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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.

Further information:

Availability of facilities through 2013/14

As we near completion of our new and exciting home at Llandaff we would like to take this opportunity to inform you of disruption over the coming year.

Over Christmas 2013/14 Textiles will start the move into the new building on December the 16th. As a consequence no textile facilities will be accessible over the Christmas Holiday period. All work will be complete by the start of the new term.

As to our main move from Howard Gardens to Llandaff, postgraduate students will have full access to all workshops for the month of June. After that date it will be necessary to close all our workshops for packing as they will be moved and re-commissioned in our new home in time for the start of the academic year 2014/15. Please note, where possible CSAD will try to find alternative facilities during our move but no guarantee can be made on this.

It is intended for the final show of 2013/14 to be held in the new campus building at Llandaff.

The School is based on two campuses, Llandaff and Howard Gardens. In Autumn 2014 our new School building on the Llandaff campus will be completed, and all School of Art & Design programmes will be based in the new building from this date. For more information on the new building, visit this page.

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Undergraduate Open Days

Wednesday 11th June 2014

Visit the Open Day web page for more information.

Undergraduate Interview Days

There are no further Undergraduate Interview Days planned for 2014 entry, however, courses continue to conduct interviews throughout the year.

Visit the undergraduate Interview Day web page for more information.

Contact details

For full contact details including addresses, maps, phone and fax numbers, visit the contact page here.

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.

Tuition fees

Full details of current tuition fees at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level can be found on the Cardiff Metropolitan University tuition fees web pages.

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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 2013 Masters Exhibition was held between 7th and 13th September 2013 in the Howard Gardens Gallery. On show was work from our Fine Art, MDes, Ceramics and Product Design Masters levels programmes. Download the 2013 Masters Exhibition catalogue here or view it online 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 Ceramics 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)