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Bachelor of Fine Arts - Option in Ceramics (132 units)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is offered for the student eventually seeking a Master of Fine Arts degree, the position of a professional artist or designer, and for teaching studio art within a selected specialization. The B.F.A. degree program is demanding, requiring high quality performance in order to develop the professional competence of talented students toward successful entrance into the professional art field.

To remain a B.F.A. candidate, a successful student must maintain a specified minimum GPA in their discipline. See Program Options for specific GPA requirements.

Option in Ceramics (132 units)

Students who fall below a GPA of 3.0 in upper division courses in Ceramics for two consecutive semesters will be removed from this B.F.A. program.


Lower Division:

Take all of the following courses:

  • AH 111A Foundation Art History I (3)
    Prerequisites: One GE Foundation course
  • AH 111B Foundation Art History II (3)
    Prerequisites: One GE Foundation course
  • ART 130 Foundation Two Dimensional (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • ART 131 Foundation Three Dimensional (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • ART 181 Foundation Drawing (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • ART 251A Introduction to Ceramics: Handbuilding (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: ART 131
  • ART 251B Intro to Ceramics: Wheel Throwing (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: ART 131
  • ART 287 Introduction to Painting (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 130, ART 181

Take 3 units of the following:

  • 100-level AH

Take one of the following courses:

  • ART 184 Foundation Life Drawing (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 181
  • ART 261 Introduction to Life Sculpture (3)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: ART 131 or ART 181; AH 111A or AH 111B, or consent of instructor.

Upper Division:

Take all of the following courses:

  • ART 311 Writing about Art (3).
    Prerequisites: Art Major or consent of instructor. GE Foundation completed, upper division standing. You must have scored 11 or higher on the GWAR Placement Examination or completed the necessary portfolio course that is a prerequisite for a GWAR Writing Intensive Capstone.
  • ART 341A Intermediate Ceramics: Handbuilding (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 131, ART 251A; AH 111A or AH 111B.
  • ART 341B Intermediate Ceramics: Wheel Throwing (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 131, ART 251B; AH 111A or AH 111B.
  • ART 343A Ceramics Sculpture (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 341A
  • ART 343B Advanced Wheel Throwing (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 341B
  • ART 352A Ceramics: Glaze Technology (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 131, ART 251A or ART 251B; AH 111A or AH 111B.
  • ART 352B Ceramics Plaster Shop (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 251A or ART 251B; AH 111A or AH 111B.
  • ART 451A Advanced Ceramics (3)
    Prerequisite: ART 343A or ART 343B
  • ART 451B Advanced Ceramics (3)
    Prerequisite: ART 451A
  • ART 491A Ceramics: Senior Project (1)
    Prerequisite: ART 451A or ART 451B or consent of instructor

Take 9 units of AH. Only 3 units may be AH 438, AH 439 or AH 441

Take 3 units Upper Division ART.

Take 6 units ART outside the specialization

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