Build ceramics diploma: two-year course

Course Dates: 14/09/17 - 28/06/19
Time: 09:30 - 18:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Carina Ciscato, Robert Cooper, Barrie Garnham, Jim Gladwin, Dan Kelly, Sara Radstone, Kate Starkey, Annie Turner, Kate Wickham

Designed for people with previous experience in ceramics or other art-related practice, this course encourages your development in a broad-based programme of ceramic study. You’ll have the opportunity to exhibit at the New Designers show at the Business Design Centre in Islington and an external venue for your final exhibition.

Please note, advertised fees and course dates are subject to change. Fees quoted are inclusive of two years of study. Payment plans will be available, details of which are to be confirmed.

The second round of advisory interviews take place in June 2017. You’ll need to bring a portfolio of 2D and 3D/clay work alongside your sketchbooks. During the interview you will be asked write a short paragraph to demonstrate your writing skills and to show your understanding of the use of numbers. Please contact us to arrange an interview: 020 7492 2700 / [email protected]


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.

Term dates for year one are below, year two dates will be confirmed in December 2017:

Term 1: 14 September 2017 – 15 December 2017, 14 weeks
Term 2: 11 January 2018 – 23 March 2018, 11 weeks
Term 3: 12 April 2018 – 22 June 2018, 11 weeks

Please note, advertised fees and course dates are subject to change. Fees quoted are inclusive of two years of study. Payment plans will be available, details of which are to be confirmed.

What will we cover?

Year 1
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.

Year 2
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


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Course Code: VR712

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Full Thu+Fri, day, 14 Sep - 28 Jun '19

Duration: 142 sessions (over 21 months)

Full fee: £8,499.00
Senior fee: £8,499.00
Concession: £5,184.00

Call us to check your level, see if you can still join the course or to discuss other suitable courses

020 7492 2700/2703

[email protected]

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Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online . You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.

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