Ceramics
Courses & Descriptions

Courses

Semester 1

  • Ceramic Processes I ARTS1646

    Units/ Hours: 47.5

    A foundation experience for both the production potter and the ceramic artist, this series of five courses will provide students with a progressive introduction to the basic operations and maintenance of a ceramic studio, including basic tools and equipment. Construction of clay forms using hand building techniques will build a sound understanding of the basic characteristics and working properties of clay. Health and safety issues are an integral part of all aspects of this course and will be addressed regularly with particular focus on the considered ergonomics for a ceramic artist.

  • Ceramic Processes II ARTS1647

    Units/ Hours: 47.5

    In this continuation from Ceramic Processes I, students will be introduced to the ceramic wheel. Ceramic forms will be created on the wheel and prepared for firing with particular address to trimming and refining. Slip casting and mould making will also be introduced. Students will engage in ongoing consideration for ceramic studio design and the use of the kiln as they begin to investigate basic firing cycles for bisque and simple glaze firings using samples from their studio exercises.

  • Design - Ceramics ARTS1648

    Units/ Hours: 47.5

    Students will apply the principles and elements in the design process as they investigate possibilities for creative ceramic pieces. By combining a basic understanding of pottery-making with design principles, issues of form and function, appropriate decoration, as well as choice of production methods, considered concepts for potential translation into studio work will be developed. Students will draw upon sources from natural and manmade objects, as well as referencing historical and contemporary works in ceramics as they begin to identify appealing elements which will contribute to the beginning of their own personal style. Consideration will be given to the identification and discussion of signifiers which support the content of a piece of ceramic art.

  • Ceramic Decoration ARTS1649

    Units/ Hours: 47.5

    Students will develop the skills needed to decorate and glaze ceramics appropriately according to function, design and aesthetic considerations for the piece. Pattern, colour and textures will be applied according to the condition of the clay (wet, leather hard, dry or bisque). Glaze application methods will include dip, pour, brush and spray. Demonstrations and lecture will include proper preparation for firing.

  • Ceramics Project I ARTS1650

    Units/ Hours: 47.5

    Students will expand personal expression and employ competent design and decoration processes while employing greater sensitivity to the properties and potential of tools, applications, and clay media in this first project course. Students will develop ceramic form(s) through the phases of concept design, production and critical review. Design parameters will be established in consultation with faculty. In on going class discussions and critiques students will be encouraged to begin to identify personal interests and themes in both the form and content of their work.

  • Ceramic Processes III ARTS1651

    Units/ Hours: 47.5

    In this continuation from Ceramic Processes II students will continue to advance their skills and techniques in the construction of more complex clay forms. In class discussions will address a more considered use and understanding of studio design. Purchasing materials and equipment as well as making and maintaining tools at a more advanced level will be included. Students will engage in research and discussion of their own interests in pursuing a career in ceramics as an artist or production designer.

  • Ceramic Processes IV ARTS1652

    Units/ Hours: 95

    In this continuation from Ceramic Processes III students will continue to advance their skills and techniques in the construction of larger more refined and more complex clay forms in conjunction with creative explorations based on research and faculty discussions. Personal observations regarding preferences in process will be developed in conjunction with an emphasis on more consideration in the design of ceramic pieces.

  • Glaze Science ARTS1653

    Units/ Hours: 24

    In this course students will be introduced to the science of glazes. They will mix basic glaze formulas. Examples will be presented to demonstrate that glazes can be designed and adjusted. The characteristics and choice of raw materials and their role will also be demonstrated. As the chemical properties and mechanical properties of glaze materials can be extremely hazardous, ongoing information will be presented during this course to maintain the highest possible standards in health and safety practices.

  • Firing Techniques ARTS1654

    Units/ Hours: 23.5

    In addition to developing successful firing cycles for a broad range of clay body and glaze genres using an electric kiln, students will explore alternative firing processes. Resources for kilns such as designing, building, repairing, firing, will be discussed in class along with loading and unloading, maintenance, cleaning and repairs. Health and safety issues are an integral part of all aspects of kiln firing ceramics and will be addressed as an ongoing part of this course.

  • Ceramics Project II ARTS1655

    Units/ Hours: 95

    Through ongoing discussion with their instructor, students will develop ceramics projects in their chosen area of exploration. Addressing both form and content in preproduction drawings, they will design and execute three-dimensional ceramic works using selected challenges. Group and individual critiques and discussion will support the development of the work as well as begin to identify personal interests in both the form and content of their work. Students will be expected to maintain a creative journal as well as present research on ceramicists with interests related to their own.

  • Marketing/Portfolio Development MKTG0053

    Units/ Hours: 47.5

    Practicing artists can choose from many different paths to advance their personal and artistic goals in artistic practice, education, presentation skills, and romotion and marketing as entrepreneurs. Each student will establish their own specific focus for continuing their artist's practice. In class sessions will involve online research, writing, digital photography, presentation, and critical discussion. Precourse assignment work will provide the data for artist documents and digital images of their work for the development of a portfolio. Students will show their work in an established campus venue as a culmination to their certificate program experience. Certificate students who have already completed the first two semesters of the Visual and Creative Arts Diploma Program will complete this course mainly as independent review and revision of their portfolio and artists documents in collaboration with faculty.

  • Art History XIII - Ceramics ARTS0971

    Units/ Hours: 47.5

    This course is designed to give students a broad understanding of the use, making, and design of ceramics art from its earliest application to the present. With a special emphasis on historically significant styles, techniques, and artists, students will be encouraged to recognize and use specific elements of design in a way that may inform their own work. Exploration of historically significant ceramics will be through student research, presentation and hands-on clay work.

  • Drawing for Ceramics ARTS0972

    Units/ Hours: 47.5

    This course will engage the student in basic drawing processes as they relate to the art of ceramic design and description. Using line, proportion, light, texture, colour and surface, students will focus on concept sketches, working drawings and presentation renderings. Basic colouring techniques and colour theory will be applied to drawings for creative design processes and the exploration of style as applied to a series of clay works. Students will use journals to gather research material and concepts.

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