Studio Art - Ceramics
The Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art prepares students for positions in Studio Arts related job markets. A degree in Studio Arts also gives students all the necessary skills to succeed in graduate study. The Bachelor of Arts Studio Art program, with a concentration in Ceramics features a sound traditional arts core curriculum and 18 extra hours in ceramics.
The Studio Art concentration in Ceramics allows for a wide range of mediums including: stoneware, raku, porcelain and earthenware. Construction methods include hand building, mold making and wheel-throwing, designed to provide opportunities for in class projects as well as individual explorations.
The large ceramic studio is equipped with fifteen electric wheels, wedging tables, slab rollers, and extruders for all stages of ceramic production from mixing clay to formulating glazes. The studio also houses an impressive six different ceramic kilns including raku, reduction, soda and wood firing.
In addition, a separate glazing area and numerous small hand tools are provided. Exhaust hoods and proper ventilation make this studio ideal for all kinds of clay production and experimentation.
Courses in the concentration:
Advanced Ceramics (4) courses
Advanced Sculpture (4) courses
Opportunities for Studio Art Students
In addition to the challenging classes in the School of Creative Arts, students are able to take advantage of opportunities that promote and support leadership skills, organizational skills and service, including:
- Studio Art related campus clubs such as Art League
- Hand-on training using state of the art equipment and technology
- Sophomore and Senior reviews with Studio Art faculty
- Internship opportunities locally, regionally and nationally
- Field trips to nationally known museums and galleries
- Assignments and projects that develop a strong art portfolio
- Access to all studio art areas and facilities
- Strong relationship with area businesses, Fine Art Studios and non-profit organizations
- Lecture programs both on and off campus
- Annual Student Art Exhibition
- Many opportunities for students to exhibit within the community
- Travel abroad opportunities with the Global classroom
Students have the opportunity to experience internships, global classes, exhibitions, on-campus employment and opportunities that will benefit them in the following ways:
- Become more knowledgeable and gain insight into the art profession
- Expose themselves to as much art as possible
- Obtain hands-on experience within the field of study
- Gain confidence both on paper and in person
- Develop networking contacts
- Create an effective artist’s resume
The well-rounded Studio Arts education that students receive in the Studio Art program also makes them well prepared for a wide variety of arts related careers. The School of Creative Arts helps its students and graduates plan and implement sound decisions for their futures.
Some Possible Careers in Ceramics
- Fine Artist
- Museum/Gallery Representative/Owner
- Art Handler
- Art Buyer
- Consultant for Private/Commercial Collectors
- Art Critic
- Visiting Artist/Artist-in-Residence
- Ceramics Designer
- Freelance Artist
- Clay Production Artist