Morley College
Art and Design (Product Design, Ceramics) HND
Morley College

Key Course Facts

Course Description

On our HND Ceramics course at Morley College Waterloo we understand that effective design development must be underpinned by solid practical skills and technical knowledge. For example, in the first year (L4) you will be taught clay construction, wheel-throwing, plaster mould-making and glaze-mixing alongside digital design software such as Photoshop, Illustrator and AutoCAD for surface design and 3D printing. You will be educated and supported by enthusiastic expert specialists in small class sizes and they will teach you how to interpret and respond to stimulating design scenarios. As professional ceramicists you will need excellent presentation skills in order to promote your ceramic products or gain employment, which is why we embed them seamlessly into our program. We also engage with visiting Ceramic artists and designers to provide context and inspiration for your future career development. Successful completion of the HNC year will prepare you to progress on to our second (L5) year.

The second year of our HND Ceramics course will give you the tools to become innovative and skilled ceramic designers and practitioners. You will continue to build and extend ceramic design and technical skills and deepen individual conceptual practice. Our professional and highly specialist tutors are there to teach advanced skills in clay construction and mould-making and guide you to develop your own innovative ceramic materials and glazes to enhance design. By the end of the course you will design, make, glaze and launch your own collection of ceramic artefacts/products. You will also be able to present your ceramic design collections professionally, and with confidence. Before your launch, at New Designers, and your end of year exhibition in the brand new Morley Gallery you will have increased experience of planning promotion and publicity and approaching sponsorship to make the most of available opportunities for your future career.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Art and Design (Product Design, Ceramics), HND you will study the following course modules.

Level 4

Level 5

Each Unit has learning outcomes, these are structured within an Assignment Brief, which has a real-life design scenario. Tasks within the assignment are matched to learning outcomes and assessment criteria for transparency and to help you achieve your best. For each unit students will receive group and individual tutorials and critiques. Each assignment will have formal formative and summative assessment dates outlined clearly. The formative assessment, with written feedback will provide advice and guidance to ensure you achieve your best at summative assessment. Summative assessment is held at the end of each unit, the process is both fair and transparent. At this stage you will receive your grade for each unit within two weeks (pass, merit or distinction) with written feedback which outlines our assessment decisions and gives individual advice for future development.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

48 UCAS points equivalent: - Access to Higher Education Diploma - A levels - BTEC at level 3 With GCSE English grade 4 or C minimum. Desirable GCSE Maths.

Qualification requirements

Mature students: if you do not meet the entry requirements as outlined above, we may still consider your application based on previous employment or previous study. We appreciate that mature students may have extensive relevant experience gained through paid or unpaid work, or through other types of professional training or sector-related opportunities and this experience may be used to support an application.

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 5 Students and prospective students require a minimum level of 5.5 IELTS (or equivalent) with no score lower than a 5 in listening and speaking and no score lower than a 5.5 in reading and writing.
PTE Academic 42 Pearson Test of English Academic
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Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)
  • year 2

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About Morley College

Morley College is an education centre that focuses on delivering mainly further education and adult education courses, and works from three main campus locations throughout London, England. The London districts where Morley College has campuses include Waterloo, North Kensington, and Chelsea.

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Where is this programme taught

Waterloo Centre
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