Taught course


Plymouth College of Art · Plymouth College of Art

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Entry requirements

BA 2.1; equivalent professional experience or portfolio; exceptional project proposal.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA Ceramics programme encourages makers to develop an individual voice, and gives you the tools to establish yourself as a contemporary ceramicist. You will be challenged and encouraged to explore your aesthetic and conceptual sensibilities through experimentation in the medium of ceramics.

This programme emphasises research through making, to develop an informed critical framework, driven by material thinking.

You will have the opportunity to critically engage with current debates within the subject area, and be encouraged to consider what it means to be a craftsperson in the 21st century, in which sustainability, material life cycles, added value and approaches to marketing and selling are key issues.

The programme addresses histories, technologies, contexts, material qualities, conceptual and narrative developments, and current issues such as the rise of digital tools and technologies, sustainability and globalisation. You are encouraged to consider these issues in relation to your own ceramics practice.

You will develop a critical understanding of your chosen aspect of ceramics through testing, making, re-making, evaluating and positioning your own practice in the context of the 21st century.

This will include an understanding of the expanded notion of ceramics within a variety of applications and contexts, such as the creative industries, museum and gallery interpretation and curation. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the material and its contexts.

The programme seeks to encourage your individual voice, and supports the refinement of unique exploration through the medium of ceramics.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)1752 203434