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The undergraduate curriculum provides a strong foundation in technical skills and ideas important for today’s artists/designers and educators working in ceramic materials. These include the basic techniques of handbuilding, wheelworking, moldmaking, glazing, and kiln-firing, as well as work in ceramic casting, architectural ceramics, and clay and glaze materials.
Seminar and advanced studio courses focus on developing a professional portfolio. These courses include critical thinking, research, lectures, and critiques, along with visiting artists and field trips.
Graduating students document and present their work in a senior thesis. Students are required to take a professional practices course that prepares them for life after MassArt.
The program provides students with the practical and theoretical preparation they need to pursue ceramics as a dedicated vocation or to develop the practice as a facet of their artistic repertoire.
- Communication Skills (written & verbal)
- Studio Practice (material safety, craftsmanship, studio habits, personal research, design principles, community & collaboration)
- History of the Field (traditional, historical, contemporary)
- Connection of the field and art to the world and society
- Agency (risk-taking, personal vocabulary, )
- Analyze and “Read” works of art (able to read and analyze objects in the world, including their own art)
- Cultural Humility (not privileging and one culture or POV)
Unique to MassArt
Clay for Change is a non-profit organization formed by MassArt students. While using clay as their medium, they attempt to give back to both the MassArt and the community. Through several events, they raise money for different charities and other local communities around the Boston area.