Clay offers endless creative possibilities. Throughout time, artists have been reinventing and renewing the art of ceramics. When you study ceramics, you will be able to develop technical skills in hand building, slip casting, glazing and firing, as well as engage in contemporary art practices like installation and digital imagery with your work.
In Quebec’s only ceramics program, you’ll learn a specialized practice that encompasses:
Theory, history and practice of ceramics
Working in studios open 24 hours a day
Immersing yourself in the technical process
Exploring new ways of thinking about and discussing your work
Engaging in collaborative projects across art disciplines
Going on field trips and meet visiting artists
You’ll practise in a communal atmosphere, sharing a studio, kiln and glaze room. You’ll learn from your instructors and visiting artists as well as your peers, taking part in a movement of ideas through the studio. Above all, you will develop a personal approach to ceramics based on your own interests and a unique body of work that you can build upon after graduation.
Major in Ceramics and develop individual studio work in a context that links contemporary art practice to a rich and diverse material history. Your ceramics courses will regularly feature special collaborative projects, field trips and visiting artists. In the Ceramics program, students investigate diverse subjects ranging from traditional craft practice to new technologies.
Minimum Cut-off Averages should be used as indicators. Data may change depending on the quality of the application pool. Admission to the Faculty of Fine Arts is very competitive. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.
Quebec Cegep (CRC): DEC CRC 18.0
Canadian High Schools: 70%
U.S. High Schools: C+
University Transfers: C
Admission to most programs is based on portfolio/audition evaluations as well as academic grades. Applicants selected for admission have normally achieved grades that exceed minimum requirements.
International Bacc. (IB): A minimum total of 27 points. Admission to competitive programs is based on strong portfolio/auditions and, normally, above-average grades.
Bacc. Français: A minimum grade of 11 for students who have completed their Bacc. Français outside of Quebec. Admission is competitive and based on strong portfolio/auditions and, normally, above-average grades.
(excluding diplôme professionnelle)
NOTE: PHOTOGRAPHY AND INTERMEDIA APPLICANTS – SEE SPECIFIC PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENT under each of your Program page)
The portfolio of artwork for admission to a Studio Arts program should be a collection of your best and most recent work in visual arts. It should represent your individual interests, abilities and explorations. Consider visual, conceptual, and technical proficiency in selecting your best and most recent work.
Your portfolio should contain:
Minimum number of portfolio items: 15.
Maximum number of portfolio items: 20.
Each portfolio item must be a single digital file.
Either recently completed or currently in progress.
Include work that demonstrates your ability to work in a variety of media, in both two and three dimensions. Examples include drawings, paintings, prints, collage and other mixed media work, sculpture, ceramics, and fibres work.
You may also include photographs, animation, film, video, audio recordings, and documentation of performance art.
Please tailor your portfolio to the specific program area to which you are applying.
Your work should show evidence of both technical skill and conceptual development. Basic abilities in drawing, composition and color-use must be demonstrated.
You may not submit your portfolio via email or through other websites.
Letter of intent
Your letter of intent should be no longer than one page and written in English or French. In general, it should describe your educational background and any relevant experience in art, as well as your expectations in relation to the programs to which you are applying.
What are your reasons for applying to this program? If you are particularly interested in an area within Studio Arts, please indicate why.
Describe your educational background and any relevant experience.
What are your goals and expectations in relation to this program?
We consider complete applications year round and we give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines. Late applications will be considered if places are still availablefor the fall term only.
You’ll take courses that address the practice, theory and history of art and ceramics and learn the current practices in the medium. You’ll engage in discussions that explore new ideas contemporary art.
Ceramics (introductory, intermediate and advanced levels)
Student work drives the creative energy in the Faculty of Fine Arts, and you’ll have many opportunities to exhibit your work in art festivals and exhibitions at on-campus venues such as the FOFA and VAV galleries.