Ceramics

Ceramics


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

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree requires 67 hours of coursework (or 22 courses) in the major area while the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree requires 36 (or 12 courses). Students will be advised by faculty with respect to which degree fits their interests. Generally, the BFA affords a larger portfolio due to considerably more studio experiences. A candidate for a BFA also has the opportunity to pursue a year-long, self-driven thesis project. B.F.A. entrance will be based on a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher in the seven core courses. The seven core courses must be completed before taking the B.F.A. studio seminar. Faculty-taught sections are mandatory for majors. See the Bachelor of Fine Arts course requirements. 

Bachelor of Arts

The BA is more suited to students who wish to double major or desire to create a custom experience combining ceramics with  other art studios, art history, marketing, psychology, athletics…and more. For studio art majors (B.A. program) specializing in ceramics, the following courses are recommended studio electives. See the Bachelor of Arts course requirements. 

Basic Courses

  • 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
  • Printmaking

Studio Minor

The 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.

Student Work

Contact

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.