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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

18 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 523 Ceramic Materials 3
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.