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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:
- Synthesize and apply visual principles in creating works of art;
- articulate perception and awareness of fine art and applied design concept;
- employ the appropriate artistic vocabulary to discuss historical and contemporary ceramics in aesthetic terms;
- demonstrate throwing and hand-building construction techniques;
- apply glaze application and decoration techniquest for funtional and/or sculptural ceramics;
- articulate perception and awareness of fine art and applied design concept; and
- 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.
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
|Introduction to Art and Design
|Principles of Color
|Three Dimensional Design
|Drawing and Composition 1
|Complete a combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
|ART 1.1 AND
|World Art History to 1500
|ART 1.2 OR
|World Art History Since 1500
|ART 2.1 AND
|History & Aesthetic Appreciation of Prehistoric - Gothic Art
|History and Appreciation of Late Gothic to Impressionist Art
|Ceramics Emphasis Requirements - complete 12.00 units
|Complete any combination totaling at least 12.00 units from the following:
|Advanced Ceramics 1
|Advanced Ceramics 2
|Advanced Ceramic Sculpture
|Raku/Low Fire Ceramics
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.