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Art: Ceramics Certificate Art Total Units: 30
This program is currently inactive. Catalog rights may apply, see a counselor for more information.

Term Effective: Fall 2010


The Art: Ceramics Certificate of Achievement investigates the major methods of throwing techniques, basic hand-building techniques, basic glaze technology, general information about materials, and a working knowledge of a ceramics facility. Students will study aesthetic and conceptual aspects of functional and sculptural forms. They will explore themes and their potentials in terms of individual expression and craftsmanship. Techniques such as throwing forms (cup, bowl, etc.), creating lidded containers, teapots, coil, slab, and pinched construction techniques, glaze mixing and glazing, and firing are covered in this course of study.

The Fine Arts Certificates of Achievement are designed to provide a broad-based education. Students earning the Certificate of Achievement in Ceramics can set up their own studios and sell their work in art galleries, art fairs, or may work as freelance ceramists. The certificate program gives a basis for possible internships and paid apprenticeships as a studio assistant, or for work in a gallery or ceramics store. It also prepares students for entry-level positions working as a ceramics lab assistant. Those pursuing careers in teaching at the elementary and secondary school levels will enhance their abilities to teach art by completing this certificate.

Students earning certificates could be prepared for employment in a variety of entry-level positions, as mentioned above. Generally speaking, the average rates of pay are relatively low at the entry level, although rates of pay and availability of such jobs vary. Individuals wishing to pursue freelance careers need to be able to combine the regular practice of creative skills with self-promotion and good business practices. A bachelor's or master's degree in art or art history is required for most career positions in museums and galleries.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Synthesize and apply visual principles in creating works of art;
  2. articulate perception and awareness of fine art and applied design concept;
  3. employ the appropriate artistic vocabulary to discuss historical and contemporary ceramics in aesthetic terms;
  4. demonstrate throwing and hand-building construction techniques;
  5. apply glaze application and decoration techniquest for funtional and/or sculptural ceramics;
  6. articulate perception and awareness of fine art and applied design concept; and
  7. apply knowledge and skills to all aspects of firing process.

Recommended Course Sequence

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence. For students interested in an Associate degree, an Art major is available. More information about Art programs can be found at the Art Department website.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Art: Ceramics Certificate program are:

  • Complete 30 units from
    • Art Certificate Requirements
    • Ceramics Emphasis Requirements

Art Certificate Requirements - complete 18.00 units
ART 3 Introduction to Art and Design3.00
ART 4 Principles of Color3.00
ART 5 Three Dimensional Design3.00
ART 7A Drawing and Composition 13.00
Complete a combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
ART 1.1 and ART 1.2
ART 2.1 and ART 2.2
Ceramics Emphasis Requirements - complete 12.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 12.00 units from the following:
ART 31A Beginning Ceramics3.00
ART 31B Intermediate Ceramics3.00
ART 31C Advanced Ceramics 13.00
ART 31D Advanced Ceramics 23.00
ART 34A Ceramic Sculpture3.00
ART 34B Advanced Ceramic Sculpture3.00
ART 131 Raku/Low Fire Ceramics1.50

Term Effective: Fall 2010

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2013

Previous Versions:

Art: Ceramics - effective Summer 2007
Art: Ceramics - effective Fall 1981

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


No course may be used more than once to fulfill a requirement in the certificate.

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