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Ceramics, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months


Since its earliest days, craft traditions and media have been an intrinsic part of the Tyler curriculum, aesthetic, and vibe. The intertwined areas of ceramics and glass reflect this history, and continue to build on it by attracting students who are interested in challenging the definitions of these art forms.

Undergraduate students’ exploration of ceramics can take many forms. There is state of the art equipment available for wheelwork, mold making and slip casting, as well as large kilns for hand building and sculpture. Students are encouraged to investigate a wide range of processes, including the recent addition of 3-D modeling and printing, as they develop their own personal visions. Separate studio space is available for junior and senior majors, and students are encouraged to reach outside their own spheres for inspiration and ideas.

Many of our students are interested in interdisciplinary work, such as integrating industrial design and pushing it into the fine arts perspective, resulting in new hybrids. A recent special project with an art conservation firm had students researching and recreating historical Rookwood tiles for a restoration project at a nearby architectural landmark.

This provided firsthand experience collaborating with conservators and architects and ceramic technicians. The Ceramics program makes a point of drawing on the energy and resources of the city. Students attend lectures and exhibitions at museums, galleries and other cultural institutions all over town, and participate in community arts projects in the ongoing collaboration with Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Project.


Officially accredited/recognized by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Temple University is a very large (enrollment range: 40,000-44,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Temple University offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Beginning Ceramics
  • Intermediate Ceramics
  • Advanced Ceramics (This course is repeatable and should be taken once in the fall and once in the spring)
  • Advanced Ceramics (This course is repeatable and should be taken once in the fall and once in the spring)
  • Business Practices in Crafts (Capstone)
  • Tyler Art Workshop in Scotland (for Summer Study Abroad; offered infrequently) 1
  • Ceramic Mold Making
  • Primitive Ceramics
  • Two-Dimensional Ceramics
  • Ceramic Materials
  • Porcelain
  • Advanced Throwing and Wheel Work
  • Advanced Ceramics
  • Ceramic Workshop

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • 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.

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Academic Requirements

Official High School and/or University transcripts with English translations: Your application needs to include all official and original academic records from each secondary school and college or university you’ve attended.
Standardized Tests:
Freshman Applicants: All first-year applicants are required to submit the results of at least one of the following tests: SAT, ACT, TOEFL iBT ®, IELTS, or PTE.
Transfer Applicants: Transfer students should submit either the TOEFL iBT ®, IELTS, or PTE unless they meet one of the following exemptions: 
          -  The applicant has successfully completed English composition at a US accredited
             college or university.
          -  English is the applicant's native language.
The required English Proficiency for non-native speakers is as follows: 
          -  TOEFL: 79 
          -  IELTS: 6.0
          -  PTE: 53
Please note that certain majors, including those within the Fox School of Business will require a higher level of proficiency, as follows:
         -  TOEFL: 84
         -  IELTS: 6.5
         -  PTE: 56
Those with language test scores below the required level are still encouraged to apply. Students who need further English language instruction may be eligible for Provisional or Conditional admission offers including the Access Temple Program.
Recommendation LettersAt least one recommendation letter is required of all freshman applicants. It's best to select people such as teachers, counselors, and other academic officials who can describe your talents.  

Tuition Fee

  • International

    34176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 34176 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    34176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 34176 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    21648 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21648 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Philadelphia

  • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


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