Academic Catalog 2024-2025

Slippery Rock University

Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - Concentration in Ceramic Arts

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking: Art majors will locate, analyze and synthesize art historical information and context within their own work.
  • Degree Program Writing Competency: Students will be able to effectively communicate in writing for purposes of the discipline.
  • Direction: Art majors develop a personal direction through their choice of medium, idea and/or style. Students will demonstrate intellectual and artistic curiosity while committing to improvement. 
  • Professional Proficiency: Art majors will perceive, discuss and demonstrate professional proficiency upon graduation by applying their knowledge and skills of fine art.
  • Technique: Art majors will demonstrate technical aptitude. The department assesses the technical quality of student production. Each medium varies with its technical demands.

Related Links

Art - Ceramic Arts, BFA Program Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Rock Studies 2 Requirements42
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements78

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 117Quantitative Reasoning3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Science Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Science Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42

Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject.


One course from each category; six credits must be 300-level or above; no more than 4 credits from one subject area; specific courses required in first major, regardless of prefix of course, cannot be used to satisfy thread requirements; any course with same prefix as first major cannot be used to satisfy thread requirements, even if it is not a course in the first major.

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

Major Requirements

  • 39 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 39 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Required Courses
ART 1002-D Design 13
ART 1013-D Design 13
ART 105Basic Studio Drawing 13
ART 225Overview of Western Art 13
ART 226Overview of World Art 13
ART 300Art Seminar 13
Art History Electives
Select two of the following:6
North American Art History 1
The Renaissance Tradition 1
Foundations of Modern Art 1
Early Modern Art 1
Art Since 1945 1
Art History Seminar 1
Ceramic Arts Concentration (15 credits)
Select 12 credits from the following:
Concentration courses count towards BFA Studio requirements. (200-400 level courses are repeatable - see below for course details).
Basic Studio Ceramics 1
Intermediate Studio Ceramics 1
Advanced Studio Ceramics 1
Senior Studio Ceramics 1
Ceramic Arts 1st Concentration Required - Capstone Course3
Senior Project Ceramics 1
Additional Studio Requirements
100 Level Electives
Select three of the following courses, no class may be repeated:9
Basic Studio Painting 1
Basic Studio Photography 1
Basic Studio Printmaking 1
Basic Studio Metalsmithing 1
Basic Studio Sculpture 1
Basic Studio Fiber Art 1
Basic Studio Ceramics
Basic Studio Graphic Design 1
200 Level Electives
Select four of the following courses, you may take any class twice:12
Intermediate Studio Drawing 1
Intermediate Studio Painting 1
Intermediate Studio Photography 1
Intermediate Studio Printmaking 1
Intermediate Studio Metalsmithing 1
Intermediate Studio Sculpture 1
Intermediate Studio Fiber Art 1
Intermediate Studio Ceramics 1
Intermediate Studio Graphic Design 1
Intermediate Studio Digital Media 1
300 Level Electives
Select four of the following courses, you may take any class up to three times:12
Advanced Studio Drawing 1
Advanced Studio Painting 1
Advanced Studio Photography 1
Advanced Studio Printmaking 1
Advanced Studio Metalsmithing 1
Advanced Studio Sculpture 1
Advanced Studio Fiber Art 1
Advanced Studio Ceramics 1
Advanced Studio Graphic Design 1
Advanced Studio Digital Media 1
400 Level Electives
Select three of the following courses, you may take any class up to two times:9
Senior Studio Drawing 1
Senior Studio Painting 1
Senior Studio Photography 1
Senior Studio Printmaking 1
Senior Studio Metalsmithing 1
Senior Studio Sculpture 1
Senior Studio Fiber Art 1
Senior Studio Ceramics 1
Senior Studio Graphic Design 1
Senior Studio Digital Media 1
Art Electives
Select from 300-400 level courses9
Total Hours78

Course counts for 50% of Major requirements and Major GPA.


Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International study programs (short-term, semester)
  2. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  3. Student-faculty creative projects
  4. Student leadership development
  5. Service opportunities (e.g., Empty Bowls program)
  6. Career education and development
  7. Internships
  8. Student exhibitions
  9. Field Experiences

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

ART - BFA (5305)
Concentration in Ceramic Arts (CERA)
This program is effective as of Fall 2020.
Revised 03.09.2021
UCC 12.3.2019 

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ART 100 2-D Design 3
ART 105 Basic Studio Drawing 3
ART 225 Overview of Western Art 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 1 3
ART 101 3-D Design 3
ART 1XXBasic Studio (Ceramic Arts Concentration) 3
ART 1XXBasic Studio 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
MATH 117 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Second Year
ART 1XXBasic Studio 3
ART 2XXIntermediate Studio 3
POLS 235 Civil Discourse and Democracy 3
Humanities Inquiry 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 1
ART 226 Overview of World Art 3
ART 2XXIntermediate Studio (Ceramic Arts Concentration) 3
ART 2XXIntermediate Studio 3
ART 2XXIntermediate Studio 3
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
Third Year
ART 3XXArt History 3
ART 3XXAdvanced Studio 3
ART 3XXAdvanced Studio 3
ART 30X or 40X ART Elective 3
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
ART 300 Art Seminar 3
ART 3XXAdvanced Studio 3
ART 3XXAdvanced Studio (Ceramic Arts Concentration) 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Social Science Inquiry 3
Fourth Year
ART 4XXSenior Studio 3
ART 4XXSenior Studio (Ceramic Arts Concentration) 3
ART 30X or 40X ART Elective 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
ART 3XXArt History 3
ART 30X or 40X Art Elective 3
ART 4xXSenior Studio 3
ART 4xXSenior Project (Ceramic Arts Concentration) 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
 Total Hours**121

Work with your Academic Adviser to declare a Thematic Thread by the end of your fall semester in your second year.


Students are encouraged to take ESAP 101​ as a Free Elective.

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

ART - BFA (5305)
Concentration in Ceramic Arts (CERA)
Revised: 05.13.2022