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Journal 10 February 2020

School of Traditional Arts MA Programme

An immersive masters programme that explores the origin of traditional art-forms, centred on profound principles that are both timely and timeless

The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts mantra is ‘contemporary arts through living traditions’ and as such it’s only natural that this is echoed in its Masters Degree programme. The School's MA Programme invites students to engage deeply with both theory and practise. Students are introduced to different traditional art forms, their complex and culturally-diverse origins as well as their contemporary vitality. What makes this programme so unique is its ability to provide students with a profound understanding of timeless, universal principles while at the same time teaching practical skills essential to artists today.

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During the first year of the programme, students study complete five modules: Traditional and Islamic Geometry;, Contextual studies; Architectural Crafts; Traditional Painting Techniques and the Ceramic Craft, Letter-forms and Islimi module. Each course is designed to introduce students to the wealth of knowledge and skill required in traditional art forms. Living masters, give context each craft skill, transferring technique and philosophy while also providing a tangible personal experience that contributes to the programme’s uniquely immersive educational offering.

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An important part of the MA programme is the close partnership between staff and students modelled after the traditional teacher-apprentice relationship of traditional craft guilds. Students are taught in small groups, developing a supportive, familial community of like-minded, passionate creatives. Throughout the two year course, students are carefully mentored by dynamic teaching staff. This close partnership is crucial when students embark on their final projects. The second year of the programme consists primarily of the second year final Traditional Arts and Crafts Major Assignment. This final module sees students develop a significant body of work inspired by universal principles. Their ambitious and inspiring projects can be viewed at the annual Degree Shows each July.

Find out more information about the MA Programme here.

The MA Programme is a 2 year, full-time course located in London. Applications for the 2020 intake close on the 28th of February.

Words: Rebecca Parker

Imagery: Courtesy of The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts

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