MA Design is a two-year project based, masters during which student focus on a visionary project of their devising. It is always exciting and interesting for the staff team to work alongside such researchers and we are naturally proud of the work our graduates do and their future careers. Many have made a world-class impact already even though the course is only 13 years old.

We believe what makes a graduate from MA Design; Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery particularly important is that they not only conceive, research, design but also deliver fully realised objects. What you see are not sketches, not models but the real deal, beautifully realised. Globally aware design allied to the skills our graduates deliver is increasingly rare in the present climate.

As a research masters program MA Design; Ceramics Furniture or Jewellery requires its students to spend their two years with us researching, defining and developing the work that you see implemented and on display in our graduate show. We are seeking individuals who have a personal vision and the determination, talent and curiosity to ensure that it is delivered. This happens through hard work.

So, as Course Director and on behalf of my colleagues, I am delighted that you have chosen to join us in celebrating this year’s thoroughly international cohort of visionaries. As a course that has at its root, a passionate combination of design and craft in all its manifestations, I think you can clearly see how many differing and wide-ranging ways this cohort believes that production comes in many forms. From the hand made to digital frontiers. This awareness is important for all our futures and future aspirations. Aspirational, because many of the objects in this year’s show are both desirable and extraordinary, and because, if you are tracking the careers of our past alumni, you will already know that these indeed will become some of the objects of the future.


June 2017

Simon Fraser, Course Leader

MA Design; Ceramics

MA Design; Furniture

MA Design; Jewellery