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Code: C500     Acronym: C

Classification Keyword

Instance: 2018/2019 - 1S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Fine Arts Department
Course/CS Responsible: Fine Arts

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
AP 41 Official Study Plan 2011 3 - 4,5 64 121,5

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Francisco Artur de Vaz Tomé Laranjo

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 4,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 4,00
Leonor Dupic de Lencastre Ferreira Marques 4,00
Mais informaçõesLast updated on 2018-12-12.

Fields changed: Components of Evaluation and Contact Hours, Obtenção de frequência

Teaching language

Portuguese and english


• Knowing the ceramic process;
• Identifying the features of ceramic materials;
• Complementing the work in the curricular unit of Ceramics and other curricular areas;
• Exploring the expressive potential of technical ceramics;
• Valuing experimental methodologies associated with working in the studio;
• Stimulating critical reflection on contemporary ceramics.

Learning outcomes and competences

The study of the context and the ceramic raw material allows to know the ceramic process and to identify the features of ceramic materials.

Knowledge of ceramic equipment and laboratory practice allow exploiting the expressive potential of ceramic techniques from the field of the use of ceramic kilns, machines, tools and utensils, well as testing different clays, ceramic fluxing agents and auxiliary products.

 The modelling exercises, sculpture and ceramic painting allow experimental methodologies associated with working in the studio.

Theoretical and practical classes, the use of digital platforms, the practical component exercises, study visits to exhibitions, workshops and other activities organized abroad allow to know the ceramic process, enhance the experimental methodologies associated with the studio work and encourage discussion criticism of the current ceramics.

Working method



- The ceramics in context: concepts and genres;

- Raw materials: geological characterization;

- Firing of the Ceramic reliefs and sculptures; 

- Laboratory Practice - tests and records: binders, dyes,      fluxing agents and auxiliary products;

- Ceramic process: modelling and painting.

Mandatory literature

Daniel Rhodes; Terre et Glaçures

Complementary Bibliography

Nino Caruso; Cerâmica Viva
Robert Tichane; Clay Bodies
Dessain et Tolra; La Ceramique Archictectural
Leone Papua; La Coccion de Productos Cerâmicos
Fernandez Chiti; Manual de Esmaltes Cerâmicos
Júlio Resende; A Cerâmica
Christine Constant; The Potter’s Palette

Teaching methods and learning activities

The teaching-learning process takes place in the space of the Faculty, with possible field trips and workshops with invited experts. The teaching methods used are summarized as follows:

• Practical lessons in the classroom aimed at UC of Ceramic.
• Other practical classes using audiovisual media, texts and others.
• Use of digital platforms for discussion and information sharing.
• Visits to exhibitions, studios and other activities organized abroad.


The classes of the UC of Ceramic will have a practical component with the following exercises:

1) Modelling a relief in white stoneware. Size: approximately 30 x 40 cm (minimum thickness of 2 cm). Study of the plans, surfaces and textures. 

2) Modelling of a sculpture in stoneware. (Bloc, layers or rolls of clay).

3) Painting a panel of glazed tiles with engobes, ceramic pigments, oxides and glazes.

Final report on the development of work established.


Humanities > Arts > Fine arts
Humanities > Arts > Handicrafts > Ceramics

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 20,00
Trabalho de campo 10,00
Trabalho escrito 10,00
Trabalho prático ou de projeto 60,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de projeto 15,00
Estudo autónomo 10,00
Frequência das aulas 60,00
Trabalho de campo 25,00
Trabalho escrito 10,00
Total: 120,00

Eligibility for exams

Participation in 60% of the classes of the Ceramic UC.

Calculation formula of final grade

20% (2 val) + 10% (1 val) + 10% (1 val) + 60% (16 val) = 100% (20 val).


Distributed evaluation without final exam.

The evaluation process is continuous and by the
end of the semester the student must present a report
with the projects of each exercise , fact sheets ,
a brief descriptive text, photographic records of the
various stages of the process and the finished ceramic pieces
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