Course code HND001A
Dates: 21 Sep 2020 - 1 Jul 2022 (960 hours, 60 weeks)
Days and times: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Location: Online+  Waterloo Centre
Full fee: £6150 per year Student loan information

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We welcome applications directly into year 2 of the HND from students who have successfully completed their Pearson HNC or HND year 1 at another institution. Evidence of achievement (in the form of a certificate) must be shown.


Our higher education level 5 HND Ceramics course provides the opportunity for students to further develop their ceramic skill set and conceptual thinking. The second year of our two year diploma enables students to gain both excellent practical knowledge and advanced design skills to support future careers.


Under the supervision of experienced Program Manager and Ceramicist Anna Silverton, and with a team of inspiring specialist tutors, students will develop hands-on experience within the context of ‘real-world’ design-focused assignments.

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At Morley our dedicated specialist ceramics, mould-making and design studios are equipped with the latest digital and practical facilities to enable students to explore emerging technologies and gain hands on knowledge of ceramic materials and techniques. We regularly invite established visiting artists and designers who introduce students to a range of innovative approaches and career possibilities.

Our small group sizes ensure maximum learning for each student and maximum contact time with tutors. In order to ensure you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular and detailed feedback from your tutor in a constructive and supportive environment as well as specialist technician support and group critiques.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

You will also learn about professional development and working in the art and design industry.

The HND can be used to enter employment, or as study credit towards a full honours degree.

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Course activities will include development of skills such as:

  • Design and knowledge using varied materials
  • Technical and practical ceramics skills
  • Critical analysis in response to ceramics design briefs
  • Using 2D and 3D CAD software to produce visualisations and drawings
  • Art and craft production process e.g. mouldmaking.

Practice in the principles of:

  • Application of surface design in different contexts
  • Exploration of concepts, materials and processes through experimentation and testing
  • Conceptual practice.

Opportunities including:

  • End of year gallery exhibition at the Morley Gallery or another London public gallery
  • Developing industry links
  • Collaborative practice.


By the end of the course students will have an extensive portfolio and will benefit from a launch at ‘New Designers’ and an exhibition in the Morley Gallery space to exhibit their final major project and launch a sustainable career.

Previous students have gone on to set up their own ceramic practice and have taken part in other design shows and exhibitions including 100% design part of London Design Festival.