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Artisanry-Ceramics Online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (PBC)

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (PBC) in Artisanry is for students who already have earned a baccalaureate degree and who are interested in pursuing further study in the field of ceramics. This one-year, nine-credit program is for those who want to extend learning by participating within a community of undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students to focus on studio development.

The post-baccalaureate certificate (PBC) can assist you as you enter professional practice and/or prepare you to apply to MFA degree programs. Upon completion of the program, your application fee to a UMassD MFA may be waived, and up to 9 credits can be applied toward our MFA programs. On average, 6 credits are transferrable to other schools.

You may enter this program in the spring or fall, and all students are required to have access to a studio to work in for the duration of the program. 

Course presentation and benefits

  • Lectures are delivered via Zoom in both synchronous and asynchronous classes
  • Exhibition in home communities
  • Brings your work up to a professional level

Student success

Recent achievements of PBC students:

  • Adjunct professor, SUNY New Paltz
  • Ceramic residency, University of Tasmania, Australia
  • Exhibition, 2017 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Emerging Artist Exhibition, Portland, OR
  • Group exhibition, Gallery of Visual Arts, University of Montana
  • Massachusetts Cultural Fellowship Grant
  • Group exhibition, Lexington Arts & Crafts Society, Lexington, MA
  • Group exhibition, Allegheny College
  • Group exhibition, Hunter College
  • Owner, Mudflat Studio, Somerville, MA
  • Owner, Studio Touya, featured in Ceramics Monthly
  • Resident artist, Archie Bray Foundation
  • Solo exhibition, M16 Artspace, Canberra, Australia

Learning Style: Online

Online courses are taught by UMass Dartmouth faculty and seasoned practitioners to provide high quality instruction and personal attention. Students have the flexibility to accommodate work and home responsibilities within the structure of defined assignment due dates.

Fall courses:

  • ART 508 (Portfolio Intensive I) - 3 credits
  • Independent Study - 1.5 credits

Spring courses:

  • ART 509 (Portfolio Intensive II) - 3 credits
  • Independent Study - 1.5 credits

Changes to Graduate Studies admission requirements

In response to the COVID‐19 pandemic, admission requirements for graduate degree and certificate programs may have changed.
Learn more about changes to requirements

Requirements include:

  • a statement of purpose
  • professional resume
  • 3 reference names and phone numbers 


Deadlines and Test Requirements

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Course Catalog

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