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MA Visual Arts: Designer Maker

College
CAMBERWELL
Start date
October 2018
Course length
2 years (extended full time)

Course summary

MA Designer Maker at Camberwell College of Arts is aimed at practitioners with well-developed workshop skills who are seeking to pursue a critical and reflective approach to their practice.

You will explore the position of the designer and maker within contemporary culture and society. Students on the course come from applied arts, design and fine art backgrounds.

Course Leader Maiko Tsutsumi talks about MA Designer Maker at Camberwell.

Student work

MA Designer Maker Stories

Fine Art Dig – terence Quinn (4)

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Red Blanket (2013) Blanket, tin, nylon, work by Bridget Harvey

INSERT NAME: Alumna and PHD researcher Bridget Harvey

Camberwell alumna Bridget Harvey graduated from MA Visual Arts: Designer Maker two years ago and continues her career path as practice-based PHD researcher at Camberwell and Chelsea College of Arts. Below, […]

PG Prize Giving

IN THE KNOW: Postgraduate Prize Giving Event 2016

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Course details

What you can expect

  • To develop a project from proposal to final exhibition
  • To explore new and existing materials and processes
  • Seminars and discussions that cover a wide range of subjects. These include material culture studies, anthropology, philosophy, sustainability, consumerism, museum studies, psychology and literature
  • Visits to collections, makers’ studios, galleries and museums
  • To engage with contemporary debates in applied arts, design and object-based art. This will be through the development of a personal project
  • To explore human-object relationships and the meaning of making
  • A shared lecture programme across the Camberwell Visual Arts courses
  • To produce a wide range of works during the programme and for the final show. Work has included lighting, design, ceramic works, furniture, jewellery and small-scale sculpture installations
  • To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops. View the Camberwell facilities

Course units

Extended Full-Time Study Mode

The MA is taught over 2 years in 6 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 you the opportunity to benefit from undertaking a full time Masters degree while also pursuing and other commitments. These might be part-time employment, gaining other experience in the creative industries or maintaining care responsibilities.

Unit 1 - Research, Development and Practice

You will explore, experiment and research to further develop your 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. It will develop your contextual, critical and research skills.

Unit 2 - Reflection and Presentation

A symposium will provide the opportunity to present your research and provide further peer feedback. At this stage your practice should combine your practical, conceptual and professional abilities. You will consider your future practice, audience and context of your work in contemporary practice.

The intention and context of your work will inform the decisions you take in relation to a final exhibition. You will work with your peers to plan, organise and install an exhibition. This will be part of your 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

Assessment methods

  • Contextual and evaluative writing
  • Exhibition
  • Presentations
  • Project proposal
  • Reflective journal
  • Research portfolio
  • Writing on critical practice - including blogs

Staff

How to apply

2018/19 entry

All applicants can apply for this course using our online application form.

Apply

Application deadline

The home / EU deadline is midday, Wednesday 29 August 2018.

There is no deadline for international applications. Students should apply as early as possible.

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
  • Personal statement
  • CV (curriculum vitae)

Once you have submitted the form you will be emailed a link to upload your portfolio.

The course leader will review your work, may invite you to interview, and will then make a decision on your application.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
  • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio of work

English language requirements

All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

Personal statement

This should be about 500 words long and include:

  • Your reasons for choosing the course
  • Your current creative practice and how this will help with your future plans
  • If you do not have any formal academic qualifications please describe your relevant education and experience

Portfolio advice

  • 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.

Deferred entry

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£4,750 per year (Extended Full Time - 2018/19 fees).

International fee

£10,920 per year (Extended Full Time - 2018/19 fees).

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

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.

Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ) fee - Home / EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 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.

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