The Northwest Difference
Art majors with an emphasis in ceramics gain hands-on experiences through the study of clay and making it functional. Faculty focus on hand-building techniques, processes of making glaze with earth materials, the history of ceramics, wheel throwing, kiln theory and assisting students in defining a broader approaches.
Minor in Art
A minor in art teaches students the fundamentals of drawing, design and medieval or renaissance to present day art. After taking the required courses, students can customize their minor from a list of approved electives. For a list of required courses, visit the academic catalog. This minor requires the completion of 24 credit hours.
95% of art majors with an emphasis in ceramics find employment or continue their education within six months of graduation. Jobs and professions related to this major include:
- Ceramics engineer
- Ceramics industrial designer
Profession-Based Learning Experiences
Northwest has seven electronic kilns, four gas kilns and one wood kiln that students can use to learn the process of working with fire. Other facilities include:
- Glaze kitchen
- State-of-the-art ceramics studio
- Fully stocked dynamic studio
Students gain experience showcasing and selling their art at the Northwest Art Show.
Students are encouraged to submit their best work for presentation at the annual Celebration of Quality, an interdisciplinary symposium spotlighting exceptional student work throughout campus.
Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their own academic development. Faculty members supervise short-term study abroad programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available – faculty-led and traditional study abroad.
The traditional program can be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions.