What is the course about?
This course 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 in a specialist studio environment exploring techniques of both functional and non-functional ceramics. This course encourages you to be experimental and think in different ways about ceramics, not just from a materials perspective, but also how the changing world around us impacts how we make and respond to our creative practice. Your will further develop skills in hand-building, wheel throwing, surface decoration and specialist techniques according to your own interests and personal direction, as well as enhancing techniques of reflection and evaluation. The course will broaden your confidence in your creative ability, encourage you to go out of your comfort zone and have the courage of your convictions in your concepts, visual communication and approaches.Alongside these practical skills, you will also develop your responsibility as a ceramisist and gain an awareness of the role you play as a creative practitioner in society. Understanding the roles, career and enterprise opportunities in the industry is also a focus of the course.
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?
You will ideally have a Level 2 (or equivalent level of experience) in ceramics. Evidence of research and drawing skills will be required.For the online sessions you can either access the computers on site at Amberley Centre OR you will need computer access with a camera at home including an internet connection.
What topics does the course cover?
The course is practical and theory based. You will learn how a creative ceramics practitioner develops their work, and the importance of understanding, and being able to communicate to others your concept and outcomes. You will demonstrate and develop your practical and technical decisions during the course underpinned by exploration and experimentation. You will develop skills of reflection and evaluation, and understand the importance of their continual application in the creative process. At the same time you will gain an understanding of how contextual awareness informs your practice and appropriately impacts end users.As well as developing prototypes and making your own slips, glazes, grogs, oxide washes and other more advanced techniques such as '3rd firings' (decals and lustres), you will be introduced to a variety of high tech and low-tech tools, using different media and techniques in 2D and 3D to support your ceramics projects. The course will teach you why research is important and how it feeds the creative process. Working on assignments throughout the course you will carry out research, develop and communicate concepts and visually represent these as ceramic products or artifacts. You will develop ceramic related 4D skills leading to time-based outcomes.Through out the course you will participate in on-going discussion and exploration of career roles and opportunities in the creative industries.
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?
There is a studio fee which 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 3 you will have gained knowledge of the ceramics design and realisation as well as associated roles and careers. You will be able to point to and discuss some of the ways your practice can impact the social, economic and political environments, and how your creative practice, may be informed by this wider context.You will be able to respond to a brief, producing ceramic outcomes, co-ordinating all aspects of time management and the creative process involved in realising that brief, including research, experimentation and visual communication via 2D, 3D and 4D formats.You will be able to work independently and with confidence and have built a portfolio of advanced work including an online presence.
What are the progression opportunities following this course?
You could progress onto Higher Education (HNC/HND/BA/MA) through University or enter self-employment. Working with 3D design project briefs will enable you to bring together a range of technical skills and materials and to develop a broad portfolio of work.