Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics

General

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Program Description

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Overview

The MFA in ceramics develops your intellectual and artistic thinking through an extensive curriculum. You will rigorously examine the work of historical and contemporary artists and craftspeople as you expand your knowledge of the techniques of ceramics design. In-depth critiques give you a deep understanding of your own work as well as your peers to enhance your artistic expression and personal voice. Earning your MFA in ceramics will deepen your understanding of aesthetics, forming processes, and fine art theory.

The ceramics program focuses on artistic development through an intensive teaching of the aesthetics and techniques of ceramic design. Graduate studio courses, seminar courses, and in-depth critiques, in conjunction with thesis planning and implementation, provide students with a deep understanding of not only their own work but the work of other students and their peers. Students examine the creativity, perceptions, aesthetics, and criticism of the work of contemporary artists and craftspeople in courses and discussions. The thesis reviews track students' progress towards the final thesis presentation, which is completed when a formal critique and evaluation are performed by the thesis committee.

Industries

  • Performing and Fine Arts
  • Fashion
  • Design
  • Higher Education

Typical Job Titles

  • Craft Artist
  • Sculptor

Curriculum

Ceramics, MFA degree, typical course sequence

First Year

  • CCER-601 Ceramics Graduate Studio
  • STAR-701 Technology in Studio
  • STAR-702 Studio Art Research
  • STAR-714 Ideation and Series
  • Free Electives
  • Professional Elective

Second Year

  • CCER-601 Ceramics Graduate Studio
  • STAR-706 Business Practices for Studio Artists
  • STAR-718 Research Methods and Publication
  • STAR-790 Research and Thesis
  • STAR-890 These
  • Free Elective

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MFA program in ceramics, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college in a field of arts, sciences, or education.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work. Undergraduate degrees should include 50 semester hours in studio courses.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 80 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • Submit a portfolio.
Last updated May 2020

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