About the ceramics major

Herron’s ceramics curriculum develops your understanding of the medium in the context of contemporary society and historical tradition. You'll gain skills in analysis of specific works of art that are developed through courses in art theory, art history, research methods, and the uses of materials and tools needed to create works of art. You'll also study specific periods, cultures, styles, and themes that exist in the field of art. The ceramics program is supported by lavish space and equipment in the heart of 16 Tech, an innovation community in Indianapolis.

Skills and abilities this major develops: understanding historical contexts, analysis, fine art skills, and cultural competency (Herron School of Art and Design, 2017).

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Art history
  • Drawing
  • Hand building
  • Studio
  • Understanding contemporary art
  • Visual communications
  • Wheel throwing

Possible careers

  • Art teacher*
  • Freelance artist
  • Gallerist
  • Nonprofit program coordinator
  • Production designer
  • Visual artist

*This career requires additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • Art museums and galleries
  • Commercial art
  • Education
  • Indianapolis Art Center
  • IU Indianapolis or Ivy Tech
  • Operations

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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