Taught course

Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery

University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins · Communication, Spatial and Product Design

Entry requirements

Admission to MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery will be based on submission of the following: A Project Proposal written by the applicant outlining the main project's intentions and the research support and commercial/industrial connections applicable to the project. A portfolio of supporting work illustrating the applicant's previous experience and practical skills. Documentation relating to exhibitions or particular 'live' projects will also be required The interview (for applicants selected following submission of the application form, action project proposal and supporting work) is used to evaluate the extent to which a candidate demonstrates: The suitability, appropriateness and deliverability of the Project Proposal in relation to the professional expertise of the staff team Analytical and critical skills and the ability of the applicant to apply these to the Project Proposal The quality of the design work submitted in support of the application and the 'match' between this and the Project Proposal The applicant's awareness of the historical, cultural and social implications of their project The resource implications of the Project Proposal and the ability of the course and the applicant to support the practical realisation of the project English language requirement All classes are conducted in English. The standard English language requirement for entry is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one paper, or equivalent. For further information visit the Language Centre website. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you send us an English language test score together with your application to prove your level of proficiency. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please clearly indicate this on your application form. When you have received your test score, please send it to us immediately. Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the External English Tests page which provides important information about UK Border Agency (UKBA) requirements. Application advice The following points are intended to help you think, research and structure essential areas of your project proposal. We understand that you are only at the beginning of a journey of exploration and do not expect you to have complete answers to all your questions. It is important to us that you examine your knowledge and experience with regards to your proposed project and are able to identify questions and areas that you do not know about. Naturally, we would like you to demonstrate how you intend to tackle those areas and questions. This process should help you gain more clarity about your project proposal and give us a chance to identify how this course can support you and your professional development. Introduction: Using bullet points, state professional qualifications, experience and abilities that how relevance concerning your project/application. Briefly describe your work, outlining recent developments. Describe the precise area of study you wish to undertake, including the intended programme, demonstrating your contextual knowledge. Development Refer to specific areas, issues, critical ideas and precedent, which may underpin and frame your proposal. Intentions Outline the sequence of practical, theoretical and visual research that you intend to follow. This will be vital to your programme of study in Stage 1 of the course, where the Project Proposal records your progress. Evaluation Critically evaluate your work to date, drawing any conclusions that you are able to make. List any visual work undertaken, including tests, experiments and outcomes. Research sources Document your research sources including professional contacts, libraries, museums, galleries, special archives, or collections that you have visited or accessed as part of your research towards the Proposal. Bibliography Insert relevant documentary material. Keep a full record of the original and documentary material consulted, listing appropriate reading material. Appendices Insert any additional material that you consider relevant but not a core part of the Project Proposal. This could be other projects, notebooks, drawings, company analyses, or additional research material.

Ceramic Design; Jewellery Design; Furniture Design

Months of entry


Course content

MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery is part of the Product, Ceramic and Industrial Design programme. Ceramics, furniture and jewellery design share rich cultural histories and traditions of practice. Each is concerned with what can be described as 'intimate architecture' - a physical relationship of the artefact with the body.

The role of design practitioners is changing as a result of emergent technologies, global marketing, the internationalisation of production, and a rising interest in a 'bespoke approach' or 'craft content' within design.

Designers need to be able to think creatively and strategically about the identity of products and their cultural backgrounds and to support their ideas with innovation, commercial thinking and ethical questioning. MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery (by Project) develops your creative abilities, imagination and expertise in relation to real design world demands by linking formal design approaches with practice-led research.

The postgraduate course is achieved in the context of your own personal project, explored and developed according to your individual pathway choice, in a stimulating, supportive, creative and collaborative environment.

About this course

  • MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery lasts 60 weeks structured as two consecutive periods of 30 weeks each (i.e. two academic years) in its 'extended full-time mode'.
  • MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery is credit rated at 180 credits, and comprises 2 units. Unit 1 (60 credits) lasts 20 weeks. Unit 2 (120 credits) runs for 10 weeks in the first year and 30 weeks in the second year.
  • Both units must be passed in order to achieve the MA, but the classification of the award of MA derives from your mark for Unit 2 only.

You are expected to attend three days each week.

Information for international students

Our International Office deals specifically with the needs of students from overseas. Tel +44 (0)20 7514 7027.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

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