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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Craft Design & Technology Craft Appreciation Arts & Crafts: Leisure/Combined

Course type


Course Summary

Learn to think about your craft in new ways, understand research as a craftsperson and become expert in your chosen practice and profession.

On this specialist MA you will develop both your creative skills and your ways of thinking, working with tutors who understand craft both as a profession and as personal expression. Module options can include extensive practical work with a wide range of materials including metal, ceramics, polymers, wood and more.

While focusing on the physical act of making, the Craft MA also covers the theory of craft, allowing practitioners to conceptualise and contextualise their practice with deeper insight. The history, theory and traditions of craft form a core component in every module, and are delivered through lectures, presentations and studio discussion groups.

You will learn from experienced professionals in a welcoming atmosphere that allows craftspeople to discuss and develop their ideas as a community.

Our MA strives to help you towards exemplary creative output. Through exploration of the traditional discipline categories, to the evolution of future interpretations and directions, you will be encouraged to fully engage with what the craft scene is today.

Why study with us?

Professional opportunities across the craft industry, with options in business and entrepreneurial practice, community outreach and work placements.
You'll join a sociable and inclusive community in a vibrant art school environment.
Students benefit from opportunities as a result of the course’s close relationships with local organisations such as Ditchling and Haslemere Museums and European field trips to craft exhibitions and fairs.
Tutors and visiting lecturers are dynamic and active researchers, creative designers and craft practitioners with expertise across a range of materials and professions, including furniture, ceramics, jewellery, product, polymers and metals.
Cross-disciplinary exploration of sustainability, craft heritage, material experimentation, and environmental, medical and digital technologies
We have fully equipped workshops and digital technologies, supported by a highly skilled team of technical demonstrators.
Our department recognises, nurtures and demonstrates craft's role in and capacity for cultural, social, economic and environmental benefit.


After completing the course successfully, you will be able – as a master of your craft – to take opportunities across the craft professions, either in your own practice as an entrepreneur or in the use of craft for social and community engagement. Craftspeople find these opportunities in a range of fields including fine arts, design, museum curation, teaching, prop making and interior design. The course also provides a route into academia, teaching and research.


The Craft in Context module exposes you to contemporary craft debates, allowing you to explore and critically reflect on the process, context and definition of craft as a creative pursuit and investigative methodology. You will investigate how craft practice can relate to and affect cultural and social issues such as the environment, health and wellbeing, the economy, sustainability, ethics and education. You will test and challenge the value of your ideas within a wider social context.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Normally an honours degree in a related discipline, a recognised equivalent qualification or professional experience. Admission is subject to interview and requires a portfolio of recent work (in any appropriate discipline) plus a 600-word maximum proposal for a potential project. Applicants are requested to submit their project proposal at the application stage (guidelines are available on request).

University information

Located on England’s beautiful south coast, the University of Brighton is a busy multi-campus university with a diverse body of over 3,800 postgraduate students. The university offer over 200 postgraduate courses, many accredited by professional bodies, and most providing flexible study options so that students can balance their studies with other commitments. The University was awarded silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017. The...more

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