Our Pottery-next steps course is an exciting course aimed at helping you discover a creative direction as a ceramic artist. This advanced course builds on the techniques delivered within our introductory Pottery course helping you develop a specialist portfolio of work.
The course focuses on developing your knowledge of creative process and your ability to initiate and manage self-directed pottery projects with a clear purpose and meaning. With access to our Ceramic Studio and Photography Studio to photograph work, you will develop your technical understanding, refine your visual skills through design sketching and presentation boards, develop your ideas, and analyse and review your work from technical and aesthetic perspectives. The course will be delivered through demonstrations and hands-on practical tasks with tutor support; there will be an emphasis on you leading a student-led, self-motivated project set to an agreed project brief.
During the course you will work toward an NCFE Level 2 Award in Creative Craft, that will be part of two design based projects. This qualification is assessed through coursework, which involves some written elements and note taking. There are no exams. This course will involve regular personal study outside the class, including organising course work for assessment and/or feedback.
Having prior learning and/or experience with Ceramic techniques is required, ideally having completed our introductory Pottery course at Level 1, or gained similar experience elsewhere.
The next-steps course assumes a good working knowledge and understanding of ceramic techniques & processes, if you are unsure then please contact us for guidance.
There is a GBP20 workshop fee for this course, to cover materials, which is payable on enrolment.
After Your Course
If you have enjoyed this course you may be interested in our part-time Turn your Creativity into a Business course, or you could progress onto our full time Foundation in Art & Design (Level 3/4).
Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time courses.
The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2020/21 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2021/22 will be updated in the Spring Term 2021. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a government-funded qualification up to and including Level 2, if you:
- Receive an eligible means-tested benefit e.g. JSA, ESA or Universal Credit
- Have an annual salary of less than £17,004
- Are aged 16-18 on 31/08/20 and are not studying at another school/college
- Are aged 19-23 on 31/08/20 and do not already have a Level 1 or 2 qualification
- Have a household income under £25,000 and are in financial hardship
Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan for living costs. Part-time students can access a tuition fee loan to pay for your course.
Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded.
For further information please see www.gov.uk/student-finance.
Access to Learning Fund
The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. This can is accessed via the college. Please speak to Student Services for more information.