3D Minors

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At Miami, Ceramics, Metals, and Sculpture minors can

  • Explore depth in 3D materials and processes.
  • Develop technical, aesthetic and conceptual skill while working in physical space.
  • Create with state-of-the-art 3D fabrication technology balanced with learning traditional processes.
  • Research and create 3D and time-based art.
  • Integrate creative and artistic practice with other academic and research pursuits.
  • Be a part of a community of artists, taking classes with art majors and advanced students.
  • Create a high quality portfolio that can lead to continued studies in other programs or be a creative edge for industry/business.


The 3D minors in Ceramics, Metals and Sculpture explore and develop concepts, techniques, materials, methods, and critical aesthetic thinking as applied to the process of making three-dimensional objects. Three-dimensional art as a non-verbal language is taught through research, production, viewing, interaction, and verbal critique with a focus on further development toward a significant personal expression through a 400-level studio disciplinary sequence. There are three different minors (ceramics, sculpture or metals) that allow students to focus their experience on a disciplinary sequence.


A minimum 2.50 GPA is required for admittance to the minor and is required for all courses in this minor. Courses must be taken for a grade (not credit/no-credit).

Program Requirements

18 credit hrs. total

Take one of the following in any of the minors (3 hrs. total):

ART 111 Design and Composition (3)
ARC 101 Beginning Design Studio (5)
ARC 105 Introduction to Architecture (3)
CEC 102 Problem Solving and Design (3)

Choose one specific minor area (15 hrs. total):

ART 261 Ceramics I (3)
ART 361 Ceramics II (3)
ART 362 Ceramics III (3)
ART 461 Ceramics IV (3)
ART 462 Ceramics V (3)

Metals and Jewelry Design
ART 264 Jewelry Design/Metals I (3)
ART 364 Jewelry Design/Metals II (3)
ART 365 Jewelry Design/Metals III (3)
ART 464 Jewelry Design/Metals IV (3,3)

ART 271 Sculpture I (3)
ART 371 Sculpture II (3)
ART 372 Sculpture III (3)
ART 471 Sculpture IV (3)
ART 472 Sculpture V (3)

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