Ceramic Arts, Certificate

Program Director: Joyce Michaud, M.F.A., jmichaud@hood.edu; 301-696-3526

The Hood College Graduate Certificate in the Ceramic Arts is a post-baccalaureate program providing an advanced studio experience to assist students in achieving a professional level of proficiency in the ceramic arts. With attention to the application of universal design principles and the unique requirements for teaching the ceramic arts at a variety of institutional levels, the program has been designed to assist students in the development of technical proficiency, refinement of personal aesthetic expression and production of a comprehensive body of work. Although not a teaching certificate, the course work in ceramics will provide an intensive experience in a planned and structured curriculum based on aesthetics, technical and experiential learning and skill development. Through study, studio production and objective-subjective analysis of creative work, the program will prepare the student for the challenges, demands and opportunities of careers in ceramic arts and related art fields.

Students will gain knowledge and skills in the following:

  • Forms and aesthetics in ceramic arts media
  • Understanding of movements and concepts in art
  • An ability to analyze formal issues and apply accurate terminology to that analysis
  • Abilities to communicate aesthetic intentions verbally and in written form
  • Skills necessary to organize an exhibition of personal works of art to meet M.F.A. application criteria

Application Requirements

Submit all official transcripts. Submit an essay detailing your experiences in clay and your art background, as well as your goals for entering the program. Submit a portfolio on CD of a minimum of 12 300 dpi images of your work.

Requirements for the Certificate

The certificate includes 14 credits of required coursework and a minimum of 4 credits of electives for a total of at least 18 credits.

Required (14 credits)

ARTS 501Glaze Application

1.0

ARTS 502East Asian Wedged Coil Technique

1.0

ARTS 505Ceramic Wheel: Masters' Throwing Concepts

2.0

ARTS 508Ceramic Sculpture

3.0

ARTS 523Ceramic Materials

3.0

Capstone Courses

ARTS 569Survival Skills for Visual Artists

1.0

ARTS 570Seminar in Personal Studio Research

3.0

Electives (minimum 4 credits)

ARTS 500Ceramics:Sculpture/Handbuilding

3.0

ARTS 503Ceramic Wheel: Intensive Throwing

3.0

ARTS 504Ceramic Decoration

3.0

ARTS 506Ceramic Wheel: Masters' Throwing II

2.0

ARTS 507Plates and Platters

1.0

ARTS 509Throwing Large Forms

3.0

ARTS 510Brush Making

1.0

ARTS 512Eastern & Western Tech in Trimming

1.0

ARTS 515Ceramic Arts Throwing Lab

1.0

ARTS 517Dynamic and Asymmetrical Wheel

3.0

ARTS 520Photographing Ceramics

1.0

ARTS 525Electric Kilns

1.0

ARTS 530Kiln Technology & Firing Theory

2.0

ARTS 531Wood Firing Theory

2.0

ARTS 532Firing Large Scale Wood Kiln

2.0

ARTS 540Clay/Glaze Chemistry Theory & Practice

3.0

ARTS 542Modeling the Figure

3.0

ARTS 543History of Ceramic Arts

3.0

ARTS 545Large Scale and Composite Sculpture

3.0

ARTS 547Creating with Porcelain

3.0

ARTS 552Kiln Design and Construction

3.0

ARTS 564Aesthetics and Criticism

3.0

ARTS 571Arts Management & Marketing

3.0

ARTS 575Independent Study

1.0 - 3.0

ARTS 590Teaching Assistant in Ceramic Arts

1.0 - 4.0

ARTS 599Special Topics in Ceramic Arts

1.0 - 3.0

The 18 credits required to earn the Graduate Certificate in Ceramic Arts can be completed in one year.