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Arts University Plymouth: Ceramics

Institution Arts University Plymouth View institution profile
Department Arts, Design and Media
Study type Taught


Arts University Plymouth is an arts university for the 21st century, preparing students who are uniquely placed to provide creative solutions to the complex global challenges of a changing world. Formerly known as Plymouth College of Art, we were granted full university title in Spring 2022. We are now the city of Plymouth’s first and only specialist arts university, allowing us to offer our students a dynamic and unique learning experience.

In May 2022 we were awarded the Best Small or Specialist University at the 2022 WhatUni Student Choice Awards coming top in a list of well-respected specialist UK universities, and in 2023 were awarded Silver in the same category, based on unbiased and honest reviews from students across the UK, in a category that highlights the quality of our provision as a specialist creative university.

The MA Ceramics programme encourages makers to develop an individual voice and gives you the tools to establish yourself as a 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. The programme is uniquely placed to offer a rich cross-disciplinary practice; you will have access to our spacious and well-equipped metal and jewellery studios, as well as ceramics, glass and resistant materials workshops and our superbly equipped Fab Lab.

You will have the opportunity to critically engage with current debates within the subject area, relevant institutional contexts and partners and be encouraged to consider what it means to be an artist in the 21st century.

We’ll support you in articulating your ideas, developing your working methods and creating independent work, through individual tutorials, lectures, subject-specific seminars, studio and gallery visits and group critiques, with access to our rich workshop areas and technical resources across the university.


Arts University Plymouth was voted by students as University of the Year for SW England at the annual Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2024, won best Small or Specialist Institution in 2022 and was voted second-place in the same category in 2023.

TEF (Teaching excellence & student outcome framework) Award, Silver - 2023

Voted as the top Arts University in the UK in the National Student Survey (NSS 2022). Overall student satisfaction is 81% at Arts University Plymouth, significantly above the national average of 76%.

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