About the Program
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) Accredited
The B.F.A. degree in Ceramics is a studio-intensive program of study that prepares students to produce work of professional competence focusing on mastery of relevant technical skills and creative expression with a strong emphasis on concept, craftsmanship, design, and aesthetics. We offer wheel-throwing, hand-building, mold making, slip-casting, clay and glaze formulation, kiln theory, and studio practice. Our goal is to inspire creativity, conceptual development, and individual expression in both functional and/or sculptural ceramics. This 79-credit hour degree prepares students for advanced studies, graduate studies, or for beginning careers as professional designers or artists. The remaining credit hours are completed in required Intellectual Foundations courses.
About the Art and Design Department
402 Upton Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6032
Fax: (716) 878-4231
There is no entrance portfolio review for admission. All students enter as a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA-AH CER) ceramics major and complete a selection of foundation and major courses after which a portfolio review will be conducted for continuation in the B.F.A. ceramics degree program. The portfolio reviews are conducted by the faculty in the program and generally take place during the sophomore year. To remain in the B.F.A. degree program a 3.0 GPA in the major must be maintained. As a condition of graduation, each B.F.A. student will be required to mount an individual exhibition of his/her work and present a professional portfolio.
Transfer students are urged to submit their portfolios the semester before transfer in order to facilitate placement in departmental courses and/or for possible portfolio review.
For more information about the program, please visit http://artdesign.buffalostate.edu/ceramics.
The Art and Design Department reserves the right to retain students’ work for official purposes, such as exhibitions, catalogs, teaching aids, or permanent collections, and to use images of the students and their work for publicity and recruitment. Students are expected to assume the costs of materials used in courses. Some studio courses may have an additional charge for materials used in class. Students enrolled in a studio course are expected to work a minimum of two additional hours each week outside of class for each credit granted for that class and the hours gradually increase as the student progresses in the major.
The Art and Design Department may be in the process of curricular revision. Please refer to the college Web site or the department for updated information.
Intellectual Foundations Requirements
33-39 credit hours 33-39
Ceramics Major Requirements (79 credit hours)
Foundation Courses (37 credit hours)
DES 101/AAD 102 INTRODUCTION TO TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN 3
DES/AAD 103 INTRODUCTION TO THREE-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN 3
FAR/AAD 101 DRAWING I 3
DES 108/AAD 105 DIGITAL DESIGN AND FABRICATION 3
DES 230 INTRODUCTION TO JEWELRY MAKING 3
DES 242 FIBERS I 3
DES 250 WOOD DESIGN I 3
DES 312 HISTORY OF CRAFT: INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION TO THE PRESENT 3
DES 414 SENIOR SEMINAR/EXHIBITION 4
FAR 104/AAD 150 THEMES AND ISSUES IN THE CONTEMPORARY ARTS 3
FAR 250/AAD 251 ART HISTORY I 3
FAR 251/AAD 252 ART HISTORY II 3
Major Courses (30 credit hours)
DES 220 CERAMICS I 3
DES 320 CERAMICS II 3
DES 321 CERAMICS: JUNIOR STUDIO 3-12
DES 421 CERAMICS: SENIOR STUDIO 3-12
FAR 240 INTRODUCTORY SCULPTURE 3
FAR 345 FIGURE MODELING 3
Studio Electives Selected by Advisement (12 credit hours)
DES 330 APPLIED JEWELRY TECHNIQUES 3
DES 336 METALSMITHING 3
DES 338 COMPUTER THREE-DIMENSIONAL MODELING AND RENDERING 3
DES 342 FIBERS II 3
DES 350 WOOD DESIGN II 3
FAR 341 INTERMEDIATE SCULPTURE I 3
All College Electives
2-8 credit hours 2-8
Total Credit Hours 120