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MA Applied Arts MA Contemporary Textiles MA Fine Art Inspiring postgraduate courses at the School of Creative Arts


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School of Creative Arts At the University of Hertfordshire’s School of Creative Arts, we’re a vibrant, welcoming creative community with a reputation for exceptional postgraduate education. We invite you to be part of our large Postgraduate community with 250 current students. We offer a fascinating range of full-time and parttime Master’s courses taught by world-leading experts in the fields of film, TV, animation, fine and applied arts, art and design, music and media. They all benefit from state-of-the-art facilities and a lively, supportive campus setting with close links to London’s creative industries.

Whether you’ve studied with us before or you’re just discovering what Hertfordshire has to offer, there’s a wealth of exciting new creativity happening here at the School and we very much hope you’ll choose to be part of it. The University of Hertfordshire is conveniently located in close proximity of London – a 22-minute train journey to the heart of the capital. Only a few miles away is the historic town of St Albans, a vibrant cultural centre with a buzzing night-life. This is in addition to the excellent facilities on campus, which include a top-class sports centre, shops, restaurants, multiple bars and the largest music venue in Hertfordshire (capacity 2,000), hosting a rich programme of events.

Studying with us is an inspiring, rewarding experience, with the opportunity to learn alongside acclaimed academics, exhibit your work, contribute to international conferences and really stretch your creative capabilities. For students who completed their first degree at the University, we offer a generous fee discount of £1,450 (or £2,500 for international students). There’s no time limit, so if you decide to get some professional experience first, you can still benefit.


Master’s degrees in art Our highly regarded postgraduate art programme is designed to give you an excellent understanding of cutting-edge creative practice. It offers the opportunity to really develop your potential as a

creative practitioner, as well as learn the entrepreneurial skills you’ll need to build a successful career. We offer three specialist Master’s degrees: • MA Applied Arts • MA Contemporary Textiles • MA Fine Art


What will I study? Each of our courses emphasises professional practice and the real-world applications of art. Our aim is to equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding you’ll need to practise at an advanced level, nurturing your creativity and enhancing your career potential. You’ll study alongside other enthusiastic, like-minded practitioners who want to reinvigorate their creative practice through further study. It’s an excellent opportunity to gain a sound understanding of the work of other practitioners in your field.

Each course features a range of teaching contexts and situations, including formal lectures, one-to-one tutorials, seminars, symposia and collaborative projects with other creative disciplines within the postgraduate community. Course contact Sally Freshwater:

Throughout, you’ll be guided by specialist tutors, senior research staff and internationally renowned artists, and supported by our excellent technical teams. You’ll create original, challenging work in your own studio space, as well as developing key research skills.


MA Applied Arts


MA Contemporary Textiles

Our fascinating Master’s in applied arts enables you to explore and challenge the boundaries of your practice as a designer-maker.

The contemporary textiles MA provides you with a supportive, inspiring environment where individuality is strongly encouraged.

You’ll have the opportunity to specialise in one area or work across a range of disciplines and materials, including jewellery, textiles, ceramics, glass and print-making. Through discussion and debate with other students, you’ll explore some of the key ideas and concepts that inform contemporary applied arts practice.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore the breadth and diversity of contemporary textile practice in excellent, purpose-built studios and workshops. By experimenting and conducting research into a wide range of traditional and innovative techniques, you’ll develop the personal identity of your own textile practice.

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MA Fine Art Throughout this course we focus on helping you develop the entrepreneurial skills you need to further your career in the creative and cultural spheres. We encourage conceptual experimentation and the development of originality in how you use materials, explore possibilities and realise the potential of your ideas. You’ll collaborate with other students to investigate some of the key ideas that inform contemporary fine art and challenge the boundaries of your practice. Find out more


Staff and students Our acclaimed teaching team Our postgraduate art courses are run by programme leader and internationally renowned artist Sally Freshwater, MA RCA. She delivers them along with a highly experienced team of practising designers and senior academics. Sally’s research focuses on using textiles and pliable materials to create tensile forms and site-specific installations in collaboration with architects and tensile fabricators. Sally has an extensive national and international exhibition history. She has received grants from the Crafts Council, Arts Council Great Britain, Sasakawa Foundation and Daiwa Foundation. Her works are included in the collections of the Crafts Council, Whitworth Museum and numerous private and corporate collectors. Professor Simeon Nelson is a sculptor, new media and interdisciplinary artist interested in convergences between science, religion and art, complexity theory and relationships between art, architecture urban sites and the natural world. Take a look at his work here:


Professor Marty St.James is the Professor of Fine Art and Head of Post Graduate Studies at the School of Creative Arts. A Wingate Scholar, Paul Hamlyn award winner, Gulbenkian and AHRB recipient with awards from the British Council and Arts Council. He also is a practising fine artist with an international and national reputation particularly in the area of time-based media artwork.

Exceptional facilities and resources Studying with us here at the School of Creative Arts, you’ll have access to excellent workshop facilities and purpose-built studios. Our workshops include print-making, textile print, construction, ceramics, glass, jewellery, sculpture and model-making, as well as advanced digital equipment for photography, video and 3D printing.


Entry requirements and duration Course duration All three courses start in late September and we offer them either full time over a whole calendar year, or part time over two calendar years. Entry requirements If you’d like to apply you’ll need a 2.2 honours degree (or above) in a relevant area of art and design. If you don’t have a first degree, you may be able to have your professional experience accredited. Please talk to us if you’d like to find out more. If English isn’t your first language, you will need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.


How to apply Applications can be made online using the ‘How to Apply’ tab on the course pages on our website. To accompany your application form you’ll also need to prepare a portfolio of work. Most applicants supply this as a link to an online portfolio. Your portfolio must contain a range of your work and should include a selection of images of significant works or designs, clearly annotated with an indication of materials and size. It should also feature images of sketchbook work showing your development process and research, as well as a statement describing your current practice and how you want to develop during the course.


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MA Arts Courses  

MA courses in Applied Arts, Contemporary Textiles and Fine Art

MA Arts Courses  

MA courses in Applied Arts, Contemporary Textiles and Fine Art