Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics

Ceramics

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

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Ceramics program at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture welcomes students into a diverse community of thinkers and makers who challenge traditional processes in a forward-looking way.
 
Led by a faculty of practicing artists in state-of-the-art facilities, Ceramics majors work in a close-knit environment, side-by-side with graduate students, as they explore traditional and experimental clay techniques. The program draws on the energy and resources of the urban landscape of Philadelphia—a city with a longstanding clay culture and vibrant visual art scene—to forge community partnerships that lead to broader, inclusive perspectives, conversations and exchanges of ideas.
 
Students learn product design and production, studio management and gallery installation, as well as critical thinking and problem solving—transferable skills that help prepare them for success in any artistic discipline or profession, including as educators, gallery operators, architectural designers, curators and more. Students also have opportunities for internships in Philadelphia’s densely networked clay community.

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 ART 2101 and ART 2102 to enter the Ceramics major.
  • The eight required Junior/Senior studio courses and ART 4096 (capstone) must be completed with a C- or better to fulfill major requirements. 

Major Requirements for B.F.A. in Ceramics

Sophomore Prerequisites
ART 2101Beginning Ceramics3
ART 2102Intermediate Ceramics3
Junior Requirements
ART 3101Advanced 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
ART 4101Advanced 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
ART 4096Business Practices in Crafts (Capstone, WI)3

Specialized Ceramics Courses

ART 3103Two-Dimensional Ceramics3
ART 3104Ceramic Materials3
ART 3105Porcelain3
ART 3106Advanced Throwing and Wheel Work3
ART 3107Ceramic Mold Making3
ART 3110Ceramic Workshop3

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 2019-2020 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
ART 2101Beginning Ceramics3
ART or GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective3
ART or GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
ART 2102Intermediate Ceramics3
ART or GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective3
ART or GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
ART 3101Advanced Ceramics3
ART 31xx (Specialized Ceramics Course)3
ART or GAD Studio Elective3
Art History Elective24
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
ART 3101Advanced Ceramics3
ART 31xx (Specialized Ceramics Course)3
ART or GAD Studio Elective3
Art History Elective [WI]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
ART 4101Advanced Ceramics3
ART 31xx (Specialized Ceramics Course)3
ART 4096Business Practices in Crafts [WI]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Non-Studio Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
ART 4101Advanced Ceramics3
ART 31xx (Specialized Ceramics Course)3
ART or GAD Studio Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Open Elective23
 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, ART 2101 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.