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Plymouth College of Art: Craft and Material Practices

Institution Plymouth College of Art View institution profile
Department Critical and Cultural Studies
Study type Taught


Our MA Craft and Material Practices programme encourages the development of the individual designer-maker, with an emphasis on material knowledge and design innovation.

Ethos Our MA Craft and Material Practices programme focuses on experimentation with materials and contemporary approaches to making, finding new design outcomes by critical engagement with the needs of the twenty first century. The programme offers a cross-disciplinary approach to designer-makers who understand and the value of material knowledge within the design process and wish to explore this further. By exploring design thinking and material processes in an experimental context you will respond to contemporary debates around sustainability, material life cycles and approaches to developing new markets.

Outline You will be encouraged to explore your current position in relation to design, materials and making through a broad range of craft practice, and contextual and critical frameworks. You will have the opportunity to test approaches to materials and processes, and establish your particular focus within the expanded field of design, crafts and manufacturing. We pride ourselves on offering traditional craft processes alongside the latest in digital technology. Taught delivery within the programme provides a mix of discipline-specific methods and cross-disciplinary approaches that can be applied across creative and commercial sectors.

Our shared module structure allows you to develop a dialogue with creative practitioners across the Graduate School.

Supported practices This programme supports designer-makers, including those interested in linking material exploration to the kinds of neo-artisanal practice made possible by new technologies.


Plymouth College of Art


Plymouth College of Art is a specialist, independent art college – run by artists, for artists. Founded in 1856, we offer a range of Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Pre-Degree study across Art, Design and Digital Media, combining over a century’s worth of history with contemporary thinking and cutting-edge facilities.

Our city centre campus is a close-knit and collaborative community of artists, designers and makers, also home to our ‘fabrication laboratory’, the FabLab Plymouth, and to our public-facing Gallery which exhibits national and international artists and shows.

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