Masters degrees in Wood Crafts provide postgraduates with the skills to design and develop products for aesthetic and creative purposes, with wood as the source material.
Courses are typically taught MA or practise-based MFA courses, with entry requirements normally including an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Design Technology. Sufficient work experience may also be accepted as an alternative entry in some cases.
Courses in this field are highly variable, with options to specialise in a range of fields from art history to vocational craft work, to teaching and social care. For example, you might opt to take a practical approach, training to become an independent practitioner to produce items such as jewellery or bespoke furniture.
There is also a growing trend in the artistic community with regards to engagement in social practises in the community. This includes for example the creation of art as a therapeutic activity. Other courses may focus on the social and historical significance of woodcrafts across the globe – from the Aboriginal totem poles of Canada, to the love spoons of Wales.
Other careers may involve industrial manufacturing of products such as homeware, or working with companies to source their wood responsibly.
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.