Delivered in partnership with Hearst Magazines UK (publishers of Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Esquire magazines and more), we offer an exciting and industry-connected Master’s course to support and enhance the skills of art and design practitioners who want to develop their ambitions within the cultural and creative industries.

This flexible and project-based course is open to graduates from any art or design subject. During the intensive 12-month programme in our central Cambridge studios, you will explore and advance your knowledge of your chosen specialist area, develop confidence in digital skills and communication, and find inspiration and exciting new directions by experimenting with methods, materials, and processes that develop your individual approach.


MA Art & Design gives you the flexibility to study your chosen art or design subject specialism within one Master’s course. The emphasis is on the development of a professional portfolio and an independent MA project that builds skills and extends your knowledge of your subject area, including: 

  • Fine Art Practice  
  • Spatial Design, and Styling and Design for Interiors 
  • 3D, Product Design and Craft 
  • Photography and Moving Image 

The course sits alongside our specialist programmes in Fashion: Design, Fashion: Branding & Creative Communication, Visual Communication: Graphic Design, and Visual Communication: Illustration & Animation, offering you the flexibility to specialise or work across subjects. 


This programme offers outstanding specialist tuition combined with extensive academic contact and studio access. As a Master’s student you benefit from: 

  • Exclusive access to contemporary creative industry expertise, workshops, and the possibility to participate in yearly mentorships through our partners, including leading digital and print media publisher Hearst Magazines UK, publisher of titles including Digital Spy, ELLE, Esquire, and Elle Decoration.
  • Expert tuition from industry-active professional designers, artists, visual communicators and researchers with a passion for teaching. 
  • Intensive learning experience tailored to your needs and ambitions, with a high level of personalised support and 1:1 tutorial time. 
  • A postgraduate qualification you need to stand out and get ahead.
  • Collaborating with the creative, inter-disciplinary and global postgraduate community.
  • Studio workspace, open every day of the week.
  • Access to regular Life Drawing in our dedicated drawing studio.
  • A small, supportive and specialist creative arts college in a beautiful, historic and cultural city—a creative hotspot and home to one of the UK’s most dynamic and international student communities. 


This course is awarded by Falmouth University.

What to expect

1st Semester
In your first semester, you will be set a series of briefs designed to stimulate your creativity and help you develop the ingenuity and resilience that professional creative practice requires. You will begin to outline a self-directed project proposal, which will ultimately develop into your Independent Major Project.

2nd Semester
You will continue to develop your own creative practice, whilst addressing how artists and designers need to be engaged in forging the future of their respective fields. You will be given a chance to explore your ideas with students on other MA courses, and will also have the opportunity of a work placement.

3rd Semester
During this semester, all your attentions turn to the research, development and production of your Independent Major Project. The year ends with an exhibition showcase of your projects, celebrating the end of an intensive period of creative, conceptual, critical, and professional development.

1 year (3 semesters)

Course Start

Fine artist, curator, Art lecturer, design lecturer, art history lecturer, Art technician, Art valuer, Illustrator.

Tutor Support
Specialist tutor support available 5 days a week.

Studio Access
Students have access to our studios 7 days a week, from 10 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday and 9 am to 5 pm at weekends.

How your Work is Assessed
Visual and written assignments and projects.

Guest Lecturers
Visiting Lecturers, drawn from a variety of relevant industry contexts, will deliver a series of presentations that help you to situate your own hopes and ambitions for the future.

How we Teach
Throughout this course, students will be taught through specialist workshops, guest lecturers, project briefings, regular one-to-ones, and group tutorials.

Previous students have gone on to work in such places as Esquire Magazine, Vivienne Westwood, and Fashion Crossover.

Entry Criteria

20 years +

Educational Level
Successful completion of an Undergraduate Degree in art & design or related subject or professional relevant experience. Students who do not meet these entry requirements will still be considered on their own individual potential to succeed.

English Level for International Students
IELTS 6.5+ (no element under 5.5)

Portfolio and personal statement required

Personal Statement

Please submit a short statement (300-400 words), telling us about yourself, your previous experience and your approach to creative practice. Please include:

  • Reasons for applying to our MA course.
  • Experience and skills. What were you doing before?
  • Your approach to art/design practice. What inspires, informs, and influences what you do—and why? 
  • Your goals. What do you hope to get out of the MA? 
  • Your long-term ambitions. How do you think the postgraduate study will help you develop a career in the creative industries? 


All students on our MA programmes have access to a wide range of resources to support their studies and the hybrid nature of contemporary practice across art and design including:

  • Industry-standard software including Adobe Creative Cloud, Maxon Cinema 4D.
  • Photography studios and access to a wet darkroom.
  • Digital Media Suite and technical support.
  • Wood, Metal, and Ceramics 3D workshops and technical support.
  • Drawing studio.
  • Prototype Lab (including 3D printer and laser-cutter).
  • Industrial sewing machines and technical support from garment technicians. 
  • Gerber technology.
  • Academic Skills Advisor (available for group and 1:1 tutorials).

In addition to facilities and expertise offered at CSVPA, students have been supported to collaborate with technology experts in Cambridge including engineers at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge Makespace, as well as local digital printing industries.

For more information about the course download the programme specification

Programme specification

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