Bachelor's Degree in Ceramic Design

Our students experiences all aspects of ceramic design from clay body construction to over glazing techniques.

Our studio is equipped with electric, raku, soda, and gas kilns, electric wheels, extruders, and hand building equipment. There are also separate spaces for individual studios, the kilns, clay preparation, and glaze mixing.


NCECA – National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts

NCECA expands it by working to cultivate the next generation of ceramic artists and enthusiasts through programming that affects professional artists, K-12 schools, community centers, universities, museums, galleries, businesses, organizations, collectors and enthusiasts of ceramic art.

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Program Policy – Ceramic Design Degree

For the ISAD cross-concentration degree, a student chooses two pre-existing concentrations and combines them to create an individualized learning experience. The cross-concentration degree is offered under the special circumstances listed below:

  • A grade point average in Art & Design classes of 3.5 or higher.
  • A letter of intent from the student to the dean explaining the desire and rationale for a cross-concentration degree.
  • The curriculum for the combination of two concentrations will be evaluated by the respective faculty members on a case-by-case basis.

Study Abroad Opportunities – Ceramic Design Programs

Art & Design students considering study abroad opportunities must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA and apply to and make arrangements with the dean of the International School of Art & Design. Students are encouraged to study at least one year of the Finnish language (or language of destination country) prior to departure.

CCSA – Cooperative Center for Study Abroad
The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad is a consortium of U.S. colleges and universities, which jointly offers study abroad programs in English-speaking regions. A not-for-profit organization, CCSA is headquartered at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Participants can receive higher education credit (undergraduate or graduate) for successfully completing the CCSA program in which they are enrolled. Classes are taught by faculty from consortium member schools.

Today, CCSA offers programs on five continents, sending at least five hundred students and faculty abroad each year. Course offerings have also grown extensively to include subjects as different as marine biology and fashion design, watercolor painting and nursing, in addition to regular offerings in theatre, business, psychology, english, history, and political science.

SACI – Studio Art Centers International – FLORENCE
SACI’s mission is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with a challenging, life-enhancing experience in the center of Florence in traditional and contemporary studio arts, design, conservation, and art history. Students directly access centuries of Italian culture through a wide range of courses of academic excellence. SACI engages in leading areas of research and exploration, interacts with the community through artistic and social programs, and prepares students to excel in their chosen field.

UAL – University of the Arts London
UAL offers international students three Study Abroad programs, each with different learning structures to accommodate a range of study needs. Study with UAL for up to 8 weeks in the summer, 14 weeks on the semester program or up to a year on an integrated program.

International Partners

  • Kuopio Academy of Design/Savonia University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Art & Design Helsinki – UIAH
  • University of Lapland
  • HAMK – University of Applied Sciences

International Study Programs International Admissions (906) 487-7208 |

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Amazing student work from Finlandia ceramics program

Finlandia University’s International School of Art & Design is renowned for its incredibly facilities, ability to bring in professional artists and focus on the Finnish model of education. It’s also quickly becoming known for having an amazing ceramics program under the lead of emerging artist Kenyon Hansen.

Emerging Artist – Kenyon Hansen

Kenyon Hansen, Finlandia University adjunct ceramics instructor, confesses that he wasn’t a particularly motivated high school student … until his senior year when he enrolled in an art class.

Ceramics Monthly Kenyon Hansen – 2010

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What you will learn

Our ceramic majors develop throwing and hand-built methods of working with clay. The direction each student's form takes can evolve to become sculptural, functional, or architectural. Experimentation with form and surface is encouraged from the start so our students understand how, together, these attributes produce an art object. Students can finish their objects in a variety of surface treatments and experiment with numerous firing temperatures during their pursuit of a bachelor's degree in ceramic design.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Understand basic design principles, particularly as related to ceramic design.
  • Develop solutions to ceramic design problems.
  • Use tools, techniques, and processes to produce work from concept to finished object, including knowledge of raw materials and technical procedures, such as clays, glazes, and kiln firing
  • Understand the industrial applications of ceramic techniques will be evaluated by the respective faculty members on a case-by-case basis.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • Ceramic Design II
    Students develop greater knowledge and skills required in professional ceramic design work, such as making prototypes, manufacturing limited series, and designing and making one-of-a-kind pieces. Molds and casting techniques for ceramic production are also explored. Available during spring semesters.
  • Technical Aspects of Ceramic Design
    Students study the chemistry and physics of the raw materials used in ceramic products, and the behavior of the materials during the different stages of production. The students become familiar with the different types and compositions of clay bodies, ceramic kilns, and equipment operating principles. Available fall semesters. Prerequisites: ARD 124 and ARD 224.
  • Studio Practices in Ceramic Design
    Advanced problem solving related to the process of creating ceramics. The aesthetics of clay as an expressive medium are explored. Available spring semesters. Prerequisites: ARD 224 and ARD 360.

Career Opportunities

Ceramic Sculptor, Ceramic Glaze Technician, Clay Body Technician, Production Potter, Ceramic Artists
Denise VandevilleDean, International School of Art & Design Associate Professor, Ceramic DesignFinlandia Universitydenise.vandeville@finlandia.edu906-487-7379
Kenyon HansenVisiting ArtistFinlandia Universitykenyon.hansen@finlandia.edu4064381248

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