Art (Ceramics), BFA

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The BFA in art with a concentration in ceramics provides a stimulating and challenging environment for artistic and intellectual growth. With the realization that discipline, familiarity with historical precedents and freedom go hand in hand with creative activities, the area strikes a balance between the acquisition of traditional skills and the promotion of independence and innovation. Responsibility is placed on the individual student to find personally meaningful content and an effective means to express that content within the ceramic arts.

The ceramics program features a complete and varied line of kilns, wheels and other equipment. Faculty members ensure that students of the program learn the techniques and concepts that enable them to take their work in any direction they wish. A guest artist schedule enhances the program as does the Ceramics Research Center at the ASU Art Museum, which has a collection of more than 3,000 pieces and provides unparalleled opportunities to study and research the ceramic arts.

Students declare their BFA concentration at the time of their ASU admission. Following admission, if students wish to change their BFA concentration, they may meet with their School of Art academic advisor.

Program offered

Art (Ceramics), BFA

Offered by
Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts


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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Career outlook

Graduates of the undergraduate and graduate programs work as artists in the field, selling their works through commercial galleries, commissions and to private collectors. Some artists work as designers and consultants to the commercial ceramic industry; others set up their own businesses, producing handcrafted functional ware, architectural tiles and one-of-a-kind works.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 12%$66,930
Craft Artists4.3%$34,940
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators6.6%$49,520
Graphic Designers4.2%$48,700
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Commercial and Industrial Designers 4.4%$65,970
Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other-6.7%$35,820
Artists and Related Workers, All Other5.5%$63,540
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes4.7%$64,940

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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