Taught course

Ceramic Design

Staffordshire University · Creative Arts and Engineering

Entry requirements

Months of entry


Course content

Semester 1 constitutes two design ‘studio’ based modules. The first introductory module “Tools and Techniques” aims to establish a common methodology and practice of ceramic design. This is introduced through a prescribed project, which will serve also to encourage the acquisition of theoretical, technical and practical knowledge, and seek to develop skills from ‘traditional’ craft to new technologies via CADCAM. The second module “Collaborative Brief” introduces the activity of working with external clients. This practice is fundamental to the core aims of the programme. Fundamental business and professional skills will be embedded within semester 1 in preparation for the February trade fair visits, notably “Home” Earls Court, “Spring Fair” NEC, “Maison & Objet” Paris and “Ambiente’” Frankfurt. It is at this point that students will be expected to engage in business and commercial dialogue and as a consequence inform and drive individual study in semester 2.

In semester 2 the design practice ‘studio’ module “Professional Pathways” requires you to negotiate with course staff your own programme of design research and practice. This will build upon the foundation of semester 1 and prepare you for potential industrial placement opportunities in semester 3 or formulate logical project proposals appropriate for alternative professional aspirations. Running concurrently will be a contextual, theoretical study module. “Creativity & Innovation” will encourage students to consider a variety of business and enterprise activities within which their creative design practice may logically locate. This will provide students with the appropriate knowledge, acumen and enterprising skills related to their proposed career in professional design practice.

Qualification and course duration


full time
18 months
part time
32 months

Course contact details

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