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Plymouth College of Art: Ceramics

Institution Plymouth College of Art View institution profile
Department Critical and Cultural Studies
Study type Taught


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.


Plymouth College of Art


Plymouth College of Art is a specialist, independent art college – run by artists, for artists. Founded in 1856, we offer a range of Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Pre-Degree study across Art, Design and Digital Media, combining over a century’s worth of history with contemporary thinking and cutting-edge facilities.

Our city centre campus is a close-knit and collaborative community of artists, designers and makers, also home to our ‘fabrication laboratory’, the FabLab Plymouth, and to our public-facing Gallery which exhibits national and international artists and shows.

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