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Art and Design Practice

Our full-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.

Qualification: MA

Credits: 180

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: One year

Start date: February

Is this course for me?

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:

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.

Year One

  • Personal Project 1
  • Material Creativity
  • Art and Design Research Methods
  • Personal Project 2
  • Thesis
  • Personal Project 3

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 September 2015 to August 2016 entry
Home and EU students: £7,050 per year.

Fees for September 2016 to August 2017 entry
Home and EU students: £7,200 per year.

For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.

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.

How do I apply?

To apply for this course, please use our application form.

Once you have completed the application form, please return it to us by email:

or post it to:

Admissions and Recruitment
Buckinghamshire New University
Queen Alexandra Road
High Wycombe
HP11 2JZ

For more information for home and EU students, see our postgraduate applications section.

If you are an international student, visit our international students 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?

Upon successful completion of the programme you will have developed the ability to study in an art and design discipline, enabling you to work on self-directed, creative projects that use and extend ideas at the forefront of knowledge in the subject.

You will also have benefited from transdisciplinary sharing of knowledge and experiences whilst developing your own systematic enquiry in the discipline.

You will have learned to manage complex and unpredictable situations and present ideas and solutions based on rigorous research in your chosen subject area.

The full-time course is very intense and very lively - you don't have time to get bored, no routine and no limits, you can let your imagination roll as much as you can.

Workshops of all kinds are available: wood, metal, multi-materials, glass, ceramics, silversmithing, with great machinery and technicians helping you achieve the best results.

It is ‘furniture design’ but your creativity can actually lead you to any product since all design disciplines have loads of cross overs.

Nour Arabi, MA Art and Design Practice: Furniture Design

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

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