- MRes Art and Design
- Bath School of Art and Design
- Campus or location
- Sion Hill and Locksbrook Road
- Course length
- One year full time or two years part time.
Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We are generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent. Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.
Please contact our admissions team for more information: email@example.com.
Develop the skills you'll need to create and maintain a successful career with our research Master's in Art and Design.
- Construct your own unique curriculum using the Art and Design Master's modules on offer.
- Benefit from the expertise of our research-active staff, plus specialist tools, workshops, and spaces.
- Innovate, reflect and take risks - become a resilient, autonomous, lifelong practitioner and learner.
MRes Art and Design is a natural first step towards a PhD, and can also be your route to creating a new product or body of work for the marketplace.
You'll have the opportunity to develop your bold ideas - from commercial products to fine art exhibitions - while earning a postgraduate degree.
Using knowledge at the forefront of the discipline, the Master's in Art and Design aims to enhance the skills you'll need to develop and maintain a successful career as an artist, designer, curator or cultural and creative industries practitioner.
What you'll learn
This Master's in Art and Design offers you the flexibility to shape your learning in support of a major independent project that you have conceived and planned.
The course is intended to support you to become a practitioner, able to strategise and lead within a creative industries context.
The bi-weekly MRes forum brings together staff and students from across the School to hear from visiting practitioners and discuss themes pertinent to your research.
The course begins with interdisciplinary research designed to build your understanding of the approaches that are relevant to your ambitions. This is intended to support you throughout your studies and into work or further research.
You'll plan, experiment and take risks in ways that support development towards your major independent project. Depending on your particular interests, you'll draw on teaching and learning from Master's courses in the School of Art and Design - including Ceramics, Curatorial Practice, Fashion and Textiles, Fine Art and Visual Communication - thereby introducing you to students and staff from across the School.
The independent Master's Project offers you the opportunity to address a complex research task systematically and comprehensively through to completion, working to industry-informed standards and making use of the plans that you developed earlier in the programme.
How will I be assessed?
We employ a variety of excercises to test your developing skills. These range from exhibitions of your project work through to oral presentations and essays.
How will I be taught?
A series of lectures, talks and discussions will introduce and engage with ideas of research. You'll also have the opportunity to learn in a range of ways, for example through group and individual tutorials, group critique, self-directed research, specialist workshops and seminars, reading groups, study visits and our visiting and staff lectures programme.
Research in Art and Design takes many forms, from theory-based dissertations through to practice-based outcomes such as exhibitions, moving image, and performance.
We're here to help you realise your ambitions, and to support your planning towards an outcome that best matches your goals, be they further research toward doctoral study, a career in industry, or work as a self-employed artist, craftsperson, designer or curator.
You'll have access to an array of research-active staff in areas as diverse as fine art, ceramics, graphic communication, illustration, fashion, textile design, curatorial practice, and the history and theory of art and design.
Our School evolves constantly, and we have exciting plans for new areas of practice-based research, including drawing and interior design.
We have formal links with institutions overseas and you’ll have opportunities to participate in a range of UK and international field trips (depending on the modules you choose). Please note that you may have to pay for some of these optional study visits.
Further study towards a practice or theory-based doctorate in Art and Design presents a clear opportunity, but it's not the only path open to you as a student of MRes Art and Design.
Throughout the course, you'll be supported by colleagues from our Careers department with specific advice designed to help you develop your career aspirations in this field.
Graduates of the School have gone on to become designers within industry, brand developers, illustrators, fine artists, textiles designers, and curators, to name a few.
Facilities and resources
Where the subject is taught
You'll have access to:
Bath School of Art and Design enjoys a national reputation for the quality of its workshop resources and the expertise of the technicians who support them.
Our motto is 'thinking through making', and this is shown in the extent of the equipment in the School, from analogue and craft-based, through to high-end digital and 3D imaging facilities.
Beginning in Autumn 2019, our Art and Design students will have access to Locksbrook Road, a purpose-built, state-of-the-art campus specifically conceived to encourage creative cross-disciplinary encounters with other artists and designers.
With this new space, we intend for the Bath School of Art and Design to become one of the most inspiring and exciting places to study not only in the UK, but anywhere in the world.
“The updated buildings will allow us to supercharge our existing approach, which is based on superb, disciplinary teaching and practice, with a strong, real-world focus and an emphasis on collaboration."Anita Taylor, Executive Dean, Bath School of Art and Design
UK and EU students full time
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UK and EU students part time
Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.
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International students full time
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What we look for in potential students
You’ll need a good undergraduate degree in an art and design subject or equivalent experience (this could include a degree in other disciplines together with subsequent studio practice). The key is having an open attitude to learning and the potential, in the view of the interview panel, to successfully complete the programme.
How do I apply?
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Interview and portfolio guidance
Your portfolio is an important part of the application process, giving us an insight into who you are as a practitioner. We ask that you include a wide variety of work in your portfolio, including sketchbooks, visual research, tests and trials, as well as finished works.