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Metalwork (MA)

Course Description

UCA Farnham

This course gives design professionals and graduates the opportunity to deepen skills and experience in the areas of forgework, foundry work and metalsmithing.

Our MA Metalwork course is for 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.

Have a question? Just ask us - http://www.uca.ac.uk/ask-uca/

Student work


Course overview:

On MA Metalwork, you'll benefit from teaching by leading specialist designers, artists and crafts people, and you'll make objects, experiment with materials and processes and develop your creative thinking.

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

UCA Farnham provides 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 for the crafts.

Course content

Stage 1 -

You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first stage includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice;

Studio practice, theory and analysis: Focuses on challenging and reflecting upon your practice. You'll achieve this through the development of critical reading, observation, handling and thinking deeply about products, craft artifacts, contextual research associated with your work and its field of enquiry.

Exploratory practice: Focuses on developing your practice into a form of enquiry; a questioning, analytical and interrogative approach to your work that will enable you to become a reflective practitioner.

Stage 2 -

During stage two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study;

Reflective practice: Reflective practice is one of the most important concepts for a creative practitioner. It enables you to become critically aware and allows you to develop and progress your practice independently. The work undertaken in this unit should begin to address the research questions you explored in the Exploratory practice unit. Work completed for this unit should be considerably more resolved and establish a clear line of inquiry through selected materials, concepts and a clearly articulated context. You'll also have the opportunity to complete a period of professional practice during this unit.

Stage 3 -

In the third stage of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work;

Final project: This is the culmination of your studies and will form an exposition of the central ideas and concepts developed throughout the course. Its aim is to demonstrate the resolution of previous project units through evidence of advanced conceptual, theoretical and technical capability over an extended period of self-directed study.


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 for the crafts.

Metal workshop - Foundry facilities for large scale casting and also forging, welding, power hammer and cutting facilities

Machine workshop - Machine workshop with spinning, raising, cutting, lathework and milling

Library - An excellent modern library with specialist books and journals, as well as extensive digital resources including electronic journals, online learning packs, digital archives and collections and e-books

Course staff

Rebecca Skeels - http://www.uca.ac.uk/staff/rebecca-skeels/

International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

Studying in the UK - http://www.uca.ac.uk/international-study/

Studying abroad - http://www.uca.ac.uk/study/study-abroad/

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

::Industry partners::

This course has excellent support from:

- Worshipful Company of Ironmongers
- The Goldsmiths' Company
- The Worshipful Company of Pewterers
- Harral & Crook Metalsmiths
- Contemporary British Silversmiths
- The New Ashgate Trust
- The Jewellers and Silversmiths Network.


Our course will equip you with a host of valuable and transferable skills. You may 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.

::Further study::

You may want to undertake further study/research to specialise even more.

Your portfolio

For this course, we'll require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you've applied.

Student regulations

Find out more about the operation of our courses, student conduct, assessments and examinations.

Student rules and regulations pages - http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/student-regulations

Visit the Metalwork (MA) page on the University for the Creative Arts website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Oliver Russell

"I would highly recommend an MA in metalwork. The lecturers and technicians at UCA are very supportive and the course content equips you with some really valuable professional practice skills, which are essential when setting up your own business. "


Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline and/or Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

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