Take your love of ceramics to the next level through our highly engaging programme! We are perfect for both newly qualified and long-time professional ceramics artists, helping you develop new skills within your subject. Our strong creative community works with artists from multiple specialisms to promote cross discipline approaches to art, helping to inspire your work to new places.
We will help you extend your practical techniques, material research, firing and glaze development, digital design and traditional methods of working. You'll study both the historical and contemporary context of the clay as an artefact within society and decorative material. You'll gain experience of exhibition proposals, design and execution, which will open up valuable networking opportunities that will help you gain success as an artist in ceramics!
We focus on three studio-based practice modules which allow you to manage the practical elements of your research. Through an initial proposal, you'll set your practical MA curriculum dependant on your experience, research focus and practice based career goals. The course is taught by academic practitioners and supported by highly trained technicians in ceramics, wood and metal and digital print. Access to all three dimensional workshops is a major advantage of this programme.
You'll look at the design and production of attachments, utilising other materials or combinations of materials to create form. This can include functional wares (both hand-built or moulded), architectural ceramic, and sculpture. This is done alongside material research which looks at surface development, glaze production, body development al and firing techniques.
It is likely you will produce three or two dimensional objects with a focus on form, vessel, and surface or applied decoration. You may though wish to follow a purely material based research project, extending the subject knowledge and playing a significant role in extending the material science of this subject.
- Critical Contexts
- Practice Research, Materials and Processes
- Studio Practice
- Design Through Making
- MA Project Proposal and Professional Development
- MA Project
For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.
1st or 2nd class honours degree.
Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course via non-standard entry procedures.
Applicants will have a minimum of a 2:1 degree in an Art and Design based subject or equivalent, or be able to demonstrate a proven track record within the Creative Industries and the ability to undertake MA-level study.
Making your application
Applications should be made online directly to the university using the apply now button above. If you need more details or guidane, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.
What makes a good application?
We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential - evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.
Make sure you include:
- Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
- A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
- A good personal statement.
Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.
When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either - an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or - an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.
And if I accept?
The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.
We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.
Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.
From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa.
UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.
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An MA in Ceramics can prepare you for a wide range of careers, including work as a ceramics maker/producer/designer, pattern maker, mould maker, sculptor or architectural designer for surface or brickwork to name just a few.
Resources and facilities
Our excellent resources include well-lit studios, workshops, kilns and an extensive glaze laboratory. We have a fully equipped plaster room and comprehensive library and printing facilities, as well as a great stock of materials and clays. Adjacent wood and metal workshops support tool making and attachments.
We have a long established relationship with the Crafts Council through residencies and business start up schemes, the London showcase exhibition, New Designers, NACHE and Potfest events in the UK.