surface design hand painting ceramics

This program enables you to explore clay, glazes and firing methods while developing techniques and a personal aesthetic through working with low- and high-fire materials including raku, gas and electric kilns. As you progress, you’ll learn to create clay bodies, calculate glazes using computer software, make molds and experiment with functional and sculptural forms.

Through applied research, critical discourse and self-reflection, you will engage in experimentation and creative problem solving. You learn about written and visual communications for artists and entrepreneurs, art history, drawing and 2D/3D design. Assignments are designed to create a portfolio that celebrates the power of your imagination and can be used to launch your career in ceramics.

This 2-year studio-based diploma program introduces you to a full range of ceramic practices and can be achieved in 4 semesters of study, September to April.

Interested in finding out more?
Contact: The Registrar’s Office, toll free, 1-877-400-1107 or email nbccdrecruiting@gnb.ca

Curriculum Guide
Areas of Study
  • Ceramic History
  • Throwing on the Potter's Wheel
  • Ceramic Science
  • Designing for Production
  • Hand-building
  • Wholesale & Retail Marketing
  • Firing Methods: Gas, Raku & Electric Kilns
Course List

Fall 1

  • CERA 2902 Throwing on the Potter's Wheel
  • CERA 2903 Language of Form and Function
  • CERA 2900 Ceramic Materials and Surface Decoration
  • COMM 2900 Communication for Visual Artists

Choose one of the four:

  • DRAW 2900 Directions in Drawing: Traditional and Contemporary
  • DRAW 2901 Life Drawing: Structure and Form
  • DRAW 2902 Watercolour: Exploring Water-Based Materials
  • DRAW 2904 Drawing: Time and Narrative

Winter 1

  • CERA 2904 Exploring Form and Function
  • CERA 2905 Production Studio
  • CERA 2906 Ceramic Science
  • HIST 2903 Ceramic History & Materials Exploration: Prehistory to 1900

Choose one of the three:

  • DSGN 2901 3D Design: Shaping Space
  • DSGN 2902 3D Digital Design: Shaping Space
  • TXDN 2915 Designing for Felt

Fall 2

  • CERA 3901 Developing a Signature Line
  • CERA 3900 Refining Form and Function
  • CERA 3902 Changing Topics in Ceramics: Raku and Sculpture
  • HIST 3900 Ceramic History & Materials Exploration: 1900 to the Present
  • ENTR 3905 Preparing for the Retail Market — Fine Craft

Winter 2

  • CERA 3904 Exploration in Ceramic Design
  • CERA 3905 Refining a Signature Line
  • CERA 3906 Changing Topics in Ceramics
  • ENTR 3907 Preparing for Wholesale Market — Fine Craft

Choose one of the six:

  • AVVA 3908 Designing Bodies
  • DRAW 3000 Painting in Acrylics
  • DRAW 3001 Imagery, Sources and Development
  • DSGN 3001 Creative Design Exploration
  • DSGN 3002 3D Digital Design and Production
  • DSGN 3916 Book Art Design
Career Possibilities

Production techniques and entrepreneurship are emphasized in the Diploma of Ceramics, allowing for broad range of career opportunities such as:

  • Artisan and/or Craftsperson
  • Business Owner
  • Educator
  • Painter, Sculptor or other arts
  • Gallery or Museum Manager
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

Direct Entry Portfolio Requirements

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. Your examples must be presented digitally and saved in either JPEG or PDF format at 150 dpi on a USB memory stick. Please be sure to carefully label your jump drive with your name and contact information. If you would like your memory stick to be returned, please provide a self-addressed envelope.

You may instead choose to submit your portfolio digitally by attaching your files to an email. Please do not send your files through Google Drive or any other file sharing program. If your submission size exceeds 9mb, please split your portfolio into multiple emails, all containing your name and contact information.

Please mail or drop off your jump drive or submit files electronically to:

New Brunswick College of Craft and Design
457 Queen Street
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1



  • 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


Instructors & Technicians


  • Peter Thomas, Coordinating Instructor
  • Melissa LeBlanc
  • Nancy Blanchard-MacDonald
  • Maja Padrov
  • Elizabeth Demerson
  • Chris Colwell


  • Jess Kelly
  • Leigh Merrit
Apply Now

Go to the Admission Requirements to start the application process. This page will also provide more details and info on where to mail your transcript of marks, cash, cheques and/or money order.


Maria Guevara, Maru Pottery, Diploma in Ceramics, 2013, Winner, Heather Stone, Emerging Artist, Atlantic Craft Tradeshow.

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