Advanced Practice - 3D Ceramics

Over the past few years we have detected a shift in demand among those studying at RAS at higher levels, away from qualifications towards a more practical, skills-based but nevertheless challenging and analytical provision.

In response to this change in demand we have developed a range of new Advanced Practice pathways in popular disciplines. From September 2019, self-motivated makers and artists will be able to develop and extend their own explorations in art & design; pathways include Painting & Drawing, 3D Ceramics, Glass, Photography and Film Making (see individual course outlines for pathway-specific content).
These courses are especially designed for those who want to become practising professionals. Consequently, throughout the course there will be a strong emphasis on developing your individual creative professional practice, including organising group exhibitions and arranging the sale of your work through the college gallery. You will be expected to work independently and structure your own learning with tailored guidance and feedback from your tutor.

The courses are delivered over three terms from September to July and lead to an RAS Certificate in Advanced Practice*.

*RAS Awards and Certificates are issued independently by RHACC and are non-accredited.

Course Content

The course will be led by your motivations and interests. Each term you will identify specific direction according to your own areas of interest. You will be encouraged to consider the following elements:
• Research
• Ideas development
• Practice/technique
• Professional practice
• Reflection

Consideration will be given to:
• adding context to your work
• creating a personal style
• learning how to develop an idea
• promoting yourself and your practice

Gallery trips, shows etc. relevant to your course will be recommended.

A blog or other format recording your thoughts and progress is strongly recommended. Use of sketchbooks that support a portfolio of creative work, can powerfully help build and develop your art as you progress through the year.

Advanced Practice pathways

Inspiration may be sought within the following broad areas:

Painting & Drawing
Topics of interest might include sketchbooks (and/or books as art in themselves), personal themes, individual style, artist research, awareness of the contemporary art world, exhibition and sale of original work, or any other aspect of this vast field.

3D Ceramics
It is expected that artists engaged in this discipline will be challenging the boundaries of their visual communication and likely to be revisiting slab building, throwing, mould making, slip casting and other features at high conceptual levels.

Practising artists drawn to the world of glass will doubtless benefit from group crits, and/or tutor consultation. Further creative exploration of fusing and slumping techniques to enhance individuality may be suggested.

Film Making
The artists’ journey with the moving image is supported as required through idea development, structure and, if appropriate, scripting, filming and production logistics, including software interfaces.

Advanced Practice photographers might pursue linear and/or non-linear narratives, abstract and/or non-abstract imagery, personal identity, or other themes, each according to their own artistic journey. In a spirit of enterprise, exhibition at the college will be encouraged.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

Entry to Advanced Practice courses is by interview only. You should have a strong portfolio and sketchbooks showing practical, technical and reflective skills in your chosen or a related discipline. You may be asked to complete a pre-interview/pre-enrolment task to allow us to fully ascertain your level of experience and suitability for the course.
A L3 qualification in your chosen or a related discipline would be an advantage but is not essential if your portfolio demonstrates the required level of practical and reflective skill.

First Class Requirements

Notebook and pen, A3 sketchbook

Additional Information

As a result of the government’s closure of schools and colleges, some of our courses will be delivered through remote learning including video conferencing, (using Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our learning resource team on We are here to help you.

If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline, please email

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For information on course fees and how to get additional help to pay for them look at our How to Pay for Your Course section.