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Art and Design Practice

Whether your dream is to design furniture, have your art exhibited in top galleries, or to illustrate graphic novels, our MA in Art and Design Practice allows you to specialise and follow your passion. At Bucks we have the expertise and facilities to help make your dream a reality.

Qualification: MA

Credits: 180

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: One year

Start date: February 2018

Is this course for me?

If you're looking for a creative and vibrant environment where you can explore your art, this master's is the course for you. We'll support and guide you as you experiment and develop your skills. By the end of the course you will be confident in producing creative and expert work in your chosen area.

Students on this course are typically looking to advance to senior roles in their organisations or change career direction. However, others are interested in taking their creativity into research and development.

At Bucks you'll benefit from our emphasis on practical experience. You'll learn through workshops that allow you to explore and perform material research. You'll also have opportunities to showcase your work and be inspired by guest lecturers.

Working on your own projects, you'll never be short of opportunities to
boost your CV and build your portfolio.

What will this course cover?

This course gives you the freedom to specialise in your area of interest. Typically our students already have some related experience they wish to build on. But some choose to explore new areas. Whether you choose a design or art pathway you'll benefit from our excellent workshop facilities and extensive industry links.
You can choose from one of the following areas:

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

Whatever you choose, we will challenge you and help you be the best you can be.

Why choose this course?

We create things. We push the boundaries. At Bucks we have excellent workshop facilities and industry links. We encourage you to experiment and bring your creations to life.

Interactive learning experiences
You'll be offered many opportunities to gain experience within different industries while you study with us. It's also likely that you'll have a chance to exhibit your creations and work on sponsored projects. Past design students have had their creations displayed at Herman Miller showrooms in London and the Atkinson Gallery, Somerset.

At Bucks, unforgettable experiences will shape your learning and development. We give our students opportunities to join us on amazing trips. Varying from year to year, our past trips have included sponsored projects in Italy and France.
Network and meet with leading figures in the industry
Meeting leading figures of the industry will inspire you and, working alongside them, you'll produce innovative design work. We'll make sure you have the skills you need to bring your ideas to life whether you're a fashion designer or printmaker. Networking benefits our students and you'll find this opens doors to many opportunities.

Creative community
This course brings together a wide range of disciplines. You will be surrounded by individuals with a variety of expertise and experience. Learning and supporting each other, your peers will inspire and motivate you to produce high quality work.

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 2017 to August 2018 entry
We are currently reviewing our fees for this course.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You may be eligible for a postgraduate loan. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our postgraduate funding section.

Fees for September 2016 to August 2017 entry

Full-time Home and EU: £7,200 per year. 
Full-time International: £3,800 per year.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

Further information
Find out more about our fees and funding.
Find out more about our fees for international students.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

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.

How do I apply?

Full information on the application process can be found at

What are my career prospects?

The art and design industry continues to grow, with an increasing list of careers paths from logo designer to silversmith. Our graduates embark on a range of careers, the majority finding work shortly after finishing the course. Many of them secure positions in major companies working within interior design, textiles and furniture.

However, your degree opens doors to other opportunities too. Many of our students start design consultancies or freelance in their specialism. As well as art and design skills, we also make sure you know how to set up your own business and be your own boss.

We're proud to say our graduate's work has been displayed in top London venues including the ExCel, 100% design and Tent. If you take this course then it could be you exhibiting next!

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

With a great portfolio, lots of experience and developed skills you'll be ready to impress employers or begin your career as a freelancer.

You'll leave the course with the ability to work on self-directed, creative projects that apply the wealth of knowledge you have learnt. The ability to do rigorous research will help you solve the challenges you face and successfully present your ideas.

We've helped fine artists become award winning furniture designers and textile designers see their sketches come to life. At Bucks, we will challenge you to push the boundaries so you have the best chance of success after the course.

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