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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Christine Medley
Associate Professor of Graphic Design, Area Coordinator - Graphic Design

Ashley Hartman
Assistant Professor of Art Therapy

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

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.

Kathryn

My experience at Marywood has driven me to excel in everything I do throughout my design career.

I graduated from Marywood University in 2010 with my BFA in Graphic Design.  I currently serve as the Creative Director at Net Driven, a web design and internet marketing company based in Scranton, PA.  Net Driven focuses on helping independent automotive businesses thrive in their surrounding communities throughout the United States and Canada.

In my position, I oversee the website creation and development process from start to finish.  I ensure that every website meets the high company standard while urging my team of 10 to push their creative limits daily.  I also have a major hand in the online software development arena, collaborating with Net Driven's in-house software development team to create the overall look of online products as well as defining the user experience.  I have even helped shape the company brand by formulating brand guidelines and designing mass marketing materials for Net Driven's own self-promotion.

My experience at Marywood has driven me to excel in everything I do throughout my design career.  Marywood has taught me to always look forward for the next great idea.  I was always encouraged to take that "extra step" with my education through community service and honors coursework.  I currently continue this mission with my team by providing supplemental trainings, reading discussions, and team building activities both in and out of the office that enrich the everyday experience of working for Net Driven.

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