complete this form here
Further information about applying can be found here.
Our MA in Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts is validated by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
Our MA Ceramics course is a project led and studio based programme with tutorial guidance, where you'll produce high quality work through rigorous academic research and creative studio practice.
You'll have the opportunity to create a range of objects, experiment with different materials and processes, and develop your individual style and creativity. Our MA supports a wide range of ceramics practices, including historical, traditional and contemporary, and will encourage innovation in ceramics design and technology.
We'll guide you in maximising your talent and creative ability, so you'll be able to further develop your skills for future engagement with the arts, crafts and design industries.
Our courses are designed for talented, self-motivated individuals wishing to work at the forefront of artistic, creative industries and enterprises.
This course benefits from a cohort of expert staff that includes the nationally and internationally acclaimed ceramicist Professor Magdalene Odundo OBE and Nicholas Lees, as well as a number of visiting artists such as Steve Brown and Clare Twomey.
Throughout the course, you'll have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge and experience by working with your peers from other specialist courses at UCA Farnham, such as our Textiles, Jewellery, Metalwork and Glass courses.
Our Farnham campus boasts first-rate facilities with extensive workshops and equipment to support your study. It's also home to our Crafts Study Centre - a purpose built museum, research centre and gallery dedicated to crafts. The Crafts Study Centre possesses the world's most coherent collection of Leach pottery and a stunning collection of work by Lucie Rie, as well as contemporary makers such as Edmund de Waal.
Our Farnham campus provides first-rate facilities with extensive workshops and equipment to support your study. It's also home to our Crafts Study Centre - a purpose-built museum, research centre and gallery dedicated to crafts.
As part of this course, you'll have access to well-established industry connections. These include:
-Historical research, exhibition and curation with the Watts Gallery
-Links with Froyle Tiles and Lambs Terracotta - providing an opportunity to research interior and exterior architecture, along with restoration and renovation projects
-Local production of Dartington Pottery at the nearby Grayshott Pottery - beneficial to those researching surface and glaze
-Farnham-based 318 Ceramics and the New Ashgate Gallery Trust.
Our MA Ceramics 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.
Recent graduates work as:
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This is an intensive, vocational course with strong professional links to the industry, offering a maximum of four students, with high levels of painting and drawing skills, the opportunity to develop their careers as scenic artists. The skills and techniques acquired on this course are to the level necessary for theatre, television, film and animation industries..
During the year students acquire an understanding of professional practice and standards, and gain in-depth skills and experience in scenic art techniques and their application, combined with the practice of managing a scenic art department.
The Course has 3 very intensive terms during which students paint the sets for the School’s six main house public productions, offering them the opportunity to see their finished work used on stage in a wide range of public performances and venues. Teaching is led by the School’s Head of Scenic Art in collaboration with visiting industry professionals who provide master-classes in a range of skills and techniques that include; life drawing, portraiture, perspective, marbling, wood-graining, polystyrene carving and painting for animation. The scenic art students work collaboratively with the School’s other production departments, and most especially with design students. Furthering their introduction to the industry, work placements with principal companies are arranged during the course; particular attention is placed on students developing their own professional portfolio. Upon graduation students will showcase their work in a public exhibition and be interviewed by some of the UK’s leading industry practitioners. In a freelance industry most of our graduates begin working as assistants for scenic artists, scenic workshops and large theatre companies, eventually becoming supervising scenic artists themselves.
Recent graduate employment includes: The Royal Opera House, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Cardiff Theatrical Services, The Royal National Theatre, Northern Ballet, TR2 Plymouth, Richard Nutbourne - Cool Flight Ltd, Rocket Scenery, Cameron Mackintosh’s National and International Tour of ‘Mary Poppins’, Disney's ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Frozen’ on Broadway. Festival work includes ‘Boomtown’ and ‘Glastonbury’. Film work includes: Wes Anderson's ‘Isle of Dogs’ (UK release - March 2018), Tim Burton's ‘Frankenweenie', Aardman Animations' ‘Shaun the Sheep’, ‘Pirates’ and ‘Early Man’ TV work includes: 'Will' for TNT’, ‘Crazy Face’ for Netflix and 'Good Omens' for the BBC.
This course is for materially engaged makers who are looking to explore craft practices across a range of materials and object types. The programme encourages the development of craft across specialist and multi-material making, as you investigate and explore definitions of craft practice.
Your work may already encompass making in a specific area such as glass, ceramics or jewellery, which you are wanting to develop or expand. This course will encourage you to progress and challenge your practice, to explore genre-breaking approaches to material and process making.
Using the wide range of hand, machine and digital technologies at Manchester School of Art, you will work within, across and between definitions of craft, to evolve and progress a unique and personal making practice within contemporary craft.
The programme is supported by a comprehensive range of workshops for hand, machine and digital making. In addition to traditional material making workshops in ceramics, glass, metal, wood, textiles and bookbinding, there are digital making facilities for CNC routing, rapid prototyping, plasma & laser cutting, and digital print for textiles & ceramics. Students have access to a wide range of specialist academic and technical expertise from across the School of Art, to support the development of a wide range of craft making practices.
Based in the heart of the School of Art, MA/MFA Design: Craft is part of an innovative design network — a community of staff and students exploring design ideas in a discursive, cross-disciplinary studio environment. Critically informed practical designers, the group works experimentally, inspired by new insights and possibilities.
While studying towards a particular qualification at MA/MFA level, students experience their subject in the broader context of contemporary design practice.
Dedicated spaces for the postgraduate community have been developed to enable the postgraduate community to flourish. These spaces, for thinking and practice, are located centrally within the School of Art, allowing easy access to an extensive range of workshops where the combination of traditional and state of the art equipment opens up a world of exciting possibilities.
The two-year Design & Crafts MA programme at the Estonian Academy of Arts prepares students for professional practice and helps them identify their own positions as artists — within their communities, society, design field, global economy, natural environment and other contexts. The programme provides students with as many real-world, hands-on situations as possible by giving them access to practising professionals and diverse opportunities. The programme also develops and changes with the students. With each new group, we start with roundtable discussions to find out what our students actually want. What experiences do they value? What is the focus of their interests? What are their professional dreams?
The students enter a common programme but also select a specialisation. Students who study in the Design & Crafts programme remain closely connected with their chosen discipline. Regardless of the specialisation, the MA programme focuses on collaboration. This includes group tasks that cross disciplines, so that students with different backgrounds and study experience work together.
A significant part of the coursework takes place in the form of workshops (supervised by international lecturers), which aim to break routine and provide inspiration.
Material-based design and craft disciplines have a unique outlook and philosophy, and the Estonian Academy of Arts is one the few places in the world where it is possible to study in some of these fields at the MA level. Each MA graduate should be the best in the world in something — whether in producing an ingenious product, having a unique artistic position or demonstrating in-depth, materials-based research. The Design & Crafts MA programme is also an ideal entry point for international students wishing to continue their studies in the EAA doctoral programme.
120 total credits:
“In the Design & Crafts Master’s programme, you learn to analyse and structure your thoughts, plus visualise them in a proper manner. You can experiment and polish your skills in your specific field, while also getting to know more about the practical sides of design, like branding and product development.”
Maria Sidorenko, MA Design & Crafts ’16, Designer and Co-owner of Upstairs Shop
More information: https://www.artun.ee/masters/design-and-crafts/