B.F.A. with an emphasis in Ceramics
CURRICULUM: Bachelor of fine arts WITH AN EMPHASIS IN Ceramics (B.F.A.)
Basic Studies requirement — 18 credits
- ART 1040 Object Drawing
- ART 1050 Drawing Studio
- ART 1070 Form and Surface
- ART 1080 Form and Space
- ART 2170 Writing About Art and Design
- ART 2360 Professional Practice
Art history — 12 credits
Two of the four 2000-level Art History courses (6 hours)
- ART 2200 Caves to Cathedrals
- ART 2210 Modern and Postmodern
- ART 2220 Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
- ART 2230 Introduction to Asian Art History
Two additional Art History courses at the 3000 or 4000-level, or at the 5000-level with instructor approval.
Ceramics emphasis requirement — 22 credits
- ART 2300 Ceramics I (3 credits)
- ART 3300 Ceramics II (3 credits)
- ART 3060 Topics in Ceramics (3 credits) – repeatable for credit
- ART 4500 3D Contemporary Practices (3 credits)
- ART 4700 Topics in Studio Art (3 credits) – repeatable for credit
- ART 4830 Senior Project I (fall 3 credits)
- ART 4840 Senior Project II (spring 4 credits)
Art studio electives—33 credits
SUMMARY OF BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS WITH AN EMPHASIS IN CERAMICS
Art Major—85 credits
Western Essential Studies —37 credits
Total Credit Hours—122 credits
Students should consult the WMU catalog for the ceramics program course descriptions and requirements.
Portfolio reviews for admission into the B.F.A. program with an emphasis in ceramics will be held in the second week of November and March.
The 8,000 sq. ft. studio, supervised by a full-time technician, includes: wheel throwing and hand building areas, a well-stocked glaze lab with spray booth, plaster lab and private studio spaces for BFA majors.
Tools and Equipment Overview
30 electric pottery wheels, 7 computer-controlled electric kilns, 32 cu. ft. gas-fired downdraft kiln, 90 cu. ft. gas-fired downdraft car kiln, and 180 cu. ft. gas-fired downdraft car kiln, 300 cu. ft. wood-fired barrel-arched anagama kiln, 80 cu. ft. gas-fired downdraft salt kiln, 6 cu. feet gas-fired drum/cantilevered raku kiln, 40 cu. ft gas-fired updraft kiln, Two Brent Slab Rollers, Laguna Spray Booth, Soldner and Bluebird Clay Mixers, Bluebird and Shimpo Pugmills and a Shimpo Ballmill.
The Ceramic Arts Student Organization (CASO) is committed to creating opportunities for students to gain knowledge and appreciation for the ceramic medium, interact with the larger Ceramics community, and sponsoring yearly exhibitions of member’s artwork.