Ceramics Studio Discipline
Our ceramics studio discipline offers a broad technical and conceptual experience through experimentation with a range of approaches to the medium, from sculptural to functional, and nontraditional to traditional.
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.
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).
First Year Program
We don’t expect our new students to figure out college life on their own. Our First Year Program is designed to help new students. In addition to specific coursework carefully chosen to foster success, we connect students to the many resources and opportunities found within a research university. Plus, we surround students with individualized support as they dive deeper into their program and find their way.
Galleries & Exhibitions
Our art and design programs host many galleries and exhibitions both on campus and throughout the community. Our campus is home to four permanent art galleries, each with its own unique mission. All of them are free, open to the public and accessible for everyone to enjoy.
Milwaukee is also home to dozens of galleries and museums. All students in an Art & Design degree program receive a free annual membership to the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM). That means you can visit MAM and its events, including the popular MAM After Dark series, free of charge while you are a student.
Art & Design Programs
Art & Design studio disciplines are connected to a variety of academic programs, including majors, minors, certificates and graduate programs. This is a full list of all programs offered by the Department of Art & Design.
Which faculty you have within this program is dependent upon your chosen courses or interests. For a list of all Art & Design faculty and staff please follow the link below.