The ceramics department offers students the opportunity to explore a variety of building techniques from hand-built sculptural construction and throwing on a potter’s wheel to making plaster molds and slip casting. The students achieve a technical understanding of the material by mixing their own clays and glazes and firing a variety of kilns. Students are simultaneously encouraged to experiment and to develop their visual and conceptual skills.
The art department has a fully equipped ceramics studio with materials that allow for making and firing every type of clay body from earthenware to porcelain. There are multiple electric kilns plus two gas kilns, one large enough for single pieces up to 4 feet tall, and a recently built wood kiln. There is at least one nationally or internationally known visiting artist per year on a rotating schedule of potters, sculptors and slip casters, often these are linked to an exhibition of the artists work in the UCA Baum Gallery. Recent visitors include Joe Page, Justin Novak, Lisa Orr, Jeff Oestrich, Tony Hepburn, Tomio Fujita, Heather Alexander, Jeannie Hulan, Adam Posnak, Edie Tsong, and Gina Bobroski.
The studio atmosphere is one of exploration, excitement, hard work and fun. Many topics are covered, from the technical; mixing our own clays and glazes and firing a range of kilns at a variety of temperatures, to the conceptual; idea based projects that push students to think deeply and creatively about their reasons for making and their aesthetic choices. There is an active Clay Club which students who have taken ceramics are encouraged to join.
BFA Major in Studio Art (80 hours of Art)
The program is 120 semester credit hours, including at least 40 upper-division credit hours. The program requires 80 hours of art and art history, 35 hours of UCA Core courses (fine arts requirement not required for art majors – completion of the major fulfills the requirement), and 3 hours of foreign language at the 2000 level. Art courses must follow a prerequisite structure. Students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA and 3.25 major GPA on a minimum of 24 hours of art may apply for entrance into the BFA program after successfully completing SMAI (Sophomore Major Advancement Interview). Students should submit application for acceptance into the BFA program in the spring of the sophomore year.
In order to complete the state-mandated minimum number of hours for core requirements in general education, art majors are required to complete a Humanities course in the Diversity in Creative Works category and a Humanities course in either the Responsible Living category or the Diversity in World Cultures category.
Downloads and Links
To download BFA/Ceramic Emphasis Checklist, click here: Ceramics Checklist
To download pdf of the General Education Checklist, click here: UCA Core (General Education) Classes Checklist
To download BFA Studio Program Completion Plan, click here: BFA Studio
To download BFA application, click here: BFA Application
To download BFA Studo Practicum Guidlines, click here: BFA Studio Practicum
To download Individual Study Guidelines, click here: Individual Study
To download Art Internship Guidelines (ART 4375, 4675), click here: Art Internships
For more information see the Undergraduate Bulletin
For detailed course information and descriptions, see Courses in Art