An expansive investigation of the ceramic material, its historical precedent, and its contemporary application for visual art
The school offers tracks in ceramics for both the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art and the Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art. An undergraduate minor and a special student/post-baccalaureate program are also available.
The ceramics curriculum includes wheel-throwing, hand-building, slip-casting, tile-making, raw material study, studio practice, methodology development, and special topics classes as well as seminars that enhance critical thinking through writing, presentations, and critiques. Elective courses in art history and other studio arts supplement learning and insist on the integration of ideas across disciplines.
U.S. News & World Report ranks LSU ceramics 7th in the nation among MFA programs.
Associate Professor Andy Shaw envisioned and launched the Mid-Atlantic Keramik Exchange in Iceland.
The undergraduate curriculum begins by giving each student a broad-based introduction to the many possibilities of ceramics. Intermediate courses provide specific instruction in process and technique as well as development of individual aesthetic direction. Ceramics students are given a semi-private studio and begin to matriculate through a series of advanced courses that build technical and critical skills both in ceramics and the field of visual arts. Advanced courses are focused on developing personal style and the creation of a body of work.
Graduate-level students receive their own private work areas, approximately 12–20 feet, and are expected to work as maturing artists motivated by independent ideas. The program’s success is reflected in the current rankings by US News & World Report, which places LSU as the
seventh best MFA ceramics program in the nation.
Beyond the Studio
Students are encouraged to foster strong interpersonal relationships among departmental members and are provided ample opportunities to acquire leaderships traits through CASA.
Visiting artists, scholars, and guest lecturers provide further opportunities for students to extend their creative interests and to establish connections with artists from a variety of disciplines.
The high ground above the Mississippi River is an environment where landscape, climate, history, and culture allow for a lifestyle that is uniquely suited to the artistic temperament.
Facilities & Equipment
Ceramics students have access to more than 10,000 sq. feet of workspace housing private MFA and semi-private BFA studios. The kiln room and kiln pad feature numerous electric kilns, 3 gas kilns, and one soda kiln. The facility has a full glaze mixing studio, a large walk-in spray booth, a ball mill, and a clay mixing room. In the classroom, students have access to a slab roller, an extruder, and electric and kickwheels.
Students have access to a traditional wood-working shop; digital fabrication, photography, and lighting equipment; large-scale printers and scanners; an arboretum; a foundry; a motion capture studio; high-end work stations; and more.
The School of Art hosts exhibitions throughout the year at its on- and off-campus galleries. Students have abundant opportunities to see and experience innovative work from a wide range of perspectives and social themes.
Renovations to the Studio Arts Building are underway. The building is the gateway to the historic part of campus and will promote arts to the community and provide state-of-the-art facilities and studios for studio arts.