Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics

Ceramics

Chad Curtis, Chair, Crafts Department
Tyler School of Art Building
Room 210N
215-777-9168
cdcurtis@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.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics 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 majors must complete the BFA curriculum and General Education requirements.

  • Students must earn a C- or better in CRFT 2151 and CRFT 2161 to enter the Ceramics 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 B.F.A. in Ceramics

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
1

CRFT 3121 fulfills only one specialized Ceramics course requirement for the major if taken for either 3 credits or 6 credits.

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

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2017-2018 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 1955Art Heritage of the Western World I3
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 1956Art Heritage of the Western World II13
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
CRFT 2151Beginning Ceramics3
Select one of the following:3
CRFT 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
PDS 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
Select one of the following:3
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:3
CRFT 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
PDS 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
Select one of the following:3
CRFT 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
PDS 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CRFT 3162Advanced Ceramics3
CRFT 3000+ (Specialized Ceramics Course)3
CRFT, GAD, or PDS Studio Elective3
Art History Elective24
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
CRFT 3162Advanced Ceramics3
CRFT 3000+ (Specialized Ceramics Course)3
CRFT, GAD, or PDS Studio Elective3
Art History Elective [WI]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
CRFT 4162Advanced Ceramics3
CRFT 3000+ (Specialized Ceramics Course)3
CRFT, GAD, or PDS Studio Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Non-Studio Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CRFT 4162Advanced Ceramics3
CRFT 3000+ (Specialized Ceramics Course)3
CRFT 4496Business Practices in Crafts [WI] (Capstone)3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Open Elective23
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 126
1

These 2 courses constitute the waiver for the GenEd Arts category if the courses are completed with a C- or better.  

2

Students completing a 3 credit Art History 2000+ elective must select a 4 credit open elective to reach the minimum 126 credits to earn the BFA degree.

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 or a summer program would be the best option to remain on track for graduation.