About the Program
The B.F.A. degree in ceramics is a studio-intensive program of study focused on developing the aesthetic, conceptual, and technical skills necessary to foster creativity as the student works toward developing their individual identity as a visual designer/artist. This degree offers students a specialized studio-oriented education in preparation for advanced or graduate studies or for beginning careers as professional designers or artists.
Students begin with foundation courses in two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, drawing, art history, and design history along with courses in metals, fibers, and wood. Major courses in ceramics and sculpture complete the requirements. Internship opportunities are available. The remaining credit hours are completed in required Intellectual Foundations courses and in other chosen studio courses.
There is no entrance portfolio review for admission. All students will enter the ceramics major as a bachelor of science (BS-AH CER) and complete a selection of foundation and major course(s) before a commit-to-major portfolio review for admission into the bachelor of fine arts program (BFA-AH CER). Commit-to-major portfolio reviews are conducted by faculty and generally take place during the sophomore year. After passing the portfolio review, to continue in the B.F.A. degree program a 3.0 GPA must be maintained in the major.
Transfer students are urged to submit their portfolios the semester before transfer in order to facilitate placement in departmental courses and/or for possible commit-to-major portfolio review. Please call the Design Department for additional information. As a condition of graduation each B.F.A student will be required to mount an individual exhibition of his/her work.
The Design Department reserves the right to retain students’ work for official purposes, such as exhibitions, catalogs, teaching aids, or permanent collections and to use images of the students and their work for publicity and recruitment. Students are expected to assume the costs of materials used in courses. Some studio courses may have an additional charge for materials used in class.
The Design Department may be in the process of curricular revision. Please refer to college Web listing or the department for updated information.
Intellectual Foundations Requirements: 39–66 cr
Total Required Credit Hours in Ceramics: 79 cr
A. Foundation Courses (37 cr)
DES 101 Introduction to Design: 2D I
DES 103 Introduction to Design: 3D I
FAR 101 Drawing I
DES 104 Introduction to Design: 3D II
DES 230 Introduction to Jewelry
DES 242 Fibers I
DES 250 Wood Design I
DES 312W History of Craft
DES 414 Senior Seminar (4)
FAR 104 Themes and Issues in Contemporary Arts
FAR 250 Art History I
FAR 251 Art History II
B. Major Courses (30 cr)
DES 220 Ceramics I
DES 320 Ceramics II
FAR 240 Introduction to Sculpture
FAR 345 Figure Modeling
DES 321 Ceramics Junior Studio (3,3)
DES 421 Ceramics Senior Studio (6,6)
C. Studio Electives Selected by Advisement (12 cr)
DES 330 Applied Jewelry Techniques
DES 342 Fibers II
DES 350 Technical Processes in Wood
DES 336 Metalsmithing
DES 338 3D Computer Model and Rend
FAR 341 Intermediate Sculpture I
All College Electives: 0–2 cr
Total Required Credit Hours: 120 cr