Demonstrations by our dedicated faculty and group activities focus on the experience of hands-on making in clay. Thoughtful design, experimentation with materials and forms, clay/glaze formulation, critique and reflection are central to our program. Our students learn technical and conceptual processes and develop practical skills that allow them to independently run their own studios in the future.
One-on-one meetings with professors, as well as energetic class critiques invite and challenge students to explore ceramics in contemporary and traditional ways.
Innovative work is encouraged and supported. Collaboration across media (Glass, Furniture, Industrial Design, Textiles, etc) is a vital part of our program. All students take introductory courses in all 5 studios, and learn to work together using experimental, interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary art, craft and design.
Regular fieldtrips to museums, galleries, exhibitions, workshops and conferences, both local and international, as well as group visits to studios of working artists enrich the student experience.
Visiting artists and critics are vital to the program – the local community is welcome to join us for these events.
As part of the Craft & Design program, students also take courses in photography, drawing, digital approaches, materials research and business practice, as well as critical studies in contemporary ceramics and craft history.
Midway through the program – Students research the local industry, seek out their own work opportunities and gain professional experience through paid internships (during the summer between 3rd and 4 year) in Ceramics and related fields.
By 4th year – Our advanced students are developing their personal aesthetic, showing work in exhibitions, strengthening business approaches and making professional contacts. We support our students in building the skills and confidence to be self-employed artists, potters and designers.
Beyond Sheridan – Our graduates open their own studios, form collectives and work as professional craftspeople, artists, designers, gallery owners, curators and educators. Many are awarded residencies, scholarships, public art commissions, go on to MFA studies and engage in community-based practice and collaborative work across diverse disciplines.
Bridge Program for Sheridan Alumni – The opportunity for Sheridan alumni (who already have the Craft & Design diploma) to now earn their Bachelor’s degree in Craft and Design will begin in January 2017 – when the studio courses needed to complete the degree will be offered for the first time. This means entering the program midway through the 3rd year and then completing the full 4th year beginning in September 2017.