About this Masters Degree (MA)

Programme Format The programme covers materials and techniques of design, taxonomy, exhibitions, collections, acquisitions, conservation and handling. The format of the programme is lectures, seminars, tutorials and self-directed study. On this programme, you will also benefit from: • Small, focussed group workshops • Access to expert staff • Access to the School’s Design Study Archive & Costume Archive
In the arts, heritage, museums, collections and antique sectors, there is a need for object based learning and knowledge. This fascinating Masters Degree offers you the opportunity to study design history – providing you with a rewarding and essential body of knowledge to explore your interest and potentially support your career; through collections, design, auction houses, curation, heritage properties, museums, art & design and antique institutions. This Masters Degree comprises advanced research methodologies and application, and a work-related learning project, which could utilise experience in an external institution or a focus on the costume or design study archives. Your final dissertation will bring together your research and application skills.

Design Study Archive

Our Design Study Archive is a central research point for critical studies and for inspiration within the studio. Over the last decade, the School has invested in this valuable resource which is used by both staff and students. The collection includes clothes from the 19th and 20th centuries, bound copies of The Studio magazine from 1890-1960, packaging design, aspects of interior design, ceramics from 1890-2010 and an enviable collection of Japanese Kimono, textiles and decorative arts. The Costume Archive contains clothing and garments from the Victorian period through to today, available for both staff and students to use.

Access to Collections

With the National Trust properties in the north, important centres such as Bowes Museum, as well as many of the nations great country houses, we are in the unique geographical position to offer access to important collections outside of London.


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Staff Profile - Malcolm Clements

Malcolm is a design historian, and has been lecturing in this subject since 1997. He has a passion for the decorative arts and architecture of the Long Eighteenth Century (1680-1837), and has written and researched on this period, extensively. Malcolm lectures in visual culture, material culture, and creative cultures, on a number of programmes at Levels 4 and 5, and is a Dissertation Supervisor at Level 6. He is the Coordinator for Contextual Studies, and the Scholarly Activity & Research Coordinator, the latter focusing on staff research, and student engagement. Malcolm is also a member of the Academic Board, the Scholarly Activity & Research Group, and chairs the staff/student Scholarly Activity & Research Development Group. One of his personal aims is to make his subject: the histories, theories, applications, and processes of creative languages, accessible to all students, by making these relevant to their own lives and their work. Malcolm is the curator of the School's Design Study Archive, and is the editor of PAD (Perspectives in Art & Design); an online platform for the publication of staff and student research at The Northern School of Art.