The applicability of electrophoretic deposition (EPD) for the fabrication of single layer and multilayer ceramic coatings on dense ceramic composite materials has been examined. Al2O3/Y-tetragonal zirconia polycrystal (TZP) functionally graded composites of tubular shape were successfully coated with a two layer coating comprising porous alumina and dense reaction bonded mullite layers. The dual layer coating structure was designed to eliminate the numerous cracks caused by volume shrinkage during sintering of the individual EPD formed layers. In another example, mullite fibre reinforced mullite matrix composites were coated with a thin layer of nanosized silica particles using EPD. The aim was to achieve a compressive residual stress field. in the silica layer on cooling from sintering temperature, in order to increase composite fracture strength and toughness. The EPD technique proved to be a reliable method for rapid preparation of single layer and multilayer ceramic coatings with reproducible thickness and microstructure on ceramic composite substrates.