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 design(s), artwork(s), craftwork(s), artifact(s), article(s), musical instrument(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 facilities for working with precious and non-precious metals and allied materials at the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design are extensive. The entire 5th floor of Central House has been developed with grants from Goldsmiths’ Hall and European funding, and is outstanding for the range of process that can be facilitated and supported. The course is able to offer access to a wide range of specialist workshop provision including:
-resin and perspex forming
-working with steel, wood, plaster and ceramics
Types of Projects
-the development of a range of conceptual, studio, or designer/maker work
-the creation of designs in relation to brand identity, business strategy, and business plan, manufacturing and production process in jewellery, silversmithing, and metal
-practice-based and/or theoretical research into processes such as anticlastic raising, stone setting, laser welding, casting, enamelling, patination, surface treatments, and materials
We are particularly interested in applications exploring the following:
-the practice and boundaries of design, craft, and art within the fields of jewellery, metal, and silver
-the language of metal and how we communicate with it
-the role of material understanding in the designing and crafting of articulate objects
-reflection and theorisation of practice
-the ethical aspects of practice and its sustainability
-the history of artifacts such as the chatelaine
-poetics and history of forms and function
-Read more details about the modules
MA by Project students have access to a diverse range of tutors and technicians offering a range of expertise in the Department. A multi-disciplinary supervisory team can be arranged if required for the proposed project.
The MA silversmithing, jewellery, and metal area is co-ordinated by Simone ten Hompel. Simone has an established practice in metal and silversmithing and has exhibited throughout Europe. Within the sector she plays a significant role as an advisor, public speaker and curator. She won the Jerwood prize for metal in 2005.
Attendance & duration
-Full-time: one year, day or evening sessions
-Part-time (day or eve): two years, flexible