As a ceramics major, you'll master a range of clay forming processes—wheel-throwing, hand-building, slipcasting, and 3D printing—to develop both individual studio expression and industrial applications in ceramics.
You will explore tableware design, large-scale installation, and architectural tile work—as well as a full range of sculptural and functional concepts.
The BFA in Ceramics can lead to a career as a studio artist, ceramics technician, educator, exhibitions director, gallery coordinator, industrial designer, installation artist, kiln builder, moldmaker, sculptor, or potter.
The BFA is a professional degree with concentrated areas of specialization, so you will take more art courses than you would in a BA program. At UMass Dartmouth, you also have the advantages of a university education where you can diversify your studies and expand your career opportunities.
2017-2018 Artist in Residence, Ceramics Program – Office for the Arts at Harvard
Our curriculum provides a balance between traditional and contemporary work, exposing you to a spectrum of styles and philosophies. You'll develop your creative thinking skills and your personal voice as you explore both sculptural and functional concepts.
You will acquire expertise in clay and glaze formulation, kiln construction, and the variety of firing technologies available to the contemporary ceramist: oxidation, reduction, wood, and soda. You will develop a critical eye to form, technology use, and concept.
You'll also be well-prepared to continue your studies at the graduate level.
For the BFA in Artisanry - Ceramics, you'll complete 78 credits in courses related to your major, and 120 credits overall.
Explore a core experience in clay with elective classes in kilnbuilding, clay and glaze formulation, and mold-making.
For the minor, you'll complete 21 credits.
Earn an advanced degree
Master of Fine Arts in Artisanry: Continue your education with a master's in artisanry. You can choose to specialize in ceramics, fibers, jewelry/metals, or wood/furniture.
Master of Art Education: With an emphasis on how the arts are integrated into daily life, the MAE program leads to a single-level professional certification in Massachusetts as an art teacher in grades Pre K-8 or 5-12.
Post-Baccalaureate Artisanry Certificate: The program is designed for students interested in pursuing a post-baccalaureate "fifth year" of technical and studio-based study of textile design and fiber arts. Students build an extensive portfolio and often continue on to MFA degree programs.
Accreditation: National Association of Schools of Art and Design