University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

MA Visual Arts: Designer Maker at Camberwell College of Arts is aimed at design and applied art practitioners with well'developed workshop skills who are seeking to develop a critical and reflective approach to their practice. Making and learning are intertwined, and through a contextual programme our students explore the position of the designer and maker within contemporary culture and society.

**What can you expect?**

• To develop a project from proposal to final exhibition.

• To develop an innovative studio practice through exploring new and existing materials and processes.

• Seminars and discussions that cover a wide range of subjects, including material culture studies, anthropology, philosophy, sustainability, consumerism, museum studies, psychology and literature.

• Visits to collections, makers’ studios, galleries and museums.

• To critically engage with contemporary debates in applied arts, design and object'based art through the development of a personal project, as well as collectively exploring human'object relationships and the meaning of making.

• A shared lecture programme across the Visual Arts courses that draw upon the richness of research across Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges.

• To produce a wide range of works during the programme and for the final show, which has previously included lighting, design, ceramic works, furniture, jewellery, as well as installations of small'scale sculptures.

• To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops.


Extended Full'Time Study Mode: The MA is taught over two years in six blocks of 10 weeks. Extended Full'Time mode is a hybrid of part time and full time study.

By teaching in this mode we aim to give our students the opportunity to benefit from undertaking a full'time Masters degree while also pursuing and sustaining other commitments such as part'time employment, gaining other experience in the creative industries or maintaining care responsibilities.

Unit One ' Research, Development and Practice:

Students explore, experiment and research to further develop their Project Proposal. The unit introduces you to subject specific issues and topics, research methodologies and techniques. It aims to orientate you and your practice within the course, and to develop your contextual, critical and research skills at the onset of your MA learning.

Unit Two ' Reflection and Presentation:

Resolution and presentation of students' work according to their Project Proposal. A symposium will provide the opportunity to present their research and provide further peer feedback. Students' practice at this stage should synthesise their practical, conceptual and professional abilities and they will be expected to consider their future practice, audience and context of their work in contemporary practice.

The intention and context of students' work will inform the decisions they will take regarding a final exhibition. Students' will also be expected to work collaboratively with their peers to actively plan, organise and install an exhibition as part of their continued Personal and Professional Development.

**About Camberwell College of Arts**

Camberwell College of Arts is internationally regarded for the outstanding quality of its courses, staff and facilities.

It is a unique place to study with a strong sense of community, which encourages students to rethink current practices and cultivate their own style.

Camberwell has had major investment over the last couple of years, with a new academic building and halls of residence on campus, transforming it into a 21st century art school embedded in its local, national and international communities, and dedicated to driving forward positive social change through art and design.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MA £4,250 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA £10,110 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Degree or equivalent academic qualifications; study proposal; portfolio of work; alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration; IELTS level 6.5 or above if English isn’t their first language, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.