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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Sam Olfano
Assistant Professor of Art, Area Coordinator - Photography

John Meza
Associate Professor of Art

Collier Parker
Professor of Art

Peter Hoffer
Associate Professor of Art, Area Coordinator - Printmaking, Foundations
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.

Elizabeth

I cannot imagine a better place to work and utilize all the skills learned while at Marywood.

I graduated from Marywood University in May 2014 and currently work as a Communication Specialist for Mercy Volunteer Corps (MVC), a small non-profit organization based outside Philadelphia.  MVC places volunteers for one year of service in cities across the United States and South America.  Their mission is to support people who are poor and marginalized through the efforts of our volunteers, support teams, alumni, and staff. 

As a Communication Specialist, I am responsible for the marketing of their brand and their internal and external communications.  My responsibilities range from producing monthly newsletters to press releases on their new volunteer positions and service site expansions.  MVC is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, so I also work closely with the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy.  Working for Mercy Volunteer Corps as a graphic designer has given me many opportunities to expand my skills.  I work with some of the most wonderful people who are always supportive of my creative process and encourage me to continue learning through conferences, webinars, and other events.

I cannot imagine a better place to work and utilize all the skills learned while at Marywood.  Mercy Volunteer Corps is truly the dream job for me and I could not have gotten where I am without the support and guidance of the Marywood community!

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