The University of Wolverhampton

MADesign and Applied Arts

Why choose this course?

The focus of postgraduate study in Design and Applied Arts is to consider your current and past practice and recognise the opportunities that exist for research, material investigation and professional development. The aim is to provide a framework that will guide your enquiry within your subject specialism.

Subject specialisms:

  • Ceramics
  • Glass
  • Interior Design
  • Fashion
  • Textiles


What happens on the course?

Typical modules may include:

  • Defining practice in design and applied arts
  • Creative enquiry
  • Integrating concepts and practice in design and applied arts
  • Critical, contextual and theoretical frameworks
  • Critical realisation of practice in design and applied arts
  • Critical contexts and audiences
  • Professional practice and enterprise
  • Masters Project

Assessment methods
You will be assessed through a mixture of written assignments and creative studio projects. You will be fully supported during studio practice and tutorials to raise the quality of your work to Masters level.

Why Wolverhampton?

We aim to introduce you to a range of approaches in the analysis and debate of material practice related to applied arts and design driven outcomes.

  • You will work in a friendly, supportive environment as part of the broader MA community
  • Your practice will be supported by specialist academics with internationally recognised profiles
  • You will have access to excellent workshop facilities
  • You will benefit from lectures and presentations from visiting international artists and designers
  • You will have the opportunity to engage in study visits both in the UK and abroad
  • MA Design and Applied Arts will provide you with the opportunity to establish a career in design, practice and/or industry in the UK and internationally.
  • The course is specifically designed to promote entrepreneurism

It also provides a platform for further research leading to PhD or other forms of academic research

What our students think

Michele Coxon MA Design and Applied Art

Michele Coxon was awarded an MA Star for her work at the School’s annual Postgraduate Degree Show and has had her work exhibited at the Willow Gallery in Oswestry, The Potteries Museum in Stoke-on-Trent and the Wedgwood Museum commissioned a limited edition of one of her sculptures.

"To return to further education at 60 years old was quite a challenge for me.The MA course in ceramics at the School of Art and Design was an incredible journey for me and one I enjoyed enormously.

I was guided throughout by some wonderful tutors, who not only helped me creatively but also with the technical challenges of ceramics.One of the highlights was my three week placement working in the ceramic studio at The V&A museum, which was arranged by the University.

The two year part-time course has given me the confidence to continue to develop my creative ideas and start up my own studio from home."

Career path

Employment opportunities include:

  • Self-employment: Establishing yourself in your own business, or as a sole trader or freelance designer.
  • A career in design, practice and/or industry in the UK and internationally.
  • Advancement in current employment: education, public sector or the creative industries.

What skills will you gain?

MA Design and Applied Arts will provide you with the opportunity to mature into a self-confident, independent thinker. You will leave University equipped with the skills and attributes that will assist you in realising your creative ambition. The MA will provide you with the time and expertise to refine your ideas and enhance your professional skill in order to practice your chosen applied art or design specialism within the broader creative arena.

Entry requirements

You should have a good Honours degree (2:1) or equivalent in a relevant subject.

A good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent) is required.

You are also encouraged to apply if you have significant professional experience in a relevant subject.

If you have a 2:2 honours degree (or lower) in a relevant subject, you can be registered for a prescribed Postgraduate Certificate. Successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate programme will allow you to progress to the Postgraduate Diploma.

Offers are subject to an interview and portfolio review.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £5,900 £12,200
Part time £2,950

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England is being introduced from September 2016. For more information and how to apply online visit:

Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number [4413]. A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites, or Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount ( If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at


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