Ceramics, Certificate of Achievement

The Certificate of Achievement in Ceramics directs students to a course sequence that leads to the knowledge, practical skills, and training required for employment, entry into individual professional studio practice, and becoming a successful artist in the community.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic handbuilding skills.
  • Demonstrate basic wheel-throwing skills.
  • Demonstrate basic ceramic sculpture skills.
  • Apply appropriate surface techniques.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

Required Core
ARCE 1Introduction to Ceramics3
or ARCE 1A Ceramic Handbuilding I
ARCE 2ACeramic Wheel Throwing I3
ARCE 3AIntroduction to Ceramic Sculpture3
ARCE 7Ceramic Surface Design and Technique1.5-3
Select 12 units from the following not selected from the above required core:12
Introduction to Ceramics
Ceramic Handbuilding I
Ceramic Handbuilding II
Ceramic Handbuilding III
Ceramic Handbuilding IV
Ceramic Wheel Throwing II
Ceramic Wheel Throwing III
Ceramic Wheel Throwing IV
Ceramic Sculpture II
Ceramic Sculpture III
Ceramic Sculpture IV
Introduction to Glaze Experimentation
Glaze Calculation
Alternative Throwing Techniques
Alternative Firing Techniques
Total Units22.5-24

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Suggested Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Introduction to Ceramics
or Ceramic Handbuilding I
ARCE 2A Ceramic Wheel Throwing I 3
ARCE 3A Introduction to Ceramic Sculpture 3
ARCE 7 Ceramic Surface Design and Technique 1.5-3
Select 12 units from the following (not already selected for the core requirements): 12
Introduction to Ceramics
or Ceramic Handbuilding I
or Ceramic Handbuilding II
or Ceramic Handbuilding III
or Ceramic Handbuilding IV
or Ceramic Wheel Throwing II
or Ceramic Wheel Throwing III
or Ceramic Wheel Throwing IV
or Ceramic Sculpture II
or Ceramic Sculpture III
or Ceramic Sculpture IV
or Introduction to Glaze Experimentation
or Glaze Calculation
or Alternative Throwing Techniques
or Alternative Firing Techniques
 Total Units22.5-24

This program can be completed within one year (2 semesters), but if a student wants to focus on the same media then they will need 4 consecutive semesters.