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Ceramics

Ceramics

Faculty: Kelly O'Briant, Assistant Professor
Undergraduate degrees offered: BA

Professor demonstrating raku firing.

Professor demonstrating raku firing.

The University of Dallas offers a comprehensive program in ceramic arts. Students are exposed to the theory of ceramics as art and craft with a solid background in ceramic history, technical and creative possibilities. The course structure allows students to utilize most forming techniques while investigating functional pottery and sculptural formats for personal expression. Students are given full access to a healthy and active studio community.

Basic Requirements

A total of 45 credits: two semesters of participation in senior seminar (one credit per semester); 12 in art history (6 advanced), and 31 in studio courses including 15 credits (12 advanced) in one studio area (beginning studio, two intermediate studios, and two senior studios), the core studio requirements of Drawing I and II, Human Figure, Two-and Three-Dimension Design, and six credits of electives in other studio experiences outside the area of emphasis. Satisfactory completion of the Senior Exhibition and Comprehensive Examination is required. It is recommended that art majors take Aesthetics for the philosophy elective and seek appropriate electives in other departments.

Ceramic Students

Ceramic students working with guest artist.

Comprehensive Examination

In the second semester of the junior year the work of the student is reviewed by the entire art faculty. A second review occurs in the first senior semester, followed by a final review in the last semester prior to the presentation of the senior capstone project, a solo exhibition held on campus. It must contain work completed predominantly during the Senior Studio course. The exhibition--selected, designed and constructed by the student--is judged by the faculty in an oral examination. In the senior year all art majors must also pass an art history comprehensive exam.

Area of Ceramics course sequence following the Art Core

Year III

Fall Classes Hours Spring Classes Hours
Art 3339, Intermediate Ceramics I 3 Art 3340, Intermediate Ceramics II 3
Beginning Studio 3 Art 5399, Contemporary Art 3
Art 5398, Modern Art 3 History 1312 3
Philosophy 3332 Aesthetics 3 Physical Science + Lab 4
Math 3 Advanced Elective 3
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 16

Year IV

Fall Classes Hours Spring Classes Hours
Art 4349, Senior Ceramics 3 Art 4350, Senior Ceramics 3
Art 4151, Senior Seminar 1 Art 4152, Senior Seminar 1
Advanced Art Elective 3 Philosophy 3311 3
Life Science + Lab 4 Politics 1311 3
History 1311 3 Advanced Elective 3
Elective 3 Advanced Elective 3
Total Credits 17 Total Credits 16

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