Ceramics: Method and Meaning

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Ceramics: Method and Meaning

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Art, Studio Art

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course explores the ceramic object as a metaphor for human form, introducing you to the range of studio knowledge, skills and attitudes that form a foundation for the Ceramics studio stream in Design, Art and Media studies. It places emphasis on a dialogue between ceramics and the body through the creative transfiguration of earth, fire and water, enhancing your understanding of relationships between conceptual and utilitarian expression in the medium.
    Structured tuition in practical techniques and processes will assist your acquisition of skills and knowledge through investigations in drawing, clay modeling, hand and wheel forming methods, surface treatment, glazing and firing technologies. Assessment includes research activities, workshop tasks and the integration of conceptual and practical project work that forms a basis for understanding and conveying meaning in contemporary studio ceramics, from dramatic topologies of sculptural form to the delight in use of everyday utilitarian objects and the plasticity of clay animation.
    The course encourages cross disciplinary thinking and activity, situating ceramics within Art, Design and Media studies. It is one of two interrelated Year 2 core courses that contribute to a four-course specialist Ceramics 'stream'. It may also be taken as an elective if spaces are available.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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