Visual Arts and New Media: Ceramics, B.F.A.

Sample Degree Map

The Ceramics, B.F.A. degree is structured to train and expose students to both traditional and contemporary methods of creative expression with clay. Extensive hand-building techniques and skill on the potter’s wheel are developed. Emphasis is placed on craftsmanship and an understanding of all the inherent working characteristics of the ceramic media. Natural gas, electric, and wood fired kilns are available for use at various temperature ranges. Oxidation, reduction stoneware, salt and raku firing techniques are utilized. Hands-on studio experience is supported by abundant visual exposure to global, historical, and contemporary clay art works. The overall educational objective is to foster a love of clay, facilitate individual idea development among student artist/artisan and to prepare individuals for a life-long vocational or avocational involvement in ceramics.

The State University of New York at Fredonia is committed to doing our part to provide each student a clear path to graduation. This four-year degree plan is a sample map for fulfilling requirements in the major, the Fredonia Foundations (FF), and other supporting courses. The pathway that you take to your degree may differ somewhat from this illustration, depending on where you start and the detours and side trips you may take along the way. If you are committed to completing your degree in four years, we encourage you to consider signing up for the Fredonia in 4 program. For complete information about this degree program, please consult the university catalog at www.fredonia.edu/catalog

Sample Degree Plan

First Year

Fall Semester

Course Credits
ART 100 Visual Concepts 3
ARTS 102 Foundations in 2D Form and Content 3
ARTS 105 Foundations in Drawing 3
FF Course 3
FF Course 3
ART 120 Visiting Artist Program 1
TOTAL 16

Spring Semester

Course Credits
ARTS 221, 222 or 225 3
ARTS 270 Foundations in Clay 3
ARTH 101 Art in Culture From Prehistory to 1400 3
FF Course 3
FF Course 3
ART 120 Visiting Artist Program 1
TOTAL 16

Second Year

Fall Semester

Course Credits
ARTS 240 Foundations in 3D Form and Content 3
ARTH 102 Art in Culture From 1400 to the Present 3
ARTS 271 Pottery on the Wheel 3
FF Course 3
FF Course 3
ART 120 Visiting Artist Program 1
TOTAL 16

Spring Semester

Course Credits
ARTS 156 Intro to Digital Photography 3
ARTS 241 Figure Modeling 3
ARTH xxx Art History Elective 3
FF Course 3
FF Course 3
ART 120 Visiting Artist Program 1
TOTAL 16

Third Year

Fall Semester

Course Credits
ARTS 370 Intermediate Ceramics 3
ARTS 341 Figure Modeling II 3
ARTS 321 Installation Art 3
FF Course 3
General Elective 3
ART 120 Visiting Artist Program 1
TOTAL 16

Spring Semester

Course Credits
ARTS 470 Advanced Ceramics 3
ARTH xxx Art History Elective 3
ARTS Studio Elective 3
General Elective 3
ART 120 Visiting Artist Program 1
 
TOTAL 13

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

Course Credits
ARTS 494 Directed Studio Ceramics 3
ARTS Studio Elective 3
ARTS Studio Elective 3
General Elective 3
ART 120 Visiting Artist Program 1
 
TOTAL 13

Spring Semester

Course Credits
ARTS 495 Independent Study Ceramics 3
ARTS 490 Learning Assistant 3
ARTS Studio Elective 3
General Elective 3
ARTS 400 Senior Seminar 1
ART 120 Visiting Artist Program 1
TOTAL 14

GRAND TOTAL: 120

This Sample Degree Map is based on the requirements published in the University Catalog.

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