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Ceramics (BFA)

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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Program type
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
3 to 4 years
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Why study Ceramics?

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.

Program highlights

  • Access to state-of-the-art Blauww kilns
  • The Ceramics Students Association raises money for travel for student research trips and organizes an annual juried show of student work

Program structure

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.

Program option

  • Major in Ceramics (60 credits)
    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.


Admission criteria

This program is available for Fall admission only.

After your degree

Your degree can lead to many paths such as:

  • Graduate studies
  • Starting a ceramics business
  • Learning specialized ceramics techniques from craftsmen around the world

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