Develop your personal creative voice through intensive research, discussion, critique, and experimentation in glass. In the glass master’s degree, you are given full access to a complete glass facility and individual studio space. Graduate studio courses, seminar courses, and in-depth critiques give you a deeper understanding of the craft as you design pieces that flourish your personal expression.

The MFA in glass is a two-year program of study. An individual studio space serves to strengthen your technique and practice in designing pieces that reflect your personal expression of the medium. Graduate studio courses, seminar courses, and in-depth critiques are offered in conjunction with thesis planning and implementation to provide you with a deep understanding of glass. In addition to course work and creative production, you are exposed to a broad range of critical issues related to the conception and production of art, to inspire and provoke critical reflection and facilitate the development of a thesis exhibition and supporting documentation.


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

Typical Job Titles

  • Artistic Director
  • Creative Director
  • Independent Artist
  • Small Business Owner/Operator
  • Professional Artist Assistant
  • Professional Designer
  • Professional Gaffer
  • Professional Fabricator
  • Freelance Artist Assistant
  • Freelance Designer
  • Freelance Fabricator
  • Freelance Gaffer
  • Gallery Director
  • Gallery Preparator
  • Exhibition Curator
  • Studio Technician
  • Studio Technician Assistant
  • Professional Hot Shop Employee
  • Professional Kiln Studio Employee
  • Professional Cold Working Employee
  • Education Director
  • Glass Education: High School Teaching
  • Glass Education: Undergraduate/Graduate Teaching
  • Glass Education: Public Access Studio Teaching
  • Glass Education: Public Demonstration/Narration for Museums, Art Centers, Education Centers
  • Glass Education: Material Study Workshop Teaching
  • Glass Education: Registrar/Administration
  • Glass Industry: Architecture
  • Glass Industry: Scientific Instrumentation
  • Glass Industry: Equipment/Tool Manufacturing


Glass, MFA degree, typical course sequence

First Year

  • CGLS-701 Glass Graduate Studio I
  • CGLS-702 Glass Graduate Studio II
  • STAR-702 Studio Arts Research
  • ARTH-605 Thinking About Making: The Practice of Art in a Global Society
  • STAR-714 Ideation and Series
  • STAR-706 Business Practices
  • Free Electives

Second Year

  • CGLS-790 Glass Thesis Initiation
  • CGLS-890 Glass Thesis Resolution
  • CGEN-703 Thesis Implementation
  • CGEN-704 Thesis Review
  • CAD Studio Electives*
  • Free Elective

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MFA program in glass, 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.
Program taught in:
  • English
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

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Last updated July 8, 2019
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2 years
47,522 USD
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