BA (hons) Ceramics


Cardiff School of Art & Design is one of the largest ceramics centres in Europe, with a reputation for research and teaching that attracts students, practitioners and academics from all over the world. Ceramics at CSAD has a long-standing reputation for excellence, based on an approach that is dynamic and progressive.

Throughout this course you will have the opportunity to work across a broad range of processes, exploring the full potential of ceramic applications and acquiring advanced skills in a range of technologies with which you may not have previously engaged.

“The material itself is so interactive. It’s instant and has always appealed to me – I’ve always lived in a 3D world.” Imogen Higgins Read about Imogen’s first year at CSAD here.

You will create your own route through the programme, working in both traditional materials and, where appropriate, digital media. Throughout your studies, you will be supported by a dynamic team of technician demonstrators.

Although a specialist ceramic programme, the course welcomes students who are keen to work with other materials, including glass, textiles, metal and ‘smart’ materials. You will have access to excellently equipped workshops as well as a dedicated personal studio space.

The structure of the course enables you to gather strong business experience, with the option to undertake a work placement within the industry, carry out research with one of our Professors and research staff, or travel to study ceramics in countries where the traditions are very different. In the third year, ceramics students can elect to undertake a business plan or a dissertation, preparing the way for your career on graduation. The choice is yours, and it’s there to help realise your ambitions – whether that is to set up your own studio, establish a gallery profile, or continue your personal development through further study.

Key Facts

UCAS code: W232
Course length: Three years full-time.
Subject Leader: Duncan Ayscough;

For course specific enquiries, please contact Subject Leader Duncan Ayscough;

Click here to read full course details on the Cardiff Metropolitan University website.

Download a BA Ceramics prospectus here

National Centre for Ceramics Wales: Virtual Learning Environment

The National Centre for Ceramics Wales have a website dedicated to sharing skills, resources and creative strategies for anyone working with in the field, along with galleries of student work and catalogues, videos and other educational resources.

Click here to visit the National Centre for Ceramics Wales: Virtual Learning Environment website

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