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The MA Ceramics Programme’s aim is to enable each student to identify their true interests and concerns as artists, designers or makers and to develop appropriate methods to explore their ideas and articulate or express them effectively in imaginative or innovative ways, through the medium of ceramics. 

It also engages students with the key theories and contemporary debates, thus fostering their understandings of the ways in which these influence the development, expression and communication of their ideas, which will impact upon the success of their future practice as artists, makers or academics

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

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 both fine and applied art and design.

Please note: This programme will undergo periodic review in 2018/19. As such, course content shown below may change to ensure the programme remains current. Any applicants will be informed of any changes once confirmed.

Course Content

This programme of learning is driven by the student's self-defined project. To support this, each student is allocated a Personal Tutor and an additional subject-specialist member of staff from within the School. Together they form the Supervisory Team.

The nature of the discipline is such that the course will rely on skilled practitioners as the key facilitators of learning, and, reflecting this, a variety of delivery mechanisms will be deployed. However, they will all have a common focus in that they will seek to develop the skills of students as proactive and reflective independent learners.

As a part of this programme students will study the following modules:

  • ​Construct (60 Credits) 
  • Exploration (60 Credits) 
  • Realisation (60 Credits) 
  • Research and Ideas Seminars (0 Credits)

Exit points/Awards

  • On completing 120 credits in total students will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma.
  • On completing 180 credits in total students will be awarded a Master's Degree (MA Ceramics


For each module, assessment is in the form of:

MAA7001 Research Methods (20 credits) 

Written 3000 word paper

MAC7004 Studio Project1. (40 credits)

Constructing a Discourse' Presentation of Practical Work Power Point Presentation with 1,000-1500 word transcript  

MAC 7006 Studio Project 2. (40 credits)

Presentation of Practical Work Power Point Presentation, with 1,000-1500 word transcript Viva Voce.

MAC7008 'Developing a Theoretical Context for Student's Studio-Based Practice' (20 credits)

Written 5000 word paper

MAC7007  Major Project. (60 credits)

Presentation of Practical Work Power Point Presentation with 1,000-1500 word transcript Viva Voce.

Support will be available through weekly individual tutorials, group seminars, workshops where practical demonstrations, involving student participation. This may include, for example (Theory), communal writing (via computer and data projector) or group discourse analysis.

Students are encouraged to instigate discussion within and outside of the formal delivery Programme Face book pages and blogs further contribute and facilitate this shared learning experience.

Employability & Careers

The MA Ceramics programme enables students to enhance their careers as, or to become, established artist, designers, makers leading towards a career, or towards a PhD or to a Professional Doctorate in either art or design. Cardiff School of Art and Design offers Professional Doctoral programs in both Art and Design.

The MA Ceramics programme is designed to enable students to achieve the attributes of greater flexibility, adaptability, and individual responsibility and autonomy as professional artists, makers and designers or researchers. It is Internationally recognised that the MA Ceramics programme develops individuality , creativity, self-reliance, initiative, and the ability to perform in rapidly changing environments as well as increasing competence with research skills and methods which will make graduates highly employable as academics and or researchers or enable them to develop an active and sustained practice as artists makers or designers.

The MA Ceramics programme particularly characteristic is that it enable graduates, mid- career and professional practitioners from within and outside of the discipline of Ceramics to negotiate and examine strategies of Practice through the medium of Ceramics and yet being able to create their own hybrids of material based practice that can further enhance the territory that Ceramics can occupy.

All students receive individual Semester based PDP tutorials to support employability and life-long learning. Learning Journal blogs, and continuous visual documentation /text that integrates opportunities for self-reflection in programmes in order to help them develop as effective and confident learners are expected to be maintained throughout the programme of study.

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.

Visit the Ceramics - MA/PgD/PgC page on the Cardiff Metropolitan University website for more details!





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