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Butte College 2016-2017 Catalog. Program details:

Ceramics
AA Degree in Ceramics
Certificate of Achievement in Ceramics

Ceramics Program
Counseling and Advising: (530) 895-2378
Transfer Counseling Center: (530) 895-2264
Transfer information: www.assist.org
Department Office: ARTS 224 (530) 895-2404
Dave Cooper, Chair (530) 895-2259

About the Program
The Ceramics program offers a solid foundation in the technical and aesthetic aspects of the medium.

Students are taught the importance of minute details as well as overall excellence. Many specific skills are emphasized including handbuilding, wheel throwing, clay and glaze chemistry, mold making, kiln firings, and the specialized techniques of raku and primitive firings. Students have access to a fully equipped studio and have the opportunity to learn the operational requirements of the facility.

Although ceramics as an art medium is emphasized, students also study the inter-relationship between industry, business and ceramics. The program offers a well rounded art education including the ability to install exhibitions. A working portfolio for employment purposes is developed. The Ceramics Department offers courses which satisfy lower division requirements in many of the CSUs.

Career Opportunities
Many job opportunities exist for the individual proficient in ceramics. These include, but are not limited to: artist, art teacher or therapist, self-employed craft-person, mold maker, glaze technician, ceramic restorer, industrial ceramist, gallery or art shop manager, museum employee, interior design specialist, tile decorator, dental ceramist, and production designer. Students interested in pursuing a four-year degree are provided with a strong foundation for further coursework.

To obtain an Associate's degree, students must complete both the major requirements and the graduation requirements listed in this catalog.

Note that some courses have a prerequisite (P), corequisite (C), or both (P/C). Prerequisites and corequisites are listed within each course description in that catalog.


AA Degree in Ceramics 60 Units Minimum

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Employ technical skills, creativity, critical thinking, and conceptual problem solving in completing independent visual art projects in the medium of ceramics.
  • Analyze, compare, and synthesize significant global ideas and primary original works of ceramic art from diverse cultures and time periods.
  • Produce, present, and describe a portfolio consisting of original ceramic artworks.
  • Demonstrate proficient and safe use of a variety of equipment, materials, and tools when creating works of ceramic art.
Required courses for the major: 26 Units

ART 52 Intermediate Ceramics Has prerequisite(s)3
ART 54 Ceramics-Low Fire Has prerequisite(s)3
ART 56 Advanced Ceramics Has prerequisite(s)3


Certificate of Achievement in Ceramics 18 Units

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Employ technical skills, creativity, critical thinking, and conceptual problem solving in completing independent visual art projects in the medium of ceramics.
  • Analyze, compare, and synthesize significant global ideas and primary original works of ceramic art from diverse cultures and time periods.
  • Produce, present, and describe a portfolio consisting of original ceramic artworks.
  • Demonstrate proficient and safe use of a variety of equipment, materials, and tools when creating works of ceramic art.
Required courses for the certificate:
ART 52 Intermediate Ceramics Has prerequisite(s)3
ART 54 Ceramics-Low Fire Has prerequisite(s)3
ART 56 Advanced Ceramics Has prerequisite(s)3
ART 99 Work Experience-ART Has prerequisite(s)1

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