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Bath Spa University

Bath , England ,United Kingdom

M.A.- DESIGN (CERAMICS)

Overview 

You’ll be part of a lively ceramics community based around comprehensive workshop provision and studio spaces shared with multidisciplinary BA students specialising in Ceramics. As postgraduate students, you’ll have the opportunity to extend and hone your making skills in conjunction with developing your understanding of how a Ceramics specialisation might relate to production in art, craft or design contexts.

Through study of historical and contemporary theory and practice, you’ll deepen your knowledge of the field and develop your abilities in critical thinking and writing. Drawing on recent developments in artistic research, you’ll also explore methods for generating writing from practice. We’ll help you to become theoretically and critically aware, so you can identify and communicate effectively with the audience/market for your practice, and/or progress to research at MPhil or PhD level.

The course moves from taught modules through to a self-directed Master's project. The four modules taken in the first two trimesters lead to the Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip), while the successful completion of the double module in the third trimester leads to the award of MA Design (Ceramics).

Course Structure 

There are two routes through the course:

  • Full-time – three trimesters, over one calendar year (September to September)
  • Part-time – six trimesters over two calendar years.

Full-time students take two modules per trimester, while part-time students take one module.

Trimester one
In the first trimester, you’ll establish the direction of your creative practice through studio and workshop-based making, gaining the opportunity to develop skills and to explore their place within a range of possible approaches to production. Masterclasses will be delivered by course staff and visiting artists/makers. You’ll also undertake a Research Methodologies module, providing you with a strong sense of methodological purpose when thinking in, through and about your practice. We’ll outline established models of academic enquiry - both practical and intellectual - proposing ways to gather, analyse and communicate a wide range of data and ideas.

Trimester two
In the second Trimester, you’ll negotiate a proposal for self-directed study, taking an experimental approach to advancing your ceramic practice. You’ll deepen your knowledge and understanding of debates in ceramics and situate the personal interests and concerns that inform your work within an appropriate contemporary context. Building on the knowledge acquired in Trimester one, you’ll map out a rationale for production in ceramics through reference to a range of cultural, theoretical and historical perspectives and develop your ability to communicate concepts and working methods.

Trimester three
The final trimester, leading to the MA, comprises an individually-negotiated and self-initiated body of work building on the knowledge and skills already acquired. You’ll be encouraged to set up your project in the context of a clearly thought-through approach to production and exhibition and will be supervised by tutorial through to completion.

Campus Information

SION HILL

The campus houses excellent fashion and textile studios and workshops, helping you to explore digital and traditional processes in textile print, embroidery, laser cut and knit.

LOCKSBROOK

Our brand new state-of-the-art campus is truly stunning. Located next to the River Avon in Bath city centre, the open-plan building has technical workshops surrounded by open, flexible studio spaces, as well as large, open social areas. An amazingly inspirational place for you to flourish.

Intakes

  • Jan
  • Sep

Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Application Process

Visa Process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

We’ve got lots to share with you and to help we have split our work into three elements which will support you with:

  • Exploring your options
  • Gaining valuable experience
  • Progressing your ideas and career plans

At Bath Spa we believe you are continually exploring your options and experiencing different pathways to progression, but that this journey is not linear. It keeps on going throughout your time with us and when you leave. Some of our services cross all three areas and allow you to explore, experience and progress all in one, such as The Bath Spa Award.

We encourage you to read resources and attend events across all stages of Explore, Experience and Progress as they will offer beneficial insight and development opportunities regardless of the current stage you are at in your career journey.

PSW Opportunity

  • 2 Years PSW is applicable after the course completing (Bachelors level or above).

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Normally a Second Class honours degree.

Postgraduate

Normally a Bachelor's degree with honours and a good passing grade from an internationally recognised university or Higher Education institution
Other international qualifications to an equivalent standard will also be considered.

IELTS Academic 6.5 or 7.0

This must include a total of 75, to include a minimum 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking, and 17 in Writing.

Our postgraduate courses have differing requirements depending on the course.  For specific information please see the course webpage.

For courses requiring IELTS 6.5, the PTE required score is 58 overall with at least 51 in each of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

For courses requiring IELTS 7.0, the PTE required score is 67 overall with at least 62 in each of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

We accept the LanguageCert International ESOL with an overall B2 Communicator Pass or High Pass (depending on the course)

  • Course Code: W270
  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Masters/PG Degree
  • Duration: 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 15685 GBP
    Annual Cost of Living: 9207 GBP
    Application Fee: N/A
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