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Course content

The focus of postgraduate study in Design and Applied Arts is to consider your current and past practice and recognise the opportunities that exist for research, material investigation and professional development. The aim is to provide a framework that will guide your enquiry within your subject specialism.

Subject specialisms:

  • Ceramics
  • Glass
  • Interior Design
  • Fashion
  • Textiles

Take a look at some examples of work produced by students for MA Design and Applied Arts

What happens on the course?

Typical modules may include:

  • Defining practice in design and applied arts
  • Creative enquiry
  • Integrating concepts and practice in design and applied arts
  • Critical, contextual and theoretical frameworks
  • Critical realisation of practice in design and applied arts
  • Critical contexts and audiences
  • Professional practice and enterprise
  • Masters Project

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through a mixture of written assignments and creative studio projects. You will be fully supported during studio practice and tutorials to raise the quality of your work to Masters level.

Why Wolverhampton?

We aim to introduce you to a range of approaches in the analysis and debate of material practice related to applied arts and design driven outcomes.

  • You will work in a friendly, supportive environment as part of the broader MA community
  • Your practice will be supported by specialist academics with internationally recognised profiles
  • You will have access to excellent workshop facilities
  • You will benefit from lectures and presentations from visiting international artists and designers
  • You will have the opportunity to engage in study visits both in the UK and abroad
  • MA Design and Applied Arts will provide you with the opportunity to establish a career in design, practice and/or industry in the UK and internationally.
  • The course is specifically designed to promote entrepreneurism

It also provides a platform for further research leading to PhD or other forms of academic research.

Career path

Employment opportunities include:

  • Self-employment: Establishing yourself in your own business, or as a sole trader or freelance designer.
  • A career in design, practice and/or industry in the UK and internationally.
  • Advancement in current employment: education, public sector or the creative industries.

What skills will you gain?

MA Design and Applied Arts will provide you with the opportunity to mature into a self-confident, independent thinker. You will leave University equipped with the skills and attributes that will assist you in realising your creative ambition. The MA will provide you with the time and expertise to refine your ideas and enhance your professional skill in order to practice your chosen applied art or design specialism within the broader creative arena.


Visit the Design and Applied Arts - MA page on the University of Wolverhampton website for more details!

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