Sculpting Class

Ceramic Arts (Certificate)

Graduate
  • Master's

About this Program

Through lectures and critiques, students explore the history of ceramics and the issues and ideas that underpin contemporary work.

Program Overview

Exploring processes, building skills

The program emphasizes universal design principles and development of technical proficiency. Faculty who are themselves accomplished ceramic artists teach techniques, treatments and properties associated with clay, as well as forming, texture, color, surface decoration, glazing, firing and more. Outstanding facilities include a kiln pavilion that has five atmospheric kilns: exploratory research, production soda, large-scale sculpture, hybrid gas/soda/wood, and a Sanderson ECO wood train.Through study and studio work, and hands-on experience with these kilns, students produce a comprehensive body of work.

Career focused

Secondary art teachers find the program ideal for obtaining continuing education credits or adding a ceramic arts focus to their teaching. Working artists and those considering a career in the field — perhaps in a gallery, production, a supply house or as an independent artist — benefit from courses in art management and marketing. The capstone project makes further career connections as students explore and define how their personal aesthetics communicate and connect with people in a way that is professionally viable.

Concentrated format, accelerated completion

Courses are concentrated in a series of intensive weekends throughout the year or in rigorous one-week and two-week sessions during the summer, allowing students to complete the program in as little as a year if they wish. Credits may be applied toward Hood’s M.A. or MFA in Ceramic Arts.

Workshops and events

The Hood College Graduate School also offers workshops, studio courses and events designed to allow ceramic artists, both experienced and aspiring, to gain specialized knowledge in the field. 

Program Contact

Program Director

Phone
301-696-3526

Christian DiGregorio

Director of Graduate Admission

Phone
301-696-3604

Degrees Offered

  • Certificate

Related Graduate Programs

Program Requirements and Course Listings

Requirements for the Certificate

The certificate includes 14 credits of required coursework and a minimum of 4 credits of electives for a total of at least 18 credits.

Required (14 credits)

ARTS 501Glaze Application

1.0

ARTS 502East Asian Wedged Coil Technique

1.0

ARTS 505Ceramic Wheel: Masters' Throwing Concepts

2.0

ARTS 508Ceramic Sculpture

3.0

ARTS 523Ceramic Materials

3.0

Capstone Courses

ARTS 569Survival Skills for Visual Artists

1.0

ARTS 570Seminar in Personal Studio Research

3.0

Electives (minimum 4 credits)

ARTS 500Ceramics:Sculpture/Handbuilding

3.0

ARTS 503Ceramic Wheel: Intensive Throwing

3.0

ARTS 504Ceramic Decoration

3.0

ARTS 506Ceramic Wheel: Masters' Throwing II

2.0

ARTS 507Plates and Platters

1.0

ARTS 509Throwing Large Forms

3.0

ARTS 510Brush Making

1.0

ARTS 512Eastern & Western Tech in Trimming

1.0

ARTS 517Dynamic and Asymmetrical Wheel

3.0

ARTS 520Photographing Ceramics

1.0

ARTS 525Electric Kilns

1.0

ARTS 530Kiln Technology & Firing Theory

2.0

ARTS 531Wood Firing Theory

2.0

ARTS 532Firing Large Scale Wood Kiln

2.0

ARTS 540Clay/Glaze Chemistry Theory & Practice

3.0

ARTS 542Modeling the Figure

3.0

ARTS 543History of Ceramic Arts

3.0

ARTS 545Large Scale and Composite Sculpture

3.0

ARTS 547Creating with Porcelain

3.0

ARTS 564Aesthetics and Criticism

3.0

ARTS 575Independent Study

1.0 - 3.0

ARTS 590Teaching Assistant in Ceramic Arts

1.0 - 4.0

ARTS 599Special Topics in Ceramic Arts

1.0 - 3.0

The 18 credits required to earn the Graduate Certificate in Ceramic Arts can be completed in one year.

For students applying to the Certificate in Ceramic Arts program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • One copy of official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended
  • An essay (500 words or less) discussing previous academic and personal experiences with clay, current work and professional goals in relation to the certificate
  • A portfolio on CD with 300 dpi digital images to include
    • 12 images of current work
    • 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

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