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Ceramics - BA (Honours) in Design
  • Programme Code:
    Course Level:
    Level 8
    Art & Design
    3 year specialisation following LC110 First Year Art & Design
    Limerick (Clare St)

    What is the programme about?

    We are the largest specialist ceramics programme in Ireland boasting superbly equipped facilities covering the full breath of ceramic processes and delivered as a four-year BA (Hons) programme.  We teach a wide range of methods including throwing, hand-building, plaster mould-making, slip-casting, 3D technology, glazing and firing.  On the programe you will gain professional expertise in studio practice, industry design and manufacture, community engagement, curation, and digital technology.  The breath of your career choice includes artist-maker creating functional, decorative, figurative or conceptual objects, to the designer exploring new technologies through art, craft or design.  You may also become a gallery artist / owner, creative entrepreneur, model maker, studio potter, production designer, sculptor, curator or educator. We welcome direct entry applications to years 2, 3 and 4 from those with level 6 qualifications or higher and those with relevant prior learning.

    Kate Bergin graduate (2017)

    The ceramics programme provided me with the skill and knowledge to allow me to work as a successful designer and artist.  Since graduating from LSAD, I have had many opportunities to work as a designer and artist with my work featuring in Elle Décor UK, and in exhibitions in London and Yorkshire. I have also been shortlisted for the RDS craft awards, and ‘Fresh’ at the British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent. The staff’s commitment to the programme during and after graduation is evident in the career paths of my fellow graduates who have gone on to to take up MA’s in Art Education and Art Therapy, running art classes, working for the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, as well as exhibiting and setting up studios.

    Programme staff

    Our multi-disiplanary team are committed to helping you find your own distinct voice and guide you through the diversity of approaches and possibilities surrounding contemporary ceramic practice. This commitment is reflected in the expertise we bring to teaching. We provide an exciting learning enviornment where students are encouraged to engage with social, cultural and lifestyle issues by combining skill and conceptual knowledge for inventive design solutions. Class hours begin at 23 hours a week in year one before becoming increasingly self directed as you progress through the programme.

    The programme – an inside view. 

    Year 1- You are introduced to the ceramics process as part of a common first year with a specific elective in ceramics and final project provided in Semester 2.

    Year 2- In Semester 1 you will gain hands-on experience with materials and processes in projects that engage with the full range of the ceramic making processs. We provide you with both a skill set and contextual awareness allowing you to engage confidently with project work in Semester 2.

    Year 3- Work placement and real life experiance is key for study as your understanding of what is practically involved in the design process deepens. An opportunity for funded Erasmus study in Europe is also available for the first semester of this year.

    Year 4- Your final year culminates in a self-directed brief for your degree show. This exciting showcase is the launcing pad for a professional career where you present innovative ceramic work, executed to professional and industrial standards.

    See more. View our students work and follow us on www.facebook.com/CeramicsLSAD


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