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.
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.
Extensive ceramic workshops and facilities including mould making, casting, throwing, glazing, digital ceramic transfer printing and firing using electric and gas kilns.
You will normally have an undergraduate honours degree or a degree-equivalent postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification. Alternatively, you may be admitted if you can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard. In addition you also need to submit a Digital Portfolio.
Recipient: Manchester Metropolitan University
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