This qualification reflects the role of ceramicists who combine specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills to develop their own ceramics practice. They are able to plan, design and realise a body of ceramic work using in-depth skills specific to ceramics technologies, materials and processes. Practice at this level is underpinned by a sound grasp of ceramics and broader art and design theory and history, as well as the ability to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources. Discourse and communication around complex ideas are also required.
Ceramicists may work as sole practitioners or in organisations that design and produce ceramic objects, such as specialist tile manufacturers or makers of landscape and gardening items. The purpose of the work may be artistic or functional. Ceramic artists also often teach in a range of community contexts.
Total number of units = 20
11 core units plus
9 elective units
The elective units consist of:
2 units from Group A
2 units from Group B
of the remaining 5 units:
up to 5 may be from Group A and/or Group B
up to 5 may be from a Certificate IV or above in any currently endorsed Training Package
up to 3 may be from an accredited course at Certificate IV or above.
The elective units chosen must be relevant to the work outcome and meet local industry needs.
It is recommended that people entering this qualification have some experience in the technical and artistic aspects of ceramics practice or a related arts practice. This may be demonstrated through completion of a qualification, such as CUV40111 Certificate IV in Visual Arts with a specialisation in ceramics.
Pathways out of the qualification
The conceptual and theoretical content in this qualification prepares individuals for learning at higher levels. People with a Diploma of Ceramics may engage in further learning in vocational and higher education through Advanced Diploma and Degree qualifications in visual arts or the broader range of arts-related disciplines.
There are no entry requirements for this qualification.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.
The following table contains a summary of the employability skills as identified by the visual arts, craft and design industries for this qualification. The employability skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.
Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification
responding appropriately to feedback on own skill development and performance
consulting with peers and mentors about a range of issues related to own practice
documenting own work
engaging in critical discourse with colleagues and peers
collaborating with others artists
seeking feedback and guidance from mentors
analysing complex information and responding with creative solutions
developing solutions for complex design challenges
balancing potentially conflicting needs
evaluating the effectiveness of solutions
Initiative and enterprise
working creatively with an art form
developing ideas from historical and contemporary research
achieving own individual style of creative expression
Planning and organising
planning a creative project
monitoring own work and introducing strategies to improve skills and knowledge
conducting a range of research to inform work projects
planning work tasks in a logical sequence
setting work and practice goals
planning for a sustainable professional practice
developing goals for professional practice
taking responsibility for own professional development
monitoring own work and introducing strategies to improve performance
using knowledge of industry and legal frameworks within own practice
developing strong artistic technique
identifying opportunities to maintain and enhance industry knowledge
seeking feedback from colleagues and mentors
exploring and testing new approaches
participating in industry networks and professional development opportunities
using an extended range of materials and technologies relevant to specific creative practice