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Ceramics, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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This Ceramics course at Bard College at Simon's Rock will focus on advanced hand-building techniques and build upon the skills learned in Introduction to Ceramics. A series of assignments will be given that present design challenges encouraging a conceptual approach to learning new techniques. 

Learning outcomes

Large scale hand-built sculpture, mold making, slip casting clay and glaze mixing, and kiln firing techniques (electric, gas, wood) will all be introduced in this course. An essential part of the course consists of questioning every aspect of the object and one’s relationship to it and to oneself. Through slides, lectures, and films, students will exposed to a broader range of contemporary and historical ceramic art. The class will maintain a blog, and students will learn to photograph their work, write about it, and post blog entries.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • The Simon’s Rock program in ceramics emphasizes a community atmosphere where students are exposed to all angles of the creative process. 
  • The program explores the technical and conceptual sides of both functional and sculptural ceramics, while guiding students’ search for personal expression through the medium. Instruction focuses on technical expertise, sound craftsmanship, aesthetic ideals, criticism, as well as historical background. 
  • Students in the Ceramics concentration must complete—in addition to the foundation courses—two required ceramics courses at the intermediate level, two in related studio arts disciplines, and two advanced ceramics courses (usually the advanced studio courses) for a minimum of 20 credits beyond the core foundation. 
  • Students in the concentration interested in pursuing individual interests in depth may also elect tutorials and independent projects.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Start Application
  • Complete Application
  • Submit Additional Items and Interview
  • Supporting Documentation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    55592 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 55592 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    55292 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 55292 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Pittsfield

  • 912 - 1890 USD/month
    Living Costs

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