The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics is a four-year, 120 credit hour immersive course of study of the Ceramics medium.
NOTE: Students pursuing the B.F.A. in Visual Art may also choose to focus primarily on Ceramics in their intermediate/advanced studies.
The first year is spent in Foundations where students focus on the development of their creative and technical skills.
After the foundation year, Ceramics students will pursue instruction on a broad range of approaches and techniques including handbuilding, throwing, slip casting and mould making. Specialized surfaces, like earthenware low temperature majolica, decals, as well as stoneware and porcelain high temperature glazes, and atmospheric firings, such as gas reduction, salt, and wood are fundamental elements of the curriculum. Courses are also available in kiln building, as well as clay and glaze formulation.
Ten of the major studio credit hours are capstone courses (normally taken both semesters of senior year) in which students work independently on the development of a cohesive portfolio of work that is strong in technique and concept.
Students are also required to take 15 hours of Art History. As of Fall 2013, all undergraduate students at the University of Kansas are required to complete the KU Core »