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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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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Matt Povse
Assistant Professor of Art

Christine Medley
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

Mark Webber
Assistant Professor

Peter Hoffer
Associate Professor of Art
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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 Art (2-D, 3-D)

Within the Bachelor of Fine Arts: Studio Art major, 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.

Foundation Courses for both 2-D and 3-D Emphases

15 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 322 Foundation Portfolio Review 0

B.F.A. Studio Art (3-D)
Ceramics Track

63 credits

Students in the 3-D ceramics track 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 the ceramics industry, and the historical record of clay objects since prehistoric times.

ART 113* Art History I 3
ART 114* Art History II 3
ART 215A Figure Drawing I 3
ART 218 Art in the Modern Era 3
ART 223 Basic Ceramics
3
ART 261 Sculpture I
3
ART 322A,B,C Portfolio Review
0
ART 323 Ceramics I
3
ART 325 Jewelry-Metal I
3
ART 241 Computer Graphics I
3
ART 328 Ceramics II
3
ART 329 Ceramics III
6
ART 329B Intermediate Ceramics IV 3
ART 455 Professional Contribution (Exhibit) 0
ART 464A Advanced Ceramics
6
ART 464B Advanced Ceramics
6
ART Elective Studio (3) or Fieldwork Experience (ART 449)
3
ART Elective Art History Elective 
3
ART Elective  Art History Elective 3
ART Elective Studio Elective 3

*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.