- Start dateOctober 2017
- Course length2 years (extended full time)
MA Visual Arts: Designer Maker
Places available 2017/18
This course has places available for UK and EU applicants for 2017/18 entry. View the ‘How to apply’ section on this page for more details.
MA Designer Maker at Camberwell College of Arts is aimed at design and applied art practitioners with well-developed workshop skills who are seeking to develop a critical and reflective approach to their practice.
Making and learning are intertwined, and through a contextual programme our students explore the position of the designer and maker within contemporary culture and society.
Content: what students can expect
- To develop a project from proposal to final exhibition
- To develop an innovative studio practice through exploring new and existing materials and processes
- Seminars and discussions that cover a wide range of subjects, including material culture studies, anthropology, philosophy, sustainability, consumerism, museum studies, psychology and literature
- Visits to collections, makers’ studios, galleries and museums
- To critically engage with contemporary debates in applied arts, design and object-based art through the development of a personal project, as well as collectively exploring human-object relationships and the meaning of making
- A shared lecture programme across the Visual Arts courses that draw upon the richness of research across Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges
- To produce a wide range of works during the programme and for the final show, which has previously included lighting, design, ceramic works, furniture, jewellery, as well as installations of small-scale sculptures
- To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops. View the Camberwell facilities section
Extended Full-Time Study Mode
The MA is taught over two years in six blocks of 10 weeks. Extended Full-Time mode is a hybrid of part time and full time study.
By teaching in this mode we aim to give our students the opportunity to benefit from undertaking a full time Masters degree while also pursuing and sustaining other commitments such as part-time employment, gaining other experience in the creative industries or maintaining care responsibilities.
Unit One - Research, Development and Practice
Students explore, experiment and research to further develop their Project Proposal. The unit introduces you to subject specific issues and topics, research methodologies and techniques. It aims to orientate you and your practice within the course, and to develop your contextual, critical and research skills at the onset of your MA learning.
Unit Two - Reflection and Presentation
Resolution and presentation of students' work according to their Project Proposal. A symposium will provide the opportunity to present their research and provide further peer feedback. Students' practice at this stage should synthesise their practical, conceptual and professional abilities and they will be expected to consider their future practice, audience and context of their work in contemporary practice.
The intention and context of students' work will inform their decisions they will take regarding a final exhibition. Students' will also be expected to work collaboratively with their peers to actively plan, organise and install an exhibition as part of their continued Personal and Professional Development.
Learning and teaching methods
- Blogs and wikis
- Collaborative projects
- Lectures, seminars and tutorials
- Peer-lead events, critical engagement and feedback
- Personal and professional development
- Personal projects
- Research methods
- Study visits
- Workshop inductions
- Contextual and evaluative writing
- Project proposal
- Reflective journal
- Research portfolio
- Writing on critical practice - including blogs
How to apply
All applicants can apply for this course using our online application form.
Please note, this course has places available for UK and EU applicants only for 2017/18 entry.
Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.
Further information about the application process
You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:
- Personal details
- Current and/or previous education and qualification details
- Employment history
Once you have submitted the form you will receive a confirmation email.
You will be emailed a link to our online application tool, where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:
- Portfolio of work
- Study plan
The course leader will review your work, may invite you to interview, and will then make a decision on your application.
We will send you emails throughout the application process that will contain important information about your application. Please check your inbox.
We will contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents. For example, your English language certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas.
- BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
- Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
- Portfolio of work
- Study plan
If English isn’t your first language
All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:
- IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)
The study plan is a statement of approximately 800 words describing your current practice and an opportunity for you to explore potential areas that you want to develop in your studies.
The plan is the starting point for discussions about your postgraduate studies and will evolve during the time you study with us.
When writing your plan you are not expected to have complete answers to all the questions.
However, you should be able to:
- Examine your knowledge and experience in relation to your practice
- Identify questions and areas that you do not know about
- Demonstrate how you may intend to tackle these questions and areas
How to structure a study plan
You should include links to referenced text or images where appropriate.
Each of the following sections should be approximately 200 words.
- Briefly describe your work
- Outline recent developments
- Identify those aspects you would like to take further at postgraduate level
Describe specific areas, issues and critical ideas that are central to your area of interest.
How will you go about exploring your area of interest?
Are there particular methods you will use? For example - drawing, model making, photography?
Are there resources or equipment that you need to access in order for you to successfully engage in your research?
- Approximately 10 to 20 images of your work that provide a good overview of your creative practice
- Show a selection of your work that is relevant to your application. This can include both finished work and examples of your research and development
- For video, sound or web based work please provide links
- Where appropriate include captions or short explanations that give context for your work. If you have worked on any group projects explain your role
- Provide indications of the size and media used. If you are invited for interview you will need to show original work
At interview and portfolio review
We look for:
- An interest and involvement in visual arts
- Demonstrable skills in your existing practice
- The ability and capacity for self-reflection
- Ambition and research interest
- Aspiration for a higher level of practice
- Quality of work
Applicants may be offered a place on an alternative MA or Graduate Diploma course at Camberwell, Chelsea or Wimbledon. This decision will be based on our assessment of an applicants' creative potential and interests.
This course will give consideration to deferred entry application.
Fees and funding
Home / EU fee
£4,250 per year (Extended Full Time - 2017/18 fees).
£10,110 per year (Extended Full Time - 2017/18 fees).
In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.
Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.
Scholarships and awards
There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.
Careers and alumni
Our MA Designer Maker graduates leave with the skills and knowledge to have careers as practitioners, creative industry professionals, curators, freelance designers, workshop leaders and teachers, as well as the potential to progress to PhD study.