Taught course

By Project (various pathways available)

London Metropolitan University · Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to possess: An honours degree in the subject of the project. Applications are considered from those with degrees in related disciplines, and those with related professional or BTEC qualifications. Consideration will be given to those without standard entry qualifications, who have gained non-certified experience through prior learning, provided evidence is given that this is commensurate with entry qualifications for a postgraduate course.

Months of entry


Course content

This unique research degree is tailored to opening new opportunities in creative practice, professional and academic fields. The course provides unparalleled access to the Faculty’s range of resources, a stimulating milieu and creative environment.

The focus of an MA by Project is a project - a self-originated substantial body of independent work. The course offers the widest range of opportunities to pursue an area of particular interest to you as an individual, and create a unique programme of study tailored to the subject, supported by seminars, lectures, workshops, presentations, and one-to-one tuition.


Applications are invited for projects in any subject supported within the faculty, including: art, architecture, craft, design, furniture, interior design, jewellery, music technology, polymers, restoration and conservation, silversmithing, textiles and urban planning.

Applications for multi-disciplinary and/or collaborative projects are welcomed. Projects may be studio or workshop based, experimental, developmental, practice-based or practice-led. The project may involve the development of artefacts, artworks, designs, instruments, materials, sounds, spaces etc., or may involve the investigation of works, issues, processes, technology, or theory. The research project may be submitted as a body of practical project work with accompanying reflective and critical report or, written up and submitted as a dissertation.

Past projects have varied widely, and the following list is only an indication of the breadth and quantity of the project work that has been undertaken. Silversmithing, metal, and jewellery students often develop a body of work in preparation for a career as a designer maker. Music technology projects have included research and reconstruction of musical instruments that no longer exist; the acoustic qualities of sustainable woods from the British Isles; and the development of various types of guitar. Fine art projects have included the development of a body of painting, installation work, photography, drawing and printmaking.

Past projects include:

  • Drawing: An Exploration of Line
  • Tools of a Sixteenth Century Luthier’s Workshop
  • The Uses of Digital Technology in Conservation
  • Food Experience Design Drawing for Medical Illustration
  • Threadwork: Giving the Past a Present
  • Jewellery: the Value of Surgical Instruments
  • Transforming an Established Textile Craft Practice for Larger Scale Production

Students benefit from the course's central London location and its close proximity to its internationally renowned creative and industry hubs. The faculty's extensive networks encourage graduates of the course to expand their knowledge and skills through lectures, events and careers advice, leaving them with excellent career prospects.

Information for international students

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
020 7133 4202