About The Major

Herron’s ceramics curriculum develops your understanding of the medium in the context of contemporary society and historical tradition. You will 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. Students 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 the 16 Tech corridor of Indianapolis.

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

Complementing Interests




Major Possibilities

Sample Coursework

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

Possible Careers

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

*= Career option requires additional training or education.

Where Could I Work?

  • Art museums and galleries
  • Commercial art
  • Education
  • Indianapolis Art Center
  • IUPUI / 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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