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MA Ceramics

Ceramics is a medium in which the practitioner occupies very different positions and frequently has opposing priorities and values drawn from previous personal experiences, technical competence and tacit knowledge.

The MA Ceramics programme is for individuals seeking to extend and develop their practice as well as deepen their knowledge and understandings of the subject, as future practitioners, researchers or academics.

The MA programme allows each student to:
• develop their authorship of advanced studio work
• be analytically rigorous
• develop a greater capacity for reflection

‘This is a programme that encourages the highest level of self-criticism and independence’ David Whiting, External Examiner

Students are encouraged to challenge norms and question conventions through fusing materiality and concept. This approach is underpinned by a critical and historical approach discourse – a critical language for the both and fine and applied art and design.

At the conclusion of the programme, a very high percentage of MA graduates establish or continue their professional practice, enabled by the links they have made with galleries or organisations associated with the visual arts. Some elect to continue with ceramics at CSAD by undertaking a PhD.

Module Descriptors

Click here to download the full list of module descriptors for this course (pdf format).

Further information

Further information:

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.

Why choose CSAD? Read three big reasons here.

Open Days

Upcoming Undergraduate Open Days for 2015 entry:
7th March 2015
Visit the Open Day web page for more information.

Upcoming Postgraduate Open Days for 2015 entry:
20th February 2015
Please email to book a place.

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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.

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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.

Below is a list of other related courses at postgraduate level. Visit the courses page for the full list.
MA (Art & Design) - Art & Science
MA (Art & Design) - Death & Visual Culture
MA (Art & Design) - Ecologies
MA (Art & Design)
Master of Fine Art (MFA)
MPhil / PhD

Our Students' work

The 2014 Masters Exhibition was held between 6th and 12th September 2014. On show was work from our Master of Fine Art (MFA), MA (Art & Design), Master of Design (MDes), MA Ceramics and MSc Advanced Product Design programmes. View the 2014 Masters Exhibition online catalogue here.

MA Ceramics Catalogues

Merge | Diverge: MA Ceramics 2010 catalogue. Click here to view the pdf catalogue.


Click here to visit the National Centre for Ceramics Studies in Wales website and virtual learning environment


The subject now has a group on Facebook for prospective and current students, along with alumni and friends. Join the Ceramics Facebook group here


Download the Postgraduate Prospectus here (pdf format)


Cardiff School of Art & Design offers three Professional Doctorate programmes designed around the concept of change agency, intended for professionals who wish to make a step-change in the way their organisation operates. Read more about the Professional Doctorate here.


Click here to visit the Wales Institute of Research in Art & Design website.


Download the postgraduate prospectus here (pdf format)