Our MRes Crafts course concentrates on the written histories and critical analyses of craft organisations, artists, theories and craft exhibitions, as well as discussions from management, educational and theoretical perspectives. The key outcomes of the course are a substantial essay, or an essay plus practice outcome in the case of makers.

The use of museum and private collections (including artist collections) as a focus for study will be a strong feature on our course.

Your MRes project could be the starting point for a MPhil or PhD in crafts areas.

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Length of study:

One year full-time or two years part-time

Starts:

September 2017

Campus:

UCA Farnham

Course overview:

On MRes Crafts, you'll benefit from teaching by leading specialist designers, artists and crafts people. And UCA Farnham boasts first-rate crafts facilities, with extensive workshops and equipment to support your study.

Our Farnham campus is also home to the Crafts Study Centre - a purpose-built museum, research centre and gallery for the crafts. The Centre has an international standing as a unique collection and archive of twentieth century and contemporary crafts.

This course will be studio-based for practice-based students, and library or museum-based for students engaged solely on written outcomes and study. The intensive written component of the MRes will be directed by museum professional staff of the Crafts Study Centre.

You'll undertake a combination of lectures, tutorials and visits but, primarily, our course focuses on independent, self-directed study.

Course content - 2017 entry

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Theory and Analysis

    This unit focuses on the preparation of an illustrated essay by undertaking critical reading, observing artefacts, handling objects and archives, visiting exhibitions and analysing curatorial practice.

  • Curatorial Practice

    This unit focuses on the design and preparation of an exhibition of modern or contemporary craft objects and archives. The exhibition will be a collegiate one, delivered by the MRes cohort (full-time and part-time), working closely alongside the Curator and Director of the Crafts Study Centre.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Research Design

    This unit focuses on the design of the research project as set out by you and in consultation with the course team.

  • Exhibition Design

    This unit supports the development of your curatorial judgements and skills as a counterpoint to your textual analysis and written research outcomes. You'll take on the role of an independent curator, surveying and selecting a contemporary craft practitioner, practitioners, collective, agency, guild, or other producer. You'll then consider an exhibition design relating to their work that would be appropriate for a selected venue, such as a commercial craft gallery, public space, private space, museum or gallery (or any venue that's appropriate for a temporary, pop up or long term presentation of work).

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Final Research Dissertation

    This marks the culmination of your MRes studies and will form an exposition of the enquiry through a resolved body of advanced written and or practice work. As such, it should demonstrate evidence of advanced conceptual, theoretical and technical capability developed over an extended period of self-directed study.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

Facilities

UCA Farnham provides first-rate facilities with extensive workshops and equipment to support your study. 

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International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

How to apply - 2017 entry

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Entry requirements - 2017 entry:

Entry requirements

  • A good Honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline

 

and/or

  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level

  • You also need to demonstrate a clear interest in writing.

Your portfolio

No formal portfolio is required for this course. We'll require you to attend an Applicant Day which will include an interview. This will also give you the opportunity to visit us, meet the course team and see the facilities. If you wish to bring work for discussion at your interview, you're welcome to do so.

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