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Student Experience

Beginning and intermediate level courses introduce a variety of ceramic processes and considerations including hand building, wheel throwing, glaze technology and the role of ceramics in world cultures. Courses with specific focus such as mold making, the figure, wood firing and a workshop on gas and electric kiln firing are offered on a regular basis.

Advanced level courses emphasize the development of a personal direction in ceramics and building a portfolio geared toward professional opportunities in the field. Exploring relationships and intersections of ceramics with other studio disciplines of the student’s interest is emphasized throughout the curriculum.

Integrated Learning

Regional resources such as exhibitions and lectures at the Milwaukee Art Museum, John Michael Kohler Art Center and RAM (Racine Art Museum) are integrated into the curriculum. Ceramics students also have an active organization, CASA, through which they participate in community-based projects and write grants to fund visiting artists and travel to professional conferences such as NCECA (the National Council on Education in Ceramic Arts).

Study Abroad

Ceramics faculty, Christopher Davis-Benavides and Karen Gunderman, regularly offer a summer study abroad course in Peru, an interdisciplinary art and culture program, with travel and study in distinct geographical areas of the country.

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Degrees

Curriculum below is approved for students currently enrolled in the respective program, depending upon original date of declaration. Future adjustments for new/incoming students will be posted by Fall Semester. After reviewing, please connect with our advising office to start planning your degree path today!

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - Studio Art: Ceramics

University Core 45 Credits
Competencies (more info)  
English Parts A & B *
Math Parts A & B *
Foreign Language *
General Education Requirements (more info)
Humanities – Art History 101 & 102 6
Social Science 6
Natural Science (1 course with lab) 6
Cultural Diversity *
Electives
Advanced Art History 6
Peck School of the Arts (3 arts areas outside department) 9
Peck School of the Arts (arts areas inside/outside department) 3
General (outside Peck School of the Arts) 9
*credit may be utilized in required curriculum areas

 

Art & Design Core 30 Credits
First Year Program (2.5 Cumulative GPA required)
ART 101 Drawing I 3
ART 106 Survey 3
ART 108 2D Concepts 3
ART 109 3D Concepts 3
ART 118 Digital Arts 3
English Part A (*completed as part of University Core) *
Math Part A (*completed as part of University Core) *
200 Level Studio Electives (9 credits total, not applicable if fulfilled as part of degree curriculum)
(Choose from below) 3-6
ART 201 Drawing II
ART 208 Color Concepts
ART 212 Intro to Digital Studio Practice
ART 221 Intro to Design
Film 222 Intro to Digital Filmmaking
ART 223 Typography
ART 224 Dynamic Typography
ART 227 Design Workshop
ART 238 Fibers Workshop
ART 243 Intro to Painting
ART 249 Painting & Drawing Workshop
ART 253 Intro to Photography
ART 269 Sculpture Workshop
ART 277 Design for Digital Fabrication
ART 279 Jewelry Workshop
ART 289 Ceramics Workshop
ART 291 Intro to Print & Narrative Forms
ART 299 Printmaking Workshop
(Choose from below) 3-6
ART 231 Intro to Fibers
ART 261 Intro to Sculpture
ART 271 Intro to Jewelry & Metals
ART 278 Intro to Industrial Craft
ART 281 Intro to Ceramics
Critical Thinking
ART 309 Issues in Contemporary Art 3
ART 509 Visual Art Seminar 3

 

Degree Curriculum 55 Credits
Required
ART 281 Intro to Ceramics 3
ART 583 Senior Project 3
ART 604 Senior Seminar 3
ART 605 Senior Show 1
Electives
(Choose from below) 18
ART 381 Throwing and Wheel
ART 382 Building from Figure and Clay
ART 383 Molds and Multiples
ART 384 Experience. Process. Woodfire.
ART 389 Ceramics Workshop
ART 481 Portfolio I
ART 482 Portfolio II
ART 483 Portfolio III
ART 489 Ceramics Workshop
ART 584 Experience. Process. Woodfire.
Studio Electives
(Choose from Art & Design class listings in consultation with advisor) 27

Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Studio Art

The Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art offers students a concentrated studio art experience as a complement to a broad exposure to the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and natural sciences. Bachelor of Arts (Studio Arts) students choose between a focus in two-dimensional or three-dimensional studios after completing a core of study in the First Year Programs of studio art practice.

University Core 45 Credits
Competencies (more info)  
English Parts A & B *
Math Parts A & B *
Foreign Language *
General Education Requirements (more info)
Humanities – Art History 101 & 102 6
Social Science 6
Natural Science (1 course with lab) 6
Cultural Diversity *
Electives
Advanced Art History 6
Peck School of the Arts (3 arts areas outside department) 9
Peck School of the Arts (arts areas inside/outside department) 3
General (outside Peck School of the Arts) 9
*credit may be utilized in required curriculum areas

 

Degree Curriculum 75 Credits
First Year Program (2.5 Cumulative GPA)
ART 101 Drawing I 3
ART 106 Survey 3
ART 108 2D Concepts 3
ART 109 3D Concepts 3
ART 118 Digital Arts 3
English Part A (*completed as part of University Core) *
Math Part A (*completed as part of University Core) *
Introductory Studios
(Choose from below) 6
ART 201 Drawing II
ART 212 Intro to Digital Studio
ART 231 Intro to Fibers
ART 243 Intro to Painting
ART 253 Intro to Photography
ART 261 Intro to Sculpture
ART 271 Jewelry & Metalsmithing
ART 281 Basic Ceramics
ART 291 Intro to Print and Narrative Forms
Studio Concentration
(Choose from ART 300+ approved studio courses in consultation with advisor) 12
Required
ART 309 Issues in Contemporary Art 3
ART 505 BA Project Exhibition 1
ART 509 Art & Design Seminar 3
ART 604 Professional Practices 3
Electives
(Choose courses from Peck School of the Arts or the University) 32

 

Minor - Studio Art

Overview: The minor in Art & Design requires a total of 18 credits, 9 of the final 12 taken must be in residence at UWM. Students must also maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher and work closely with an advisor when selecting courses.

For questions, or to declare a minor/certificate, contact the Peck School of the Arts Advising Office at (414) 229-4763 or psoa-advising@uwm.edu

Minor Core 9 Credits
Required
ART 101 Drawing I 3
Electives
(Choose from below) 3
ART 100 American Culture
ART 105 Visiting Artist Lecture Series
ART 106 Survey
ART 124 Design Survey
Minor Track
(Choose from below) 3
ART 108 2D Concepts
ART 109 3D Concepts
ART 118 Digital Arts
Studio Curriculum 9 Credits
Studio Electives
(Choose from below) 3-6
ART 212 Intro to Digital Studio Practice
ART 221 Intro to Design
ART 231 Intro to Fibers
ART 243 Intro to Painting
ART 253 Intro to Photo
ART 261 Intro to Sculpture
ART 271 Intro to Jewelry & Metalsmithing
ART 277 Design for Digital Fabrication
ART 278 Intro to Industrial Craft
ART 281 Intro to Ceramics
ART 291 Intro to Print & Narrative Forms
Studio Concentration
(Choose from ART 300+ approved studio courses in consultation with advisor) 3-6

 

Careers+Alumni

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Christina Carfora

BFA, Ceramics | 2003

Ceramics alumna Christina Carfora discusses how her many travels to Indonesia, Costa Rica, Cambodia, and more influence her detailed and often thought-provoking work.

Careers in Art & Design

3D Animator/Modeler
Advertising Director
Animator
App Developer
Arts Administration
Art Critic/Writer
Art Dealer
Art Director
Art Education Teacher (K-12)
Art Gallery Owner
Art Historian
Art Therapist
Artisan Solutionist
Artist In Residence
Artists’ Agent
Augmented Reality
Blacksmith
Caricature Artist
Ceramisist
Collage Artist
Commercial Artist
Community Artist
Community Arts Organizer
Consultant
Costume Designer
Creative Arts Officer/Director
Creative Services Manager
Cultural Relations
Curator
Design Manager
Designer
Digital Portrait Artist
Director Of Education & Community Engagement
Display Designer
Education Program Coordinator
Educator
Elementary/Secondary School Teacher
Entrepreneur
Exhibit Designer
Fabricator
Fashion Designer
Fine Artist
Fine Arts Director
Floral Designer
Font Designer
Freelance Artist
Furniture Designer/Restorer
Game Designer
Glass Sculptor
Graphic Designer
Graphic Artist
Illustrator
Industrial Designer
Interactive Designer
Interior Designer
Jewelry Designer/Maker
Lecturer
Lighting Designer
Make-Up Artist
Maker
Marketing & Sales
Metalsmith
Mixed Media Artist
Motion Graphics Artist
Muralist
Museum Director
Museum Exhibit Designer
Packaging Designer
Painter
Photo Editor/Retoucher
Photographer
Photographic Stylist
Photographic Technician
Printmaker
Product Designer
Production Artist
Program Director/Coordinator
Prop Maker
Public Artist
Public Relations
Sculptor
Set Designer
Sketch Artist
Stylist
Technical Designer, Apparel
Textile Designer
Toy Maker
University Administration
University Faculty
User Experience Designer
User Interface Designer
Video Game Designer
Visual Merchandiser
Visual/Special Effects Artist
Web Based Curators
Web Designer/Developer

Faculty

Dedicated Ceramics Faculty

profile photoChristopher Davis-Benavides(414) 229-4250cdavisb@uwm.eduArt B30

Area Head, Ceramics

Professor, Ceramics

profile photoMichael Waremaware@uwm.edu

Associate Lecturer, Ceramics

Art & Design Faculty & Staff