MA Fine Art (Ceramics) – Bath Spa University

Fine Art (Ceramics)


Postgraduate degree

    Key facts

    MA Fine Art (Ceramics)
    Bath School of Art
    Campus or location
    Sion Hill and Locksbrook
    Course length
    One year full-time.

    Entry requirements

    Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We're generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent.

    Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.

    Please contact our admissions team for more information:

    Develop your skills and knowledge through an innovative mix of material investigation, theory and research with our MA Fine Art (Ceramics).

    • Develop your practice to a professional level with exceptional support from our academic and technical support staff.
    • Work in permanent studio spaces and excellent workshop facilities, in a purpose-built, interdisciplinary environment.
    • Collaborate with other artists as part of an international art community and benefit from a series of lectures from visiting professionals.

    Due to Covid-19, we have made some changes to teaching and learning for the 2020-21 academic year: we have blended high-quality virtual engagement with in-person teaching on campus when possible. Blended learning will continue to some extent in the 2021-22 academic year and we will continue to keep the situation under review in light of ongoing Government guidance. If you’re planning on joining us in September 2021 we will communicate with you about specific details of how your course is taught nearer the time.

    MA Fine Art (Ceramics) at Bath Spa is designed to fully develop your individual creative potential as a ceramicist within a Fine Art context.

    We encourage you to experiment and take risks before going on to establish your own strategy for practice. You’ll develop skills and knowledge through an exciting combination of practice, research and professional development.

    You’ll work alongside Fine Art and Design peers specialising in Photography, Curatorial Practice, Visual Communication, Graphics, Illustration and Textiles, allowing you to contextualise your work in relation to current debates.

    Our students have capitalised on many opportunities to collaborate with galleries and museums, artists and curators, businesses and educational institutions. We want you, too, to gain the experience necessary to professionalise your practice.

    “Undertaking an MA in Ceramics at Bath Spa University revolutionised my ceramic practice. The challenging content of the course was tempered by the unwavering and constant support of the tutors and technicians.”

    Steven Sales (Graduated 2018)

    What you'll learn


    Learn to adopt an interdisciplinary and material-led approach, based on experimentation, risk-taking and personal innovation.

    MA Fine Art (Ceramics) at Bath Spa will challenge your assumptions about art production and encourage you to explore ways to progress within and to transform the field. It will also encourage you to build collaborative relationships with other artists and develop transferable skills.

    You’ll identify your individual position as an artist and learn to promote and exhibit your work professionally. You’ll take a holistic approach, embedding theory, research, and historical and contemporary practice into your work.

    Course structure

    MA Fine Art (Ceramics) runs over one year and is divided into three trimesters.

    Trimester one
    Begin to take chances and challenge your creative processes. You’ll interrogate your existing knowledge and develop skills in an environment that encourages playfulness and artistic risk-taking. You can experiment freely in our wide variety of specialist facilities, open studio and workshop spaces, with expert technical support.

    Trimester two
    Building on the work in the first trimester, you’ll maintain an experimental approach but start to narrow your focus. Academic staff will help you evaluate your initial studio developments and refine your working strategy. You’ll be encouraged to pay greater attention to the presentation of your practice and to test how resolved works relate to each other in, as well as to the spaces of, appropriate exhibition sites.

    Trimester three
    In your final trimester, you’ll work in the studio with increasing independence – demonstrating your progress in establishing a professional practice. You’ll set your own line of enquiry for your Master’s Project, working to a proposal of your devising, which contextualises your work within your specialist discipline at an appropriate level for your Master’s studies. The year culminates in your final Degree Show.

    How will I be assessed?

    Your progress is evaluated by formative assessment (throughout the course) and summative assessment (at the end of each trimester), through a mixture of methods including exhibitions, verbal/visual presentations, research folders/blogs and written assignments.

    How will I be taught?

    You’ll learn through lectures, talks, taught sessions, individual and group tutorials, and studio critiques and seminars. Visiting lecturers and seminars with external professionals and internationally renowned designers and artists will help you determine where your current practice sits within the industry.

    Our collaborative structure also means that you’ll learn from each other – for instance, Ceramics students might engage in debates with Sculpture or Textiles students.

    Technical Demonstrators, who manage our workshop facilities, provide teaching and support across a wide range of subject specialisms. Your learning is also supported by specialist librarians.


    Study abroad

    Exchange potential is global with opportunities that have been established in partnership with, amongst others, Hauser and Wirth, CAL Arts, Xian Academy of Fine Arts and the Freelands Foundation.


    When permitted, Bath School of Art offers fieldwork opportunities throughout the academic year. Past trips have included the British Ceramics Biennial, Jerwood Makers Prize, Collect, Ceramic Art London, V&A Museum, Hauser and Wirth (Somerset) and Spike Island, Bristol.

    Facilities and resources

    Where the subject is taught

    Our Art and Design courses are based at our Locksbrook and Sion Hill campuses.

    You'll have access to:

    "Facilities are outstanding; bright modern studios and workshops where the technical staff provide support and tuition."

    Janice Affleck (graduated 2020)

    Locksbrook campus

    Locksbrook Campus is truly a unique and inspirational space, providing a state-of-the-art learning environment for you to flourish. Located next to the River Avon in Bath city centre, the open-plan building has technical workshops surrounded by open, flexible studio spaces, as well as large, open social areas.


    Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are no longer eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate.

    UK students full time

    Course fees
    2021/22 entry £8,405
    2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022
    2023/24 entry Published Jan 2023

    International students full time

    Course fees
    2021/22 entry £15,685
    2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022
    2023/24 entry Published Jan 2023

    Interested in applying?

    What we look for in potential students

    We're looking for energetic and self-motivated individuals who can work on their own but see the value in collaboration with others. You should enjoy asking questions and solving creative problems.

    You'll have a degree or equivalent qualification in a subject related to Ceramics, or experience in the field. Ultimately, you’ll be selected on your potential to thrive on the course, as demonstrated by your portfolio, statement and interview.

    How do I apply?

    Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.

    Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

    Interview and portfolio guidance

    With your application form you should provide images of recent work, either in an attachment or through a link to an online resource. These should be clearly marked with size, date and medium. You should also write a short statement outlining why you want to study for an MA at Bath School of Art and what attracts you to the course. Find out more about submitting a portfolio.

    We encourage you to come to Locksbrook, if possible, so that we can meet in person and show you the campus. At interview, you'd usually bring some examples of your work. We'll ask you about the artists you look at and exhibitions you've visited.

    We'll discuss your work, how you hope to develop your ideas and the facilities you'll need. If it's not possible for you to attend in person, we offer online interviews, supported by a digital portfolio.

    Want to apply for this year? 

    Many of our postgraduate courses have a limited number of student spaces. To avoid the disappointment of the course being full, we recommend that you apply now.

    Late applications (generally those made after 31 July) will only be considered if places remain on the course.

    Need more information or still have questions? Contact us to discuss your situation.

    Pathway Leader and Postgraduate Coordinator: Dr Conor Wilson

    Locksbrook Campus image credits: Chris Wakefield, Crescent Photography

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