Short Course - Foundation
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You will be introduced to all aspects of handbuilding processes, including an introduction to throwing at a potters wheel.
This course provides a choice of attendance days: Monday or Thursday evenings, or Saturday mornings.
You will be introduced to the making process through ceramic processes and construction. This course also focuses on decoration using colour slips, resists and textures with a basic introduction to the application of clear glazing.
You will explore the potential of test pieces towards the production of small-scale ceramic pieces of your own design.
You are encouraged to keep a personal sketchbook, which reflects your personal practice, logs investigations, individual interests and the work of other artists.
The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.
Methods of delivery include: class talks, demonstrations, individual/group discussion and studio-based practice.
You are taught by specialist staff who will offer practical advice and instruction together with personal encouragement in discovering individual creative skills.
You will receive general instruction and one-to-one tuition tailored to suit your personal level of experience and ability.
A complete health and safety induction will take place on commencement of the course.
This course is not formally assessed.
Students are encouraged to inform us at the time of enrolment of information relating to a disability, medical condition or specific learning difficulty.
The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants with profound physical or sensory disabilities are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.
Clothing: the class will be held in the ceramics workshops so students will need to wear sturdy footwear. No sandals, flip flops, heels or crocs are allowed.
This course gives an excellent introduction to ceramic production and techniques and is ideal for beginners.
All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of course excluding the Young Artist programmes.
Course fee: £345
MATERIALS & EQUIPMENT
Clothing: the class will be held in the ceramics workshops so students will need to wear sturdy footwear. No sandals, flip flops, heels or crocs are allowed. Students are expected to provide apron and/or overalls.
Kiln firings, pottery wheels, modeling tools, heat guns, rolling pins, brushes etc will be provided.
Decorating slips and clear glaze on buff clay will be provided.
You are expected to have an A5 or A4 sketchbook.
Details on the materials required for your course:
A refund is only applicable where there has been illness with a medical certificate to support it.
STUDENT ID CARDS
Students enrolled on a 40/60 hour Short Course are eligible for student discounted rates around the city and at our Gray’s Art Shop. Find out more:
Gray's Art Shop
Located within the Gray’s building, the Art Shop stocks a wide range of specialist materials, papers and equipment for all kinds of creative ventures. Open to all, both student and non-student, with very competitive prices, the staff are on hand and happy to help. Open between 9am-3.30pm Monday to Friday and a selection of dates over each semester to accommodate the Short Course students.
Staff appreciate many Short Course students are busy through the day, so they are happy to take phone orders that can be collected from reception at a later/more convenient time for students.
For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:
Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities.
We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.University Wide Facilities
The university has moved to home teaching and working following official COVID-19 guidance from the Scottish Government. Our staff will continue to process applications and respond to enquiries about your course during this time.
Apply direct to the university using our online application form.
Successful enrolment will be confirmed by email.
Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.