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  • Objectives
    The focus of an MA by Project is a self-originated substantial body of independent work. The research project may be practice-based or developed as a thesis. The project may involve the development of craftwork(s), artifact(s), article(s), or research on existing examples of the above, or processes for the production or development of the above, submitted as a body of practical work with accompanying reflective and critical report. Alternately, the research can be written up and submitted as a dissertation. It is undertaken by proposing a project and then carrying it through within a supportive and structured framework. The course welcomes applications for studio-based research projects and dissertations in the applied arts. Depending on the nature of the project, some textiles, ceramics, wood, metal and paper applied arts projects can be supported. We particularly welcome projects concerned with the theory of crafts and crafts practice.
  • Entry requirements
    The MA by Project is suitable for: -graduates who wish to further develop the practice and understanding they developed on their degree -established artists, craftspeople, and designers wishing to re-energise and transform their practice -those wanting to undertake specific research projects. Past research projects have ranged from painting, drawing, jewellery, Korean identity and design, to researching the citole, Jenny harpsichord, chatelaine, Nelson's bed, theories of studio practice, the tools used in a sixteenth century lute maker's workshop, and the adaptation of an established craft practice for larger scale production.
  • Academic Title
    MA by Project (Applied Art)
  • Course description
    Resources
    The course is able to offer access to a wide range of specialist workshop provision including:

    -jewellery, silversmith and metal workshops
    -woodmill with CNC routers
    -ceramics, printmaking, and painting studios
    -CAD, 3D scanner, water-jet cutter, and rapid prototyping machines
    -musical instrument making
    -microspectrometer
    -darkrooms and digital moving image editing.
    -The integrated learning resource unit provides facilities for media support, open access computing (Macs and PCs), and specialist library stock including slides and videos.

    Course structure
    The course is based on a commitment to independent study at postgraduate level.

    The course involves thinking and working through what is entailed in the project, and locating it in appropriate contexts. The research methods module and research seminars are designed to open up a range of approaches to the analysis and discussion of research methods and strategies, in order to foster analytical, reflective, and evaluative skills, and the ability to locate practice within critical, theoretical, and cultural contexts.

    You follow a core programme of research seminars, and an agreed course of independent study monitored by a negotiated learning agreement. During the first semester both full-time and part-time students develop their initial ideas into a fully worked-out project proposal. This is put before the examination board for approval before progress on the course can continue. Completion of the MA requires that your project proposal is developed into a body of practical work of the required standard with a critical report, or developed into a body of research written up as a thesis.

    Attendance & duration
    Full-time: one year, day or evening sessions
    Part-time (day or eve): two years, flexible

    Career opportunities

    With the course emphasis on self-management, communication, and analytical skills, entry into a wide range of careers is possible. The course is also designed as preparation for study at MPhil and PhD levels.

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