Graduate Menu
Home  |  Programs
  |  Program Overview
Bookmark and Share

Program Overview

The Hood College Graduate Certificate in Ceramic Arts is a post-baccalaureate program designed to provide advanced studio experience for local, regional, national and international students. The program places special emphasis on the unique requirements of teaching ceramic arts at a variety of levels. Students will produce a comprehensive body of work focusing on universal design principles, the development of technical proficiency and the refinement of personal expression.

Art teachers pursuing a Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certification in Secondary Education as well as established artists seeking a higher level of instruction for personal creative development will benefit from the career-enhancing courses in the Graduate Certificate in Ceramic Arts program. Studio arts courses supplement the Master of Arts in the Humanities program.

Admission Requirements:
To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Ceramic Arts program, students must meet the admission requirements of the Hood College Graduate School and submit:

  • A completed application to the Hood College Graduate School
  • Request one copy of official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended, sent directly to the graduate school
  • A minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA is required
  • A formal essay of no more than 500 words discussing previous academic and personal experience with clay, current work, and professional and personal goals in relationship to the certificate in ceramic arts
  • A portfolio is required and may be submitted as an all-inclusive package on a CD with 300dpi digital images. The portfolio must include:
    • 12 images
    • A corresponding image list stating title of work, medium, size and dates of completion
    • An artist statement about the portfolio work addressing concept, objectives and process
    • Résumé

Program Requirements

19 credits are required to complete the certificate in ceramic arts.

ARTS 501 Glaze Application 1
ARTS 502 East Asian Wedged Coil Technique 1
ARTS 505 Ceramic Wheel: Masters’ Throwing 2
ARTS 508 Ceramic Sculpture 3
ARTS 511 Properties of Clay 1
ARTS 521 Properties of Glaze 2
ARTS 569 Survival Skills for Visual Artists 1
ARTS 570 Graduate Seminar in Personal Studio Research 3
ARTS 500 Ceramic Handbuilding/Sculpture 3*
ARTS 503 Ceramic Wheel: Intensive Throwing 3*
ARTS 504 Ceramic Decoration 3
ARTS 506 Ceramic Wheel: Masters’ Throwing II (prerequisite 503 or 505) 2
ARTS 507 Plates and Platters (prerequisite 503 or 505) 1
ARTS 509 Throwing Large Forms (prerequisite 505) 3
ARTS 510 Brushmaking 1
ARTS 512 Eastern and Western Techniques in Trimming 1
ARTS 515 Ceramic Arts Throwing Lab 1
ARTS 517 Dynamic and Asymmetrical Wheel 3
ARTS 520 Photographing Ceramics 1
ARTS 525 Electric Kiln 1
ARTS 530 Kiln Technology and Firing Theory 2
ARTS 531 Wood Firing Theory 2
ARTS 532 Multichambered Kiln Wood Firing 2
ARTS 540 Clay and Glaze Chemistry: Theory and Practice 3
ARTS 542 Modeling the Figure 3
ARTS 543 History of Ceramics 3
ARTS 545 Composite Sculpture 3
ARTS 547 Creating with Porcelain 3
ARTS 552 Kiln Design and Construction 3
ARTS 564 Aesthetics and Criticism 3
ARTS 571 Arts Management and Marketing 3
ARTS 575 Independent Study 1-6
ARTS 599 Special Topics Graduate Courses† 1-3

Additional graduate level ceramics courses may serve as optional credits with adviser approval.

*Note: ARTS 500 and 503 are remedial courses and do not count toward an M.F.A. Only one of the two will apply toward the ceramics certificate.


Joyce Michaud, associate professor, is the founding director of the MFA and Graduate Certificate in Ceramics Arts programs and studio arts coordinator. She graduated magna cum laude from Lycoming College with a bachelor's degree in art and education, pursued her graduate degree in ceramics at Columbia Visual Arts College and completed her MFA in ceramics with a specialty in museum studies at The George Washington University. Michaud brings her in-depth research of structural strength concepts in clay to her teaching of advanced throwing skills, sculptural applications of East Asian wedged coil techniques and paper thin or large sculptural porcelain work. Her work is represented in numerous public and private collections nationally and internationally, including the Wuxi Museum of Art in Yixing, China and the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery.

Philip Berneburg, ceramic engineer and studio potter, earned a master’s degree in mineralogy and crystallography from Harvard University and has been teaching pottery for more than 15 years.

Rebecca Bafford, assistant professor and curator at Howard Community College in Columbia, Md., has served as executive director of Columbia Art Center for 11 years. Bafford earned an MFA from The George Washington University in arts administration, curatorial research and planning, exhibition development, course design, community initiatives, financial management, fundraising, community relations and program execution.

Brad Birkhimer earned his BFA from The Ohio State University and his MFA from West Virginia University in ceramics. He is a studio potter, and conducting workshops, lectures and slide talks; exhibits locally; and teaches at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Va.

Kevin Crowe produces wood-fired, functional pottery in a three-chambered hybrid kiln at Tye River Pottery. He has taught courses and workshops on wood kiln construction, firing, throwing large-scale work and teaware throughout the nation.

Ann Hobart earned her MAT from Wesleyan University. A professional potter with more than 30 years of experience making and teaching pottery, has taught at the Delaplaine Visual and Arts Education Center in Frederick and is the founder of the Potters’ Guild of Frederick.

Peg Koetsch earned her BFA in synaesthetic education from Syracuse University, and her M.A. in ceramics from Columbia Visual Arts College in Maryland. She’s held curatorial positions at art and science museums, including the National Museum of Natural History. Through her company, Learning Insights, Koetsch creates innovative educational programs.

Anthonio Tobias Mendez has been creating figure sculpture for more than 20 years, creating monuments and memorials and other public art works around the country. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he has created more than two dozen public art projects.

Catherine White earned an MFA in ceramics at Antioch University in Maryland and served there as an assistant professor teaching ceramic wheel, hand building and drawing. She has been an adjunct instructor of ceramics at American University in Washington, D.C., and is an adjunct instructor at Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C. She is a working potter who fulfills yearly commissions for OMEN, a restaurant in Soho, New York City (affiliated with OMEN, Kyoto).

Hood College regularly brings well-known artists to campus to teach classes and conduct workshops.

View the brochure.