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Ceramics Studio – Certificate

Program Details

Length: 10 months

Total Credits: 45.5

Intake Terms: Fall

Campus: Victoria Street

Student Loans: This program is eligible for Student Loans - details here

Credential Received

Certificate in Ceramics Studio


Program Summary

Ceramic work exemplifies the human ability to be both innovative and purposeful in the pursuit of designing and making, with the most basic of materials—clay.

With instruction in forming techniques, glaze technology, surface treatment and kiln operation, we combine studio and conceptual skills. The courses will refine and strengthen your creative talents. In your studio time, you will obtain confidence with ceramic processes, knowledge of studio safety and achieve individual goals. Our practicing artist instructors demonstrate and assign exercises in contemporary ceramic design methods as well as traditional techniques in hand building, mold making, wheel forming, glazing and firing.

Program Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting the general entrance requirements for admission to Selkirk College, an applicant must meet the following Kootenay Studio Arts programming (KSA) entrance requirements.

Additional Requirements

  • Questionnaire

    All applicants must complete and submit a questionnaire at least one week prior to their scheduled interview date. The questionnaire helps us to understand the applicant’s interest and commitment to the studio program.

    Submit the questionnaire using the Kootenay Studio Arts online form at selkirk.ca/ceramics.

  • Interview

    All applicants are required to participate in an interview with a program instructor from the Kootenay School of the Arts program. Telephone interviews will be arranged for those applicants who, because of distance, cannot attend in person.

    The interview is an opportunity for applicants to introduce themselves, present their work and discuss assess the applicant’s preparedness for entry into the program and will ask about commitment, goals and expectations, design knowledge, experience and communication skills. It is also an opportunity for applicants to ask any questions they might have about the program and for faculty to recommend upgrading if necessary.

  • Portfolios

    The portfolio is designed to assess your skill level to help instructors increase your chances of success in your studio program. KSA is looking for a demonstration of visual awareness, creativity and technical skill. The portfolio pieces may be of any medium and they need not be specific to studio preference.

    For portfolio guidelines see our website http:// selkirk.ca/program/ceramics/admission- requirements or see Kootenay Studio Arts program policy – Appendix F.

Program Courses

Term 1

Required Courses

CERM 101Wheel I


CERM 103Hand Forming I


CERM 105Introduction to Glaze Technology and Surface Treatment


PPD 101Drawing as a Basic Visual Communication


PPD 103Design as a Basic Visual Language


PPD 104Introduction to Digital Design Applications


Term 2

Required Courses

CERM 102Wheel II


CERM 104Hand Forming And Molding


CERM 106Ceramic Technology II - Surface and Kiln


CERM 108Studio Specific Design


PPD 111Professional Practice and Design


Term 3

Required Courses

CERM 112Studio 1 - Design for Production


CERM 114Studio 2 - Glaze & Surface Development


CERM 120Self-Directed Studio 1