Gray's School of Art

Ceramic Study

Short Course - Advanced

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Ceramic Study | Advanced
Advanced Ceramic Study is a course which you, regardless of your years of experience, will always learn something new and progressive to your personal ceramic skills and development.

This course option offers an earlier/afternoon start and encourages further development of mould making and slip casting with a greater focus on porcelain clay.

This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Date
Semester One:
2 Oct - 20 Nov 2019
Semester Two:
8 Jan - 26 Feb 2020
Course Length
40hrs (16 weeks)
1.30pm - 4.00pm
7.00pm - 9.30pm

You are encouraged to develop self-directed study throughout the course. Tuition will be tailored to individual student projects whether it be mould-making, hand building or throwing. 

You are encouraged to keep a visual diary, which reflects the development of their ceramic practice, individual interests and the work of influential artists. 


The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

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. Students are expected to have an A5 or A4 sketchbook.

Electric, raku and gas kilns, pottery wheels, heat guns, slab roller and specialist pottery tools will be provided, as well as a wide range of clays including porcelain, plaster, casting slip, decorating slips, glaze and glaze materials. 

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.

Disability & Dyslexia Centre 

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in academic writing, study skills, maths and statistics, English language and information technology.

Study Skills Support


Due to the exceptional demand for permits from current staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and the limited availability of parking facilities on campus RGU’s Transport department are unable to issue any temporary permits to Short Course students for Wednesday afternoon classes. For alternative parking information, see the ‘On Street Parking’ section at the following link.

Parking information


Please note parking restrictions apply to Wednesday afternoon course dates.

All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of course excluding the Young Artist programmes. 

This course is recommended for experienced ceramics students, with existing knowledge and practice of ceramic technologies and production techniques.

Suitable for students who have completed Intermediate Ceramics and above.


Course fee: £360


A refund is only applicable where there has been illness with a medical certificate to support it.


Students enrolled on a 40/60 hour Short Course are eligible for student discounted rates around the city and at our Gray’s School of Art Materials Shop. Find out more:  



Gray's School of Art Materials Shop

Located within the Gray’s building, the Art Materials 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.

Gray's School of Art Materials Shop


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:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.

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


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.

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