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 nbccdregistrar@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
  1. We value your life experience in assessing your application, so please provide us with a copy of your resume.
  2. Please write a one-page letter of intent which includes your:
  • reasons for wanting to study with us,
  • interests in the arts (contemporary or historical) and
  • plans and goals for the future.
  1. For a full experience at our College, it is best to have an appreciation of the history of visual culture. Please identify a piece of art/craft/design from a particular historical period (include a picture of this work). In a one-page essay, describe the work in your own words, what is significant about this work and what it says about visual culture.
  2. To ensure that you are well prepared for direct entry into this program, we need to get an idea of your creative abilities. We will also be looking for your dexterity and imagination. To assess this, please provide:
  • 5 images of things that you have created, such as, but not limited to: collage, woodworking, ceramics, painting, photography, knitting, poetry, creative writing, music, video, sewing, etc. Please note that the images you send do not necessarily need to be associated with this studio.
  • If you have drawing experience, please include:
    • one life drawing showing the human figure and
    • one still-life drawing.

If you have not had previous drawing experience, just let us know. We may adjust your program to include some basic drawing instruction.

Please don’t submit originals. Three-dimensional work should be photographed and presented digitally. For good digital image quality, your image files should be jpegs and sized around 1024 x 768px @ 72 dpi. For video clips, please post on Vimeo or YouTube and send us the link; keep them 2 to 3 minutes each. For each image, please include a written description, a notation of the media used in producing the work and the date of completion. Be sure to label your portfolio with your name, contact information, and return address.

Once you have completed your portfolio, it can be mailed, emailed or delivered in person to:

Nancy Beaulieu, Registrar
New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD)
457 Queen Street
PO BOX 6000
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1

Email: nbccdregistrar@gnb.ca

Instructors & Technicians


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


  • Chris Colwell
  • Jess Kelly
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.

New Brunswick College of Craft & Design

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