Art Major: Ceramics

Carlow's ceramics concentration gives the student who has a strong interest in the ceramic arts a solid foundation in two dimensional art, sculpture, and ceramics. You will go on to spend six semesters in Advanced Ceramics Studio exploring various ceramic materials, kilns, and techniques as determined through a dialogue between student and professor. The ceramics concentration, like all art programs at Carlow, relies on a clear and close communication between instructor and each, individual student. 

We include instruction in 

  • molding; 
  • slips and glazes; 
  • trimming and decorating; 
  • firing and kiln operation; 
  • oxidation; 
  • mixed media;
  • ceramic murals; 
  • personal style development


Where Our Graduates Go


Recent Carlow graduates who have majored in art have interned or accepted full-time positions in such places as:

  • North Hills School District
  • Duquesne City School District
  • Montour School District
  • Brunner
  • Manchester Craftsman's Guild
  • Allegheny Department of Human Services
  • 3E Trading


Carlow's art department graduates in studio art have been accepted into quality graduate programs that include: New York University, Pennsylvania State University, Syracuse University, and Glasgow University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Carlow has produced working professional graphic designers, professional exhibiting artists, and many art educators.

The art major requires 51 credits in courses in art and art history. It provides a strong foundation in art history, and in studio art: design, drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, computer art, and sculpture. Electives and directed study in a variety of media include fiber arts, ceramics, and mixed media. Senior Project, an individual project and study course, is required for all majors, a senior exhibition opportunity is open to all seniors.

Bachelors of Arts in Art with a Concentration in Ceramics Course Information

Course Requirements: 51 credits
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Locations: Main Oakland Campus



An introduction to ceramic design and techniques, including the hand-built methods of pinch, coil, drape, and slab as well as wheel throwing with stoneware clay. Emphasis on creativity, concepts, terminology, and process.


This course presents a thematic and global approach to the history of art. Explore a range of topics or themes from a global perspective. Some of the topics may include: war, love, the human body, family, portraits, god(s). Examine how artists from around the world explore these themes and how these artworks tell stories universal themes from diverse perspectives.

note: this is just a small sample of the variety of classes you'll be taking. for more details about these classes and more, please visit the Course Catalog section of our website.   

Accelerated Option for Current Carlow Undergraduates

Undergraduate students with a major concentration in ArtPainting, and Ceramics are invited to apply to Carlow's Master of Arts in Art program prior to graduation. Carlow's Accelerated Option is a fast-track jumpstart on a graduate degree. Please see the Carlow's Master of Arts in Art page for details.