Ceramics

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art
    • Emphasis

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    Scholarships

    Program-Based Scholarships

    Caniff, Al Art Scholarship

    Eligibility

    • Full-time Western Senior majoring in Art
    • Overall GPA of 3.0 or above
    • Student must exhibit service to the Art program by involvement with the ART League or other co-curricular art activities
    • Preference will be given to a BFA Senior Veterans of the United States Armed Forces

    Description

    This scholarship is provided by Dr. Al Caniff.

    Amount: $1000

    Selected by: Art Faculty in consultation with the Financial Aid Office.

    Application:

    Contact the Art Department at 970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

    Institutional Scholarships

    Common Scholarships

    Western offers approximately 70 common scholarships for which a wide variety of students are eligible (e.g., locals, veterans, transfers). Apply for any number of these common scholarships using Western’s Common Scholarship Application, which is due April 1. For more information, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Early Action Credit

    If a student is accepted to Western by Nov. 1 and qualifies for a merit scholarship, the student will receive an additional $500 for the first year. Use our Net Price Calculator to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

    Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

    Western Colorado University alumni can nominate prospective students for a $500 scholarship ($250 per semester) for first year only. Application deadline is typically June 1. For more information, visit western.edu/mars.

    Neighboring States Program

    Students with a permanent address from one of the seven contiguous neighboring states to Colorado who have demonstrated financial need are automatically considered for a special $1,000 per year grant, totaling $4,000 over four years.

    The Western Neighboring States program can be added to WUE, CP or merit scholarships. So, if you are a permanent resident of one of those seven states—and show financial need—you are eligible.

    For more information about the Neighboring States program, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

    Presidential Promise

    The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

    For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential promise, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Tuition Discount Programs

    Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

    For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

    Western Merit Scholarship

    Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship. 

    For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Faculty & Staff

    Faculty

    Al Caniff, Ph.D. headshot
    Professor of Art
    Phone: 970.943.3083
    Office Location: Quigley Hall 234

    Courses

    FOR REQUIRED COURSES AND DEGREE PLANS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY CATALOG. This is a sample of courses offered by Western Colorado University. To ensure the courses you need are offered during the current semester, please visit the university course search.

     ART 203 - Introduction to Ceramics (3 credits)

    An introduction to the basic techniques and processes of ceramics: pinch, coil, slab, and some wheelwork. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.

     ART 230 - Introduction to Sculpture (3 credits)

    An introduction to the various processes of sculpture: carving, modeling, and casting. Aesthetic qualities and craftsmanship of the sculptural forms are emphasized. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.

     ART 235 - Introduction to Jewelry (3 credits)

    An introduction to the creative use of silver and precious gemstones in the making of jewelry. Design and craftsmanship are emphasized. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.

     ART 303 - Intermediate Ceramics (3 credits)

    An exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual ceramic direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction for study. Prerequisite: ART 203.

     ART 403 - Advanced Ceramics I (3 credits)

    An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual ceramic direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction of study. Prerequisite: ART 303.

     ART 404 - Advanced Ceramics II (3 credits)

    An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual ceramic direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction of study. Prerequisite: ART 403.

     ART 405 - Advanced Ceramics III (3 credits)

    An advanced exploration of the expressive possibilities of individual ceramic direction. Students collaborate with the instructor to plan a suitable and particular direction of study. Prerequisite: ART 403.

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art
    • Emphasis

    The Ceramics emphasis centers on technical and conceptual issues, incorporating both traditional and contemporary concerns. Often, a student's exploration of clay sculpture and studio pottery-making becomes a springboard for more personal and contemporary image-making.

    Western offers outstanding clay facilities: several styles of wheels, bulk materials (clay, slip and glazes)—plus free firing and the assistance of a shop technician. The department also features extensive sculpture process equipment. Most styles of kilns are available, including salt and raku, and there are separate facilities for electric and reduction firing.

    The Program

    The Ceramics emphasis centers on technical and conceptual issues, incorporating both traditional and contemporary concerns. Discussions, critiques and lectures emphasize content and the development of personal expression. The department's approach is one of breadth rather than of narrow specialization. Because ceramics deals with the illusionary space of painting and the real space of sculpture, this medium inspires infinite options. The possible transformations of clay are so many, in fact, that students must maintain flexibility and openness to new ideas. Often, a student's exploration of clay sculpture and studio pottery-making becomes a springboard for more personal and contemporary image-making.

    In beginning pottery courses, students develop skills in hand building and throwing, learn the complexities of glazing and firing, and develop a vocabulary in vessel aesthetics. In sculpture courses, students explore clay's potential in its many forms: fired, unfired, ready-made, plastic or powder. Traditional boundaries expand and new issues arise as the student's perception changes.

    The department offers several multilevel courses in pottery, sculpture and theory. Beginning and advanced students meet together with the same instructor; beginning students meet as a group, while advanced students receive independent instruction.

    Facilities

    Complete clay facilities are available for students: several styles of wheels, bulk materials (clay, slip and glazes)—plus free firing and the assistance of a shop technician. The department also features extensive sculpture process equipment. Most styles of kilns are available, including salt and raku, and there are separate facilities for electric and reduction firing. Although equipment and help are readily available, Ceramics students are responsible for helping to stack the kiln as well as handling and storing their own pieces.

    Learn More

    Reach out to Al Caniff, Ph.D. for more information.