Certificate in Ceramics

School of Arts, Design, and Media Arts, 505-428-1731

The certificate in Ceramics is designed as a workforce development degree that trains students to design and fabricate ceramic objects of art and center the ceramics industry locally, nationally and/or internationally.

Core courses offer a broad perspective including numerous techniques in wheel throwing, hand building, kiln firing procedures, glaze formulation, clay body formulation, mass production techniques, basic studio work flow, maintenance, and upkeep.

Electives focus on related design, photographic documentation of artwork as an aid to professional requirements in the field and business practices necessary for entrepreneurial endeavors.

Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Exhibit craftsmanship and originality in the conception and creation of functional and sculptural objects using clay and related materials.
  • Design ceramic objects that are relevant and competitive in today’s contemporary fine art ceramic market.
  • Fabricate ceramic objects using wheel throwing, slip casting and/or hand building techniques.
  • Experiment with glaze formulas and commercial clay composition.

Class Requirements


ARTS 280      Business Practices for Designers (3)

CLAY 128L    Clay Hand-Building I (3)

CLAY 129L    Ceramics: Wheel Throwing I (3)

CLAY 136L    Ceramic Color on Form (3)

CLAY 214L    Clay Hand-Building II (3)

CLAY 216L    Ceramics: Wheel Throwing II (3)

CLAY 220L    Ceramics: Glaze Formulation (3)

CLAY 280L    Ceramics: Integrative Projects (3)



AHST 207      Contemporary Art (3)

ARTS 113L    Two-Dimensional Design (3)

ARTS 116L    Three-Dimensional Design (3)


ARTS 125L    Art Practices I (3)

ARTS 295      Studio Practice (3)

ARTS 296      Fine Arts Portfolio Development (3)

ARTS 298      Arts and Design Internship (3)

DRPT 118L    Drawing I (3)

DRPT 121L    Painting I (3)

PHOT 195      Photographing Artwork (3)

NOTE: See First-Year Student Success Course Requirement on Page 8.


SFCC Campus Closed - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

SFCC Will be closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21. Classes will start on Jan 22.