MA Professional Art Practitoner

Course details

  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 1 YR (FT)
  • Location Wrexham
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Course Highlights


entrepreneurial skills and receive support for your first year of professional practice. 


the key design principles and the working methods necessary to respond to and resolve design problems.


with live commissions with the support of our team and continue to garner recognition and professional success at national events, commissions and exhibitions.

Why choose this course?

This course will enable you to take your practice-based skills as a designer and maker to the next level as you establish your career. We will support you in developing your experience, using variety of materials to create high-quality objects that push boundaries, whilst working creatively and ethically.

  • Our aim is to engage you with key design principles and the working methods necessary to respond to and resolve design problems through processes of research, conceptual thinking, design development and production appropriate to the discipline. This will allow you to develop a holistic understanding with additional insight into historical and contemporary engagement and debate within the arts.
  • Our staff are active makers who exhibit widely, bringing their own experience into teaching to support students as they engage with live commissions and exhibitions.
  • Our students continue to garner recognition and professional success at national events such as New Designers and have received awards from institutions such as the National Trust, Design Nation and The Society of Contemporary British Silversmiths.


Key course features

  • Our teaching aims to engage you in key design principles and the working methods necessary to respond to and resolve design problems through research, conceptual thinking, design development and production appropriate to the discipline.
  • You will learn to demonstrate the synthesis between theory and practice in the ability to generate and produce creative ideas, concepts, design sheets, sketchbooks and presentations, individually or as part of a team in response to self-initiated activity or live client briefs.
  • Through live projects, commissions and collaborative projects, you will develop the enterprise, digital fluency, leadership and team-working skills necessary to become a professional artist. 
  • You will learn through a variety of methods, including individual mentoring, group demonstrations, academic and critical writing, lectures and collaborative opportunities. We encourage students to work across materials to nurture their practice. This exploration will also enable you to be flexible with skills in an ever-changing industry.
  • A highlight of our calendar is Ceramic Wales, an annual event that takes place on campus and features exhibitions and demonstrations. This feeds into our curriculum, giving you project management experience and networking opportunities to work with professional artists. 
  • Although it is not essential for students to have access to a workshop/studio outside of the university, it is ideal for students to establish this during their first year of professional practice to ensure that they are equipped once they have graduated.

What you will study

 Students will study four core modules worth a combined total of 180 credits:


  • Locating Practice: This module allows the student to evaluate their existing practice and identify their target audience, including competitor analysis and venues to sell and exhibit work.

  • Practice and Application: In this module, students will focus on production methods and refining their products to meet market expectations and limitations.

  • Advanced Professional Practice: Students are expected to apply for identified exhibition and selling opportunities, and produce work of appropriate standard for these events.

  • Practice and Entrepreneurship: This module focuses on high-quality production that evidences the application of skills and intelligence necessary for professional practice. Alongside the practical work, students produce a written report critically reflecting on their creative output including professional, progress and business planning.

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

We currently require an initial degree in a relevant subject, classified as First Class or 2:1, or evidence of recent activity in the subject equivalent to these classifications as determined by interview.

All applicants are expected to hold a good and relevant initial degree, or provide a portfolio of their own work to demonstrate their knowledge of the subject and their artistic ability.

Teaching & Assessment

Students will be assessed through a series of coursework (typically a portfolio), including evaluations of the practical work for each module.

Teaching & Learning

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential. We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Graduates from our programmes gain employment locally, nationally and in some cases, worldwide.

Self-employment and freelance employment are a particular strength within the area, with a high percentage of our graduates going on to start their own workshop businesses supplying galleries and retail outlets.

Other careers to consider include teaching, running workshops and gallery curatorship. 

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 are TBC.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & funding pages.

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.

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