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Level 3 Ceramics: UAL Diploma in Creative Practice, Art, Design & Communication

Next Starts: 17/09/2020
This one year Level 3 Diploma in Art, Design and Communication is designed to inspire and develop skills in your ceramic practice at an advanced level with a view to you progressing to your own professional practice. At the heart of the course is expert tuition within a specialist studio environment exploring techniques of both functional and non-functional ceramics. Learners are encouraged to be experimental and develop skills in hand-building, wheel throwing, surface decoration and specialist techniques according to your own interests and personal direction. The Diploma is comprised of 3 units delivered over 3 terms. There are 2 very practical based units and also includes one unit on researching & analysing the creative process, which will be delivered in a holistic manner, part studio based, responding to a variety of briefs and projects, trips to galleries, museums and open studios to see professional practitioners at work. There will also be an element of online study and directed study. You will be given the opportunity to learn how to develop research in 2D (using sketching, observational drawing, collage, mark making etc.) and translate and communicate your ideas through maquettes and models into 3D ceramic outcomes. The course will be delivered with a blended mix of tutor led studio time, self-directed studio time, online sessions alongside practical real time tasks and mini exhibitions working towards a final external learner show. By the end of the course you will have gained some more advanced practical skills, knowledge of ceramics, of the creative process and of professional practice. The course will prove stimulating, providing opportunities and experiences and rigorous context for your own creative development to guide you to attaining future creative goals and will give you an excellent platform from which to begin to work independently, as a practitioner, or to take your studies further in Higher Education.
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Level 1 Award Introduction to Ceramics: Handbuilding

Next Starts: 11/01/2021
This course is a predominantly practical based course. At the heart of the course is expert tuition delivered within a specialist studio environment exploring ceramic techniques. You will learn the importance of research, using 2D methods (using drawing, collage, collecting images, photos, rubbings, tracings, etc.) and then translate and communicate these ideas through developing your designs into Ceramics objects whilst working to a project brief. You will cover all the essential skills of handbuilding (pinching, coiling, soft-slabbing and use of moulds), some aspects of basic approaches to surface decoration and glazing techniques. You will need to keep a sketchbook & studio diary with some self-reflection, complete some worksheets, enter into group discussions and complete the term with a portfolio of crafted work, reflection and research. Whilst this course is predominantly based on learning crafting skills, there is a series of academic goals to achieve as the course is accredited.
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Level 1 Award Introduction to Ceramics: Wheel Throwing

Next Starts: 21/09/2020
This course is a predominantly practical based course. At the heart of the course is expert tuition delivered within a specialist studio environment exploring ceramic techniques. You will learn the importance of research, using 2D methods (using drawing, collage, collecting images, photos, rubbings, tracings, etc.) and then translate and communicate these ideas through developing your designs into Ceramics objects whilst working to a project brief. You will cover all the essential skills of wheel throwing, some aspects of basic approaches to surface decoration and glazing techniques. You will need to keep a sketchbook & studio diary with some self-reflection, complete some worksheets, enter into group discussions and complete the term with a portfolio of crafted work, reflection and research. Whilst this course is predominantly based on learning crafting skills, there is a series of academic goals to achieve as the course is accredited.
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Level 1 Award: Developing Your Ceramic Work, Preparing for Level 2

Next Starts: 19/04/2021
This course is a predominantly practical based course with some directed learning out of the studio. At the heart of the course is expert tuition delivered within a specialist studio environment exploring ceramic techniques. You will learn the importance of and how to, contextualise research, using 2D methods (using drawing, collage, collecting images, photos, rubbings, tracings, etc.) and then translate and communicate these ideas through developing your designs into Ceramics objects whilst working to a project brief and using . You will respond cover all the essential skills of handbuilding, wheel throwing (time permitting), some aspects of surface decoration and glazing techniques, developing skills learnt at level 1. You will need to keep a sketchbook & comprehensive studio diary with some self-reflection, complete some worksheets and enter into group discussions, research the skills needed to succeed in the Art & Design field and complete each term with a portfolio of work both crafted and research. Whilst this course is predominantly based on learning crafting skills, there is a series of academic goals to achieve as the course is accredited.
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Level 2 Award: Developing Your Ceramic Work, Preparing for Level 3

Next Starts: 20/04/2021
This course is a predominantly practical based course with some directed learning out of the studio. At the heart of the course is expert tuition delivered within a specialist studio environment exploring ceramic techniques enabling learners to develop the skills to progress to a level 3 UAL Diploma course. You will learn the importance of and how to, contextualise research, using 2D methods (using drawing, collage, collecting images, photos, rubbings, tracings, etc.) and then translate and communicate these ideas through developing your designs into Ceramics objects whilst working to a project brief and using . You will respond cover all the essential skills of handbuilding, wheel throwing (time permitting), some aspects of surface decoration and glazing techniques, developing skills learnt at on your level 2 Certificate. You will need to keep a sketchbook & comprehensive studio diary with some self-reflection, complete some worksheets and enter into group discussions, research the skills needed to succeed in the Art & Design field and complete each term with a portfolio of work both crafted and research. Whilst this course is predominantly based on learning crafting skills, there is a series of academic goals to achieve as the course is accredited.
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Level 2 Certificate Ceramics

Next Starts: More dates to follow
This course is a predominantly practical based course. At the heart of the course is expert tuition delivered within a specialist studio environment exploring ceramic techniques. This course will last for 2 terms. You will learn how to research in 2D (using drawing, collage, etc.) and then translate and communicate these ideas through developing your designs into Ceramics objects. You will cover all the essential skills of handbuilding, wheel throwing (time permitting), some aspects of surface decoration and glazing techniques, developing skills learnt at level 1. You will need to keep a sketchbook & studio diary with some self-reflection, complete a variety of worksheets, enter into group discussions, research the skills needed to succeed in the Art & Design field and you will complete each term with a portfolio of work, both crafted and research. Whilst this course is predominantly based on learning crafting skills, there is a series of academic goals to achieve as the course is accredited.
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