MA Art & Design


Programme Description

Delivered in partnership with Hearst Magazines UK (publishers of Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Esquire magazines and more), we offer an exciting and industry-connected Master’s course to support and enhance the skills of art and design practitioners who want to develop their ambitions within the cultural and creative industries.

Course Details

  • Length 1 year (3 semesters)
  • Course Start September
  • Progression Fine artist, curator, Art lecturer, design lecturer, art history lecturer, Art technician, Art valuer, Illustrator.
  • Tutor Support Specialist tutor support available 5 days a week.
  • Studio Access Students have access to our studios 7 days a week, from 8am to 8.30pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm at weekends.
  • How Your Work Is Assessed Visual and written assignments and projects.
  • Guest Lecturers Visiting Lecturers, drawn from a variety of relevant industry contexts, will deliver a series of presentations which help you to situate your own hopes and ambitions for the future.


What to Expect

1st Semester

In your first semester you will be set a series of briefs designed to stimulate your creativity and help you develop the ingenuity and resilience that professional creative practice requires. You will begin to outline a self-directed project proposal, which will ultimately develop into your Independent Major Project.

2nd Semester

You will continue to develop your own creative practice, whilst addressing how artists and designers need to be engaged in forging the future of their respective fields. You will be given a chance to explore your ideas with students on other MA courses, and will also have the opportunity of a work placement.

3rd Semester

During this semester, all your attentions turn to the research, development and production of your Independent Major Project. The year ends with an exhibition showcase of your projects, celebrating the end of an intensive period of creative, conceptual, critical and professional development

Entry Requirements


20 years +

Educational Level

Successful completion of an Undergraduate Degree in an art & design or related subject or professional relevant experience.

Students who do not meet these entry requirements will still be considered on their own individual potential to succeed.

English Level for International Students

IELTS 6.5+ (no element under 5.5)


Portfolio and personal statement required.

Work Placements

Through our exclusive partnership with Hearst Magazines, UK, this course offers our students the opportunity to apply for a 4-6 week work placement at one on of the Hearst UK publications, including, Harper's Bazaar, Esquire, Elle, Cosmopolitan and more. Previous students who have partaken in this opportunity have gone on to work for Hearst Magazines, UK.

How We Teach

Throughout this course students will be taught through specialist workshops, guest lecturers, regular one-to-ones and group tutorials.

Subjects Taught

Conceptual development; critical skills; Art & Design specialisms, research skills; curatorial practice; photography; materials experimentation; creative project management; project delivery


Previous students have gone on to work in such places as Esquire Magazine, Vivienne Westwood and Fashion Crossover.

Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

Cambridge school of visual & performing arts (csvpa) is a dedicated arts and performance school in the centre of cambridge. We offer diploma, foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate courses acr ... Read More

Cambridge school of visual & performing arts (csvpa) is a dedicated arts and performance school in the centre of cambridge. We offer diploma, foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate courses across art & design, fashion, music and performing arts. Read Less