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Ceramics Studio Practicum

This deadline for this opportunity has passed.

Ceramics Studio Practicum programs provide an opportunity for participants to expand and enhance their technical skills in mediums supported by Banff Centre’s Visual Arts production facilities.

In this program, participants will develop ceramics techniques through practical experience with kiln firing (electric, gas, soda, raku, and wood), and ceramics studio operation.

Participants will receive mentorship and feedback from the ceramics facilitator, and assist in the delivery of visual arts residency programs and events. Participants will also learn maintenance and safe operation of equipment, and provide assistance to the ceramics facilitator in support of artists in residence utilizing the ceramics facilities.

What does the Program Offer?

Learning opportunities will arise through workshops, demonstrations, and instruction in-studio training. Individual learning objectives and goals are determined in consultation with a mentor at the beginning of the program. Ceramics is the principal focus of this program, however, supplementary learning opportunities may be offered in other Visual Arts disciplines throughout the program.

Practicum participants will experience hands-on learning in support of artist projects in Visual Arts residency programs. Participants will receive mentorship to strengthen their technical and artistic knowledge, as well as communication, critical thinking, teamwork, leadership and problem-solving skills.

The regular course of study for the Ceramics Studio Practicum is 9:00am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday. Participants have the opportunity to spend one weekday focused on independent study, while the other four weekdays are dedicated to supporting the ceramics facilitator, artists in residence, and regular departmental projects.

Who Should Apply?

This program is suited for recent graduates of studio-based programs with an emphasis on ceramics. The program offers experience within a professional organization for those seeking careers as studio technicians or production assistants, or those in pursuit of graduate studies. Applicants must exhibit foundational skills in ceramics through their portfolio submissions.

Artists from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply, with a special invitation to individuals of Indigenous descent.

Application Deadline: June 19, 2019
Dates: September 9, 2019 – August 29, 2020

For more information and to apply online, visit

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