MA Visual Arts: Designer Maker

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.

Facts

Course Director

Maiko Tsutsumi

Course Location

Camberwell College of Arts, Peckham Road

Study LevelPostgraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length2 years (Extended Full Time)
Home/EU Fee

£4,125 per year (Extended Full Time - 2016/17 fees)

Please note that fees for the 2nd and any subsequent years is subject to inflationary increase

Course fees may be paid in instalments

International Fee

£9,720 per year (Extended Full Time - 2016/17 fees)

Please note that fees for the 2nd and any subsequent years is subject to inflationary increase

Course fees may be paid in instalments

Start DateSeptember 2016
Autumn Term Dates5 September - 11 November 2016
Spring Term Dates9 January - 17 March 2017
Summer Term Dates15 May - 21 July 2017
Application DeadlineHome / EU - Monday 1 August 2016
International - No deadline, but students are advised to apply as early as possible

Content and structure

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

Structure

Unit One – Research, Development and Practice

Students explore, experiment and research to further develop their Project Proposal. The unit introduces you to pathway 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.

Staff

Maiko Tsutsumi - Course Director

Maiko Tsutsumi studied and apprenticed in furniture making and Japanese lacquer work in Kyoto during the 90's, before moving to London to study furniture design at the Royal College of Art. 

Tsutsumi has been involved in the design industry for the last 16 years with her curatorial projects including Thingness (2011, 2013), as well as the Arts Council funded The Laundry Room (2012) at Balin House Projects, featuring Richard Wentworth and Michael Marriott.

Tsutsumi completed a practice-based PhD The Poetics of Everyday Objects in 2007, while her research and studio practice focuses on the role of materiality and skills in artistic practices, as well as their relationship to the practitioner’s thought processes.

View Maiko Tsutsumi's research profile

Staff

Careers

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.

Alumni

Entry requirements

  • BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
  • Study proposal
  • Portfolio of work
  • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
  • IELTS level 6.5 or above if English isn’t their first language, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)

Funding

Home / EU and international students

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship

Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarship

£1000 fee discount for University of the Arts London alumni.

For more funding information visit study at UAL

How to apply

You can apply for this course using our online application form – the link to this is below. Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the following details about the application process, including guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide.

Apply now

The deadline for Home / EU applications is Monday 1 August 2016.

There is no deadline for international applications, but students are advised to apply as early as possible.

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you don’t need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.

We will send you emails as you progress through the application process, so do check your inbox (and junk folder, just in case). These emails will contain important information about your application, and links to the online forms you should use to submit the extra information required.

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history
  • Referee details (this course requires two references).

Before you can submit the form, you’ll also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form.

Please note, if you’re an international applicant we will need to contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents (for example, English language qualification/certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas).

Extra information required for applications to this course

Once you have submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email that includes links to where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:

Study proposal

The study proposal is a statement of approximately 1,000 words describing your current practice. You should include links to referenced text or images where appropriate. It should also describe how you will develop a self-directed programme of work and related research whilst at Camberwell College of Arts.

When writing your proposal you are not expected to have complete answers to all your questions.

However, you should be able to:

  • Examine your knowledge and experience in relation to your proposed project
  • Identify questions and areas that you do not know about
  • Demonstrate how you intend to tackle these questions and areas

How to structure a study proposal

Each of the following sections should be approximately 250 words.

Introduction

  • Briefly describe your work
  • Outline recent developments
  • Identify those aspects you would like to take further at MA level

Development

Describe specific areas, issues and critical ideas that are central to your area of interest.

Methods

  • How will you go about researching your area of interest?  
  • Are there particular methods you will use? For example - drawing, model making, photography etc.

Resources

Are there resources or equipment that you need to access in order for you to successfully engage in your research?

Portfolio

Please note, you can submit text and as many website links as you need to, but the portfolio form does not allow you to upload files.

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