Art, Ceramics, Comprehensive Major

(Code 020-011)

University Requirements

Credit Requirements
Minimum total for graduation 1120
Upper division credits (courses numbered 300 and higher)39
Liberal Education Core36
Academic Concentrations
Grade Point Requirements 2
Total2.00 average
Resident2.00 average
Major2.00 average
Minor2.00 average
Certificate2.00 average
University Residency Requirements
Minimum total30
Senior year23
Major, Standard, upper division in residence12
Major, Comprehensive, upper division in residence21
Certificate25 percent of credits
Procedures Required for Graduation
Obtain admission to the degree program and/or the College offering it.
Apply for graduation on CampS.

Certain programs exceed this minimum.


See special requirements in each College.

Applicability of Credits Toward Graduation

Junior College or Two-Year College Credits. A maximum of 72 semester credits earned in a junior college or two-year college will be accepted as degree credits at UW-Eau Claire.

Extension Credits. Credits earned in credit outreach courses offered by UW-Eau Claire are treated as resident credits. Credits earned in extension courses offered by other units of the University of Wisconsin System are treated as transfer credits. All other (non-UW) extension and correspondence credits are normally limited to one-fourth of the total required for graduation from any curriculum.

WTCS Credits. A maximum of 72 semester credits earned in college parallel programs at Madison Area Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Nicolet Area Technical College, or Chippewa Valley Technical College may be accepted as degree credits at UW-Eau Claire. A set number of general education courses will be accepted from other technical schools. Occupational and technical courses may also be considered for transfer if the quality and content of the course work from the technical college is judged to be comparable to course work at UW-Eau Claire. Refer to the Transfer Credit Wizard or contact the UW-Eau Claire Admissions Office for information about the current transfer policy.

USAFI Credit. UW-Eau Claire will accept up to 32 semester credits for work done through the United States Armed Forces Institute, under the provision for non-UW correspondence credit (see Extension Credits above).

Activity Credit (band, chorus, drama, KINS 100-184 courses) Students may count toward graduation no more than one credit of KINS 110-184 courses. Students may count toward graduation no more than four credits earned in any single activity course and no more than 12 credits resulting from any combination of activity courses (excluding KINS 110-184 courses). 

Other Restricted Credits. For other University restrictions, see the following: Cooperative Education; Credit by Examination; Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Registration; Transfer of Credits. College or departmental restrictions may also be placed on Independent Study (399-499 courses), Directed Study (395-495), and other types of credits.

Total degree creditmaximum 12
Major, Standardmaximum 1 course
Major, Comprehensivemaximum 2 courses
Minormaximum 1 course
Credit by Examination
Total degree creditmaximum ¼ of total
Major or minormaximum ½ of total
Two-Year College Credits
Total degree creditmaximum 72 credits
Activity credit (band, chorus, drama, KINS 100-184)
Total KINS 100-184maximum 1 credit
Total Band, chorus, dramamaximum 12 credits
Single course band, chorus, dramamaximum 4 credits
Extension credits
UW-Systemno maximum
Other extension/correspondencemaximum ¼ of total
USAFImaximum 32 credits

Liberal Education Core

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire measures learning outcomes to ensure that its graduates have achieved a liberal education and prepared themselves to contribute to a complex society. Upon graduation, each undergraduate will have met the five learning goals of our liberal education core and the 12 learning outcomes they comprise. 

Knowledge Goal
Knowledge Outcome 1 (K1): Natural SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 2 (K2): Social SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 3 (K3): HumanitiesTwo (2) learning experiences
Knowledge Outcome 4 (K4): Fine ArtsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Goal
Skills Outcome 1 (S1): Written and Oral CommunicationTwo (2) learning experiences
Skills Outcome 2 (S2): MathematicsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Outcome 3 (S3): CreativityOne (1) learning experience
Responsibility Goal
Responsibility Outcome 1 (R1): Equity, Diversity, and InclusivityTwo (2) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 2 (R2): Global PerspectivesOne (1) learning experience
Responsibility Outcome 3 (R3): Civic and Environmental IssuesOne (1) learning experience
Integration Goal
Integration Outcome 1 (I1): IntegrationTwo (2) learning experiences
Service-Learning Goal
Service-Learning30 hours

College Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Fine Arts

University Graduation Requirements. All candidates for degrees must fulfill the requirements for credits, curriculum, GPA, and University residency as specified in the section of this catalog titled University Graduation Requirements.

College Graduation Requirements: Grade Point Averages. All candidates for degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences must earn minimum resident and total GPAs of 2.00 in the major, the minor, and the certificate. The resident and total GPAs for the major are computed using all attempted credits applicable to the major including those offered by departments other than the major department. The resident and total GPAs for the minor and certificate are computed similarly.

Major-Minor and Major-Certificate Requirements. A standard major (a minimum of 36 credits) must be supplemented by a minor (a minimum of 24 credits) or by a certificate (12 to 18 credits) to meet graduation requirements for completing a first and second degree program. No minor or certificate is required with a Comprehensive Major (60 or more credits) or with two majors of 36 or more credits each.

Certain degree programs, which include Comprehensive Majors, may require more than the minimum of 120 credits for graduation.

Acceptable academic program combinations are determined at the college level. A major and a minor or a major and certificate or two majors (if available) may not be elected in the same department or program, except in the approved combinations listed here.

College Credits. Earn at least 90 credits in courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in the College of Arts and Sciences (B.F.A.)

Fulfillment of all University Graduation Requirements (which includes the Liberal Education Core); all College-level degree requirements (major and minor/certificate emphases, GPAs, earning at least 90 credits in Arts and Sciences course work); foreign language competency at the 102 level.  Foreign language competency can be met in one of two ways:  (1) Achieve a score on the foreign language placement test that qualifies the student to enter the 201-level course in a foreign language.  (2) Earn a grade of at least C (not C-) or a mark of S in a 102-level foreign language course (or AIS 112 or AIS 122 / LANG 122 or CSD 103).

Major Requirements

(Code 020-011)

This degree is designed as a specialty for students pursuing graduate studies or planning careers in Ceramics. It provides the most immersive studio experience for graduating with a greater level of artistic development and focus. Students enrolling in the Comprehensive Major: Art, Ceramics Emphasis will need to apply for a B.F.A. Review to remain in this major. The suggested time for this review is in the second year of study.

Seventy-five semester credits, including:
Department Requirements
Foundations Courses (should be completed in the first year of study):12
Foundations: Drawing and Composition
Foundations: Two-Dimensional Design
Foundations: Three-Dimensional Art
Art of the 20th Century
Art History Requirement:6
Survey: Ancient to Medieval Art
Survey: Renaissance to 20th Century Art
Area Requirements21
Beginning Sculpture
Introduction to Ceramics
Intermediate Ceramics
Advanced Ceramics 1
Advanced Studio Practice 1
Area Support Options, Choose Four:12
Introduction to Painting
Introduction to Printmaking
3-D Computer Modeling
Introduction to Photography as an Art Form
Painting: Space and Process
Intermediate Sculpture
Site-Specific Sculpture
Advanced Studio Practice
Electives in Art (ART) or Art History (ARTH)18
Electives in Art History (ARTH): ARTH 333 and ARTH 335 recommended6
Total Credits75

 Repeat ART 458 and ART 402 for a total of six credits each.

Additional B.F.A. Requirements

Further details regarding each of the following requirements are provided by the Art & Design Department each semester.

  1. To be accepted to continue in the B.F.A. program, students must pass the B.F.A. Entrance Review. To complete the Review, students must apply with a minimum of 18 Art & Design credits including ART 107, ART 108, ART 110, ARTH 109 plus two courses in studio art. The maximum number of Art credits taken (including current enrollment) prior to the B.F.A. Entrance Review is 30.
  2. B.F.A. Comprehensive Art majors must complete at least one of the following travel experiences:

    A) UWEC-approved International Study program;

    B) at least one of the department’s national field trips;

    C) at least two of the department’s regional field trips.

  3. To complete the B.F.A. program, students must participate in a Senior Exhibition hosted in the University's Foster Gallery.

NOTE: Transfers, Changes of Major, and other exceptions must check with the Department and their faculty advisor to determine their position within the program and what requirements they will need to meet.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing this program will be expected to meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Apply the Elements and Principles of Design to visually communicate through Ceramics.
  • Show practical and technical command of materials, tools, processes and technologies to produce images, objects and/or experiences while demonstrating safe practices.
  • Develop perceptual skills to recognize, analyze, and critically evaluate form and content of art.
  • Apply and utilize oral and written communication (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) to clearly establish personal and professional voice.
  • Develop and apply knowledge and understanding of the major art periods (styles, iconography, terminology, essential questions, issues and contexts) globally across history and cultures.
  • Recognize diversity of peer and professional work and engage in critical discussion and critique through analysis and with respect for aesthetic and conceptual diversity.
  • Engage in self-directed and collaborative problem analysis, problem solving, and critical/creative thinking.
  • Engage in research and ideation that transmits specific intent, personal insight, attitude or expression.
  • Recognize and embrace risk taking and openness to process as it transcends intent.
  • Reflect on professional commitment and integrity.
  • Produce ceramic works both functional and/or sculptural while applying an understanding of tools specific to the material such as pottery wheels, kilns, hand tools, and glaze chemistry
  • Show knowledge of historical ceramics while keeping abreast of contemporary movements in the field of Ceramics.

Sample Degree Plan

 Art, Ceramics, Comprehensive Major, B.F.A.

The following is a sample degree plan, based on the 2022-2023 catalog. It is based on the 120-credit graduation requirement and assumes no transferred credits, no requirements waived by placement tests, no courses taken in the summer or winter, no repeated courses, and no remedial courses that may be required. This sample degree plan is intended for first-year students entering UW-Eau Claire in the fall semester. Your own degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). UW-Eau Claire cannot guarantee all courses will be offered as shown, but will provide a range of courses that may enable prepared students to fulfill their requirements in a timely period. This sample degree plan is just a guide. Please consult your advisor, your degree audit, and the catalog to create your own degree plan. Note: In order to earn the required minimum of 120 credits for the degree in four years, you should plan to take 15 credits each semester or 30 credits each year.

To earn a degree, students must fulfill all University Graduation Requirements, including the Liberal Education (LE) Core.  LE Core course work in the following sample degree plan uses abbreviations such as LE-K1, LE-S2, LE-R3, and LE-I1 to represent the learning outcomes students will meet via completion of their liberal education course work.  Please click here for a description of the Liberal Education Core outcomes and requirements.  Note that the LE Core may be completed through both course and non-course experiences.

ART 107Foundations: Drawing and Composition3
ART 108Foundations: Two-Dimensional Design (LE-S3)3
LE Option: Knowledge 2 (K2) Social Sciences3
WRIT 114Intensive Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing (LE-S1)5
Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing (LE-S1)
ART 110Foundations: Three-Dimensional Art3
ARTH 109Art of the 20th Century (LE-K4)3
Dual Outcome Elective (LE-K1, LE-R3) a3
LE Option: Knowledge 3 (K3) Humanities3
LE Option: Skills 2 (S2) Mathematics4
ART 357Introduction to Ceramics3
ARTH 111Survey: Ancient to Medieval Art (LE-K4)3
ARTH 112Survey: Renaissance to 20th Century Art3
LE Option: Responsibility 1 (R1, DDIV) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity with Design for Diversity3
101-Level Language Elective (LE-S1)4
Participate in B.F.A. Review d
ART 358Intermediate Ceramics3
ART Area Support b3
LE Option: Knowledge 2 (K2) Social Sciences3
LE Option: Integration (I1)3
102-level Language Elective (LE-S1)4
ART 264Beginning Sculpture3
ART 458Advanced Ceramics3
ART Area Support b3
ART/ARTH Elective3
LE Option: Knowledge 1 (K1L) Natural Sciences with Lab4
ART 402Advanced Studio Practice3
ART Area Support b3
ART Area Support b3
ARTH Elective c3
ART/ARTH Elective3
ART 402Advanced Studio Practice3
ARTH Elective c3
ART/ARTH Elective3
ART/ARTH Elective3
Dual-Outcome Elective (LE-K3, LE-R2) a3
ART 458Advanced Ceramics3
ART/ARTH Elective3
ART/ARTH Elective3
LE Option: Responsibility 1 (R1) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity3
LE Option: Integration (I1)3

Minimum total for the baccalaureate degree = 120 credits


Dual-Outcome Electives - To graduate within four years in the B.F.A. program, it is recommended that some Liberal Education Core (L.E.) requirements meet at least two different outcomes with one course (approx. 3 credits). A list of Liberal Education courses and the outcomes they meet can be found on the Advising, Retention + Career Center (ARCC) website. It is strongly recommended that you discuss L.E. courses with your ARCC advisor. 


Area Support Options –Choose four courses from the following list: 

ART 244: Introduction to Painting 

ART 249: Introduction to Printmaking 

ART 278: 3-D Computer Modeling 

ART 281: Introduction to Photography as an Art Form 

ART 344: Painting: Space and Process 

ART 364: Intermediate Sculpture 

ART 365: Site-Specific Sculpture 

ART 402: Advanced Studio Practice 


Art History Elective – The following courses are recommended for the Ceramics area of study: 
ARTH 333: Themes in Contemporary Art 
ARTH 335: Ancient Art and Architecture of Mexico and Central America 


Participation in B.F.A. Review 

No portfolios are required for admittance to the Art + Design Department. However, students pursuing the B.F.A. degree will be required to participate in a B.F.A. Entrance Review around their second year, where they will need to present a portfolio developed during their time at UW-Eau Claire. Students must pass this review to be accepted to continue in the B.F.A. program. To complete the review, students must apply with a minimum of 18 Art & Design credits including ART 107, ART 108, ART 110, ARTH 109 plus two courses in studio art. The maximum number of Art credits taken (incl. current enrollment) prior to the B.F.A. Entrance Review is 30. 

NOTE: Transfers, Changes of Major, and other exceptions must check with the Art + Design Department and their faculty advisor to determine their position within the program and what requirements they will need to meet. 

All candidates for the baccalaureate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire must satisfactorily complete 30 hours of approved service-learning activity.  This requirement is intended to provide students with an opportunity to serve their community, apply knowledge gained in the classroom, enhance their critical thinking skills, and become informed, active, and responsible citizens. A Service-Learning Guidebook is available on the Service-Learning website.

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire encourages all students to participate in High Impact Practices.   The following information identifies any specific recommendations that faculty in this major have concerning which HIPs might be most beneficial to students, and any recommendations about when those HIPs best fit into the degree plan. Students should also consult their faculty advisor for information on HIPs. There are many additional high impact opportunities available. Talk to your academic advisor for more information about incorporating HIPs like Study AbroadIntercultural ImmersionInternship, and/or  Student/Faculty Collaborative Research into your time at UW-Eau Claire. 

Required Travel Experience 

Comprehensive Art majors must complete at least one of the following travel experiences: 

1 | UWEC-approved International Study program;

2 | at least one Department of Art & Design national field trip; 

3 | at least two Department of Art & Design regional field trips.
Senior Exhibition: To complete the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) program, students must participate in a Senior Exhibition hosted within the University’s Foster Gallery. 

Liberal Education (LE) Core Guidance

Liberal Education Core (LE Core) 

The LE Core comprises 17 learning experiences across 11 learning outcomes. Students must complete a minimum of 36 credits in courses approved for the LE Core. 

  • K1 – Natural Sciences; two experiences (one lab science experience is required in K1 or K2). 

  • K2 – Social Sciences; two experiences (one lab science experience is required in K1 or K2). 

  • K3 – Humanities; two experiences. 

  • K4 – Fine Arts; one experience. 

  • S1 – Written and Oral Communication; two experiences (one experience must satisfy the University writing requirement). 

  • S2 – Mathematics; one experience (must satisfy the University math competency requirement). 

  • S3 – Creativity; one experience (can be fulfilled in a student’s major). 

  • R1 – Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity; two experiences (one experience must meet the UW System Design for Diversity (DD) requirement). 

  • R2 – Global Perspectives; one experience. 

  • R3 – Civic and Environmental Issues; one experience. 

  • I1 – Integration; two experiences (one experience can be fulfilled in a student’s major). 

  • SL—Service Learning; 30 hours 

Additional LE Core Information 

  • Most LE Core learning experiences are course based, and many courses meet more than one learning outcome (e.g., K3 and R2 or K1 and R3). 

  • Some learning experiences can also be met outside of a traditional course (e.g., undergraduate research (S3), study abroad (I1)). 

  • S1 – An English placement score that fulfills the University writing requirement fulfills one S1 experience. 

  • S1 – A foreign Language placement score that qualifies the student to enter the 102 level satisfies one S1 experience. 

  • S1, R2 – A foreign language placement score that qualifies the student to enter the 202 level satisfies one experience in S1 and the R2 experience. 

  • S2 – A math placement score that qualifies the student to enter Math 111, 112, 113 or 114 fulfills the S2 experience. 

  • S3 – Completion of two credits from any approved music ensemble fulfills the S3 experience. 

  • I1 – Any semester long study abroad program can fulfill one I1 experience.