• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Gunnison, CO, United States
The Ceramics program at the Western State Colorado University will challenge you to get your hands dirty. Ceramics students at Western receive one-on-one instruction and are responsible for helping to stack the kiln as well as handling and storing their own pieces.
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Overview

The Ceramics program at the Western State Colorado University centers on technical and conceptual issues, incorporating both traditional and contemporary concerns. Often, a student's exploration of clay sculpture and studio pottery-making becomes a springboard for more personal and contemporary image-making.

Western offers outstanding clay facilities: several styles of wheels, bulk materials (clay, slip and glazes)—plus free firing and the assistance of a shop technician. The department also features extensive sculpture process equipment. Most styles of kilns are available, including salt and raku, and there are separate facilities for electric and reduction firing.

Outcomes

The Ceramics emphasis centers on technical and conceptual issues, incorporating both traditional and contemporary concerns. Discussions, critiques and lectures emphasize content and the development of personal expression. The department's approach is one of breadth rather than of narrow specialization. 

Because ceramics deals with the illusionary space of painting and the real space of sculpture, this medium inspires infinite options. The possible transformations of clay are so many, in fact, that students must maintain flexibility and openness to new ideas. Often, a student's exploration of clay sculpture and studio pottery-making becomes a springboard for more personal and contemporary image-making.

In beginning pottery courses, students develop skills in hand building and throwing, learn the complexities of glazing and firing, and develop a vocabulary in vessel aesthetics. In sculpture courses, students explore clay's potential in its many forms: fired, unfired, ready-made, plastic or powder. Traditional boundaries expand and new issues arise as the student's perception changes.

The department offers several multilevel courses in pottery, sculpture and theory. Beginning and advanced students meet together with the same instructor; beginning students meet as a group, while advanced students receive independent instruction.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Western is on a rolling admission cycle. However, we recommend that high school seniors apply before the deadline.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Ceramics 
  • Introduction to Sculpture
  • Introduction to Jewelry 
  • Intermediate Ceramics
  • Advanced Ceramics 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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.

  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete Western’s Online Application or the Common Application.
  • Submit your official high school and/or college transcripts. All documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations of these documents. These documents must be original copies with an official signature and bear the school's official seal, or a certified copy. All academic credit documentation for work completed outside of the United States must submit transcripts to a NACES member credential evaluation service for a course by course evaluation. 
  • Request your official TOEFL, IELTS, ACT and/or SAT exam scores to be sent to Western. 
  • Submit the $50 application fee

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18096 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18096 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18096 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18096 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6624 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6624 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Gunnison

  • 950 - 1350 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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