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Ceramics Studio
Ceramics Studio - Certificate
Ceramics Studio - Certificate

Ceramics Studio - Certificate

  • ID:SC190012
  • Level:Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Have graduated from a BC Senior Secondary School or equivalent, or
  • Be 19 years of age or over at the time of application, or
  • Be under 19 years of age but have a written recommendation from your Secondary School Principal, or
  • Be considered by the Admissions & Standards Committee or Registrar to be capable of succeeding in college courses in view of your particular circumstances
  • Questionnaire
  • All applicants must complete and submit the following questionnaire at least one week prior to their scheduled interview date. The questionnaire helps us to understand the applicant’s interest and commitment to the studio program. Please note that a Selkirk College application should be put in for this program at BEFORE submitting an applicant questionnaire.
  • Submit the questionnaire and portfolio using the Kootenay Studio Arts online form.
  • Interview
  • All applicants are required to participate in an interview with a program instructor from the Kootenay School of the Arts program. Telephone interviews will be arranged for those applicants who, because of distance, cannot attend in person. The interview is an opportunity for applicants to introduce themselves, present their work and discuss their interests within the arts.  The instructor will assess the applicant’s preparedness for entry into the program and will ask about commitment, goals and expectations, design knowledge, experience and communication skills. It is also an opportunity for applicants to ask any questions they might have about the program and for faculty to recommend upgrading if necessary.
  • Portfolios
  • The portfolio is designed to assess your skill level to help instructors increase your chances of success in your studio program. KSA is looking for a demonstration of visual awareness, creativity and technical skill.   The portfolio pieces may be of any medium and they need not be specific to studio preference.
  • Portfolio Guidelines
  • The number of pieces in an applicant's portfolio will vary depending on the manner in which the applicant works. Generally, the admissions committee would like to see a minimum of six and a maximum of twenty-four pieces.
  • Portfolios can be submitted by using the online form or mailed to Kootenay Studio Arts.
  • Two-dimensional works may be presented in their original form. Three-dimensional pieces or any works on a large scale should not be brought to the interview but represented by slides or photographs.
  • An applicant's portfolio must be the applicant's own original work. It can include variations and modifications of existing work.
  • Applicants should organize their work and set it out so that it shows development over a period of time or group it according to type.
  • Applicants should bring their workbooks and journals. School assignments and independent explorations will also be helpful to the Admissions Committee.
  • Applicants must keep their presentations simple and neat. Work should not be matted or elaborately framed.
  • Submit Your Portfolio in One of the Following Formats
  • Submit the portfolio using the Kootenay Studio Arts online form
  • Portable storage device
  • CD or DVD (jpeg format)
  • Online portfolio (Tumblr, Behance, Flickr) emailed to Erin Potulicki.
  • Hard copy

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Course Information

With instruction in forming techniques, glaze technology, surface treatment and kiln operation, we combine studio and conceptual skills. The courses will refine and strengthen your creative talents. In your studio time, you will obtain confidence with ceramic processes, knowledge of studio safety and achieve individual goals.

Our practicing artist instructors demonstrate and assign exercises in contemporary ceramic design methods as well as traditional techniques in handbuilding, mold making, wheel forming, glazing and firing.

Program Objectives

The Ceramics Studio’s instructors will place particular emphasis on engaging students in developing a body of work in preparation to pursue an independent practice.

Courses Include

Individual Product Design and Making
•    Wheel thrown forming
•    Handbuilding, molding, extruding
•    Slip casting

Personalized Surface Treatment
•    Textures
•    Ceramic screen prints
•    Slips/underglazes
•    Glaze technology

Understanding the Kiln
•    Electric kiln technology
•    Introductory gas firing

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Semester 1

  • Course, Name, , Credit
  • CERM 101, Wheel 1, , 4
  • CERM 103, Hand Forming I, , 4
  • CERM  105, Introduction to Glaze Technology and Surface Treatment, , 4
  • PPD 101, Drawing as a Basic Visual Communication, , 3
  • Total, 15

Semester 2

  • Course, Name, , Credit
  • CERM 102, Wheel 2, , 5
  • CERM 104, Hand Forming and Molding, , 5
  • CERM 106, Ceramic Technology 2 - Surface and Kiln, , 5
  • CERM 108, Studio Specific Design, , 1
  • PPD 111, Professional Practice and Design, , 3.5
  • Total, 19.5

Semester 3

  • Course, Name, , Credit
  • CERM 114, Studio 2 - Glaze & Surface Development, , 1.5
  • CERM 112, Studio 1 - Design for Production, , 1.5
  • CERM 120, Self-Directed Studio 1, , 2
  • Total, 5

Course Descriptions

  • CERM 101 - Wheel 1
  • CERM 103 - Hand Forming I
  • CERM 105 - Introduction to Glaze Technology and Surface Treatment
  • PPD 101 - Drawing as a Basic Visual Communication
  • CERM 102 - Wheel 2
  • CERM 104 - Hand Forming and Molding
  • CERM 106 - Ceramic Technology 2 - Surface and Kiln
  • CERM 108 - Studio Specific Design
  • PPD 111 - Professional Practice and Design
  • CERM 114 - Studio 2 - Glaze & Surface Development
  • CERM 112 - Studio 1 - Design for Production
  • CERM 120 - Self-Directed Studio 1
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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

Continue your studies and achieve the 10-month Sculptural Metal Certificate or get your Kootenay Studio Arts two-year Studio Arts Diploma.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 500 CAD/per year

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