3D Program Mission Statement
The Plymouth State University 3D program is a dynamic program that focuses on the twin foundations of concept and technique, which together form the backbone of successful artmaking. With the understanding that solid technical skills are necessary to make the most out of good artistic ideas and that innovative technologies offer new frontiers for three-dimensional artists, we emphasize both traditional methods and new media in to develop well-informed artists. The program explores how history and theory inform art making, art criticism, and art appreciation, so students are able to articulate their artistic visions within the contexts in which they live and work. We believe that all graduates should be prepared for the next step in life, whether it be graduate school, a career as an independent working artist, or any other profession.
The ceramics field today is rich with opportunities in a wide range of directions for an artist, from traditional pottery and tile-making to sculpture, architectural wall reliefs or designs for commercial application. The field of ceramics is actively inclusive, encouraging and supporting open access and interaction among artists, craftspersons and technicians who work in clay and inviting aesthetic discourse from all art areas.
Ceramics is one of the three options that a student may select in any of the Art Department’s three degree programs. The Ceramics program provides four sequential courses from beginning to advanced level, offering a range of technical and artistic experiences. Additionally, there are Special Problems and Independent Study opportunities for more individualized student experiences. The Senior Thesis for the B.F.A. majors may be carried out in ceramics.