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NEW PROGRAMME: Starting autumn 2020 Ceramic Art will be a specialisation within the BFA Programme in Craft, 180 credits.

Bachelor's programme in Ceramic Art

Working artistically, starting from a material, offers a great variety of possibilities to express and communicate. The area of ceramics is constantly evolving in dialogue with other art areas, society and history, and can include everything from the handmade cup to clay-based performance.

During the programme, you will study clay as a material and the concept of ceramic art through different techniques, expressions and contexts. The goal is to develop a familiarity with the material in parallel with your artistic language and a conscious approach to various opportunities to work in the field of ceramic art.

HDK's environments are welcoming and inspiring. You’ll have access to the well-equipped workshops, with specialized technicians, that encourages to experiment with techniques and expressions. You’ll have access to the ceramics workshop, with your own workplace 24 hours a day throughout the academic year, and you have the University Art Library within the walls of the house. In addition, HDK's ceramics department has a unique oven park with various wood burning ovens and a studio at Nääs outside Gothenburg. HDK collaborates with a series of corresponding programmes around the world, that enable exchange studies during your education.

About the programme

Starting from materials, technology and artistic processes, you will be guided towards an increasingly independent and complex work within the field. The programme mixes theory and practice and encourages you to independent, critical thinking and creativity.

Great emphasis is placed on your artistic development where discussion and supervision, both individually and in groups, are an important part of the teaching. During the education we make exhibitions, study visits and trips regularly, where you will meet audience and professional artists.

Courses in visual design, history, writing, communication and theories in arts, crafts and design are held together with students from Textile Art and Jewellery Art, as well as seminars on subjects related to artistic creation and the role of the professional artist.

Training within materials and techniques is generally focused on the field of ceramics. Other workshops can be used upon availability and in consultation with the responsible technicians.


During the first year, you will be introduced to the field of ceramics through different techniques, working methods and expressions. You will also investigate and develop your work process and your artistic language.

During the second year, you will acquire profound knowledge of technology, methodology and expression by concentrating on topics in longer courses and projects. You will also have the opportunity to put the ceramic area and your own artistic language in relation to the world, contemporary and history.

During the third year, you build on your knowledge and use them to independently formulate your projects in the course of courses and tasks. This will enable you to establish and strengthen your artistic language. During the spring term, you will complete a degree project where you will demonstrate your ability to independently pursue artistic work within a given time frame.

Work areas/continuing studies

Successful completion of the programme anticipates that you will be ready for a professional career as a ceramic artist. The programme also introduces preparatory knowledge required to apply for master degree programmes in the field.


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Crafts with specialization in Ceramic Art.

Page Manager: Admission HDK-Valand|Last update: 10/8/2019

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