What is the course about?
The level 1 diploma is for those who have an interest in 3D design in ceramics and pottery and who want to learn practical skills and techniques to produce ceramic outcomes. You will learn the basic skills and knowledge essentials to the practice of ceramics including surface decoration and finishing. By incorporating research you will encouraged to be experimental with 3D forms, as well as develop ceramic products. The course allows you to learn effective communication skills vital to the work of a ceramic artist. You will use your everyday environments, such as museums and galleries, both virtual and real, to collect and research ideas, which will inform your creative response.
Is a pre-enrolment interview or assessment required for this course?
Yes, please contact our customer services before enrolling.
What level is the course and do I require particular skills, experience or prior qualifications?
This course is for beginners who are interested in ceramics and who wish to learn a variety of techniques and methods both experimental and traditional, in the crafting of ceramic products and objects.For the online sessions you can either access the computers on site at Lisson Grove OR you will need computer access at home including an internet connection.
What topics does the course cover?
The course is practical and theory based. You will learn about the materials and processes used in ceramics and how to document and effectively communicate your ideas and outcomes. You will learn the importance of research, using 2D methods (using drawing, collage, photos, rubbings, tracings, etc.) and then translate and communicate these ideas through developing your designs into Ceramics objects whilst working to a project or client brief. You will cover all the essential skills of hand building, wheel throwing, and glazing and some aspects of basic approaches to surface decoration and glazing techniques. In your practical classes and workshops, you will make your own slips, glazes, grogs, oxide washes and other more advanced techniques such as '3rd firings' (decals and lustres).
How will I be taught and assessed?
You will be taught by ceramic specialists through a blended mix of tutor led studio time, self-directed studio time, online sessions alongside practical real time tasks. You will also receive technician support. As the course progresses, and your creative awareness and skills increase, you will be able to work in a self directed and independent way on your final major project, the outcome of which will be showcased at the end of the year. You will work in both digital and non-digital formats and be expected to digitally record your work, upload it online and produce a digital or e-portfolio of work for assessment. The tutor will use observation, discussion, individual tutorials and targeted tasks with feedback. Formal assessment will take place at the end of each term. You will receive written and oral feedback. The qualification will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.
Are there any other costs or equipment I need to get?
The studio fee covers all use of equipment and kiln firings, plus decoration and specified glaze materials. You will also be issued with a sketchbook. There may be additional charges for specialist materials that are not offered as a core part of the course e.g. Porcelain. For 2D and self-directed research a basic art kit ay be useful e.g. pencils, inks, chalks, pens, etc.Other costs include an investment in your time to complete self directed study outside of the tutor led activities, around 6-8 hours per week.
By the end of the course what should I be able to do?
By the end of the Level 1 you will have gained a thorough introduction into ceramics practice and will have established systematic recording techniques, which will help with future development. You will be able to work independently with confidence.
What are the progression opportunities following this course?
You will have the knowledge and skills to progress to a level 2 ceramics course to broaden your skills, or pursue entry-level employment in the creative industries.