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BFA: 120 credit, four-year program of study

Students in the BFA Ceramics option are exposed to a spectrum of styles and philosophies within a given structure, and are encouraged to seek and find their own personal direction and solutions.

The undergraduate Ceramics program provides a balance between traditional and non-traditional work, encouraging the exploration of both sculptural and functional concepts. Students learn how to use clay and glaze materials, to build and fire kilns, and to utilize the history of their craft. Faculty encourage individual explorations in the student's pursuit towards a career in the ceramic arts.

As an undergraduate ceramics student, students will work with terra cotta, stoneware, and porcelain, exploring low temperature and high temperature kiln firing. Students learn a variety of clay techniques and forming processes, including hand-building, wheel-throwing, and slipcasting.

Ceramics curriculum guide 2016-17 (PDF)

Requirements for Admission

All applicants must meet portfolio requirements as an element in the department's admission decision. Additional materials may be required. All applicants must also follow UMass Dartmouth's admissions procedures detailed in the University Catalogue.

MINOR: 21 credit

Qualified students may complete a minor in Ceramics within the Artisanry Department.  The minor consists of 21 credits.  To declare a Ceramics Minor, students must be a degree candidate who has earned at least 54 credits, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.000 and a minimum 2.500 grade point average in their major.

The Ceramics Minor follows the core Sophomore-Junior level studios and the selection of electives specific to the program area. Students must maintain a grade point average of 2.0 in all minor classes in order to proceed in the minor.   Passing the Junior Year Review is required if a student elects to move into the senior 400 level studio classes.

Ceramics Minor curriculum guide 2016-17 (PDF)