USD Ceramics

BFA in Ceramics

In the USD ceramics program, students learn technical methods of clay construction, such as coil, slab, and wheel, which they apply in traditional and nontraditional formats. In addition, they learn clay composition, glaze chemistry and kiln construction. Students can fire their work in electric, gas, wood, or salt kiln as well as alternative firing techniques like pit, sagar and raku. Advanced students have their own studio spaces and lead teams in the firing of all the university kilns.


  • Clay and glaze mixers
  • Extruder, slab roller and wheels
  • Free bulk materials (clay, slip and glazes)
  • Mold-making facilities
  • Fully equipped casting facilities
  • Gas and electric kilns
  • Installation/gallery space
  • Walk-in spray booth 
  • Cold working equipment: Lapping machine, water feed drill press with diamond coring bits, large diamond brick wet saw, diamond tile wet saw
BFA Ceramics Courses
  • ART 251 - Ceramics I
  • ART 256 - Ceramics Intermediate
  • ART 355 - Ceramics Techniques
  • ART 356 - Slip Cast/Mold-make
  • ART 455 - Advanced Techniques
  • ART 456 - Glaze Chemistry/Kiln Theory
  • ART 491 - Ceramics Independent Study

Undergraduate Core Requirements