MA Visual Arts: Designer Maker


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The course is led by Maiko Tsutsumi – designer/maker/researcher.

Tutors: Shane Waltener, Oscar Lessing , Bridget Harvey, Michael Hurley

Other visiting tutors, practitioners and lecturers


MA Designer Maker at Camberwell welcomes applicants from applied arts, design and fine art backgrounds, including: ceramics, product, furniture, jewellery design, metal work, and architecture. The course is aimed at practitioners with well-developed hands-on workshop skills who seek to further develop their critical skills, in order to engage with a wide range of social/cultural issues around the production and consumption of material objects.


The pathway’s contextual programme provides the students the opportunities to engage with the contemporary debate in applied arts, design and object-based art, exploring the position of the makers within different cultures and the contemporary society. Seminars and discussions touch on a wide range of subjects that relate to the production and consumption of material objects, which helps students locate their practice in socio-cultural contexts. Through the development of a personal project, Designer Maker students will critically engage with contemporary debates in the subjects related to design, applied arts, and object based art, and collectively explore the meaning of object making and human-object relationships.

This programme of work is supported, negotiated and supervised throughout the course by specialist academic staff in workshops, individual tutorials seminars and lectures.

Staff and student-led seminars promote debate and work-in progress sessions allow for supportive critique. You will develop your research skills, professional practice and

understanding of the wider context of applied arts and design practice. There also is a shared MA lecture programme and cross course seminars that draw upon the richness of research within the College and across the Graduate School.


The pathway programme also includes tutorials, group critiques and discussions, as well as visits to collections, makers’ studios and workshops, galleries and museums. The series of visiting lectures brings in many leading practitioners - designers, makers, artists and curators - some of whom also deliver workshops and seminars. The professional development programme and public exhibitions equip the students with practical professional skills.


The mode of production employed by the Designer Maker students varies from one-offs to limited editions to batch productions. The possible career paths after the course are independent applied arts and design practitioners, creative industry professionals, curators, freelance designers, workshop leaders and teachers. The course also sets out to equip you for the option of further study at doctorate level.


Further information and contacts


If you have course specific enquiries, please email Maiko Tsutsumi [m.tsutsumi@arts.ac.uk], MA Designer Maker pathway leader.

For general enquiry regarding applications contact Admissions team [admissions@camberwell.arts.ac.uk]


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