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BA Concentrating in Ceramics
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       The Ceramics Area at GCSU is designed to expose students to the complete scope of the ceramic medium and its placement within the contemporary art world. With this goal in mind, students take an introductory course covering fundamental hand-building techniques and basic wheel throwing while beginning to work with conceptual issues. During the second level of ceramics, students are encouraged to continued development of conceptual and formal issues and become an integral part of the studio-firing kilns and studying glaze chemistry. Advanced Ceramics introduces students to combined techniques and alternative firing processes. Throughout this curriculum students gain a firm understanding of the vast range of approaches to clay working. Students are encouraged to work functionally, sculpturally and all areas in between. A strong technical and conceptual understanding, sound craftsmanship and a rigorous investigation is encouraged as students pursue their personal direction.              


Classes:

ARTS 2510. CERAMICS I. (2-6-3)
Prerequisites: ARTS 1200, 1201 and 2800 or 2810. An introduction to the materials and process in designing, constructing, glazing, and firing of ceramic works. Lab fee. This course is non-repeatable for credit.

ARTS 3510. CERAMICS II. (2-6-3)
Prerequisite: ARTS 2510. Students choose an emphasis between hand-building or wheel-thrown ceramic work and refine their skills learned in Ceramics I. Lab fee.

ARTS 4510. CERAMICS III. (2-6-3)
Prerequisites: ARTS 2510. Students choose an emphasis between hand-building or wheel-thrown ceramic work and refine their skills learned in Ceramics II. Concepts and designs are stressed with assignments that allow students to develop their own artistic vision. Non-traditional and interdisciplinary approaches to ceramics will be explored and encouraged. Students are encouraged to explore alternate firing processes and are responsible for firing their own kilns. Lab fee.

ARTS 4520. CERAMICS IV. (2-6-3)
Prerequisite: ARTS 3510 and 4510. Students choose an emphasis between hand-building or wheel-thrown ceramic work and refine their skills learned in Ceramics III. Students will propose a ceramic-based research assignments with the guidance and approval of the instructor in relation to the student's artistic vision through the exploration of working in a series. Non-traditional and interdisciplinary approaches to ceramics will be explored and encouraged. Students will be expected to understand the principles and the fundamentals of various firing processes and will be responsible for firing their own kilns. Lab fee.
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