When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Multiple
  • Course Code W24CRSD02C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

On our HNC Ceramics course you will develop a wide range of practical clay construction, mouldmaking and digital design skills, inspired and guided by a team of subject specialist tutors. Our small group sizes ensure maximum contact time with tutors, fostering opportunity for each student to push the boundaries of personal creativity. To ensure you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular and detailed feedback in a constructive and supportive environment, as well as specialist technician support and group critiques. At Morley College Waterloo our HNC/HND ceramics, mould-making and design studios include industry-standard equipment to enable students to explore technologies and gain hands on knowledge of ceramic materials and techniques. We also have stimulating and inspirational program of visiting designer-makers and guest lecturers to expose students to a range of creative techniques and career possibilities, gaining real-life knowledge and understanding. Students have opportunities to exhibit work throughout the year as well as the end of year exhibition, which celebrates student achievements. At the end of the year students will have achieved a Pearson Level 4 Higher National Certificate in 3D Design; the Ceramics Pathway and will have a wide-ranging portfolio from which to begin a creative career path. We would highly recommend a progression on to the level 5 HND Ceramics course at Morley College.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • At the end of the year students will have achieved a Pearson Level 4 Higher National Certificate in 3D Design

On successful completion of the course, you will achieve the following qualification: BTEC Higher National Certificate in Art and Design [EDEXCEL]

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from anyone capable of reaching the standards required by the qualification, if you have any queries about the course contact the Program Manager Naomi Bailey via our link to enquiries on the website. We offer places based on a portfolio and/or experience. All students are expected to have a basic standard of computer literacy. Applicants will be invited for interview to discuss their work and experience in more detail. We appreciate that mature students may have gained experience through paid or unpaid work or through other types of professional training or sector related opportunities. If you have recently been in education, it is likely that one of the following will provide a suitable entry profile: a relevant level 3 qualification, a GCE profile that indicates strong performance in a relevant subject, an Access to Higher Education Certificate.

What you need to know before you enrol

The HNC is a one-year course, with three taught days per week, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday plus additional workshop hours. Students are also expected to complete homework outside of college time. The College has a range of specialist resources to support the delivery of the programme. You will have access to computers, scanners and printers in the HND department and in the College’s learning centre. Students will be assessed through graded projects and coursework; collaborative or interdisciplinary group work, case study projects, assignments and reflective journals. We pride ourselves on our transparent assessment procedures.

What you need

You will need access to a laptop or PC please contact us via enquiries if this is an issue. Relevant textbooks and other learning materials will be required for the course, it is recommended that students have their own ceramics tools and protective clothing; your tutor will provide you with full details.

What you can do next

We would highly recommend a progression onto the level 5 HND Ceramics course at Morley College.


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