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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

Requirements include:

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

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University requirements for graduate admissions

  • Statement of Purpose, minimum 300-600 words. Unless otherwise indicated in the program requirement details, indicate your graduate study objectives, research interests and experience, and business or industry experience if applicable. If you are applying for a teaching or research assistantship, include any special skills or experience that would assist us in making assistantship decisions.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended (regardless of whether a credential is earned or not). Unofficial transcripts are accepted for admissions application review, once enrolled a final official transcript is required.
  • Many programs have specific recommendations/requirements, please see the additional program-specific requirements for more information.
  • International students: official TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson PTE or Duolingo (if accepted by program) score. Unofficial scores are accepted for admissions application review, once enrolled official scores are required and must be sent by the testing agency (copies/scans not accepted). This is required of any applicant who did not earn a bachelor’s degree or higher degree from an accredited academic institution in the U.S. or accepted English-speaking country, see exemptions for more details. The Duolingo test is not accepted for the following programs: Art Education, Biology/Marine Biology, Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies & Theory, Marine Science and Technology (MS, PSM, PhD), Nursing (MS, DNP, PhD), Portuguese Studies, Professional Writing and Communication, Psychology (ABA, Clinical, Research), Public Policy, and Teaching (MAT).

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