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Maybe it was Patrick Swayze’s strong hands or Demi Moore’s gentle touch. Whatever the case, you’ve been haunted by visions of spinning brown clay ever since you saw Ghost. You can’t help yourself. The next logical step is to begin a major in Ceramics.

Ceramics is a mixture of sculpture, drawing, and the science behind the materials used in making ceramic objects. Similar to painting, sculpture, and other fine arts majors, ceramics may be listed under a broader art major. Whether it is on its own, or part of a larger context, though, a major in Ceramics will give you the opportunity to do what you love most: create works of art.

In addition to the opportunity to learn your craft, your studies will require you to learn some art history, theory, and criticism, providing you with a solid conceptual background to make sure you can go out there and create something original.


  • Advanced Ceramic Studio

  • Advanced Ceramics

  • Art Theory and Analysis

  • Carving

  • Drawing I & II

  • Introduction to Ceramics

  • Introduction to Chemistry

  • Sculpture Modeling

  • Survey of Western Art: Prehistoric to Medieval

  • Survey of Western Art: Renaissance to Post-Modern

  • Technology of Ceramics

  • Three-Dimensional Design

  • Two-Dimensional Design


Don’t think you can just sit down and begin making ornate jars of clay. This stuff takes a lot of practice, so if you’re interested, begin developing and honing those skills as soon as possible. You can always supplement your art history knowledge by frequent trips to museums and lectures. You’ll have to submit a portfolio when applying to college. Most art schools value strong observational skills, so draw from life as often as you can.