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This course is open to students who have graduated in any art or design related degree subject and who already have the knowledge and experience of a specialist area.  The MA will allow you to continue with your area of specialism whilst being supported by subject lecturers.

Alternatively, you may be looking for a Master’s degree, but you are not clear which specialism to focus on. From our experience with students from all over the world, we know that there is sometimes a mismatch between previous experience and future ambitions. This course is for you: MA Art & Design is flexible enough to provide opportunities for you to experiment by trying out new approaches and developing new skills before finding your focus.As you move through the programme you will then start to identify and execute your final project, and we can support you to move to one of our specialist MA programmes if you want. 

The emphasis is on the design, delivery and exhibition of an enquiry-based MA project that expands your individual knowledge of art/design (e.g. fine art painting, sculpture, installation or mixed media, design, spatial or interior design/styling, 3D or product design, ceramics, craft or jewellery).  

As the flexible course supports students across a range of subjects, you will have the unique opportunity to explore your area of focus within an interdisciplinary global culture as you collaborate with like-minded artists, designers and visual communicators, gaining experience and inter-disciplinary insight that could open up a world of career opportunities. 

Specialist subject lecturers will work with you to develop your skills and ideas. Our inter-disciplinary staff team are available to support all students across our postgraduate programmes, giving you the flexibility to work across the field art and design in order to build a professional portfolio that demonstrates both core skills and creative flair. 

Set and self-initiated projects will help refine core skills and develop the practical tools and awareness of current technologies, digital, material and experiential platforms and methodologies that engage you with audiences, users and communities as you explore the practices of art and design today. You will develop the research skills at the heart of the creative process and be introduced to current thinking in critical practice to help you develop your own voice and locate your own practice within relevant theoretical, ethical, technological and global contexts. 

Opportunities for internships or mentoring within the programme help you make industry contacts, build your CV, and prepare you for future work. All MA students can apply for an internship with our partner Hearst Magazines UKWorkshops and talks from Visiting Lecturers from the creative industries provide professional insight and career advice. 



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