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Ceramics Certificate (Undergraduate)

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Freedom of expression.

This curriculum is designed to provide students a wide range of traditional and non-traditional ceramic approaches. Concentrated studio work engages students in contemporary practices, and advanced technical proficiencies that enhance idea-based constructional methods while developing a personal identity through utilitarian, sculptural and design applications. As students advance through the program they take an active role in studio operations, including materials research, glaze calculation and kiln/firing technology. The immediacy of working with clay offers opportunities for model making in design build professions. Ceramics processes also offer opportunities to bridge technology in agronomy, design, engineering and medical fields. The certificate in ceramics is a stand-alone program and may be taken by any student regardless of major or may be selected by studio art majors as part of their degree. This certificate prepares you for entry-level positions as a studio technician, production potter or dealing with ceramics education, gallery or retail settings.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Have strong skills in art or design.
  • Are committed to developing your talent.
  • Have a creative, expressive, curious personality.
  • Like to design and build things.
  • Are detail-oriented.

Career Opportunities

  • Art assistant
  • Art handler
  • Community art instructor
  • Foundry applications
  • Gallery assistant
  • Independent artist
  • Preparator
  • Public artist
  • Technology fields

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.