Royal College of Art

Course Introduction

The central strategy of research in Ceramics and Glass is the exploration of 'dialogues of form and surface'; research is grounded in the intent to discover and to innovate, digging and generating. This aspiration makes crucial demands leading to experiment with materials and the development of form and process; it drives the need for enquiry through active practice with clay or glass, kilns, furnaces and tools; ideas are pushed through the constraints and conditions of material and making; the focal points of research in the course disciplines are materiality, considerations of form and surface, the critical context, and histories. The course aims to investigate: the characteristics of form in ceramics and glass and how these can be understood, interpreted and re'invented, the many potential relationships between form and surface, the digital and the handmade: the development of hybrid digital/analogue approaches, kinds of skill, physical and mental, across the spectrum of art, craft and design, the intersection of studies in humanities and contemporary art practice.

Course Modules

Current or recent areas of research include; shaping colour: density, light and form in solid glass structure; the poetics of glaze: ceramic surface and the perception of depth; the hand and the glove: actual and virtual explorations of the ceramic container; the physicality of print: new potential for ceramics offered by image'based technologies; drawing and fabrication: an exploration of transitions between two and three'dimensions; the feasibility of producing stable zinc silicate crystalline glazes at 1200 degrees or lower; writing making: translations between body, site and material; mechanisms of in'betweenness: through visual experiences of glass; a contemporary, visual interpretation of social issues through ceramics practice informed by early 19th'century precedents; glass, pattern and appropriation: an exploration of decorative idiom; glass as a medium for making documentary about the everyday; stalking the illusion: image in glass.

Course Additional Entry

For MPhil: normally a good relevant undergraduate degree, or equivalent qualification. For PhD: Master's degree or equivalent qualification; initial registration is usually for MPhil. Exceptionally, other qualifications may be approved, providing that the Academic Board for Concessions and Discipline (ABCD) is satisfied that the applicant has the ability to pursue the programme of research successfully. Candidates who do not speak English as their 1st language will be required to provide evidence that they have achieved at least 93 in the TOEFL internet based test with an additional writing test score of TWE 24 or an IELTS exam score of 6.5, including 6.5 in writing.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
2 years
Full Time
MPhil £28,400  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Full Time
MPhil £9,500  Academic year. First year home fees
3 - 4 years
Part Time
MPhil £27,900  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 - 4 years
Part Time
MPhil £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
4 years
Full Time
PhD £28,400  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time
PhD £9,500  Academic year. First year home fees
4 - 6 years
Part Time
PhD £27,900  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 - 6 years
Part Time
PhD £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees