Academic Programs of Study

Ceramics

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art

  • Foundation in 3-D design with a focus on the clay medium
  • Fully equipped ceramics studio with personal workspaces

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Ceramics at Marywood

The curricular goal of the Ceramics Program is to develop a strong three-dimensional design background while learning about the technical complexity of clay as the primary medium. Project concepts are grounded in contemporary ceramics art movements, good design in ceramics industry and the historical record of clay objects since prehistoric times.

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Pamela M. Parsons
Chair, Associate Professor of Art, Area Coordinator - Graduate Painting

Nikki Moser
Assistant Professor of Art, Area Coordinator - 3D Studies

Stephanie Wise
Clinical Associate Professor of Art, Director Art Therapy
This is just a sample of our Visual Arts faculty - see them all!

Our ceramics studio includes:

  • Brent slab roller
  • Brent electric wheels
  • Brent kick wheels
  • Lockerbie kick wheels
  • Handcrafted cherry treadle
  • Extruders with various sized barrels
  • Soldner clay mixer
  • Pug mill
  • Electric kilns of various sizes
  • 3-cubic foot Alpine gas kiln
  • 20-cubic foot Laguna gas kiln
  • Gas raku kiln
  • Spray/glaze booths
  • Slip/casting station

Ceramics majors also have access to personal workspaces that are connected to the main work room and kiln room.

The curricular goal is the development of persons with knowledge, technical skills, conceptual abilities and artistic sensitivity within a supportive environment to prepare them for the demanding and competitive design fields.

Marie

I am so grateful that I get to do what I love at one of the best museums in the country.

I graduated from Marywood University in 2015 with a B.A. in Art Administration. I currently work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Development department as a Major Gifts Assistant. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

As the Major Gifts Assistant, I report to two Major Gifts Officers and also to the Senior Director of Major Gifts. I am responsible for preparing and completing mailings, scheduling, pulling reports, and letter writing. I move management tracking and reporting via Raiser’s Edge database. Every day is different and it is always interesting and exciting.

I am so grateful that I get to do what I love at one of the best museums in the country. This degree gave me the ability to explore a wide range of career paths in the arts. I really liked that it was a good mix of creative and practical skills. I am proud of my accomplishments and I am proud to be a Marywood graduate. Set goals and then attack them!

 

 

 

 

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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B.F.A. Studio Emphasis

Within the Bachelor of Fine Arts: Studio Art, there are two areas of emphasis: 2-D and 3-D. The Studio Art program equips students to meet an ever-changing and competitive field through a commitment to creative thinking and endeavor. The goal for students is that they become independent, creative thinkers, responsible to a wide audience and assertive in their own kind of expression. All students take foundation courses, intermediate students take intermediate level 2-D or 3-D courses. In sequential upper-level courses, students choose advanced courses in painting, illustration, ceramics or sculpture.

Common Requirements Courses for 2-D Emphasis and 3-D Emphasis 

Foundational Courses
18 credits

ART 110 Basic Drawing
3
ART 116 Drawing I
3
ART 118 Two-Dimensional Design and Color
3
ART 212 Three-Dimensional Design
3
ART 233* Painting I
3
ART 241 Computer Graphics
3
ART 322 Foundation Portfolio Review 0

*Graphic Design Majors must take ART 210, Introduction to Typography, in place of ART 233, Painting I.

Additional Common Courses
12 credits

ART 113* Art History I
3
ART 114* Art History II
3
ART 218 Art in the Modern Era
3
ART XXX Art History Elective or Studio Elective
(Art Therapy students required to take Studio Elective)
3
ART 322A,B,C Portfolio Review
0
DEAN 071 Undergraduate Degree Candidacy
0

*ART 120 plus one additional art history course (excluding ART 113, 114, 430, 431, 432) may be taken as an alternate to ART 113 and ART 114.


B.F.A. 
Scultpure, Ceramics Open  Track

48credits

Students in the sculpture/ceramics open track take courses that stress a high level of creativity and innovation. This program is a self-directed degree that prepares students to be successful in the contemporary art economy. Technical areas to which students can be exposed include modeling, carving, forging, fabrication, mold making, bronze/aluminum/glass casting, production pottery, glaze chemistry electric/gas/raku firing techniques and slipcasting. Students also have access to a comprehensive fibers studio including papermaking and weaving.

ART 223 Basic Ceramics
3
ART 261 Sculpture I 3
ART 325 Jewelry-Metal I 3
ART Elective 3D Studio Elective 3
ART Elective 3D Studio Elective 3
ART Elective 3D Studio Elective 3
ART Elective 3D Studio Elective 3
ART Elective Advanced 3D Studio Elective 6
ART Elective Advanced 3D Studio Elective 6
ART Elective Studio Elective 3
ART Elective Studio Elective 3
ART Elective Studio Elective 3
ART Elective Studio or Art History Elective 3
ART Elective Studio or Art History Elective 3