FdA Ceramics

One of the largest colleges in Devon. A key part of the economic, cultural and social development of the county’s rural communities. Rated ‘good’ with 'outstanding features' by Ofsted. We have strong links with local employers, so you gain invaluable, hands-on experience. And, when you’re ready to move on, you have a degree from Plymouth University – one of the top three modern universities in the UK, as ranked by the Sunday Times University Guide.   

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • NDC101 Introduction to Ceramics

      A common theme introduces the idea of self-initiated work, learners will be introduced to variety of studio-based practices, reinforced by workshops and seminars, this module will introduce examples of contemporary Ceramics practices reflecting a range of processes, approaches, techniques and materials.

    • NDC102 Thematic Studio Practice

      This module requires you to respond personally and imaginatively to a given theme using one or more of the practices explored in the introductory module. Your studio work will be supported by seminars and workshops where appropriate and will involve a developing awareness of concepts and interpretations.

    • NDC105 Technical and Experimental Works

      This module is designed to make use of a variety of the Colleges facilities within a flexible approach to a student's individual need. This module enables reflection on core interests established in previous modules and with selection from a variety of options, technical and process pathways can be designed to enrich the students practice.

    • NDC106 Location Practice

      This module introduces the concept of a practitioner making work in response to a particular location. Through exemplars, models and negotiation with outside agencies, the student will formulate and develop a programme of work responding to a selected site.

    • NDC110 Critical and Contextual Studies

    • NORD1086 Studio Option

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • NDC210 Location Response

      This module builds upon the experience and outcomes produced in the Location Practice module. It provides an opportunity to reflect on and develop further, work established in the Location module. It is an opportunity to integrate the location practice work with studio based ideas.

    • NDC211 Negotiated Studio Practice

      This module enables the student to propose a programme of research and studio practice, which after discussion and agreement, is approved by the tutor(s). Students will be encouraged to take risks and use an experimental approach to making and thinking.

    • NDC213 Collaborative Exhibition

      This module offers the students the opportunity to organise and realise a presentation of their work within the context of an exhibition.

    • NDC214 Professional Practice

      This module further explores the diverse range of approaches that can be considered in terms of the student's Professional Development Plan and enriches the study skills required to establish a base for life long learning and development.

    • NORD2096 Critical and Contextual Studies

    Optional modules
    • NDC212 Negotiated Studio Practice 2

      This module continues with the development of self-directed study established in the earlier Negotiated Studio Practice module. Students will be encouraged to continue to take risks and use experimental approaches to making and thinking within a Ceramics context.

    • NDC212A Alternative Practice

      This is an elective module. Within this module students have the opportunity to develop their ideas and research into a practice area not normally associated with their main practice area. After negotiation with relevant tutors the student will embark upon a period of research and studio work within this new area.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with Plymouth University at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

*Your progression route application must be submitted by 28th November 2016.

Our partnership with PETROC

Plymouth University has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by Plymouth University. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partners page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with Petroc

With main campuses in Barnstaple, Tiverton and Brannams, if you decide to study at the combined college, you’ll be able to take advantage of increased resources and the plethora of learning opportunities associated with them.

Find out more about studying at Petroc