The Ceramics major provides students with a thorough grounding in the discipline intended to prepare them for a variety of careers. Students are encouraged to develop a well-rounded education, and various approaches to making ceramics, whether vessel, sculptural or experimental, are supported by the faculty and curriculum.
A series of 200 level introductory courses offer students planning to major in Ceramics the experiences of learning to throw on the wheel, to hand-build, to understand clay and glaze technology, and to make molds and casts. These courses provide a solid basis in the processes, technologies and aesthetic issues of contemporary ceramics practice. Ceramics majors also continue to take liberal studies courses and electives for a broader understanding of fine craft, art, design, history, and culture.
In the third year of study, the emphasis shifts from learning techniques and processes to developing individual choices and expression with the students' work. Finally, in the fourth year of study, students develop a self-directed, mature and cohesive body of studio work with the support of the faculty advisors.
New introductory and intermediate ceramics courses with an emphasis on experimental approaches, provide the students with tools for working within inter-media or interdisciplinary frameworks. These courses promote research and inquiry into ceramics materials, processes, and technologies normally outside the general study of ceramics.
Each academic year a different visiting artist / instructor teaches and works in the studios, bringing new energy and ideas to the program. As well, numerous guest artists are invited to lead short, intensive workshops, and students can take part in many extracurricular activities each year, such as field trips in western Canada and the northern United States, conferences and exchange exhibitions.
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Students in all ACAD programs can access individual program requirements within the Academic Calendar and are responsible for meeting the outlined requirements of their academic program.
Each term, ACAD’s Ceramics Program shares their most exciting news, announcements, visiting artist schedules, critical examinations of works and alumni notes in the ACAD Ceramics Newsletter. Find out what’s happening in Ceramics today by downloading the latest copy!
Our Ceramics Department Faculty are powerful forces in the Albertan, Canadian and international artistic community, exhibiting and researching here at home, and around the world. They include: