University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

This course will provide students with a unique creative and technical platform to develop their own unique personal interest and methodology through design and technical skills, as well as their individual conceptual and critical thinking. The course aims to explore the link between the impossible and the achievable, to challenge aesthetics, to question function and challenge the discipline in order to redefine it. Building on a wealth of knowledge and machinery heritage, the course puts an emphasis on the footwear tradition and craft that the Cordwainers heritage embodies, but also actively explores and questions technologies and materials of the future through availability of the latest technology. In this environment students will build on their previous background knowledge and skills to create innovative footwear, extending existing norms both conceptually and technologically, through either bespoke handcrafted or mass production manufacturing. The outcome of this can be commercial, innovative, radical, conceptual and/or avant'garde; students are challenged to respond in an innovative way not to what footwear is, but instead to look to what it can be.

Course Modules

Modules include: (20 credits) research methods; collaborative unit; (40 credits) creative and technical innovation; technical analysis and development; (60 credits) Master's project.

Course Additional Entry

An Honours degree at 2.1 or above in footwear design and/or production; or equivalent qualifications; or minimum 3 years' relevant and qualitative industrial experience; portfolio; interview, applicants invited to interview will be asked to bring a portfolio of previous work. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any 1 skill.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £17,230  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £8,250  Academic year. First year home fees
5 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £2,760  Credit point. First year home fees