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Arts University Plymouth: Ceramics

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


Plymouth College of Art has been granted full university status and formally recognised with the new title of Arts University Plymouth, following approval by the Privy Council. This makes us the City of Plymouth’s first specialist arts university.

The title of Arts University Plymouth signifies a change to the way that the world will see us, our position within the sector and the mobility of our graduates; but not a change in the way that we see ourselves or what we do. Arts University Plymouth will build upon the existing strength of our unique culture and incredible community; we have no plans to change the specialist focus of the work we do together. The name Arts University Plymouth will appear on our qualifications, making it easier for employers and peers to recognise that our students were taught at a leading specialist arts university.

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, 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.

Our MA Ceramics programme encourages makers to develop an individual voice, and provides the tools for you 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.

Ethos Our programme explores ceramics in its full range of implications as a material practice, responding to tradition in the context of contemporary technologies and debates. The starting point for rich histories and new technological developments, ceramics also prompts material and conceptual experimentation. The MA Ceramics allows you to investigate this complex space, while understanding the importance of pressing issues such as the rise of digital tools and technologies, sustainability and globalisation.

Outline You will develop practice-led research through testing, making, and re-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, evaluating and positioning your own practice in the context of the twenty-first century, in which sustainability, material life cycles, added value and approaches to marketing and selling are key issues. We encourage your individual voice and support the refinement of unique exploration through the medium of ceramics. Taught delivery within the programme provides a mix of discipline-specific methods and cross-disciplinary approaches that can be applied across creative and commercial sectors. Our shared module structure allows you to develop a dialogue with creative practitioners across the Graduate School.

Supported practices This programme supports a spectrum of approaches to ceramics, encouraging dialogue between studio traditions, as well as conceptual and critical approaches to material-based practice.


Arts University Plymouth


Winner of Best Small or Specialist University at the 2022 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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%.

Founded in 1856, the institution has been granted full university status and formally recognised with the new title of Arts University Plymouth following approval by the Privy Council, becoming the city of Plymouth’s specialist arts university. Arts University Plymouth is a specialist arts university offering a comprehensive range of undergraduate and …

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