About the course
Gain advanced design, production and business skills to create and market your work effectively. Progressively develop your design and production abilities while integrating sophisticated knowledge of clays, glazes and kiln-firing processes. The ten-month Professional Potter advanced diploma is designed to give you the skills to establish your own studio or workshop-based business and make a living as a practicing professional potter. The program allows you to progressively develop your design and production skills, while integrating the technical knowledge of clays, glazes and firing processes. You will also learn how to analyze and evaluate your design and production choices in order to optimize productivity, produce work of quality and character and develop a marketing plan for the work.During the first term, you will be immersed in studio practice. A series of short, intensive courses allow you to progressively master fundamental to advanced elements. Courses include Throwing for Production, Design and Practice, Clay Technology, Surface Enrichment techniques, Kilns and Firing technology, Mold Making and Hand-building Techniques for Production. In the first term, you will focus on technical skills, best practices, and will define your production preferences and business direction.In the second term, you will continue to develop your design and technical skills throughout the creative process and you will begin producing work aimed for the market and portfolio development. Business courses provide you with a detailed range of business skills specific to planning, maintaining, and marketing a pottery business. You will learn market research, developing a business plan, legal issues, bookkeeping and accounting procedures and marketing strategy applicable to your pottery business. A digital media course will give you enough digital photography and computer skills to develop, manage and maintain your own website.
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4 Months
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1 Year

North Island College

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North Island College and its students have achieved transformational change and growth since it was established in 1975. It is a comprehensive community college that focuses on student success and offers over a wide range of undergraduate and post graduates courses and 80 credit programs in health care, trades, business, fine arts, tourism and university studies.
The college proudly serves more than 9,000 students annually at four campuses, a learning centre and through online and in-community learning. It has strong partnership agreements with universities and colleges across BC, the US and around the world. NIC has been internationally recognized for its technology-enabled distance learning and responsive in-community programs. Its highly qualified faculty include PhD’s with international credentials and has professionally-trained counselling staff, which offers crisis counselling, career and educational counselling, problem solving, learning strategies and help navigating NIC policies and procedures. The college also provides student support services that include education planning, finding scholarships and securing funding.
North Island College international students study at three campuses on central Vancouver Island, a popular tourist destination with beaches, mountains, wilderness areas and lively, friendly communities.
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Comox Valley Campus - Courtenay - North Island College

2300 Ryan Road, Courtenay, British Columbia, V9N 8N6

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The Comox Valley campus on Ryan Road first opened its doors in 1992. Since that time, the campus grew as demand for programming rose. The campus is home to the Shadbolt Studios, a modern Trades Training Centre, the Stan Hagen Theatre and is located next to the Comox Valley Aquatic Centre and the Comox Valley Hospital.