“The BA Hons Ceramics programme prides itself on the creativity, technical expertise and professionalism of its graduates.”
About the course
UCAS Code: W232
Subject Leader: Duncan Ayscough
Minimum Tariff: 300 UCAS tariff points from at least two A-levels or equivalent
Admissions Tutor: Duncan Ayscough
Ceramics at Cardiff School of Art and Design has a global reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Its longstanding reputation is based on an approach that is dynamic and progressive,ever exploring new approaches and contexts, for a fundamental material and practice that have spanned millennia. This diversity of ceramic practice is evident in the research undertaken by the highly successful award winning academic team. Areas of specialist interest include, the role of emergent technologies on the sole practitioner in ceramics, surface combustion techniques, figurative sculpture, the role of drawing and creativity in the development of ideas.
Excellent facilities and generous studio space combined with the technical expertise of our demonstrators ensures that even the most ambitious projects reach a successful conclusion. We also engage in many collaborative projects exploring synergies between traditional processes and emerging technologies. With excellent international links, and opportunities to work and study abroad Ceramics at CSAD places itself within the global arena, enabling our students to push boundaries and possibilities of ceramic practice and in doing so question the perceptions of art and craft.
BA (hons) Ceramics has once again received a 100% rating in the National Student Survey 2013 (NSS) and demonstrates consistently high academic attainment Ceramics at CSAD is continuing to produce ceramic graduates who are shaping the direction of contemporary ceramics on an international level.
At level 4 students work across a broad range of processes, gaining specialist skills and material knowledge, giving them confidence in the workshops and enabling them to explore the full potential of ceramic applications.
At level 5 students take a very experimental approach and define the context of their practice, this could include fine art sculpture, tableware, product design, animation, performance and installation. Although a specialist course students are welcome to work with other materials, including glass, textiles, metal, wood and smart materials. With many opportunities embedded within the programme for collaborative projects, work placements, and for studying abroad, students get an excellent insight into the role and potential of ceramics and their position within its diverse practice.
‘At a time when ceramics education is being severely eroded, Cardiff’s BA and MA programmes are nationally envied and respected.’ David Whiting, MA Ceramics External Examiner
Professional practice and career planning are a large component of the level 6 and graduates have used their specialist education to enter a broad range of careers, including, sculptor, designer/maker, studio potter, teaching, model making, arts management and curating.
In short, Ceramics at CSAD offers you the winning combination of specialist study but with scope to explore. The ceramics programme prides itself on the creativity, technical expertise and professionalism of its graduates. Many graduates from the programme go on to study for on the MA Ceramics programme, whilst others set themselves up as ceramicists, operating in their own right. Equally, our graduates go into teaching or work within the cultural sector.
Read more information about our featured artist and other graduates on the Alumni webpage.
in the Beginning
On the ‘In the Beginning’ website you can read interviews with Ceramics students, talking about their experiences as first year Undergraduates here at CSAD.