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Study in Stoke-on-Trent - a city renowned for its ceramics industry
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Giving you the skills to be at the forefront of the ceramics industry
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
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.
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.
Kian and Debbie put their business on hold to study an MA and have since had their work commissioned by top chef, Julien Royer.
The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.
An undergraduate degree of 2:1 or higher or equivalent. You’ll be considered if you have an appropriate level of interest and relevant experience.
Staffordshire University artists showcase work at the Potteries festival.
For equivalent entry requirements in your home country, please see the information on our country pages.
Our kiln room, plaster, print and computer workshops is where you'll create functional ceramicware and sculptural forms using the techniques of slipcasting, plastic clay forming, hand throwing and hand building.
Our modelling rooms will let you realise your designs.
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:
Our students and graduates have scooped prestigious prizes:
MA students Holly and Kaitlin at the annual art and design degree show.
Wednesday 27 November 2019
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You’ll be assessed on the submission of coursework for each module. It may consist of any one or a combination of the following components:
Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of a subject before completing the formal assessment that counts towards your final mark. The practice or 'formative' assessment is carried out in tutorial and critique situations and feedback is usually provided to you orally, with a written record kept by the award leader.
The formal or 'summative' assessment is provided in the form of a grade point (on a scale of 0-15), at the end of each module which is accompanied by written feedback from the module tutor.
Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:
If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.
We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do. We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.
Your study time will include scheduled classes, independent learning and assessments. It will vary depending on your module choices.
As well as timetabled sessions, we know it’s important for you to discover things on your own terms. This could involve:
We’ve invested in state-of-the-art facilities to help you make the most of your private study time. Whether you need a library, a computer, or a lab, you’ll find it at Staffordshire University.
For the course starting on 21 September 2020 the tuition fees are:
If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.
If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.
The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totaling 60 credits in your first year of study and the other 120 credits, split equally over your second and third year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay the same fee for each year of study. You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.
Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees.
For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation
Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,609 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. Student loans are available for many of our postgraduate degrees and are provided by the Student Loans Company (SLC). The loan can cover a wide range of postgraduate study options - part-time, full-time and distance learning.
For more information and how to apply visit postgraduate loans.
As a postgraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.
We did a lot of research before we decided to come to Stoke-on-Trent. Staffordshire University was the only place that offered this very niche course which was exactly what we were looking for. We took 18 months out of our work to learn from the best!
The MA gave me the opportunity to work on renowned projects, start a career in the academic field and gave me the self-confidence to develop many new pieces. It’s opened so many doors and gave me a huge step forward in my career; I´m really thankful for that and I know the future is promising.
Studying for my Master’s was the biggest learning curve I’ve ever been on, but I’ve finished feeling confident and prepared to build the career that I want and have even started my own business as a designer maker.
The facilities are great, and the tutors and studio technicians are very supportive. It’s made me a lot more comfortable in my area; I’ve gained a lot of confidence, allowing me to be more confident in the work I’m producing, as well as in my abilities.
If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.
Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.
Award winning 3D Designer Maker @ Staffordshire Uni specialising in Ceramics, Jewellery, Craft & Interior Objects.
20/10/2019 05:20:58 / Ceramic Design / Full-time / 37.0 / 25.0 / SSTK-02114 / Direct link
20/10/2019 05:20:58 / Ceramic Design / Part-time / 12.0 / 25.0 / SSTK-06801 / Direct link
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