Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Arts

Offers a wide selection of courses for both the first-time potter and those interested in operating a home pottery studio. Includes design and production techniques, hand-building and wheel-construction methods, glaze making, ceramic sculpture, kiln firing, and kiln construction.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Create ceramic objects through clay manipulation using the following techniques: pinch, coil, slab, press molding, throwing, underglazing, and glazing.
  • Evaluate one's own personal style of working and select the preferred clay and glaze combinations, and firing temperatures, to achieve the desired aesthetic.
  • Assess economics of setting up a ceramics studio and/or business including effective business practices, marketing, and display of one’s work, pricing, and audience selection.
  • Identify and contrast different clay types, glaze types, and firing processes.
  • Identify where one’s work fits into the context of historical and contemporary ceramic trends.
  • Utilize current art terminology.
  • Evaluate one's own work using the visual elements and principles of design.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate of Arts degrees require at least 24 hours General Education credits total, including at least three credit hours from each of the five areas below. For this program:

  1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete nine credit hours from the following:

  2. Communication: Complete the following:

  3. Computer Technology: Complete one of the following:

  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete one of the following:

  5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete one of the following:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 24

Degree-Specific Requirements: 
  1. Complete one course from the Wellness Group:

  2. Humanities: Degree-specific requirements for Humanities are fulfilled within the Required Core Courses.

  3. Science and Mathematics: Complete a total of 8 Science and Mathematics credits, including any Science and Mathematics courses taken from the Quantitative Literacy group:

    • Astronomy (ASTR), Atmospheric Studies (ATMS), Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHEM), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geology (GEOL), Mathematics (MATH), Physical Science (PSCI), Physics (PHYS), Science (SCI).
  4. Social Science: Degree-specific requirements for Social Science are fulfilled within the General Education Civil Society and Culture group.

NOTE: For this program, Degree-Specific minimum credits: 7

Required Support Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
68.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Program Requirements

Additional Program Requirements: 

All students are required to participate in the graduating student exit exhibition prior to graduating.

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Year Established: 
Program Code: 


Social Science, Arts, and Fitness Division: 313-845-9625, socialscience@hfcc.edu, Fine Arts Bldg, Room: F-140
Steven Glazer: 313-845-6485, sglazer@hfcc.edu, Fine Arts Bldg, Room: F-147

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor’s degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612, counseling@hfcc.edu, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as:

  • Wayne State University
  • Eastern Michigan University