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Ceramics: Design and Make (Intermediate/Advanced)

Course Description

This course is for students with at least three years’ experience in ceramics. You will be supported and encouraged to develop personal ideas, designs and projects while expanding your range of technical skills, including throwing, hand-building, use of moulds, decorative surfaces and glazing. The tutor can also focus on your continuing professional development as a maker and ways that you can develop your practice.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

This course is designed for learners who have had at least 3 years of previous experience of ceramic construction and decorating techniques. Firing of clay is based on weight when ?bone dry? and paid for using a token system available through the library. You will need to buy and build your own tool set. We can sell you a basic set at cost price or your tutor can recommend alternatives. Firing and glazing of work is included in the fee. Please note that we are not able to fire work that is not made in college. You are not allowed to bring in work from home or elsewhere, even if the clay originated in college. You cannot bring in your own clay to use and must use the clays we provide. Learners on Intermediate/ Advanced classes can buy and use provided Specialist clays eg. black clay, porcelain. These must be bought in advance and students must manage their own reclaim. All glazes are provided and all learners may bring in CONTEM underglazes if they want additional colours. Please check with your tutor if you are not sure.

Course Content

This is a flexible hands on course, giving you an opportunity to develop your ideas and designs. From domestic ware to sculptural work, handmade or thrown on a potters wheel. A combination of techniques and ideas are taught throughout the course: generating ideas keeping a resource folder or sketchbook; making with different clays and the best uses for them, experiment with decorating slip, under-glazes and glazes to create your own unique styles; using moulds, the potters wheel, coiling or slab-building to create your personal project.

Teaching and Learning Methods

You will work at your own pace and be given feedback on your progress. If you have additional learning support needs, you will be signposted to support. At the end of the course the tutor will assess your progress and advise you on the next step. The programme is taught through tutor demonstrations, technical hand-outs, sharing skills and knowledge within the group and most importantly through developing your own practice. You will be supported in realising your personal goals and projects through one to one tutorials and assistance at regular intervals with the tutor. Resources used within lessons are available electronically. There is no formal homework; however, your tutor may discuss ideas with you individually to help extend your study and for ongoing independent projects. Your tutor will also recommend exhibitions, films and websites for you to visit to enrich your study.


There will be regular one to one evaluation and feedback, from the course tutor, of work in progress and initial ideas for new projects. There is no formal qualification attached to this course but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.

Next Steps and Progression

Once you have completed the course you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject or another subject in the Creative Arts department. You may also chose to progress to an accredited L1 or 2 Ceramics course. For Art and Design courses, once you have developed a portfolio of work you could consider applying to the Foundation Diploma in Art and design as a Pathway in to Higher Education. Studio courses are for those learners with some subject knowledge or who have been studying the same subject at the college for 3 full years. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat, phone on 020 7255 4700 or email

Additional Learning Support

This course is not eligible for Additional Learning Support (ALS), however teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs.??Reasonable adjustments including assistive equipment and also access support can be made available through our Disability Officer.? Digital learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers and employability advice and guidance is also available to all learners.?

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support for some course fees. You may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, view our Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572