In the Ceramics program, you’ll have the opportunity to explore numerous possibilities—pottery, sculpture, tile mosaics, and others—before determining the specialty that’s right for you. As part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the program’s combination of foundational methods with advanced and experimental techniques is designed to allow students to create their own career. Graduates of the program have put their degree to use in the fields of:

  • Ceramics: Embrace the program’s history and create original pieces for display in museums and studios.
  • Education: Teach the art of ceramics, sculpture, pottery and mosaics at the high school or college level.
  • Occupational Therapy: Pursue a non-traditional avenue that applies art as a healing and restorative tool.
  • Studio Management: Combine a love for art with leadership skills to manage a cooperative ceramics studio.

Sample Courses

Core coursework includes wheel throwing, glaze technology, and sculpture. Sample courses include:

  • Introduction to Ceramics
  • Ceramic Wheel Throwing
  • Clay & Glaze Technology
  • History of Ceramics
  • Art in America
  • Advanced Sculpture

Practical Experience

In addition to coursework, the Ceramics program offers experiential learning opportunities to help you explore and your niche in the art industry.

  • Explore the galleries and exhibition spaces of the University’s Coalition of Museum and Art Centers, including SUArt Galleries, Light Work, and the Urban Video Project.
  • Enrich your personal and professional life with University Lectures and Syracuse Symposium events.
  • Embrace an Art in New York City, MAYmester course.
  • Embark on a ten-day “Artists in Italy: The Pleasure of Seeing’ tour which includes stops in Bologna, Florence, Rome, and Venice.”

Study Abroad

Challenge your perspective and build your resume with a study abroad experience during your four years. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., SU Abroad boasts more than 100 programs in 60 countries. Ceramics students most often go abroad in Florence, Italy.

Learn more about Global Study Opportunities for the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Life after Syracuse University

As a graduate with a degree in ceramics you can pursue such careers as:

  • Ceramist
  • Studio Manager
  • Art Therapist
  • Ceramics and Pottery Teacher

Or, continue your education and earn a graduate degree in areas such as art leadership, business, or art education. Recent graduates have attended many of the top graduate schools in the U.S.

Learn more about Ceramics.