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Ceramics (BFA)

UArts is no longer accepting applications for this program.

At the heart of UArts' Ceramics program is thinking through making. If you are passionate about working with your hands and engaging with material to create something meaningful, the study of ceramics at UArts is just right for you. As you learn the technical aspects of ceramics, you'll also learn how to process the ideas and concepts associated with the art—a unique balance of analyzing and creating.

Having experienced all aspects of making, from initial design to the final finished piece, the University of the Arts' Craft graduates are flexible and well-prepared to become independent studio artists, or to find positions in related fields in design, business and industry, or go on to pursue advanced degrees.

Faculty Spotlight

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Patrick Coughlin

International teaching artist
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Nick Lenker

Ceramicist with self-developed method that utilizes analog and digital techniques and new ceramic decal technology.
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Jim Makins

Influential ceramics artist with studios in the US and Japan
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Jason Lee Starin

Sci-fi influenced ceramic artist, shop supervisor

About the Curriculum

At the heart of the curriculum of the Craft and Material Studies major with a concentration in Ceramics is the notion of thinking through making. Ceramics students are passionate about working with their hands and about discussing the ideas and concepts underlying their art. Ceramics students learn to express themselves through material and process. A student who pursues Craft and Material Studies will work closely with an advisor to determine the curricular path that best matches their artistic goals.  

Students who complete the Craft and Material Studies major with a concentration in Ceramics will

  • Demonstrate independent, creative problem solving and original thinking. They exhibit a distinct and personal approach to art making.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues and historical precedents. They have an appreciation for experimentation/innovation as well as for the traditions of making as applied to contemporary craft practice.
  • Acquire and demonstrate the professional skills needed to be successful as artists, entrepreneurs, designers for industry and productive citizens.
  • Be able to talk and write about art (including their own work) critically, intelligently and with considerable insight.
  • Acquire the level of technical skill required for them to reach their career goals. They establish a work practice appropriate to their ideas and demonstrate a deep familiarity with materials and processes.

Ceramics can also be studied as an emphasis in the Fine Arts program.

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First Year

First Year
Drawing: Objects & Space
Drawing: Natural Forms & The Human Figure
Found & Fabricated

Second Year

Second Year
Sophomore Projects
Computers for Object Makers
Handbuilding Exploration Projects
Throwing Exploration Projects
Throwing Exploration Studio

Third Year

Third Year
Junior Projects/Discourse
Ceramics Junior Studio I
Ceramics Junior Studio II
Ceramics Junior Project

Fourth Year

Fourth Year
Ceramics Senior Thesis I
Ceramics Senior Thesis II
Ceramics Senior Studio
Craft Senior Projects

Alumni & Careers

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Luke Desmone

BFA '17

Award-winning ceramic artist who has been published both locally and internationally
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John Souter

BFA '12

Has been an artist-in-residence in Denmark and at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado
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April Ilawan

BFA '17

Japanese- and Scandinavian-inspired ceramic artist

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