2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Studio Art (B.F.A.) - Ceramics Specialization

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Mark A. Stemwedel, Studio Art Program Coordinator
School of Design
Grove Hall 101, Box 2802
E-mail: SDSU.SchoolofDesign@sdstate.edu
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Program Information

A degree in Studio Art prepares majors for careers as fine artists, graduate study in fine arts, and entry-level positions in art and graphic design. The degree focuses on the breadth of general studies combined with visual arts studies where majors receive certificates in one or more of the following areas: Animation, Art History, Ceramics, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture. A 30-hour visual arts core supports the degree and creates a foundation of success in art related fields.

Student Learning Outcomes

The study of studio art is both a body of knowledge and a series of activities. Upon completion of the Studio Art major, as defined by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), students demonstrate through advanced writing and senior exhibition the following outcomes:

  • Understanding of basic design principles, particularly as related to ceramics. Advanced work in three-dimensional design. The development of solutions to design problems should continue throughout the degree program.
  • Knowledge and skills in the use of basic tools, techniques, and processes sufficient to produce work from concept to finished object. This includes knowledge of raw materials and technical procedures such as clays, glazes, and firing.
  • Understanding of the place of ceramics within the history of art, design, and culture.
  • Preparation of clay bodies and glazes, kiln stacking procedures, and firing processes. Special firing methods such as salt glaze and raku are recommended.
  • The preparation of ceramics using relevant techniques and technologies with opportunity to work at an advanced level.

Academic Requirements

Studio Art students must maintain at least a major GPA of 2.6 and an overall GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for the duration of the program.  A grade of a “C” or better is required in all ART, ARTE, ARTH, GDES, DSGN, LA, ARCH, and ID courses. 

Course Delivery Format

Course content is delivered through hands-on studio work combined with lectures, demonstrations and critiques.

Requirements for Studio Art Major - Ceramics Specialization: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Fine Arts

System General Education Requirements

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

School of Design Requirements


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120


AH Art History B.F.A. Coursework
S   Supportive B.F.A. Studies

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