Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Ceramics and Collection Interpretation
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 Hours   Computer Aided Learning Test  40%
Semester Assessment Project work and report (or equivalent)  60%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

Recognise, date and identify selected pieces from the ceramic collection
Recognise and describe basic ceramic techniques and terminology
Understand the basic principles of databases and digitization and how they might be used in relation to web development

Understand basic issues around oral history interviewing, transcribing and copyright
Understand the responsibilities and requirements of group working and collaboration

Brief description

The course is focussed around the Ceramic Collection and Archive in Aberystwyth which offers a unique resource for the study of ceramics. The collection contains examples from the earliest period (archaeological material) through to contemporary studio ceramics along with a paper archive and an oral history archive (with audio, visual and transcripts) largely relating to studio ceramics.

The taught classes introduce students to the basic techniques of ceramics and examine aspects of ceramic history through the study of works in the collection. The second part of the course consists of a project which allows students to develop the learning experience by applying their knowledge to a particular aspect of collection interpretation and development. Recent research around the ceramic collection and archive has involved oral history, which includes interviewing, transcribing and analysing tapes; and the development of web-based materials and digitisation. Staff in the School of Art also work in conjunction with Aberystwyth Arts Centre on gallery education activities with schools and the general public.


This module is at CQFW Level 6