Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics with Entrepreneurial Studies

Ceramics with Entrepreneurial Studies

Roberto Lugo, Program Head
Tyler School of Art Building, Room 150L
roberto.lugo@temple.edu

Undergraduate students' exploration of ceramics can take many forms. There is state of the art equipment available for wheelwork, mold making and slip casting, as well as large kilns for hand building and sculpture. Students are encouraged to investigate a wide range of processes, including the recent addition of 3-D modeling and printing, as they develop their own personal visions. Separate studio space is available for junior and senior majors, and students are encouraged to reach outside their own spheres for inspiration and ideas. Many of our students are interested in interdisciplinary work, such as integrating industrial design and pushing it into the fine arts perspective, resulting in new hybrids. A recent special project with an art conservation firm had students researching and recreating historical Rookwood tiles for a restoration project at a nearby architectural landmark. This provided firsthand experience collaborating with conservators and architects and ceramic technicians. The Ceramics program makes a point of drawing on the energy and resources of the city. Students attend lectures and exhibitions at museums, galleries and other cultural institutions all over town, and participate in community arts projects in the ongoing collaboration with Philadelphia's Mural Arts Project.

Designed to complement the studio experience with tools to support a studio practice or pursue graduate studies, the Entrepreneurship coursework enhances students' career options. Graduates of this degree program will possess requisite business skills to support themselves as visual artists or entrepreneurs in art and related fields.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics with Entrepreneurial Studies may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 126 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. All Ceramics with Entrepreneurial Studies majors must complete the BFA with Entrepreneurial Studies curriculum and General Education requirements.

  •  Students must earn a C- or better in CRFT 2151 and CRFT 2161 to enter the Ceramics with Entrepreneurial Studies major.
  • The eight required Junior/Senior studio courses and CRFT 4496 (capstone) must be completed with a C- or better to fulfill major requirements. 

Major Requirements for the B.F.A. in Ceramics with Entrepreneurial Studies

Sophomore Prerequisites
CRFT 2151Beginning Ceramics3
CRFT 2161Intermediate Ceramics3
Junior Requirements
CRFT 3162Advanced Ceramics (This course is repeatable and should be taken once in the fall and once in the spring)6
Two additional specialized Ceramics courses (see list below)6
Senior Requirements
CRFT 4162Advanced Ceramics (This course is repeatable and should be taken once in the fall and once in the spring)6
Two additional specialized Ceramics courses (see list below)6
CRFT 4496Business Practices in Crafts (Capstone)3

Specialized Ceramics Courses

CRFT 3121Tyler Art Workshop in Scotland (for Summer Study Abroad; offered infrequently) 13 or 6
CRFT 3148Ceramic Mold Making3
CRFT 3149Primitive Ceramics3
CRFT 3151Two-Dimensional Ceramics3
CRFT 3153Ceramic Materials3
CRFT 3158Porcelain3
CRFT 3161Advanced Throwing and Wheel Work3
CRFT 3162Advanced Ceramics3
CRFT 3170Ceramic Workshop3

Entrepreneurship Courses

Select three of the following:9
Be Your Own Boss: Planning to Start Your Own Business
Entrepreneurial and Innovative Thinking
Lean Startup: Fast & Frugal Approaches to High-Impact New Ventures, Product Invention, & Innovation
Ready, Fire, Aim: Launching a Profitable Micro-venture in 100 Days
Doing Well by Doing Good: Where Innovation and Entrepreneurship Meet Social Impact
Finance Your Ideas: Crowdfunding, Grants, Banks, Venture Funds, Corporate and Private Investment
Special Topics - Strategic Management
Incubator Internship: Contribute, Connect and Learn as a Part of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
New Venture Internship: Learning to be a High-Value Employee, Manager, or Founder
Select one of the following: 23
Field Internship in Ceramics
Field Internship in Glass
Field Internship in Fibers
Field Internship Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM
Business Practices in Crafts (WI)
Art Careers Promotion
The Business of Design (WI)
Field Internship
Art Career Workshop (WI)
Field Internship
Creative Cottage Industrialist
Rome Internship
Total Credit Hours12

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different. 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics with Entrepreneurial Studies

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
FDPR 1511Foundation Drawing13
FDPR 15212D Foundation Principles3
FDPR 15313D Foundation Principles/W3
FDPR 1501Introduction to Art and Design1
ARTH 1155 or 1955Arts of the World I: Prehistoric to 13003
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
FDPR 1512Foundation Drawing3
FDPR 15222D Foundation Principles3
FDPR 15323D Foundation Principles/C3
FDPR 1502Investigations of Art and Design1
ARTH 1156 or 1956Arts of the World II: 1300 to the 21st Century13
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
CRFT 2151Beginning Ceramics3
Select two of the following:6
CRFT 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
PDS 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
CRFT 2161Intermediate Ceramics3
Select one of the following:23
CRFT 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
PDS 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
Select one of the following:3
Be Your Own Boss: Planning to Start Your Own Business 
Entrepreneurial and Innovative Thinking 
Lean Startup: Fast Frugal Approaches to High-Impact New Ventures, Product Invention, Innovation 
Ready, Fire, Aim: Launching a Profitable Micro-venture in 100 Days 
Doing Well by Doing Good: Where Innovation and Entrepreneurship Meet Social Impact 
Finance Your Ideas: Crowdfunding, Grants, Banks, Venture Funds, Corporate and Private Investment 
Special Topics - Strategic Management 
Incubator Internship: Contribute, Connect and Learn as a Part of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem 
New Venture Internship: Learning to be a High-Value Employee, Manager, or Founder 
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CRFT 3162Advanced Ceramics3
CRFT 3000+ (Specialized Ceramics Course)3
Select one of the following (not previously chosen):3
Be Your Own Boss: Planning to Start Your Own Business 
Entrepreneurial and Innovative Thinking 
Lean Startup: Fast Frugal Approaches to High-Impact New Ventures, Product Invention, Innovation 
Ready, Fire, Aim: Launching a Profitable Micro-venture in 100 Days 
Doing Well by Doing Good: Where Innovation and Entrepreneurship Meet Social Impact 
Finance Your Ideas: Crowdfunding, Grants, Banks, Venture Funds, Corporate and Private Investment 
Special Topics - Strategic Management 
Incubator Internship: Contribute, Connect and Learn as a Part of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem 
New Venture Internship: Learning to be a High-Value Employee, Manager, or Founder 
Art History Elective34
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
CRFT 3162Advanced Ceramics3
CRFT 3000+ (Specialized Ceramics Course)3
Select one of the following (not previously chosen):3
Be Your Own Boss: Planning to Start Your Own Business 
Entrepreneurial and Innovative Thinking 
Lean Startup: Fast Frugal Approaches to High-Impact New Ventures, Product Invention, Innovation 
Ready, Fire, Aim: Launching a Profitable Micro-venture in 100 Days 
Doing Well by Doing Good: Where Innovation and Entrepreneurship Meet Social Impact 
Finance Your Ideas: Crowdfunding, Grants, Banks, Venture Funds, Corporate and Private Investment 
Special Topics - Strategic Management 
Incubator Internship: Contribute, Connect and Learn as a Part of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem 
New Venture Internship: Learning to be a High-Value Employee, Manager, or Founder 
Art History Elective WI3,54
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
CRFT 4162Advanced Ceramics3
CRFT 3000+ (Specialized Ceramics Course)3
CRFT, GAD, or PDS 2000+ Studio Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Open Elective33
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CRFT 4162Advanced Ceramics3
CRFT 3000+ (Specialized Ceramics Course)3
CRFT 4496Business Practices in Crafts [WI]3
Select one of the following:43
Field Internship in Ceramics 
Field Internship in Glass 
Field Internship in Fibers 
Field Internship Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM 
Business Practices in Crafts [WI] 
Art Careers Promotion 
The Business of Design [WI] 
Field Internship 
Art Career Workshop [WI] 
Field Internship 
Creative Cottage Industrialist 
Rome Internship 
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 126

Please Note: An approved study abroad program waives the GenEd Global/World Society (GG) requirement; however, these credits must be made up with academic coursework taken outside of Tyler departments to be in compliance with BFA accreditation. Ceramics majors interested in studying abroad should consult with an academic advisor to determine if a semester (generally spring semester of second year) or a summer program would be the best option to remain on track for graduation. If a student is spending a traditional semester abroad, CRFT 2151 must be completed prior to studying abroad. To remain on track for graduation, permission may be granted to substitute an additional specialized ceramics course in lieu of an advanced ceramics course.