The Master of Arts in Art: Ceramics concentration

You can develop your technical and aesthetic abilities in ceramics while adapting your learning experience to suit your research interest with a master’s in Ceramics. The master’s in Art program is geared toward graduate-level students interested in expanding their portfolio in an academic setting and practicing K-12 teachers. Small class sizes provide for one-on-one relationships with faculty and cohort members. The program emphasizes the pursuit of creativity while also fine-tuning career preparedness.

Credits required:

30 credits

Cost per credit:

$957/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 4 semesters

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Master’s in ceramics curriculum 

You will use current and historical theory research to develop a thesis, and combine it with studio practice to develop your MA exhibition for critique by faculty. Advanced studio work in Carlow’s 3D studio space focuses on high-impact practice.

Quick facts

  • Increase your studio practice in a structured environment 
  • Further your education with advanced studio projects
  • Enjoy specialized attention in small classes
  • Gain gallery experience in Carlow’s on-campus art gallery

Alternate degree completion option

Accelerated

Fast track your way into this master’s program by taking graduate courses as a Carlow undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Career opportunities for MA in Art: Ceramics 

Job opportunities exist in a variety of areas, including colleges, universities and professional schools and public relations; the degree also is valuable for independent artists. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth is slated to change little for fine artists over the next 10 years.

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Representative portfolio of your work
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Ceramics faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this graduate program, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

The Master of Arts in Art: Painting and Drawing concentration

In this program, you will build on what you mastered in your undergraduate degree program, refining your technical and aesthetic abilities through guided independent study. The Master’s in Painting and Drawing is geared toward students looking to expand their portfolio at the graduate level, and to further their studio practice in an academic environment. Small class sizes provide for one-on-one relationships with faculty and cohort members.

You can tap into Pittsburgh’s thriving arts scene to facilitate your professional growth and enjoy course visits with industry professionals such as curators, art dealers and artists. 

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In Grace Library, spanning the third and fourth floor of the University Commons, there are numerous quiet spaces and study rooms for individuals and groups to use.
Credits required:

30 credits

Cost per credit:

$957/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 4 semesters

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Master’s in Painting and Drawing curriculum 

The curriculum includes six consecutive studio-based seminar courses, an elective in a different medium such as clay or digital art, an art history or contemporary art research study tailored to your studio art practice, and a thesis and graduate exhibition. In optional 1-credit courses, you can learn about professional practice for creative freelancers and develop a project around a field trip to New York City. Full-semester and accelerated options are available. 

The graduate program focuses heavily on concept, and you will be encouraged to experiment with multimedia processes and collaborate with peers.

Quick facts

  • Tailor your learning experience to your academic and professional interests with one-on-one guidance
  • Take evening classes for schedule flexibility
  • Connect with faculty and cohort members with small class sizes
  • Gain gallery experience in Carlow’s on-campus art gallery
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Alternate degree completion options

Accelerated

Fast track your way into this master’s program by taking graduate courses as a Carlow undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Career opportunities for Painting and Drawing

With a master’s in Painting and Drawing, career options include instructor or professor, illustrator or animator, and arts administrator.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for multimedia artists and animators is slated to grow 4% over the next 10 years, largely driven by the demand from movies, video games and television.

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Representative portfolio of your work
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Painting & Drawing faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this graduate program, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Minor in Musical Arts

You can connect your passion for music with social justice and academic work with a Musical Arts minor from Carlow University. You will examine the intersection of music and social justice; and learn about musicians, musical works and communities that inspire social change. The Special Topics course allows students to pursue a major project of their own design.

Musical arts curriculum

This minor is open to any major and can be customized to your interests. The minor requires 18 credits.

Required courses include:

  • The Musical Experience
  • Music and Culture
  • Understanding Jazz, Understanding Social Change
  • Special Topics in Music: Justice-building through Musical Arts

Find your Art & Design degree at Carlow

You can develop your artistic skill in the studio or lab with one of our on-campus art and design degrees. During your undergraduate or graduate studies you can pursue the art and design track of your choice while developing your 2D or 3D skills. You will graduate with a professional portfolio of work.

Minor in Theatre

You can combine your interest in creative arts, humanities and sciences with a minor in Theatre. In this program you will develop your mind, body and imagination with a combination of thinking, doing and creative problem-solving. You can get your hands dirty with everything from building sets to being the star of the show.

Carlow University’s Rosemary Heyl Theatre is a professional space that features programming by the theater program and the University Theatre Group, which is composed of both Carlow students and Pittsburgh community members and has produced shows from William Shakespeare to Tom Stoppard.

Theatre minor curriculum

This minor is open to any major and can be customized to your interests. A minimum of 18 credits is required.

Required courses include:

  • Introduction to Theatre Arts
  • Acting

Develop your artistic skills: Earn your bachelor’s in Art

You can develop your creative passions with a bachelor’s in Art or choose a focus, ranging from ceramics to graphic design, from Carlow University. With a highly adaptable curriculum that can be suited to your educational interests, the bachelor’s in Art provides a solid foundation in art history and studio art.

Through both electives and directed study, you will work with a variety of media, including ceramics, mixed media, design, drawing and printmaking. 

Augmenting your art major with a minor in communication or business can open career doorways into arts administration, advertising and communications. 

The city of Pittsburgh’s thriving arts scene is an asset for aspiring art students. Carlow University is located near a number of popular museums and art galleries, including the Carnegie Museum of Art, The Andy Warhol Museum and the Mattress Factory.

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Degree:

Bachelor of Arts

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Art Major Curriculum

Carlow University offers a number of tracks to help you develop your study interests. These include art education with certification, art history, art therapy preparation, ceramics, graphic design, media arts and animation, and painting and drawing. 

One of the keystones to the bachelor’s in Art program is its emphasis on high-impact, experiential learning. Facilities include the interdisciplinary University Art Gallery, 2D and 3D art studios, and the animation lab.

Quick facts

  • Choose an art track for your specific learning focus
  • Learn from studio work and hands-on opportunities
  • Gain professional experience at our on-campus art gallery
  • Tap into Pittsburgh’s thriving arts scene
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Modern creative artist sculptor woman female creator student at art studio workshop workplace exhibition with wooden paintbrushes drawings, sketches and gypsum plaster sculptures: horse, male portrait

Career Opportunities for Art majors

Career opportunities include working in museums and in advertising, and becoming professional artists. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, the employment rate for advertising, promotions and marketing managers is slated to grow 6% from 2019 to 2029, faster than average. These roles are critical for organizations looking to maintain and expand market shares.

Academic requirements and application process

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Art faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Enhance creativity and critical thinking with an Art minor

You can gain a well-rounded introduction to the arts and cultivate your critical thinking skills and passion for creativity with an Art minor from Carlow University. 
You can take advantage of Pittsburgh’s thriving creative scene, with visits to public art installations and access to the Carlow University Art Gallery, where you can gain professional experience. You can learn essentials like design and drawing in Carlow’s studio spaces.

Art minor curriculum

The Art minor requires a minimum of 18 credits; 9 must be taken at Carlow. You will take four art electives.

Required courses include:

  •  Introduction to Art/Visual Culture I or Introduction to Art/Visual Culture II 
  •  Basic Art I/Drawing I or Basic Art and Design

Become a healer using art as the medium

If you have a passion to help people through the healing power of art, the Art Therapy major from Carlow University can help you develop your skills to prepare for graduate-level work in art therapy. This unique major blends fine arts, art therapy and psychology. 

With Carlow’s location in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Innovation District, you’ll have convenient access to medical and therapeutic sites.

Degree:

Bachelor of Arts

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Art Therapy major curriculum

The Art Therapy major curriculum consists of art, art therapy and psychology courses. You will have access to on-campus facilities such as the 2D and 3D studios, as well as the Carlow University Art Gallery, which showcases professional artists.

Internship opportunities are available at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s Dream Big Studio, a television and radio studio for children that is part of the hospital’s Creative and Expressive Arts Therapy program. Students are usually placed with an art therapist or psychologist.

Quick facts

  • Study near prominent medical and therapeutic locations
  • Gain real-world career experiences with an internship
  • Build a foundation for graduate-level studies 

Alternate degree completion options

Accelerated

Fast track your way to a master’s by taking graduate courses as an undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Career Opportunities for art therapists

The art therapy major prepares students to pursue a master’s in art therapy, which is required to be an art therapist. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for recreational therapists, who often use art as part of their treatment plans, will grow 8% from 2019 to 2029, faster than average.

Admission requirements and application process

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Art Therapy faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Minor in Art Therapy

You can supplement your psychology or artistic training with an Art Therapy minor from Carlow University. The Art Therapy minor will give you an introduction to art basics and psychology essentials, including counseling, and foundational knowledge of theory and practice. Your learning experience will be supported by Carlow’s location near a comprehensive medical and therapeutic complex.

Art therapy curriculum

The minor requires a minimum of 18 credits, 9 of which must be taken at Carlow.

Required courses include:

  • Ceramics
  • Personality Theory
  • Foundations of Art Therapy

Become a museum curator, archivist or art historian

You can use your passion for art and social justice and engage with big ideas with an Art History degree from Carlow University. The bachelor’s in Art History is grounded in the study of  contemporary art and critical theory, focusing on the cultural and visual dimensions of social justice, as well as curatorial and museum studies. 

You will cultivate skills in visual literacy, critical thinking and writing, explore curating as a form of activism, and learn about undergraduate research and exhibition development. 

You will learn professional skills needed to work in museums, galleries and cultural organizations as well as broader fields such as education, law and nonprofit management. You will also be prepared to pursue a graduate degree in art history, museum studies, and conservation and preservation. 

A woman leads an art history discussion in a room with an interior window and art on the wall.
Degree:

Bachelor of Arts

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Art history degree curriculum

You will be introduced to the study of visual culture, and cultivate skills in creative problem solving and problem seeking, critical thinking and exhibition making. You will take courses in art history and museum studies, as well as studio and design courses, and complete practicums and internships. Mentorship-model courses are tailored to your interests and post-graduate goals.

You can complete an internship with the Carlow University Art Gallery, working with professional artists, curators and museum professionals; curating exhibitions; developing and leading tours; serving as an attendant; assisting with collection management and artwork inventories; or researching and developing digital curation strategies.

You can engage with contemporary artists and organizations and rich local collections of public art through Pittsburgh’s vibrant art scene and cultural institutions.

Quick facts

  • Gain professional experience at the Carlow University Art Gallery
  • Explore Pittsburgh’s vibrant art scene and cultural landmarks as part of your education
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Alternate degree completion option

Accelerated

Fast track your way to a master’s by taking graduate courses as an undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Career opportunities for Art History

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for archivists, curators and museum workers is projected to grow 11% from 2019 to 2029, faster than most other occupations. This growth is attributed to archival information storage needs as well as increased public interest in science, art and history.

Admission requirements and application process

  1. Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  2. Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admission.
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Art History faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

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