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ceramics

Ceramics

We offer the following awards in Ceramics:

CSAD has the largest ceramics centre in Europe, with a global reputation for its programmes and courses that attracts students, practitioners and academics from all over the world. Ceramics at CSAD has a long-standing and uninterrupted reputation for excellence, based on an approach that is dynamic and progressive.

Ceramics at CSAD is not confined to any category of art, design or making. It has always taken risks and risen to creative challenges born of critical engagement and enquiry. Its work has brought together a traditional ceramic processes with new and emerging technologies. The vibrancy of the subject is stems from the fostering of a community of ceramicists operating at BA, Masters and Doctoral levels.

Ceramics works closely with the other areas in CSAD, enabling a fusion of both ideas and practices that enriches and challenges. Engagement with textiles, fine art, product design, illustration, making, graphics and architecture, employing a range of critical approaches and theoretical positions, is releasing a phenomenal creative energy across the School.

The academic team are also practicing ceramicists, with research and creative interests that help shape the programmes. Their research includes: technical aspects of creative practice specifically use of levigated slips and surface combustion techniques, utilizing processes exploited by Greek and Roman cultures; application of new and emergent technologies in ceramic practice; ‘presence’ and ‘stillness’ in the figure; contemporary studio ceramics and its recent history; relationships between ceramics and sculpture; the role of drawing in the development of ideas; making visible the activity of creative thinking; and the expressive capacity of surface on the human form in art. In the 2008 RAE exercise, research in Ceramics at CSAD was judged to be world leading.

Students at all levels of study work in specially designed studios, within a community of practicing artists and designers, where discussions between students in different years, on different levels of award and in different subjects are promoted and encouraged.

They have access to well-equipped workshops, across the School, and are supported by technician demonstrators highly skilled in their crafts and processes. Students practice through enquiry-based learning, informed by well-developed theoretical and historical positions. We expect self-motivation and autonomy, as the basis for originality and risk taking. We support and promote the absence of boundaries, as the basis for real innovation.

Download the Ceramics Prospectus here.

Ceramics Virtual Learning Environment

National Centre for Ceramics Virtual Learning Environment
The National Centre for Ceramics have created a Virtual Learning Environment with links to student pages, staff and student exhibitions along with examples of staff practice and research and award winning learning and teaching resources.

Visit the National Centre for Ceramics VLE here.

Cardiff School of Art & Design is home to 1200 students, united by ambition and a true passion for creative enquiry. We are makers and thinkers in the fields of fine art, design, architecture and a range of craft practices. We have workshops and studios that ensure our students can operate as professionals from the moment they start their studies.

Open Days

Undergraduate Open Days for 2015 entry:
27th September 2014
15th November 2014

Visit the Open Day web page for more information.

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Download a prospectus

Click here to visit our Prospectus page with links to pdf prospectuses for the range of subjects covered at CSAD, along with links to the websites for each subject.

social media

Images of work created by students and staff at the School are posted regularly on our Flickr page. Visit our Flickr site for the latest images.