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Crafts (MRes)

Course Description

UCA Farnham

Our MRes Crafts course concentrates on the written histories and critical analyses of craft organisations, artists, theories and craft exhibitions, as well as discussions from management, educational and theoretical perspectives. The key outcomes of the course are a substantial essay, or an essay plus practice outcome in the case of makers.

The use of museum and private collections (including artist collections) as a focus for study will be a strong feature on our course.

Your MRes project could be the starting point for a MPhil or PhD in crafts areas.

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

Student work


Course overview

On MRes Crafts, you'll benefit from teaching by leading specialist designers, artists and crafts people. And UCA Farnham boasts first-rate crafts facilities, with extensive workshops and equipment to support your study.

Our Farnham campus is also home to the Crafts Study Centre - a purpose-built museum, research centre and gallery for the crafts. The Centre has an international standing as a unique collection and archive of twentieth century and contemporary crafts.

This course will be studio-based for practice-based students, and library or museum-based for students engaged solely on written outcomes and study. The intensive written component of the MRes will be directed by museum professional staff of the Crafts Study Centre.

You'll undertake a combination of lectures, tutorials and visits but, primarily, our course focuses on independent, self-directed study.

Course content

Stage 1 -

Theory and Analysis: This unit focuses on the preparation of an illustrated essay by undertaking critical reading, observing artefacts, handling objects and archives, visiting exhibitions and analysing curatorial practice.

Curatorial Practice: This unit focuses on the design and preparation of an exhibition of modern or contemporary craft objects and archives. The exhibition will be a collegiate one, delivered by the MRes cohort (full-time and part-time), working closely alongside the Curator and Director of the Crafts Study Centre.

Stage 2 -

Research Design: This unit focuses on the design of the research project as set out by you and in consultation with the course team.

Exhibition Design: This unit supports the development of your curatorial judgements and skills as a counterpoint to your textual analysis and written research outcomes. You'll take on the role of an independent curator, surveying and selecting a contemporary craft practitioner, practitioners, collective, agency, guild, or other producer. You'll then consider an exhibition design relating to their work that would be appropriate for a selected venue, such as a commercial craft gallery, public space, private space, museum or gallery (or any venue that's appropriate for a temporary, pop up or long term presentation of work).

Stage 3 -

Final Research Dissertation: This marks the culmination of your MRes studies and will form an exposition of the enquiry through a resolved body of advanced written and or practice work. As such, it should demonstrate evidence of advanced conceptual, theoretical and technical capability developed over an extended period of self-directed study.

Specification - http://webdocs.ucreative.ac.uk/Crafts_MRes_F_PSpec_201415-1404211200001.pdf


UCA Farnham provides first-rate facilities with extensive workshops and equipment to support your study.

Craft Study Centre - A purpose-built museum, research centre and gallery for crafts

Library - Modern library with a wealth of books, journals, and special collections and online resources

Crafts workshops - Extensive crafts workshops and facilities including ceramics studios and kiln rooms, jewellery work spaces, metalwork workshops and forges, and glass blowing facilities

Course staff

Professor Simon Olding - http://www.uca.ac.uk/staff/professor-simon-olding/

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/

Your portfolio

No formal portfolio is required for this course. We'll require you to attend an Applicant Day which will include an interview. This will also give you the opportunity to visit us, meet the course team and see the facilities. If you wish to bring work for discussion at your interview, you're welcome to do so.

Student regulations

Find out more about the operation of our courses, student conduct, assessments and examinations - http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/student-regulations

Visit the Crafts (MRes) page on the University for the Creative Arts website for more details!

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. You also need to demonstrate a clear interest in writing.

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