Shape your future with a ceramics major

With a Ceramics major, you will learn techniques of two-dimensional art, ceramics and sculpture. The major will prepare you for a studio career or graduate school.

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Degree:

Bachelor of Arts

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Ceramics degree curriculum

The ceramics degree curriculum allows you to learn high-level skills and develop your artistic voice, focusing on your area of interest in ceramics. In addition to learning ceramic skills such as wheel throwing, handbuilding, glazing and firing, you will study drawing, art history and design, giving you a well-rounded foundation.

Quick Facts

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 Ceramics

Graduates with a ceramics degree have been successful in studio practice and gaining admission to master’s programs.  

According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, job growth is slated to change little for craft and fine artists from 2019 to 2029. Though an uptick in arts positions and opportunities is largely based on economic factors, many ceramics artists start their own small businesses.

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

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 Ceramics

You can work with your hands and master the essentials of two-dimensional art and sculpture, supplementing your art education with a minor in Ceramics from Carlow University. You will gain a well-rounded perspective on creativity in ceramics and refine your technical skills by working in the university’s art studio spaces, including three semesters in the Advanced Ceramics Studio working with different materials, techniques and kilns.

Ceramics curriculum 

A minimum of 18 credits is required, 9 of which must be taken at Carlow.

Required courses include:

  • Basic Art and Design
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics

Design for a living: Graphic Design major

Gain a competitive edge with a graphic design degree from Carlow University. You’ll develop a mastery of visual concepts and sought-after professional skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving to lay a foundation for success in the field.

Graphic design students work with industry-experienced faculty and industry-standard design software. 

You can adapt your graphic design learning experience to suit your personal interests. If you’re planning a career as a freelancer, classes will help you master the skills needed to be successful.

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Justice Taylor (Class of ’20, biology), Noble Dixon (Class of ’22, respiratory care) and Cali Shealey (Class of ’22, respiratory care) study for a final exam at the A.J. Palumbo Hall of Science and Technology, Monday, December 9, 2019. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University)
Degree:

Bachelor of Arts

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Graphic design degree curriculum

You will learn best business practices and get hands-on experience with such software as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and After Effects in 2D and 3D studio spaces such as the Media Arts and Design Studio. In advanced-level classes, you will adapt your learning experience to your interests. At this stage, a mentorship program is available.

As part of your graphic designer education, you will develop and refine a portfolio and create an online presence on social media. Instructors will provide one-on-one guidance to help you demonstrate your unique skills and style.

Many graphic design students complete professional internships and independent design projects.

Quick facts

  • Work with industry-standard design software
  • Develop and refine a portfolio
  • Tailor advanced classes to your interests
  • Intern with a company or work on independent design projects
  • Gain professional experience in Carlow’s on-campus art gallery

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 Graphic Design

With a graphic design degree, you can pursue a career in such fields as advertising, marketing and communications, and specialized design services. Students have landed jobs with art guilds and county offices, or have become exhibiting artists.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, employment for graphic designers is expected to grow 4% from 2019 to 2029. Though this growth is about average, those in the field should keep an eye out for competition in their job search.

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 Admissions.
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

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.

Earn your Media Arts and Animation degree

Passionate about art? Use your drive and polish your skills with an animation major from Carlow University. You will learn the essential skills to work with new media technologies, including animation software and digital storytelling.

Working with faculty who have field experience, you will master advanced principles of 2D and 3D computer animation and become proficient in animation software. You can supplement your education with creative classes like creative writing and gestural studies. 

With a program adapted to your own academic interests, you can dive head first into experimental animation, conveying your ideas with mixed media and different approaches to digital technology.

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Degree:

Bachelor of Arts

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 Credits

Media Arts major curriculum

You will gain a professional edge by working with industry-standard animation software, including Adobe Creative Suite, ZBrush and Toon Boom. Media arts and animation includes graphic design work with digital photography and digital illustration in the 2D and 3D studios and the animation lab.

You will develop and refine a digital portfolio under the guidance of faculty who will help ensure your portfolio demonstrates your unique media arts and animation style. The portfolio will prepare you for entry-level employment in the field.

Required media arts and animation coursework will teach you how to successfully manage your own freelance business. The Creative Freelancer, a required course, involves professional practice and teaches creatives how to market themselves.

Quick Facts

  • Become proficient in essential software such as Adobe Creative Suite and ZBrush
  • Develop and refine a media arts and animation portfolio
  • Access facilities like the 2D and 3D studios
  • Learn how to successfully manage your own freelance business 
  • Gain professional experience in Carlow’s on-campus art gallery
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Career opportunities for media arts and animation

Students have gone on to work for ad agencies, public relations firms and school districts, and to study in graduate programs.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, from 2019 to 2029, employment for multimedia artists and animators will grow 4%, largely fueled by the demand from the movie, television and video game industries.

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 Admissions.
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

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.

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