Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a 2:2 degree or equivalent professional experience or learning in a related field.

Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits.

A detailed admissions procedure will be forwarded on application.

IELTS: Score of 6.5 or above.

A high level of achievement in undergraduate studies at a university elsewhere such as North America: Minimum overall GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.

All applicants are requested to submit digital supporting material and where possible will be invited to attend an interview with a portfolio of recent work.

Months of entry


Course content

MA Ceramics is a challenging course that embraces the unique creative potential of clay. This course embraces all facets of ceramic work, including craft and design, functional and decorative, one-off and mass production, and sculptural and architectural.

Rooted in ‘making’, it offers a distinctive blend of practice and theory. Our focus is on giving you the opportunity to explore and realise your individual aspirations and potential, allowing you to develop the skills necessary for a professional career.

Your tutors will work with you to craft a uniquely individual, tailor-made programme of study which will help you achieve your ambitions.

Why study with us

  • You’ll have access to an extensive range of workshop and studio facilities, including specialist ceramic and digital prototyping equipment.
  • We have links with a number of international ceramics programmes, opening up opportunities for overseas study and work placements.
  • Your tutors on this course are professional practitioners who regularly exhibit their work nationally and internationally.

What you'll do

  • You can choose to work within any area of contemporary ceramic practice – design (tableware, sanitary-ware, domestic products, surface, architectural etc.), production (prototyping, hand formed, or sculptural) or applied technology.
  • You’ll get insights into the very best contemporary work and the most influential historical works in ceramics.

Learning and assessment

The theoretical modules on this course are used to underpin the practical aspects of the course, providing the contextual framework for the study of contemporary ceramic design and craft practice.

The final assessment criteria will be agreed with your tutors.

Throughout your time with us, you’ll be asked to keep an ongoing ‘reflective diary’ which you’ll use to record the development of your ideas, critical reflection and analysis.

The programme culminates in a public exhibition of student work.

By the time you graduate you’ll have produced an impressive portfolio of work to a professional standard.


We have links with UK-based ceramic organisations and events, so you’ll have access to industry contacts and opportunities to exhibit your work. We also have links overseas, so you could get the chance to work, study and exhibit your work in another country.

Information for international students

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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

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1772 892400