Ceramics, Emphasis

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Major

The Core Curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking skills and introduce students to basic domains of thinking that transcend disciplines. The Core applies to all majors. Information on specific classes in the Core can be found at https://www.marshall.edu/gened/.

Core Curriculum
Core 1: Critical Thinking
FYS 100First Yr Sem Critical Thinking3
MTH 121 Bison image Concepts and Applications (CT)3
Critical Thinking3
Core 2
ENG 101 Bison image Beginning Composition3
ENG 201 Bison image Advanced Composition3
CMM 103 Bison image Fund Speech-Communication3
MTH 121 Bison image Concepts and Applications (CT)3
Core II Phys./Natural Science4
Core II Humanities3
Core II Social Science3
Core II Fine Arts3
Additional University Requirements
Writing Intensive3
Writing Intensive3
Multicultural/International3
Capstone3
Major Requirements
Art Foundation and Visual Art Courses
ART 101Visual Culture and Research3
ART 214Foundations: Grid/Chroma3
ART 215Foundations: Form/Space3
ART 217Foundations: Record/Layer3
ART 218Foundations: Site/Matrix3
ART 219Foundations: Frame/Time3
ART 298 Cap graduation image Foundations Review: BFA1
ART 201History of Art3
ART 202History of Art3
ART 38920th Century Art3
or ART 464 History of Modern Design
Art History Elective3
ART 390Professional Practice3
ART 497 Cap graduation image Capstone Studio3
ART 498 Bison image  Cap graduation image Senior Capstone Exhibition BFA3
Area of Emphasis-Specific
ART 305Ceramics3
ART 447Combined Ceramic Process3
ART 448Ceramic Mat & Processes3
ART 449Ceramic Sculpture3
or ART 451 Advanced Ceramics
ART 300/400 Level Emphasis Area3
ART 300/400 Level Emphasis Area3
ART 300/400 Level Emphasis Area3
Art Studio Elective3
Art Studio Elective3
Art Studio Elective3
Art Studio Elective3
Elective Outside of Major3
Elective Outside of Major3
Elective Outside of Major3
Elective Outside of Major3

Major Information

  • After completing the required six foundation courses:
    ART 101Visual Culture and Research3
    ART 214Foundations: Grid/Chroma3
    ART 215Foundations: Form/Space3
    ART 217Foundations: Record/Layer3
    ART 218Foundations: Site/Matrix3
    ART 219Foundations: Frame/Time3
    Students pursuing the Bachelor of Fine Arts are required to present a portfolio of work for review by the Art and Design faculty. To do so, B.F.A. students must register for ART 298 Foundations Review: BFA before completing 21 credit hours in the studio art courses listed above. Successful completion of ART 298 Foundations Review: BFA is required and is a prerequisite for program advancement. Students who do not receive a passing grade of C in the Foundations Review and are within the studio art credit hour range listed above may apply for reconsideration. Students who have transferred within Marshall University will have two semesters to complete the courses listed above and participate in this review. However, transfers from art or art education departments at other universities are required to complete the review during the first semester they enroll in the MU School of Art and Design.
  • Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program must complete all work in the major with a minimum grade of C. A student who receives a D or F in an art course counted toward graduation must repeat it and earn at least a C before graduation or before using that course as a prerequisite for another required course.
  • Forty (40) credit hours must be earned in courses numbered 300-499.
  • No course in the major requirements for graduation may be taken Credit/ Non-Credit unless the course is so specified.
  • A successful exhibition of creative work must be presented by all students during the senior year as a requirement for graduation. To do so, B.F.A. students must register for ART 498 Senior Capstone Exhibition BFA .

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Four Year Plan

Ceramics focuses on the study of traditional formation processes within an atmosphere that promotes material exploration and experimentation. Students are encouraged to develop expertise with both the elements of craftsmanship and developing a strong conceptual voice within one’s work. Critical inquiry of materials and methods is promoted as well as an encouragement for interdisciplinary practice. An understanding of ceramics history and its relationship to contemporary technologies creates a foundation for creating in the Ceramics studio.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
ART 101 Visual Culture and Research 3
ART 214 Foundations: Grid/Chroma 3
ART 217 Foundations: Record/Layer 3
ENG 101 Bison image Beginning Composition 3
FYS 100 First Yr Sem Critical Thinking 3
UNI 100 Freshman First Class 1
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
ART 215 Foundations: Form/Space 3
ART 218 Foundations: Site/Matrix 3
ART 219 Foundations: Frame/Time 3
CMM 103 Bison image  Cap graduation image Fund Speech-Communication 3
MTH 121 Bison image Concepts and Applications (CT) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Year
First Semester
ART 201 History of Art 3
ART 305 Ceramics 3
ENG 201 Bison image Advanced Composition 3
Art Studio Elective 3
Elective Outside of Major 3
ART 298 Cap graduation image Foundations Review: BFA 1
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
ART 202 History of Art 3
ART 447 Combined Ceramic Process 3
Art Studio Elective 3
Core II Social Science (WI, M/I) 3
Elective Outside of Major 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Year
First Semester
ART 300/400 Level Emphasis Area 3
ART 300/400 Level Emphasis Area 3
ART Studio Elective 3
Core II Physical/Natural Science 4
Elective Outside of Major 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
ART 300/400 Level Emphasis Area 3
ART 448 Ceramic Mat & Processes 3
ART 389
20th Century Art
or History of Modern Design
3
ART 390 Professional Practice 3
Core II Fine Arts 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
First Semester
ART 449
Ceramic Sculpture
or Advanced Ceramics
3
ART 497 Cap graduation image Capstone Studio 3
Art History Elective 3
Elective Outside of Major 3
Writing Intensive 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ART 498 Bison image  Cap graduation image Senior Capstone Exhibition BFA 3
ART Studio Elective 3
Core II Humanities 3
Core I Critical Thinking 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours120