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Studying Ceramic Design in Stoke puts you at the centre of UK excellence in the industry. Enhance your career opportunities through this internationally recognised award.

MA Ceramic Design at Staffordshire University is recognised worldwide as one of the leading postgraduate programmes in ceramic design for small and mass manufacture. Taught in Stoke-on-Trent, the home of UK ceramics for over 2 centuries in the Potteries, this long-established course consistently produces career-ready graduates that are in demand by leading ceramic companies both in the UK and overseas. With world-famous ceramic manufacturers quite literally on the doorstep, Stoke-on-Trent provides a unique venue for the study of ceramic design.

This course provides a design-led creative experience of ceramics within a broad subject context. Designing through intelligent making allows you to access ideas through a unique material. The deep knowledge of one material helps you to appreciate the opportunities in ceramics but also its translation into other materials and professional opportunities. Whether your personal aspirations are embedded in 2D surface and pattern, and or 3D shape, form and function.

The relationship between the course and the global ceramic industry is mutually beneficial and is primarily responsible for the unique character and international reputation of the course. The strength of this award lies in the accumulated wealth of specialist knowledge and practical skills, which are the essential tools of the ceramics designer; and in the good working practices developed over many years. In the close working relationship with industry, and in the clarity of purpose that ensures academic coherence, and the credibility of the award.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA Ceramic Design.

Part-time study

The course is part-time over 36 months. The expected study pattern is for you to complete 60 credits in each year of study to meet the 180 credit requirement.  

Course content

The course will give you a design-led, creative experience of ceramics as well as consideration of a range of market opportunities to meet your personal aspirations whether designer-producer or industrial ceramic designer.  

You’ll take modules on tools and techniques as well as conduct your own programme of design, research and practice. You’ll consider business, management and enterprise for professional practice. A collaborative project will introduce work with external clients.  

A collaborative project will introduce you to working with world leading external clients such as Wedgwood, Dudson, Royal Doulton, Denby amongst many more.

In the final semester, you’ll undertake a final Masters project on your own ceramic design project.


Whether aspiring for a career as a studio-based designer or industrial ceramic designer, you’ll be equipped with the required digital and business skills as well as creative knowledge of materials for work in the following roles: 

  • Freelance studio ceramic designer/ producer
  • Designer in industry
  • Shape designer
  • Surface pattern designer
  • Retail product developer or in-house brand designer
  • Retail buyer
  • Sales managers
  • Lecturers and teachers

Our students and graduates have scooped prestigious prizes:

  • Best Stand Award - New Designers 2018
  • Denby Award – New Designers 2018
  • National Trust Artisan & Craft Award – New Designers 2018
  • Sainsbury’s Homeware Award, winning a a year long paid placement
  • Keith Brymer Jones ‘promising young designer’ Award
  • Potclays National awards
  • Multiple winners of FRANZ Rising Star Scholarships

Visit the Ceramic Design - MA page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!






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