Post-Baccalaureate in Ceramics

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Post-Baccalaureate in Ceramics program is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate degree to develop their portfolio and research interests while working in an active, academic studio environment within a diverse and inclusive community. The program welcomes applications from students working across the expanded spectrum of ceramic practices including: vessel and tableware design, object-based sculpture, the figure, social practice, installation, performance, multimedia, and digital modeling/fabrication.

Facilities

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 individual 170 sq. ft. private studio spaces for each grad.  

Tools and Equipment 

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.

Enrollment

(1) credit hour of ART 5300: Graduate Ceramics I as a non-degree seeking student - university application and transcripts required.

Estimated Semester Tuition and Fees (2021-2022)

$980 (MI Residents) $1340 (Non-Resident) parking pass not included

Program Length

1 semester – 2 academic years

Studio Space

100 -130 sq. ft. with flexible shelving, work surfaces and pottery wheel as needed.  24/7 studio access with swipe card.  

Materials and Firing

Full access to Glaze Lab, Plaster Lab, clay mixing facilities, dry materials, and indoor and outdoor kilns.

Work Exchange

The Post-Bac program includes a 5 hour/week work exchange. Students assist with studio organization, clay and glazing mixing or special projects with faculty members.  Exchange hours are very flexible.

Professional Development and Exhibition Opportunities 

Post-Bac students have several professional development resources available including assistance with CV/resume, artist statement, preparation for graduate school, and application to residencies and gallery exhibitions. Post-Bac students participate in all Ceramics Area exhibitions as well as the option to propose and mount a solo exhibition of their work.

Student Organization

Ceramic Arts Student Organization (CASO) is a student-run organization that facilitates visiting artists, group artwork sales and other events on campus each semester.

Program Length

1 semester – 2 academic years

Application Materials: 

·      Cover Letter, explaining you interest in the program and research goals

·      CV/Resume

·      Artist Statement

·      8 - 10 images of your work with descriptions as a single PDF or PowerPoint.

·      Contact information for two professional references

·      Please use the subject line “Post-Bac application [your name]” on the email

Application Deadline: May 31, 2022

Email application materials and/or questions to:

Kyle Triplett - kyle.triplett@wmich.edu

Morean Distinguished Professor in Ceramics, Ceramics Area Coordinator

Faculty

Technician

Student Group

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.