Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University

Ceramic Design

The course covers design innovation for small and mass manufacture, including ideas in ceramics and related materials. It also looks at products for: food and drink; interiors/table-top; sanitary and cladding; ideas for 2D surface/pattern and/or 3D form and function - re-evaluating, redefining, and challenging conventions at every turn. Taught in Stoke-on-Trent - the home of UK ceramics for over two centuries - this long-established course consistently produces career-ready graduates that are in demand by leading ceramic companies both in the UK and overseas. With world-famous ceramic manufacturers quite literally on the doorstep, Stoke-on-Trent provides a unique venue for the study of ceramic design.

Course modules

In Semester 1, Tools and Techniques aims to establish a common methodology and practice of ceramic design while a Collaborative Project introduces the activity of working with external clients. Ceramic Design: Professional Pathways in Semester 2 requires students to negotiate with course staff their own programme of design research and practice. The Creativity & Innovation module encourages students to build on their research skills, but to consider a variety of business, management and enterprise activities within which their creative design practice may logically locate. In Semester 3, the Masters Project synthesises your acquired knowledge and skills gained through a significant body of design work.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on the submission of coursework, the nature of which is determined by the project(s) or assignment(s) set within a module. It may consist of: workbooks, sketchbooks or visual diaries; research files or folders; finished design work; an essay or report, or a seminar presentation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2017 - 18 Months
MA Part-time September 2017 - 36 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Staffordshire University (Stoke-on-Trent Campus) ST4 2DE West Midlands

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