Art, Area of Emphasis in Ceramics - B.F.A.

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Overview

About the Degree: 

starling_620_300auto_c1_0.jpgIt is our goal for each student to develop personal style and individual expression using clay as the primary material.

The BFA candidate should have a working knowledge of the various techniques of the ceramic process including clay and glaze formulation, kiln building and firing, throwing on the potters wheel and numerous methods of hand forming. Both utilitarian and sculptural approaches will be stressed. Students will be exposed to a wide range of contemporary and historical examples of ceramic art. The BFA candidate should be prepared to present a professional portfolio of their work as an application to graduate school. Exceptional students may be prepared to function independently as working studio artist-potters, however, further study at the graduate level is recommended. BFA candidates are required to present an exhibition that demonstrates their achievement in developing a mature and cohesive body of creative work. Students are also encouraged to enter competitive shows and attend workshops and national conferences.

Academics

What you will learn: 

Specific course requirements vary for each of the following areas of specialization: Art X: Expanded Forms, Ceramics, Drawing, Fabric Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Jewelry and Metal Work, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Scientific Illustration, and Sculpture. Contact the School of Art for a list of requirements for each area.

Beyond the Classroom

General Research Information: 

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Careers

Salary: 
High Salary: 
$75,000
Low Salary: 
$19,000
Median Salary: 
$30,000
Employers: 

Students graduating from this program will possess the skill and ability to think creatively and solve practical problems visually and conceptually. They will also acquire the confidence and the desire to approach new technologies with creative perspectives. This degree will prepare the students to be professional artists or further their education into graduate school.

Recent Employers

  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Athens Magazine
  • Awaken the Arts!
  • BBDO Atlanta
  • Booth Western Art Museum
  • burton + Burton
  • Creative Marketing and Associates
  • FanDriveMedia
  • Hatch Snow Print
  • High Hirsch Bedner Associates
  • Mohawk Home
  • Morris Museum of Art
  • NCI
  • NKP Media
  • Pier 59 Studios
  • Renewal Design Build
  • Roswell Visual Arts Center
  • Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Starz Entertainment
  • Teach for America
  • Thrasher Photography & Design
  • WonderRoot
  • Young Athenians
  • ZoomWorks
Famous Alumni: 
Jack Davis

Cartoonist and illustrator for Mad Magazine

Michael Stipe

Lead Vocalist, R.E.M.

Possible Job Titles: 

Art majors enter the profession to pursue both fine art practice and applied art in business as well as in education and graduate study. Students are prepared for work in technical as well as creative areas of art and design. Each specialization offers a variety of employment opportunities in areas ranging from mass communications to the service industries.

  • Account Executive
  • Advertising Artist
  • Appraiser
  • Architectural Model Maker Archivist
  • Antiques Dealer Art Administrator
  • Art and Design Professor
  • Art Buyer
  • Art Consultant
  • Art Critic
  • Art Dealer
  • Art Director
  • Art Historian
  • Art Restorer
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Therapist
  • Artist's Agent
  • Assistant Curator
  • Calligrapher
  • Cartoonist
  • Ceramic Artist
  • Color Expert
  • Costume and Mask Designer
  • Creative Services Manager
  • Exhibition Coordinator
  • Fashion Artist/Designer
  • Foundry Artist
  • Furniture Designer
  • Gallery Owner
  • Glass Blower
  • Illustrator
  • Interior Designer
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Kitchenware Designer
  • Label Designer
  • Layout Artist
  • Mannequin Decorator
  • Mechanical &Production Artist
  • Motion Picture Animator
  • Muralist
  • Paper Maker
  • Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Printing Designer
  • Product Designer/Illustrator
  • Quick Sketch Artist
  • Set Designer/Illustrator
  • Sculptor
  • Stained Glass Artist
  • Stone Carver
  • Toy Designer
  • Web Designer