Developing a mastery of ceramics—forming and molding artworks out of clay—can be challenging and rewarding. Often described as a deeply therapeutic process, an education in ceramics can set you up to become an art instructor, independent artist or art therapist.
Experiment with new forms of artistic expression.
The Ceramics emphasis will teach you about technical and conceptual issues, incorporating both traditional and contemporary techniques. In the program, you’ll discover that clay sculpture and studio pottery-making can be a springboard for new forms of artistic expression and contemporary image-making. You’ll also have the unique opportunity to display your artwork in numerous shows, exhibits, convocations and galas on campus and in the community. By joining the Student Art League, you can hone your professional development skills and learn more about what it means to be a professional artist.
At Western, you’ll master your technique in outstanding clay facilities with a variety of wheels, clays, glazes and hands-on assistance from expert faculty. The Art Department will also provide you with extensive sculpture process equipment, kilns (including salt and raku) and separate facilities for electric and reduction firing.
Western offers outstanding clay facilities: several styles of wheels, bulk materials (clay, slip and glazes)—plus free firing and the assistance of a shop technician.
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Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.
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- Full-time Western Senior majoring in Art
- Overall GPA of 3.0 or above
- Student must exhibit service to the Art program by involvement with the ART League or other co-curricular art activities
- Preference will be given to a BFA Senior Veterans of the United States Armed Forces
This scholarship is provided by Dr. Al Caniff.
Selected by: Art Faculty in consultation with the Financial Aid Office.
Contact the Art Department at 970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202
Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship
The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.
Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).
- Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
- The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
- The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.
The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.
For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.
Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.
For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.
Apply your education to the real-world.
Take your education outside of the classroom—build your professional network, gain practical experience and jump-start your career.
- Gallery Exhibits: Students have opportunities to display their work in numerous shows, exhibits, convocations and galas—on campus and in the community.
- Pathfinder Magazine: An annual publication for student creative work.
- Student Art League: A branch of the Council for Creative expression, the Student Art League is dedicated to providing visual arts, experiences, professional development, educational opportunities and outreach for art students.
Students have opportunities to display their work in numerous shows, exhibits, convocations and galas—on campus and in the community.
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