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Ceramics: Studio Art, B.F.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

Get hands-on experience as a creator in our ceramic arts program, an exciting concentration for studio art majors. You will build skills as an artist as well as explore innovative ideas.

The creation of ceramics is both a functional arts practice as well as an experimental form. Our program offers opportunities to succeed through our very small class sizes ― only 12 students per section on average ― and hands-on mentorship that ensures one-on-one guidance for students.

Program Highlights

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    Massive Studio

    Produce ceramic art works in our studio that features many electric and gas powered kilns.

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    Wheel Throwing Area

    Learn alongside your professor in our separate wheel throwing area that features twelve wheels.

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    Student Conferences

    Participate in annual conferences sponsored by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

What You’ll Study

Our foundational course is very popular with studio art majors as well as non-majors. All BFA students also prepare a thesis exhibition in their senior year. Many of our students go on to pursue an MFA in ceramics in graduate school.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Product Design

    Creating new or improved products that meet customer needs and expectations


    Introducing new ideas, methods or products to improve performance or achieve a specific goal


    Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective

  • Research

    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

    Artistic Skill

    Demonstrating proficiency and talent in creating, expressing and interpreting visual or performing arts


    Thinking imaginatively, generating original ideas and expressing unique perspectives through art and innovation

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.

Potential Careers

  • Fine Artist
  • Ceramic Artist
  • Ceramics Instructor

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Art Director
  • Creative Director
  • Fine Artist
  • Principal Creative
  • Shop Manager / Tattoo Apprentice
  • Teacher

Average Alumni Salary

Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $66,398

Workplace Settings

  • Art Studio
  • Art Companies
  • Pottery
  • Glassblowing

Employers of Alumni

  • Google
  • Nike
  • Richland Library
  • Hubbell Incorporated
  • University of South Carolina
  • Gupta Media