Ceramics is a field that encompasses everyday utensils through to work in public spaces. As such, it explores and goes beyond the boundaries of the discipline. The department provides an environment in which students can experiment and replace the familiar with innovative art and forms of design. In this environment, students receive a solid technical introduction to the ceramics process. Key attributes that students need to develop include an experimental attitude and the ability to work independently and conduct research into the complex technical process of ceramics. This includes constructing shapes, making moulds, casting, turning and glazing.
In its own separate workshop, the Ceramics department offers students the opportunity to develop practical, substantive and technical skills and to mutually influence each other. There is constant interaction between experimentation, creation, reflection and conceptualisation among the students, lecturers and technicians in the communal working area. Plans are developed through focused assignments and from students' own initiative, for which an appropriate material translation is then sought. Individual supervision and group discussions are used to share knowledge of the medium.