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Ceramic works engage every element of the design and creative process, embodying the technology, the materials, and the artist's message.

Program Information

Start Date

September 03, 2024

Domestic Availability

Accepting Applications

International Availability

Not Available

Program Code



In Person


Ontario College Certificate

Program Contact

Juliette Arsenault

Program Coordinator

Domestic Tuition

$4913.93 (includes fees and supplies)*

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Canadian Students

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Professional ceramic artists and designers will help you express yourself through clay. You'll develop critical thinking abilities and a technical understanding of ceramics as you progress through foundation courses to more advanced individual explorations. Our emphasis on techniques will give you a solid range of clay skills including throwing on the wheel, handbuilding, understanding clay, the science of glaze technology, and firing techniques. You will also receive a well-rounded foundation in applied design and ceramic art history, as well as practical skills in ceramic studio operations, marketing and portfolio development.

You'll have your own individual electric wheel and a large work space in our well-equipped studio. The art studio features a fully-ventilated glaze lab, glaze booth, and kiln room with a variety of electric kilns including oval, round, burn-out as well as raku.

Equivalent to two semesters of full-time study, our intensive 15-week certificate programs provide over 600 hours of hands-on studio time. Each week you will work alongside a different faculty member who brings their unique perspective and expertise within the discipline to the studio. Limited enrolment ensures you have access to equipment and time to interact with faculty. You will also benefit from the guidance of experienced studio technicians and extended hours in the studio after class.

Our school is a leader in providing unique and flexible art and design education. Learn from professionals who have shaped art, craft and design in Canada at a campus that provides the best possible hands-on studio experience. Create in a spectacular natural environment, supported by dedicated faculty and a welcoming community of resident artists and designers. Graduate with a solid portfolio to take you to the next step in your art career – whether that is continuing education, starting your own practice or entering the workforce.

Graduates are working as ceramicists, educators, designers and in galleries.

Kristen Ciccarelli, program graduate and owner of Two Cent Sparrow Ceramic Studio, recently exhibited her work at the One Of A Kind show in Toronto. Kristen believes that studying at Haliburton School of Art + Design was essential to her development as a ceramic artist.

There is an additional expense of approximately $381 for tools and equipment, in addition to the material cost included in the tuition.

Students who graduate from an art certificate program can earn their Visual and Creative Arts diploma (VCAD) with just two more semesters of study.

Visual and Creative Arts diploma graduates have the opportunity to pursue more advanced studies through our many articulation agreements with leading art education institutions across Canada and in the United States.

  • Use knowledge of key artists, movements and innovation in both contemporary and historical ceramics in order to inspire and inform design decisions.
  • Use the principles and elements of two and three-dimensional design in the conception, construction and assessment of ceramic works.
  • Use knowledge of the characteristics, properties, qualities and behaviours of clay and associated materials in the design, formation, and assessment of ceramic forms.
  • Identify personal interests which may develop into themes for creative expression through ceramics.
  • Know the health and safety risks and environmental impacts of specific materials and equipment used by ceramic artists and ways in which to manage, reduce, or eliminate, that risk.
  • Use tools, equipment and studio appropriately and maintain them in optimum condition.
  • Critically analyze and evaluate the technical attributes, content, and aesthetic effectiveness of ceramic forms through individual and group discussion and written comment.
  • Develop a basic portfolio and artists documents that can be maintained and updated for promotional and application purposes such as grants, commissions and juried shows.
  • Summarize personal interests and choices in continued studies and /or career in ceramics.

Students applying to Ceramics must meet the following requirements:

  • OSSD including Gr 12 C English

Program Code: VAF

Ontario College Certificate

Haliburton Campus

September 2024

Program Code: FAR

Ontario College Certificate

Haliburton Campus

September 2024

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