Academic Catalogs

Ceramics, Certificate of Specialization

Not Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CE_CERM

The Ceramics certificate covers the interaction of clay and glaze, studio organization and maintenance, and industrial specialization. This program is intended to provide the necessary tools for a student to perform at basic levels within the ceramic community. Career opportunities include quality control and/or product manager at a ceramic studio, and ceramics instruction.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate extensive ceramic knowledge.
  2. Students will be employable at entry-level in the ceramics industry.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
ART A150 Ceramics 1 3
Semester 2
ART A151 Ceramics 2 3
ART A148 World History of Ceramics 3
Semester 3
ART A152 Intermediate Ceramic Design 3
Semester 4
ART A153 Ceramics and its Narrative 3
 Total Units15