The focus of the course is rooted in 'practice', with an emphasis on the development of a very personal body of practical work - providing the opportunity for students to explore and realise their individual aspirations and potential, creating a framework for developing as skilled and informed professional practitioners. Students may choose to work within any area of contemporary ceramic practice - design (tableware, sanitary-ware, domestic products, surface design, architectural, etc.), production (prototyping for industrial manufacture, hand formed, decorative or sculptural) and/or applied ceramic technology.
Throughout the course students are encouraged to pursue a unique personal line of inquiry within their chosen area of ceramics, culminating in a major final project and public exhibition of their work. A special feature of the course is the unique blend of practice with theory. The theoretical components being seen as essential in underpinning and informing practice. Whilst pursuing focused study within ceramics, we encourage students to extend their ideas and thinking across a wider cross-section of design disciplines. The course is part of a 'community' of MA design courses offered by the Department, with all students contributing to certain core modules. The sharing of modules with students from other design disciplines promotes a far greater interchange of ideas and wider critical appreciation. By the end of the programme, students will have developed a cohesive body of work to a professional standard and be able to clearly articulate a sound intellectual rationale and a broader critical viewpoint.
This course exists within the framework of the University modular scheme. It is based over three semesters, with three modules studied each semester.
Semester 1 comprises a double 'practice' module, supported by a single core module 'Research for Creative Design Practice 1'. This module provides the theoretical and contextual underpinning to each student’s programme. It is delivered through a programme of lectures, seminars and tutorials, providing a forum for exploring and debating the contexts of contemporary ceramic design and craft practice.
Semester 2 is similar in structure although the double practice module allows students the opportunity to develop their study within a more professional context (possible in the form of a professional study placement).
The programme concludes in Semester 3 with the double practice module 'Final Project Realisation'. It is here that students bring together all practical and theoretical aspects of the course, through a major investigation into a particular personal area of study, leading to final assessment presentation / public exhibition. Supporting the practice is the Postgraduate Project/Dissertation, where students have the opportunity to develop a major piece of theoretical work supporting their practice.
This may take the form of either a traditional postgraduate dissertation, or other relevant work, such as a website or extensive technical data. Throughout the duration of the course, students are required to keep an ongoing 'reflective diary' that is used to record all lines of enquiry, development of ideas, critical reflection and analysis.
Ceramics Practice 1 Research for Creative Design Practice 1 Advanced Practice 2 Research for Creative Design Practice 2/3 Ceramics Practice 3 Postgraduate Project/Dissertation