Master of Art and Design Practice

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Master of Art and Design Practice

Our part-time MA in Art and Design Practice gives you the opportunity for interdisciplinary study under an art or design route, whilst allowing you to focus on a particular area for your research. This includes areas such as furniture design, ceramics, printmaking, graphics, jewellery and silversmithing, product design and fine art.

About this course

Is this course for me?

Hamsa_Ganesa_studying_MA_Art_and_Design_Practice_-_Furniture_Design[1]At Bucks, you will join a creative and vibrant community, benefiting from an approach to teaching that prioritises the importance of hands-on experience.
Real projects for real people and collaborative working across disciplinary boundaries are important for postgraduate students and we make sure you have plenty of opportunities to do this at Bucks.
You can choose to study this course full-time or part-time.
If you would like to find out more about this course, come along to a postgraduate open evening.

What will this course cover?

On this programme, you are offered a menu of experiences and are able to construct your own particular mix.
You can choose from one of the following pathways:

  • MA Ceramics
  • MA Fine Art
  • MA Furniture Design
  • MA Graphics
  • MA Illustration
  • MA Jewellery and Silversmithing
  • MA Printmaking (available at the High Wycombe Campus or London Print Studios)
  • MA Product Design
  • MA Spatial and Interior Design
  • MA Textiles.

On our MA in Art and Design Practice, there are frequent opportunities to work with industry. Our students get to meet leading figures in the field, to work alongside them and produce innovative design work.
Our recent graduates are showing in the best London venues; including the May Design Series at the ExCeL centre, Tent and 100% Design. Recently, our design students also exhibited their work at Herman Miller in London.
Our students have the opportunity to visit international destinations. Examples of previous trips include attending a summer school with the famous Lago Studio in Italy or visiting New York.
The majority of our postgraduate students are in work shortly after they finish the course. Many already have jobs or make contact with future employers while they are on the course.
We’ve helped fine artists to become prize-winning furniture designers and fashion designers to become product designers. Printmakers might end up constructing steel cocoons, or knitting their thoughts. We take your interests and challenge you to push the boundaries.
This course sits within the exciting and innovative School of Design, Craft and Visual Arts.


Year One

  • Personal Project 1
  • Material Creativity
  • Art and Design Research Methods
  • Personal Project 2

Year Two

  • Personal Project 2
  • Thesis
  • Personal Project 3

Course Detail

What are the entry requirements?

All applicants are required to hold a good undergraduate degree in a related field. Alternatively, those with experience in the area may also apply.

All applicants are interviewed with a portfolio of previous work. In your application you’ll need to include a short research project proposal. For international students, these interviews may be held over Skype or telephone upon submission of your portfolio.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Fees for 2014-15 entry

Home and EU students: £3,600 per year.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

For fees for international students, visit our international section.


What are my career prospects?

Our graduates enter a range of careers, with many taking on design positions in major companies in: furniture; interior design; textiles; product design; and surface design. Other students have set up their own freelance businesses or are practising artists.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

Our goal as an institution is to develop students who are enterprising, employable, and who can lead. To enable that, we will support you to achieve your potential, build your independence as a learner, your discipline expertise, your professionalism, your awareness of yourself and others, your confidence and efficacy.

Our Students

What our students say

With my craftsmanship certificate in my hand I moved to the UK to study Jewellery and Silversmithing at Bucks. It was here where I learned how to develop my own ideas and concepts and transform them into 3D objects. Thanks to all the knowledge and experience I gained at Bucks, I was able to continue my career as a traditional silversmith. Now I am a product designer who develops cutlery ranges and tableware objects for some of the largest flatware companies in the world.
Katja Bremkamp

I feel you have to be passionate about pursuing your subject, be self-motivated and be prepared to push the experimentation within your work. My aim is to develop, improve and enhance my creative knowledge and understanding. In the real-world I didn’t often get the chance to do this, but my tutors actively provide an environment where I can develop these qualities.

Tina Gibbs

How to apply

Please submit following documents for initial assessment of your application for MBA:

  • A Statement of Purpose – 300 words; please write a cover note on your email why would you like to study MBA, in which country (as above); how would you finance your education and what benefits you will get in your future professional careers. A good Statement of Purpose will help you to achieve Partial Scholarship or Bursary;
  • CV
  • Copies of All Education Documents
  • Experience Letters if any;
  • Copy of Passport

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