National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) Accredited
The B.S. degree in Ceramics is a studio degree with a strong academic component. This degree offers students a broadly grounded educational experience as a basis for beginning careers as professional designers or artists.
Students begin with foundation courses in two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, drawing, and design history, along with courses in metals, fibers, and wood. Major courses in ceramics focus on developing the aesthetic, conceptual, and technical skills necessary to foster creativity as students work toward developing their individual identities as visual designers/artists. Internship opportunities are available. The remaining credit hours are completed in required Intellectual Foundations courses and in other academic subjects of the student’s choosing. The academic component offers opportunities to gain a broader base of knowledge, as well as knowledge in other disciplines related to the major field of study.
There is no entrance portfolio review for admission. All students will enter the ceramics major with a bachelor of science (BS-AH CER) intent, and complete a selection of foundation and major course(s) before a commit-to-major portfolio review for continuation in the B.S. degree program or 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.S. degree program a 2.5 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 Ceramics Program for additional information.
The Art and 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. Students enrolled in a studio course are expected to work a minimum of two additional hours each week outside of class for each credit granted for that class and the hours gradually increase as the student progresses in the major.
The Art and Design Department may be in the process of curricular revision. Please refer to the college website or the department for updated information.
Intellectual Foundations Requirements
33-39 credit hours 33-39
Foundation Courses (24 credit hours)
DES 101 INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN TWO DIMENSIONAL I 3
DES 103 INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN THREE DIMENSIONAL I 3
DES 230 INTRODUCTION TO JEWELRY MAKING 3
DES 242 FIBERS I 3
DES 250 WOOD DESIGN I 3
DES 312 HISTORY OF CRAFT: INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION TO THE PRESENT 3
FAR 101 DRAWING I 3
FAR 104 THEMES AND ISSUES IN THE CONTEMPORARY ARTS 3
Major Concentrations (21 credit hours)
DES 220 CERAMICS I 3
DES 320 CERAMICS II 3
DES 321 CERAMICS: JUNIOR STUDIO 3-12
DES 421 CERAMICS: SENIOR STUDIO 3-12
FAR 240 INTRODUCTORY SCULPTURE 3
All College Electives
36-42 credit hours 36-42
Total Credit Hours 120
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