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Our nationally recognized Ceramics program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. We offer an immersive art experience that combines a small studio environment with the resources of a major research university.


What is Ceramics at WVU like?


WVU Ceramics emphasizes development in technical expertise, design and conceptual approaches as a means to expand students’ aesthetic vocabulary. The ceramics studio has more than 6,000 square feet of studio space, 30 pottery wheels, five large electric kilns, two professional clay mixers, two pug mills, two hand extruders, a large Brent slab roller and jigger-jolly equipment.

We have offered a comprehensive summer study program at Jingdezhen, China, since 1995, and in 2004 expanded the partnership to include a fall semester program that provides advanced undergraduate, graduate and professional-level studies in ceramics, including basic language, culture and Chinese ceramic art history. These programs allow our students to study with some of China's most prominent teachers and ceramic artists.

All students interested in Ceramics must apply to the University and submit a portfolio for the School of Art and Design for acceptance.

Ceramics program highlights:

At a Glance

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Fast Facts

What makes Ceramics at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

Ceramics students have the opportunity to participate in NCECA, the national ceramics conference, or to study abroad in China at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen.

Academic resources include:

  • Fully-equipped ceramics studios, including an on-campus ceramics production facility.
  • Ceramics in China courses, which offer access to the Ceramics Technology Global Research Center that promotes creative exploration at the intersection of advanced technology and ceramics.

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

Student Organizations

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Professional Organizations

Network with professionals in your field as a student member of:

  • National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts


How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Our program’s reputation and quality faculty open many doors for you to continue learning through top graduate programs, artist residencies and apprenticeships, or to launch directly into studio work.

Recent employment and graduate school placements include:

  • Tech. Instructor at Florida State University and Director of the Lafayette Arts and Craft Center in Tallahassee
  • Artist-in-residence at Belger Crane Yard/Red Star Art Studio (Missouri) and Sonoma Community Center (Sonoma, California)
  • Ceramics graduate programs at Clemson University, Utah State University, Eastern Carolina University and University of Mississippi

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Ceramics major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


Graduates from this major have gone to work at:


What are the courses like in Ceramics at WVU?

Plan of Study

Check out a program overview, learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plan of study for WVU's Ceramics major.

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Popular Courses

ART 111:
Drawing 1

The course emphasizes fundamental principles of drawing with a focus on building basic skills through direct observation, using traditional graphic media and expression.

ART 112:
Drawing 2

The course emphasizes fundamental principles of drawing with a focus on more expressive approaches to basic problems. Greater emphasis is placed on abstraction and non-traditional drawing processes and media.

ART 121:
Visual Foundations 1

The course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles and concepts of two-dimensional image making with an emphasis on color theory and design. Through creative assignments students develop abilities and visual awareness emphasizing the basics of color perception, form, proportion and rhythm.

ART 122:
Visual Foundations 2

The course incorporates projects involving abstract and representational ideas in three dimensions and investigates the basic concepts of line, plane, volume, form, mass, texture, composition and time.

ART 340:

This intense studio concentration is designed to prepare students for graduate studies and/or professional studio practices. Historical and contemporary design issues, kiln design and building, firing, glaze and clay formulation, studio practices and advanced-level throwing and hand- building techniques will be studied. (May be repeated for credit.)

ART 341:
Ceramic Production Methods

This course expands the student's experiences in ceramics through the use of industrial techniques, production equipment and business tools for the development, production and marketing of ceramic products.

Cost and Aid

How much does Ceramics at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $421
Per Semester $5,052
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,104
Per Credit $1,134
Per Semester $13,608
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,216
Per Credit $1,134
Per Semester $13,908
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,816
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Ohio Tuition Reciprocity

As the result of a special agreement, students from Ohio who are fully admitted to Ceramics can enroll at WVU and pay in-state tuition rates. Students must be admitted to both the University and this major.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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What are the requirements to apply for Ceramics at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Ceramics major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2022-23 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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