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MA Design (Ceramics); MA Design (Furniture); MA Design (Jewellery)

College
CSM
Start date
September 2019
Course length
Extended full time: 2 years (60 weeks)

Course summary

MA Design focuses on your individual design practice and, through making and immersion in material processes, will broaden your career and research horizons.

Your Masters project becomes the vehicle for developing your creative abilities and analytical skills, while you critically engage in the fields of emergent design discourse, global markets and the investigation of technologies. Our two-year Masters programme expects you to be ambitious. It will challenge you to explore and expand your opportunities, and make your mark on the global design industry.

This course is part of the Product, Ceramic and Industrial Design programme.

Great reasons to apply

  • The course addresses the changing roles of designers and their increasing need to imagine powerfully, design responsibly, think entrepreneurially and re-imagine manufacturing
  • Combine individually tailored project work with the unique experience of studying in a cohort alongside other specialist designers and different subject cultures
  • This project-based MA enables your design practice to become self-motivated, transformative and empowered.
  • You’ll be supported by the experience and long-term professional networks accrued by staff and alumni, expanding and enhancing your project. This will help you gain a new, challenging perspective on your practice
  • The high level of specialised, final work frames a bespoke business for many MA Design graduates, while others go on
    to work as consultants and creative directors.

Open days

Friday, 23 November at 1pm
Friday, 25 January at 1pm
Friday, 8 March at 1pm

Scholarships, awards and funding

Viaduct Scholarships for MA Design Course (furniture pathway only)
Jane Rapley Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships:
Home/EU | International

All postgraduate funding options for Central Saint Martins. Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students. A full list of eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found on the postgraduate loans webpage.

Course website

Find out more on the Product, Ceramic and Industrial Design programme website

Meet Course Leader Simon Fraser, staff and students

Maria Gasparian talks about her Nova-nominated final project 'Ceramic City'

Nova Award nominee Mark Laban on traditional Japanese aesthetics in digital furniture design

Student work

Course catalogues

MA Design (Ceramics); MA Design (Furniture); MA Design (Jewellery) news

Creative Unions: Shared Territories

With our Creative Unions exhibition now open at Central Saint Martins, we take a closer look at the themes and works which comprise the show. The 53 works in the exhibition are […]

Creative Unions: Material Identities

With our Creative Unions exhibition now open at Central Saint Martins, we take a closer look at the themes and works which comprise the show. The 53 works in the […]

Central Saint Martins x Tokyo Tech: Ulrike Oberlack

In 2017, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) invited three Central Saint Martins academics to each undertake a month-long teaching or research residency, in continuation of an institutional dialogue concerning […]

installation of degree show image 2_LR

Show Two: Neung Wi Kim

With Degree Show Two: Design now open, we take a closer look at their final projects and the inspirations behind them. MA Design: Jewellery student Neung Wi Kim’s final collection […]

Workshop Wunderkammer

Showcasing the boldness and breadth of our technical teams with a cabinet of curiosities, Workshop Wunderkammer features the work of 28 technicians across the College and brings together a diverse […]

Course details

MA Design (Ceramics); MA Design (Furniture); MA Design (Jewellery) is part of the Product, Ceramic and Industrial Design programme. Ceramics, furniture and jewellery design share rich cultural histories and traditions of practice. Each is concerned with what can be described as 'intimate architecture' - a physical relationship of the artefact with the body.

The role of design practitioners is changing as a result of emergent technologies, global marketing, the internationalisation of production, and a rising interest in a 'bespoke approach' or 'craft content' within design.

Designers need to be able to think creatively and strategically about the identity of products and their cultural backgrounds and to support their ideas with innovation, commercial thinking and ethical questioning. MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery (by Project) develops your creative abilities, imagination and expertise in relation to real design world demands by linking formal design approaches with practice-led research.

The postgraduate course is achieved in the context of your own personal project, explored and developed according to your individual pathway choice, in a stimulating, supportive, creative and collaborative environment.

  • MA Design (Ceramics); MA Design (Furniture); MA Design (Jewellery) lasts 60 weeks structured as three consecutive periods of 20 weeks each (i.e. two academic years) in its 'extended full-time mode'
  • The Course is credit rated at 180 credits, and comprises three units. Unit One (60 credits) lasts 20 weeks. Unit Two (60 credits) runs for 10 weeks in the first year and 10 weeks in the second year. Unit Three (60 credits) runs for 20 weeks
  • Units One and Two must be passed in order to progress to Unit Three
  • The MA certification (Pass, Pass with Merit or Pass with Distinction) derives from the assessment for Unit Three only
  • An exit award of Postgraduate Certificate can be awarded on completion of Unit One
  • An exist award of Postgraduate Diploma can be awarded on completion of Unit Two
  • The student is expected to typically commit 30 hours over three days per week to study, within which the taught input will typically be scheduled over three days. The course has been designed in this way to enable the student to pursue studies, whilst also undertaking part-time employment, internships or care responsibilities
  • Teaching will consist of lectures, seminars, demonstrations, workshops, fieldtrips, tutorials and project work carried in groups and individually.

Course units

The framework for the postgraduate course is an independent study route defined by your chosen project. The project becomes a vehicle for developing your creative abilities, problem solving and analytical skills, and for locating your work within the professional world.

You'll be encouraged to refocus your skills intellectually, contextually and practically, to exploit and extend design strategies from your own and other disciplines, and to question and test your ideas through teamwork and group critiques. On applying to MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery you'll be asked to produce a comprehensive project proposal that you refine during Stage One of the programme. In Stage Two, this proposal becomes an agreement, the blueprint for the MA project submission at the end of the postgraduate course.

  • Unit One: Exploring and Designing introduces issues and topics relevant to ceramics, jewellery or furniture, research methodologies and techniques and aims to enable the student to orientate their practice within the course, and to develop contextual, critical and research skills at the onset of MA learning. You will also collaborate in cross course collaborative projects
  • Unit Two: Design and Professional Practice, through unit two the student is expected to develop a critical self-awareness of their professional practice by focusing on reflectivity, contextualisation, and positioning practice in response to the action proposal developed in unit one. Throughout the unit, the student is expected to actively engage with, peers, external practitioners, networks and collaborators to produce a body of work which will map and articulate the students position in the field and reflect on their understanding of design industry structures; in particular, contemporary practices in ceramics, furniture and jewellery. The unit incorporates Personal Professional Development, enterprise and contextualising activities
  • Unit Three: Evaluation and Resolution brings the project to both a practical and critically reflective conclusion, manifesting the practical outcomes, identifying where the student locates their practice and evaluating the project through the Critical Review. During the final stages of the course there will be further Personal Professional Development activity  and professional futures workshops to support your career development.

Industry collaborations

Working with paying clients on live briefs will give you valuable commercial experience which may mean your work being taken forward for production or, if so desired, in the purchase of your intellectual property. All paid projects are conducted within a carefully developed legal framework, which includes student agreements to protect your work and help you realise its commercial value.

Recent client projects in the Product, Ceramic and Industrial Design programme include: Nespresso, Roche Bobois, John Lewis, Canal and River Trust, Action Dog.

Once you’ve graduated, you may be picked as part of a small team to work on a live creative brief, organised by our Business and Innovation department, under the supervision of an experienced tutor. This can be a valuable first step in working professionally in a chosen discipline and has resulted in graduates being hired by clients.

Staff

Simon  Fraser

Simon Fraser

Course Leader and Subject Leader Jewellery, MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture and Jewellery.

Ralph  Ball

Ralph Ball

Subject Leader Furniture, MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery.

Ulrike  Oberlack

Ulrike Oberlack

Lecturer, MA Design (Ceramics); MA Design (Furniture); MA Design (Jewellery)

Elizabeth  Wright

Elizabeth Wright

Contextual Studies, BA Ceramic Design.

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

*          An honours degree in a relevant subject OR

*          An equivalent EU / international qualification.

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Exceptionally applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

*          Related academic or work experience

*          The quality of the personal statement

*          A strong academic or other professional reference

*          OR a combination of these factors.

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English Language Requirements

IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our main English Language requirements webpage).

Selection criteria

The application, indicative project proposal and the portfolio will be assessed in relation to:

  • The suitability, appropriateness and deliverability of the Project Proposal in relation to the professional expertise of the staff team
  • Analytical and critical skills and the ability of the applicant to apply these to the Project Proposal
  • The quality of the design work submitted in support of the application and the 'match' between this and the Project Proposal
  • The applicant's awareness of the historical, cultural and social implications of their project
  • The resource implications of the Project Proposal and the ability of the course and the applicant to support the practical realisation of the project.

Making your application

For EU applicants concerned about Brexit, please see our dedicated page: Brexit Information for Students.

You should apply by clicking on the link to the direct form below. The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not 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.

For further advice on how to apply please visit the UAL International Application page.

Start your application now: MA Design (Ceramics)

Start your application now: MA Design (Furniture)

Start your application now: MA Design (Jewellery)

Central Saint Martins does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following information when completing the online application form:

General information

Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses)

Current English language level

Current and/or previous education and qualification details

Employment history

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should give us information about yourself and why you want to join the course. (Write between 300 and 500 words)

  • What are you doing at the moment educationally, professionally, personally?
  • Why do you wish to study on MA Design (Ceramics), (Furniture) or (Jewellery)?
  • What makes you a suitable candidate for acceptance?
  • What do you think you would contribute to your peer group on the course?

Indicative Project Proposal

We expect a project proposal to be 500 to 800 words long in total. The sections ‘Resources’, ‘Bibliography’ and ‘Appendix’ are in addition to this word count.

Your Background

  • Using bullet points, state professional qualifications, skills, experiences, abilities and prior practice that are relevant to your proposal.

Outline Proposal

  • Describe your precise area of interest and research/study you wish to undertake demonstrating your contextual knowledge
  • Describe the core of your project in three to four sentences
  • Outline the context in which your project operates answering questions such as: Why is your project relevant? Who might be its audience(s)?

Development

  • Refer to specific areas, critical ideas and precedents, which underpin and frame your proposal
  • This section invites you to extend the description of your project focusing on specific areas. Particularly important is your evaluation of precedents and how you position your project in relationship to these.

Research

  • Outline the sequence of practical, of theoretical and of visual research that you intend to follow
  • This section requires you to be specific about how you plan to conduct your project and where particular challenges might lie.

Evaluation

  • Evaluate your work to date. Which conclusions are you are able to draw?
  • Where do you think the strengths of your work lie and where are areas you might improve?

Resources

  • Document resources that you have drawn on as part of your research towards your proposal including professional contacts, libraries, museums, galleries, special archives or collections
  • Document any professional contacts that might support the delivery of your project. These might be drawn from the list above and / or extend to your access to research or production facilities, potential collaborators etc.

Bibliography

  • Please give clear references of any relevant documentary material including books, images, videos, objects, artworks, online sources etc.

Appendix (optional)

  • This section is optional. You can insert any additional material that you consider relevant but not a core part of your project proposal
  • This could be other projects, notebooks, drawings, company analyses, or additional research material.

We cannot consider your application if you do not provide all of the information above.

Application deadline

To guarantee consideration you must apply in full by 29 March 2019.

There are two application points for this course:

Application Point 1

Apply by in full by 28 January 2019

Submit a digital portfolio by 8 February 2019

Interviews take place during March 2019

Final application outcome by 14 April 2019

Application Point 2

Apply by in full by 29 March 2019

Submit a digital portfolio by 15 April 2019

Interviews take place during May 2019

Final application outcome by 14 June 2019

There are two ways international students can apply:

  • One of our official representatives in your country
  • A direct application.

If you are applying directly you click on the link to the direct form below. The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not 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.

Start your application now: MA Design (Ceramics)

Start your application now: MA Design (Furniture)

Start your application now: MA Design (Jewellery)

Central Saint Martins does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following information when completing the online application form:

General information

Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses)

Current English language level

Current and/or previous education and qualification details

Employment history

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should give us information about yourself and why you want to join the course. (Write between 300 and 500 words)

  • What are you doing at the moment educationally, professionally, personally?
  • Why do you wish to study on MA Design (Ceramics), (Furniture) or (Jewellery)?
  • What makes you a suitable candidate for acceptance?
  • What do you think you would contribute to your peer group on the course?

Indicative Project Proposal

We expect a project proposal to be 500 to 800 words long in total. The sections ‘Resources’, ‘Bibliography’ and ‘Appendix’ are in addition to this word count.

Your Background

  • Using bullet points, state professional qualifications, skills, experiences, abilities and prior practice that are relevant to your proposal.

Outline Proposal

  • Describe your precise area of interest and research/study you wish to undertake demonstrating your contextual knowledge
  • Describe the core of your project in three to four sentences
  • Outline the context in which your project operates answering questions such as: Why is your project relevant? Who might be its audience(s)?

Development

  • Refer to specific areas, critical ideas and precedents, which underpin and frame your proposal
  • This section invites you to extend the description of your project focusing on specific areas. Particularly important is your evaluation of precedents and how you position your project in relationship to these.

Research

  • Outline the sequence of practical, of theoretical and of visual research that you intend to follow
  • This section requires you to be specific about how you plan to conduct your project and where particular challenges might lie.

Evaluation

  • Evaluate your work to date. Which conclusions are you are able to draw?
  • Where do you think the strengths of your work lie and where are areas you might improve?

Resources

  • Document resources that you have drawn on as part of your research towards your proposal including professional contacts, libraries, museums, galleries, special archives or collections
  • Document any professional contacts that might support the delivery of your project. These might be drawn from the list above and / or extend to your access to research or production facilities, potential collaborators etc.

Bibliography

  • Please give clear references of any relevant documentary material including books, images, videos, objects, artworks, online sources etc.

Appendix (optional)

  • This section is optional. You can insert any additional material that you consider relevant but not a core part of your project proposal
  • This could be other projects, notebooks, drawings, company analyses, or additional research material.

Immigration history check

Whether you are applying online or through a UAL representative you will need to complete an immigration history check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL.  If you do not complete the check we will not be able to proceed with your application.

We cannot consider your application if you do not provide all of the information above.

Application deadline

To guarantee consideration you must apply in full by 29 March 2019.

There are two application points for this course:

Application Point 1

Apply by in full by 28 January 2019

Submit a digital portfolio by 8 February 2019

Interviews take place during March 2019

Final application outcome by 14 April 2019

Application Point 2

Apply by in full by 29 March 2019

Submit a digital portfolio by 15 April 2019

Interviews take place during May 2019

Final application outcome by 14 June 2019


After you apply

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming we have successfully received your application and providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal.  We will request any additional information from you, including inviting you to upload documents or book an audition, through the portal.  You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

What happens next

Initial application check

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course.  If you do, you will be invited to submit a portfolio through your UAL Portal.

Portfolio Review

The full portfolio should be no more than 30 pages comprising your work and/or relevant documentary material, and evidence your current creative practice.

Your digital portfolio should demonstrate:

  • The full range and level of your design, technical and practical skills
  • Your thinking and decision making in the design process
  • Your personal vision and approach to design.

Your portfolio should contain at least one fully documented design process showing:

  • A project brief and your research into or interrogation of the brief (This could be a client or college brief or a brief you might have set yourself)
  • Inspirations and initial ideas (where do these come from?)
  • Visual and conceptual development of these ideas (sketching and/or alternative methods)
  • Drawing/design of objects based on these visual/conceptual developments
  • Iterative model making, production and refinement of objects
  • Final product(s), object(s) and/or presentations such as exhibitions etc.

Following the review of your application, indicative project proposal and portfolio, we select a small number of applicants to move on to the next stage of the process.  These applicants will be invited to an interview either in person or by skype.

Interview

The interviews are used to evaluate the extent to which a candidate demonstrates:

  • The suitability, appropriateness and deliverability of the Project Proposal in relation to the professional expertise of the staff team
  • Analytical and critical skills and the ability of the applicant to apply these to the Project Proposal
  • The quality of the design work submitted in support of the application and the 'match' between this and the Project Proposal
  • The applicant's awareness of the historical, cultural and social implications of their project
  • The resource implications of the Project Proposal and the ability of the course and the applicant to support the practical realisation of the project. All applications are reviewed by at least two of the course team.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Portal.

Fees & Funding

Home/EU fee

Tuition fees for 2018/19: £5,550 per year. Please note that fees for second year of study will be subject to inflationary increase.

£500 per annum discount for all students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course.

ELQ

Home/EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, would will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 (called the 'ELQ' fee). Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held. If you have a query regarding the ELQ fee, please use this register your interest form.

International fee

Tuition fees for 2018/19: £13,890 per year.

£500 per annum discount for all students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course.

Additional costs

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.

Accommodation

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.

Scholarship search

Careers and alumni

Through the professional experience of the teaching team there are strong links with commercial, artistic, craft and industrial bodies in London, nationally and internationally. Over the duration of the MA, meetings with practitioners, industry professionals, and participants in the wider design community will enable you to learn to communicate effectively across a range of different environments.
Future careers and graduate prospects

Many MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery graduates move speedily into self-employment, developing businesses at the highest levels finding opportunities to progress their independent practice at both a national and international level. These includes students showing work at the Victoria Miro Gallery and Sotheby’s and collection designs for Swarovksi, MADE, Top shop and the House of Fraser.

Other MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery graduates work for design teams in Europe and Internationally either in their country of origin or increasingly in a country of their choice. A significant minority enter educational work at Masters level.

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