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Ceramics

MA

The centre of UK ceramics

Study in Stoke-on-Trent - a city renowned for its ceramics industry

Connected to industry

Benefit from close connections with world-famous manufacturers

Outstanding facilities

Giving you the skills to be at the forefront of the ceramics industry

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
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Duration:
13 Months
Start date:
20 September 2021
School:
Digital, Technologies and Arts
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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 Ceramics at Staffordshire University is recognised worldwide as one of the leading postgraduate programmes in ceramics 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 ceramics.

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.

MA Ceramics brochure

MA Ceramics at Staffordshire University is recognised worldwide as one of the leading postgraduate programmes in ceramics 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 ceramics.

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.

MA Ceramics brochure

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA Ceramics

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA Ceramics

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 ceramicist.  

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 ceramics project. 

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 ceramicist.  

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 ceramics project. 

Modules

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.

Standard route

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Ceramic Design, Professional Pathways 30 credits
Collaborative Project 30 credits
Creativity And Innovation 30 credits
Masters Project (Ceramic Design) 60 credits
Tools And Techniques 30 credits

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. 

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. 

Facilities

Careers

Whether aspiring for a career as a studio-based designer or industrial ceramicist, 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

Teaching and assessment

Assessment

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:

  • Workbooks, sketchbooks or visual diaries
  • Research files or folders
  • Finished design work
  • An essay or report
  • A seminar or presentation

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.

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:

  • Workbooks, sketchbooks or visual diaries
  • Research files or folders
  • Finished design work
  • An essay or report
  • A seminar or presentation

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.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

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.

Feedback

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.

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.

Staff

Our teaching team are all design professional and active researchers with extensive experience and industry contacts.

Edward Austin
Edward AustinLecturer

Ed has a proven track record designing best selling ranges for hotels and restaurants worldwide, with over 5 million products sold, from Hilton to Harvester and everything in between. Ed is interested in the intersection of craft pottery and mod…

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Dr Neil Brownsword
Dr Neil BrownswordProfessor

Neil's artistic research examines the manufacturing histories of North Staffordshire's ceramic industry, and the effects globalisation has had upon people, place and traditional skills in recent decades.

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Timothy Forrester
Timothy ForresterSenior Lecturer

Tim Forrester is one of Britain's most innovative designers. He achieved great success during a period spent working in Milan & has now returned to the UK to continue designing & manufacturing his high quality, inspirational and versatil…

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For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MA-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full time £8,085 per course £14,500 per course

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MA Part-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part time To be confirmed

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.

Alumni discount

If you've previously completed a Staffordshire University undergraduate degree (excluding HND and foundation degrees) you may be entitled to a discount of up to 25% off your course fees for any subsequent postgraduate taught course (terms apply, see the alumni discount page for details). If you have any questions about how this relates to you, please contact feesandbursaries@staffs.ac.uk.

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Rules and regulations

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.

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