Gain the confidence to sustain your own highly individual ceramics practice. You’ll learn to analyse art theory and combine technical, creative and conceptual skills to make unique hand-crafted objects that can be purely artistic or functional.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Make moulds, casts and surface treatments
Draw, design and sculpt
Set up firing kilns
Document, display and exhibit works
Manage studio facilities and safety requirements
Present a body of your own creative work with an accompanying portfolio
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
A nationally accredited qualification at Diploma level
A portfolio of your work that demonstrates your skills and knowledge of ceramic technologies and processes
Specialist skills which enable you to practise as a working ceramicist
A strong study pathway to the Bachelor of Creative Practice with TAFE NSW degrees
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
A portfolio of your creative visual work with 10-15 examples
Attendance of an interview with teaching staff on campus accompanied with a handwritten form answering specific questions
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Foundational skills in creative arts
Previously studied the Certificate III in Design Fundamentals or have equivalent practical experience in creative work
An aptitude for using your hands to make objects and don’t mind getting messy
The ability to supply your own Personal Protective Equipment, such as safety glasses, dust masks and gloves
The ability to supply your own clay (some recycled clay is provided). You will be given direction to purchase specific clay and ceramic tools to complete your classwork and assessments. These materials will range from approximately $300-1000 / year
Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 12 high school level
TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.
This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like: ceramicist, ceramic technical assistant, visual artist, sole trader, studio technician or assistant and workshop teacher.
Some individual units of competency may have their own licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements. Users must check individual units of competency for licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements relevant to that unit.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Diploma of Ceramics does not have any post-graduate courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of Ceramics qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 20 Units of competency, including 11 core and 9 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.
TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)
TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
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