Ceramics program


“I love this college. I love the instructors, my classmates, even the location is the perfect mix of the suburbs and city. I’m an hour’s drive from Boston, the beach and the mountains. Living in Manchester, I’m seconds away from my classes, restaurants, the music scene, cafés and shops.” Josh Query, Ceramics, Class of 2016

As a Ceramics student at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, you’ll learn to manipulate clay both on and off the wheel, mix glazes, and design, build and fire kilns. Our program is designed to give you a thorough grounding in every aspect of ceramics studio operations as you work to develop your own unique artistic voice.

Our Ceramics department is one of the largest in the region with a faculty of national and internationally-recognized artists deeply invested in the success of every student. Find inspiration browsing our museum-quality ceramics collection or take part in a community kiln building. Whether your passion is for functional or sculptural work, or something totally new and unexpected, we’ll provide you with the resources you need to explore your passion and pursue your artistic and personal goals.

Each of our programs are flexible, career-focused and innovative. With more electives, a focus on professional practice, a broad education including liberal arts and sciences, and a partnership with UNH Manchester, NHIA provide artists, writers and designers the freedom to explore within and beyond their major, to think and make in innovative ways, and to be in tune with the professional demands of both current and future careers in art and design. This is education tailored to your goals!

Career options

Studio manager, teacher, production potter, firing process engineer, kiln builder and technician, product designer, tool and dye maker, ceramics engineer, tile artisan, concept artist, jewelry designer

What else you need to know

  • We are the ONLY college in America offering BFA degrees that require all students to complete three semesters of professional practices, business marketing, and entrepreneurship studies for the arts.
  • Our partnership with UNH Manchester expands course offerings by double, without adding expense or time to complete your degree
  • We require nine credits of a professional practicum (paid or unpaid internships) in all disciplines
  • Every freshman gets a fully loaded Macbook laptop for no additional expense


Want to know what four years in a Ceramics program at NHIA looks like? You got it.
Undergraduate Viewbook
Virtual Tour
Catalyst - An NHIA News Magazine
Ayris - Student Run Magazine

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