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Major in Ceramics BFA


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.

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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 Art + Design: 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.

Ceramic work by Faith Connor '16
Faith Connor '16

Developed a foundation in CVPA


  • Clay Trout Pottery
  • Gustin Ceramics
  • New Bedford Art Museum
  • Sherle Wagner International

Career placements

  • Arch Contemporary Ceramics
  • Baltimore Clayworks
  • Des Moines Art Center
  • Mad Dog Studio
  • Main Line Art Center
  • Mesa Art Center
  • NAVIO Artisans Collective
  • Pelham Art Center
  • Santa Fe Clay
  • Texas A&M University
  • Tulane University



  • Archie Bray Foundation
  • Anderson Ranch Arts Center
  • Red Lodge Clay Center
  • Shigaraki Ceramic Culture Park
  • Sitka Center for Art and Ecology
  • The Clay Studio

Graduate schools

  • Alfred University
  • Cranbrook Academy of Art
  • Penn State University
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Ohio
  • Virgina Commonwealth University

Ceramics Student Work

Kimberly Gardner - Ceramics
Faith Connor - Ceramics
Undergraduate Student Work - Ceramics
Marisa Finos - Ceramics
Undergraduate Student Work - Ceramics
Undergraduate Student Work - Ceramics
Matt Zeimeke - Ceramics
Undergraduate Student Work - Ceramics
Undergraduate Student Work - Ceramics
Undergraduate Student Work - Ceramics
Undergraduate Student Work - Ceramics
Undergraduate Student Work - Ceramics

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 Art + Design: Ceramics, you'll complete 81 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.

  • Internships: enhance your studies while gaining first-hand experience
  • Facilities: located at the university's Star Store campus in New Bedford, our studios feature state-of-the-art equipment and ample work areas
  • Community: interact with professionals and peers by joining the Ceramics and Anagama clubs
  • Campus Gallery: exhibit your work on campus
  • Pop-up spaces: sell your work at Star Store seasonal events
  • University Studies: gain the benefit of a university education to broaden your options for success in the arts
  • Honors College: take advanced courses, pursue research, and be part of a community of scholars
  • Study Abroad: earn academic credits and gain a global perspective on your field
  • Undergraduate Research: faculty work with students on cutting-edge research projects
  • University Studies: gain the benefit of a broad university education to enhance your knowledge and skills

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.

Ceramics Faculty


James Lawton

Art & Design
Star Store, New Bedford 421


Rebecca Hutchinson

Art & Design
Star Store, New Bedford 422