What is the course about?
The Level 1 UAL Diploma is for those who have an interest in ceramics and pottery and who want to learn practical skills and techniques to produce creative 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, and the wealth of places of interest, such as museums and galleries 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.
Entry level or above English and Maths, and basic computer skills and digital platform knowledge, or willingness to learn how to use them, are required for this course.
What topics does the course cover?
The course is practical, and theory based. You will learn about the materials and processes used in ceramics. You will learn how to document and effectively communicate your ideas and outcomes.
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. You will also gain an awareness of the importance or related research and how this informs your creative outcomes.
How will I be taught and assessed?
You will be taught by art specialists in face-to-face studio sessions, with targeted tutor and technician support, feedback, and supervision. 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 displayed 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 stages throughout the course, and you will receive written and oral feedback. You will be assessed on the Final Major Project and the course work you produce which will be externally moderated by UAL. The qualification will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.
Are there any other costs or equipment I need to get?
The materials fee covers all use of equipment and kiln firings, plus decoration and specified glaze materials. You will also be issued with a sketchbook.
There will be a small charge (priced per kilo) for the clay used before the first firing, and for specialist materials that are not offered as a core part of the course e.g. porcelain. For your self-directed study, a basic art kit is required e.g. pens, pencils, brushes, paints, and scissors.
Other costs include an investment in your time to complete self-directed study outside of the tutor led activities, around 4-6 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 our Level 2 UAL Diploma in Ceramics starting in Sept 23.