Ceramics Emphasis - B.F.A.
Ceramics students are encouraged and challenged to explore various approaches to clay while drawing from other art and design disciplines. You will explore a variety of applications of ceramic art including function, design, sculpture, mixed-media, installation and performance that will prepare you for numerous professional opportunities.
Students interested in a Ceramics education may pursue a B.F.A. in Studio Art with this emphasis, or pursue a B.A./B.S. degree in Art Education with this emphasis as well.
BFA Studio Art, Ceramics Emphasis
The B.F.A. in Studio Art is designed for students interested in a professional career in art. Aside from Ceramics, seven other Emphasis Areas are available to choose from in the B.F.A. degree.
BA/BS in Art Education and K-12 certification
Students may also pursue a BA or BS Degree in Art Education in which they can choose to take Ceramics courses.
The curriculum includes the rigorous development of a student's individual approach to ceramics through the integration of ideas, materials, and processes. They gain an understanding of all phases of working with the medium including clay making, hand-building, wheel throwing, slip casting, glaze calculation, and firing. As students advance through the program they experiment with different conceptual frameworks including function, design, sculpture, mixed-media, installation, and performance.
“"Overall, the skills I developed from GVSU helped me become a better artist and thinker. I started my own gallery and clay studio in Illinois and Iowa. I taught ceramics for 5 1/2 years at Everett Community College. I still make art regularly and market it."”
—CHRIS SCAMEHORN, BFA, STUDIO ART (CERAMICS), 2006
The ceramics area includes ample classroom studios for group and individual projects. The facilities provide a complete array of resources for students including clay production, wheel work, glaze preparation, as well as gas, electric, and wood-fire kilns. Students earning a BFA in the ceramics emphasis are given individual studios while in the program.
Graduates of the Studio Art – Ceramics program possess knowledge, experience, and unique skills that are highly desirable and transferable, enabling them to seek employment in career fields both within and outside of the fine arts. Art degrees can lead to future work opportunities in a gallery, non-profit cultural organization, or museum.
Ceramics Emphasis Graduates Work As...
- Freelance artist/ entrepreneur
- Gallery owner/assistant/ director/ curator
- Exhibition planner/ coordinator
- Community-based artist
- Ceramics Studio Technician
Where GVSU Alumni Have Worked / Been Accepted to Graduate Degrees...
- Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
- Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
- School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- Arthur E. Canty Elementary School, Chicago, IL
- University of Montana, Missoula
- The Clay Studio of Missoula, MT
- Professional Studio CMS Ceramics, Seattle, WA
Ceramics emphasis students are encouraged to pursue professional connections from the start in the program, engaging in exhibition work, on-campus employment, among other options.
Contemporary Ceramics Association
Contemporary Ceramics Association provides students of all majors a chance to experience and interact with clay as a material. Members gain access to clay, tools, potter's wheel, and glaze material, all included in an annual fee.
GVSU Career Center
The Career Center offers a wide variety of events to help you successfully land after graduating from GVSU!
For questions about the Ceramics area, please contact:
1402 Calder Arts Center