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Ceramic Art and Design


Ceramic art and design programs teach people to create art works out of clay and similar materials.

Students learn the skills of ceramic art, including:

In ceramics programs, students also study:


A few community colleges offer associate degree programs in ceramic art and design. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years of full-time study to complete.

Many colleges, universities, and independent art schools offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree program in ceramic art and design. A BFA degree usually takes about four to five years of full-time study.

Most universities offer graduate degrees in ceramic art and design. A Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree.

A few schools offer doctorate degrees in ceramics. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

See schools that offer this program.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Many programs require you to submit separate application materials in addition to your general college application. Usually you have to complete preliminary art courses, write a personal statement, and demonstrate skill working with clay.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, good test scores, and a developing ceramic project portfolio.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate programs in ceramics typically require:

Things to Know

At many schools, you have to pay a fee in addition to regular course tuition. The fee covers the cost of art materials, which include clay, glazes, and energy used to fire kilns.

Many programs offer personal studio space to ceramic students.

Often, ceramic students are employed in the ceramic studio. Students get paid while learning how to load, unload, and monitor kilns. They also learn how to mix clay and glazes.


East Side Area

Washington State University - Pullman

King-Snohomish Area

South Seattle College

University of Washington - Seattle

Spokane Area

Gonzaga University

Spokane Falls Community College

Whitworth University

Tacoma Area

Pacific Lutheran University

Vancouver Area

Clark College

West Side Area

Western Washington University