Ceramics Elective Introductory (MSTD7111)


This elective unit in Ceramics provides a studio-based approach to the production of creative work. Throughout the semester students will, in consultation with an academic staff member, follow project-based curriculum addressing concepts, methodologies and technologies integral to contemporary Ceramics. Thematic approaches will be supported by technical introductions to handbuilding, wheelwork, surface treatments and kiln firing to encourage exploration with Ceramics methodologies. The elective provides for the development and enhancement of critical skills through group and individual tutorials and critiques and the acquisition of technical skills appropriate to the assigned projects. This elective is suitable for those who have no or limited experience with the material and its technologies.

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Further unit of study information


Lecturer and directed contact over 12 weeks, plus self-directed study; total student effort of 60 hours.


1x assessment task in week 4, 5 or 6 (20%) and 1x15 min oral examination of presentation of studio projects (80%) in week 15


Dormer P. The New Ceramics: Trends and Traditions.
Peterson S. The Craft and Art of Clay: A Complete Potter's Handbook.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


MSTD2511 or MSTD2512 or MSTD3511 or MSTD3512

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.