Ceramics is a concentration emphasizing clay and glaze as the primary vehicles for expression. Traditional pottery, vessel making, and sculpture may be addressed through a variety of processes that includes hand-building, throwing, and casting.
Students are encouraged to develop technical skills and a direction of their own choosing. In addition to traditional ceramic materials and processes, students will be encouraged to study and utilize other sculptural media, as well as become familiar with contemporary and historical source material, which will inform their own directions in ceramics. Apply now.
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Arts
- Ceramics I
- Ceramics II
- Ceramic Sculpture
- Ceramic Studio
Art History Recommendations
- History of Design
- Modern Art I
- 20th Century Art II
Recommended Studio and Design Courses
- Wood Sculpture
- Figure Sculpture
- Metal Sculpture
- Painting II
Studio MinorThe minor in studio art is intended for the student who wishes to add studio art experience to their undergraduate studies. The minor requires 15 hours, or 5 courses in studio art. Before being able to declare a minor, a student must be enrolled in or have already taken one of the following: Drawing I, 2D Foundations, or 3D Foundations.
As with the major, students seeking the minor may elect either a general or focused course of study; that is, students may take the four studio courses selected from among any of the studio disciplines (Ceramics, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture) or they may take four studio courses from within a single discipline. Because the Department offers multiple entry-level courses, students are able to enter the program at a variety of points.
Thinking of perhaps London or Rome to take an Art History course requirement? Students are encouraged to spend a semester abroad to get credit towards their degree in visual communication. Your academic advisor will help with options and scheduling.
Contact for Advising
Contact Director of Undergraduate Studies, Emily Beck, for general questions about the various Art, Art History & Design programs. If you have specific questions about Ceramics, feel free to contact a faculty member directly.
Visit the Program
If you are planning to visit campus, please stop by Riley Hall while you are here. Riley hall houses all the studio arts in the department. If you are considering studying ceramics at Notre Dame, feel free to contact our department office and staff members will arrange for a tour.
Considering ceramics as a major? Visit the department's main office: 306 Riley Hall of Art and Design. General questions about majoring in studio art can be sent to the Department of Art, Art History & Design at firstname.lastname@example.org. Apply now.