Ceramics, you will:

  • Focus on studio pottery production with ample time for experimentation and development of a unique personal style.
  • Explore clay, glazes and firing methods by working with low, mid-range, and high-fire materials in Raku, gas and electric kilns.
  • As you progress, learn to mix and alter custom clays and glazes, analyze glazes using computer software, make plaster molds, and experiment with functional and sculptural forms.
  • Create a personal body of work demonstrating technical skill, aesthetic awareness and the capacity to work within the creative economy.
  • Learn production techniques, entrepreneurship and wholesale/ retail marketing to graduate with the skills needed to earn a livelihood through studio pottery.

Interested in finding out more?

Contact: The Registrar’s Office, toll free, 1-877-400-1107 or email nbccdrecruiting@gnb.ca

  • Curriculum Standard

    Ceramics 2021-2023 Curriculum Standard

    The Curriculum Standard is an introduction to the program which includes the program’s critical performance, a program description, program learning outcomes, and the program’s potential career opportunities. This is followed by information on duration, credits, admission requirements, advanced placement, certification, articulations, and prior learning assessment and recognition.

    This document also contains a program delivery sequence and the course profiles with specific course learning outcomes and grading basis.

    In addition, the Curriculum Standard is used as a tool for revision and evaluation of the program and for the promotion of transfer agreements with other post-secondary institutions.

  • Areas of Study
    • Throwing and Handbuilding
    • Ceramic Science
    • Designing for Production
    • Ceramic History
    • Wholesale and Retail Marketing
    • Firing Methods (Gas, Raku and Electric Kilns)
    • Decoration/Motif Designing and Techniques
  • Career Possibilities
    • Professional Craftsperson/Entrepreneur
    • Sculptor or Ceramic Artist
    • Production Potter
    • Tile Designer
    • Pottery Studio Owner
  • Course List

    Fall 1 [1 elective*]

    CERA 2908
    Throwing and Firing

    CERA 2909
    Surface Decoration: Ceramic Materials

    CERA 2917
    Introduction to the Science of Making Clay

    * DRAW 2900
    Directions in Drawing: Traditional and Contemporary

    * DRAW 2901
    Life Drawing: Structure and Form

    * DRAW 2902
    Watercolour: Exploring Water-Based Materials

    * DRAW 2907
    Drawing and Narrative

    * DRAW 2908
    Painting in Acrylics I

    Winter 1

    CERA 2911
    Throwing Complex Forms

    CERA 2913
    Ceramic Science

    CERA 2912
    Surface Decoration: Tiles

    HIST 2903
    Ceramic History and Materials Exploration: Prehistory to 1900

    ENTR 2001
    The Business of Craft: Practices and Opportunities

    Spring 1

    CERA 2914
    Production Studio

    Fall 2

    CERA 3909
    Production: Developing a Line

    CERA 3910
    Teapots and Altered Vessels

    CERA 3911
    Raku and Sculpture

    HIST 3900
    Ceramic History and Materials Exploration: 1900 to the Present

    ENTR 3920
    The Business of Craft: Marketing and Sales

    Winter 2  [1 elective*]

    CERA 3912
    Designing Large Ceramic Forms

    CERA 3913
    Off-Wheel Design

    CERA 3914
    Surface Decoration: Advanced Applications

    * AVVA 3908
    Designing Bodies

    * DRAW 3001
    Imagery, Sources and Development

    * DRAW 3004
    Painting in Acrylics II

    * DSGN 3916
    Book Art Design

    * HUMN 3000
    Art for Social Change

    ENTR 3921
    Marketing and Online Promotion: Craft

    Spring 2  [1 elective*]

    * INST 3902
    Senior Practicum

    * INST 3906
    Senior Project: Ceramics

  • Admission Requirements
    • $50 Application Fee (1)
    • An official transcript of marks indicating Certificate – Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) from NBCCD OR
      • An official transcript of marks indicating at least 1 year post-secondary education
      • OR equivalent experience (2)
    • Portfolio Submission
    • Interview

    (1) The $50 application fee is in Canadian dollars, applies to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents and is non-refundable and subject to change without notice. International applicants pay a $100 Canadian application fee. See International Students for more information.

    (2) Equivalent experience is determined by the College assessing your combination of learning and experience through recognition of prior learning. If you are 21 years of age and have past experience, you may be assessed as a Mature Applicant.

    The College may contact you for an interview, it is important to consider why you want to study with us and your future goals.

  • Portfolio Requirements

    Foundation Visual Arts:

    Please note that it this program traditionally starts with the one-year Foundation Visual Arts Program as a prerequisite.


    To ensure that you are well-prepared to bypass the Foundation Visual Arts Program (FVA) and enter directly into an NBCCD Diploma Program, we need to assess your abilities and knowledge of the foundations of visual art. Please read Direct Entry Requirements for full instructions.

    All exercises must be original and created within the last 6 months.


    • CV/Resume
    • Letter of Intent
    • Three Observational Drawings
    • Three 2D Design Exercises
    • Two 3D Design Exercises
    • Three Colour Theory Exercises
    • Compare & Contrast Essay
    • Image List
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learn thelanguage of design

The Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) Certificate is a 1-year program that offers you a wide-ranging overview of the practice, theory and history of the visual arts. Before you begin honing your craft or digital practice, learn the language to communicate visual arts.