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3-D Studies (Ceramics and Sculpture) Faculty

Missy McCormick
Associate Professor

Office: Bliss B006
Phone: 330.941.3701


Youngstown State University’s ceramics concentration allows students to develop their skills and take advantage of the expanding career opportunities in the field.

Whether students are planning to build a career as a fine or craft artist, independent or production designer, or tile, mold, or model maker, YSU’s ceramics program allows them to customize their education to suit their passion. Students are able to fashion a portion of their curriculum in the specific field of ceramics that interests them.

Along with a customizable curriculum, YSU’s Department of Art offers one of the largest ceramic studios in the state. The faculty, curriculum, and facility support a wide variety of approaches to contemporary ceramic art, including functional, sculptural, and design-based methodologies. Students have the opportunity to work with a variety of formats, including techniques based on the object, time, installation, utility, and industrial applications.

Advanced students have access to a semi-private studio space and work in a creative environment with open studio hours seven days a week. Ceramics facilities feature over 6,000 square feet of studio space spanning two floors, with separate areas for wheel throwing, handbuilding, glaze mixing, clay mixing, plaster work, and documenting artwork. Various firing possibilities are available, with two internal kiln rooms and a gated and covered external kiln area. There is a Student Project Gallery where all students may exhibit solo, group, or experimental work. Well-equipped, YSU’s Ceramics program offers an interdisciplinary approach to working within the medium.

Ceramics studio equipment includes separate and completely equipped studios for handbuilding, wheel throwing, mold making and slip casting. There are also research possibilities in utilizing innovative technologies such as 3D Digital printing.

The Ceramic studio also includes the following vented labs: fully stocked glaze lab, clay mixing lab, and three kiln rooms that include computer controlled electric kilns, gas, and atmospheric kilns with a pit firing area.

With access to first-rate facilities and the ability to customize their educational experience, students gain an all-encompassing knowledge and understanding of contemporary ceramic practices.


The sculpture program is an interdisciplinary studio program that emphasizes a broad foundation of technical, critical, and professional skills. The program enables students to grow as artists by focusing on the development of strong conceptual ideas and personal approaches linked with the informed use of media and technique.

Students are exposed to traditional materials and processes such as carving, clay modeling, welding fabrication, assemblage, mold making, and bronze casting as well as current technologies such as 3D digital production, rapid-prototyping, video, and new media. Students are further encouraged to explore content in installation, performance, time-based art, 3D computing, ecological- or science-based work, and other new genres.

The interdisciplinary sculpture curriculum places strong emphasis on understanding context — cultural, historical, political, and personal — and encourages experimentation, conceptual rigor, and interdisciplinary risk taking. The curriculum is further enriched by the Butler Institute of American Art and the McDonough Museum of Art, which are both on the campus of Youngstown State University, as well as Youngstown State University’s proximity to Cleveland and Pittsburgh, affording students ready access to museums, galleries, performances, and other culturally rich opportunities.

Sculpture is a part of Launch Lab, which is a unique partnership between the Colleges of Creative Arts and Communication, Business Administration, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at Youngstown State University. The unique collaborative nature of Launch Lab provides students innovative opportunities for the significant application of creative problem solving in a cross-disciplinary learning environment utilizing new and state-of-the-art technologies.

By offering a rich mix of conceptual, material, and process experiences, students gain a thorough knowledge and understanding of a full range of contemporary art practices and critical theory in sculpture.

Contact Information for Department of Art

To learn more about the degree programs, scholarships, exhibitions, faculty, and students, visit or contact the Department of Art directly at 330-941-3627. To schedule a campus visit, contact the CCAC Coordinator of Admissions and Recruitment at 330-941-3625.

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General Edcuation Requirements
Core Competencies12
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Mathematics Requirement
Arts and Humanities included in major0
Natural Science *one with lab7
Social Science6
Social and Personal Awareness6
General Education Elective/First Year Experience3
Major Requirements
ART 1521Foundation Drawing3
ART 1522Intermediate Drawing3
ART 1501Fundamentals of 2D Design3
ART 1502Fundamentals of 3D Design3
ART 1503Foundation Portfolio Review1
ART 3721Expressive Drawing3
ART 2691Introduction to Digital Media3
ART 2621Life Drawing3
ART 2625Introduction to Printmaking: Intaglio and Relief3
or ART 2626 Introduction to Printmaking: Lithography and Screenprinting
ART 2650Introduction to Painting3
ART 2674Introduction to Photography3
ART 2631Introduction to Ceramics3
ART 3732Intermediate Ceramics3
ART 3733Advanced Ceramics3
ART 2611Introduction to Sculpture3
ART 3712Intermediate Sculpture3
ART 3713Advanced Sculpture Studio3
NOTE: ART 4834 must be repeated for a total of 9 s.h.
ART 4834Advanced 3D Studies3
ART 4834Advanced 3D Studies3
ART 4834Advanced 3D Studies3
ART 3703Junior Portfolio Review1
ART 4802Senior Project3
ART 4803Senior Seminar3
Studio Art Electives
Select 9 s.h. of ART 37XX/48XX Studio Art Electives.9
Art History and Theory
ART 1541Survey of Art History 13
ART 1542Survey of Art History 23
ART 3788Theory of Art3
ART 5881Twentieth Century Art to 19603
or ART 5882 Twentieth Century Art from 1960
Art History Electives
Select 2 ART 37/48XX Art History Electives.6
Total Semester Hours126
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
ART 1501 Fundamentals of 2D Design 3
ART 1521 Foundation Drawing 3
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
General Education Course/First Year Experience 3
General Education Course 3
 Semester Hours15
ART 1502 Fundamentals of 3D Design 3
ART 1522 Intermediate Drawing 3
ART 1541 Survey of Art History 1 3
ART 1503 Foundation Portfolio Review 1
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
General Education Course 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
ART 2611 Introduction to Sculpture 3
ART 2631 Introduction to Ceramics 3
ART 26XX Studio Art Breadth Course 3
ART 1542 Survey of Art History 2 3
General Education Course 3
 Semester Hours15
ART 3712 Intermediate Sculpture 3
ART 3732 Intermediate Ceramics 3
ART 2621 Life Drawing (spring only) 3
ART 3788 Theory of Art 3
General Education Course 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
ART 3713 Advanced Sculpture Studio 3
ART 3733 Advanced Ceramics 3
ART 3703 Junior Portfolio Review 1
ART 3721 Expressive Drawing (fall only) 3
Art History 3700 or higher 3
General Education Course 3
 Semester Hours16
ART 4834 Advanced 3D Studies 3
ART 26XX Studio Art Breadth Course 3
ART Studio Art Elective 3
ART 5881
Twentieth Century Art to 1960
or Twentieth Century Art from 1960
General Education Course with lab 4
Request a Graduation Evaluation from the CCAC Advising Office, 2310 Bliss Hall, (330) 941-3625 after you have completed 80-85 sh.  
 Semester Hours16
Year 4
ART 4834 Advanced 3D Studies 3
ART 26XX Studio Art Breadth Course 3
ART Studio Art Elective 3
ART Art History 3700 or higher 3
General Education Course 3
 Semester Hours15
ART 4802 Senior Project 3
ART 4803 Senior Seminar 3
ART 4834 Advanced 3D Studies 3
ART Studio Art Elective 3
General Education Course 3
 Semester Hours15
Studio Art Elective *37xx or higher 3
 Semester Hours3
 Total Semester Hours126

Learning Outcomes

1.) Students will be able to demonstrate their proficiency of art vocabulary.

2.) Students will be able to demonstrate technical expertise appropriate to their progression in the program relevant to their chosen artistic medium.

3.) Students will be able to demonstrate a high level of content expression appropriate to their progression in the program relevant to their chosen artistic medium.