What is the course about?
This course is a two year programme of ceramics study over two days a week and leads to a Build diploma in ceramics. A combination of techniques and ideas are taught throughout, plus there is an art history and ceramics contextual studies unit taught during both years.
What will we cover?
Project-based - dealing with the development of personal ideas and all aspects of ceramic technical processes, including a weekly programme of glaze technology. You’ll learn throwing, hand building, mould making, slip casting, press moulding, glaze making, decoration and printing techniques. Each project will cover a technique within the context of your personal ideas.
You’ll be working towards your final exhibition using self-planned projects through which your personal ideas will be fully developed. The glaze technology programme continues in year two.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Become an independent maker within the field of contemporary ceramics.
- Understand how your work fits into a broad context of the ceramic medium.
- Define and work confidently in the area you have chosen to specialise
- Be technically competent and use appropriate technical skills to realise your personal ideas.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
A high level course, for students who want to train professionally in the field of contemporary ceramics. Prior experience in the field of ceramics or related art practice is essential. You should be able to follow written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be expected to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do measurements and calculations. There are assessed essays as part of this course, ranging from 750 – 5000 words. Each essay must be submitted digitally through google classroom (full induction will be given).
Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and maths skills to help you to take part fully in this course. There are reading lists supplied for each unit of the course and your tutor’s will be able to advise you of other readings to support your learning.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Lectures, demonstrations, seminars, one to one tutorials, group tutorials, slide lectures, power point presentations and gallery visits. There will be some homework set on this course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Most materials are covered by the course fee, but you will need your own tool kit, mask and overalls. This will be discussed with you at the start of the course. You may at times also want to supply your own specialist materials, if not supplied by the department.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Possible further study at BA/MA level within the ceramics field. Many students set up as professional independent ceramic makers on completing the course.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details