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.
The course fee includes a workshop fee of GBP25, which covers the use of resources and materials.
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.
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).
The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time courses.
There may be other costs associated with this course e.g. kit, equipment, books, trips etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.
The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2021/22 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2022/23 will be updated in the Spring Term 2022. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
Entry Level, Level 1 & Level 2 Courses
You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a government-funded qualification if any of the below apply to you:
- Receive an eligible means-tested benefit e.g. JSA, ESA or Universal Credit
- Have an annual salary of less than £17,374.50
- Were aged 16-18 on 31/08/21 and are not studying at another school/college
- Were aged 19 or over on 31/08/21 and do not already have a Level 1 or 2 qualification
- Have a household income under £25,000 and are in financial hardship
See the Student Money pages for more information.
Student Finance (Degree-Level Courses)
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.
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.