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MFA in Ceramics

In the 3-D areas, students discover the broad scope of form in space. They explore a variety of means through which ideas and inspiration are conceptualized in sculpture and ceramics. Contemporary trends and evaluations of artistic development are woven into class projects.

Assignments challenge creativity as well as provide a basic understanding of the different tools, materials, and techniques which are used to communicate through three-dimensional form. Undergraduates share and interact with graduate students in large studios which are equipped for welding metals, modeling and firing works in clay, casting in permanent materials, and constructing in wood.

In Ceramics, students learn new and traditional techniques in clay and glaze technology, expanding their knowledge in the use of clay, glaze, and slips in the building and decorating of pottery and ceramic sculpture. The use of gas and electric kilns, and other equipment, are included in the program.


  • baccalaureate degree in chosen concentration or related discipline
  • Official undergraduate transcripts
  • Portfolio of 20—30 slides
  • 2 letters of reference
  • Statement of intent



Teaching and service assistantships are available to students enrolled in 12 credit hours of coursework.



  • 36 hours of 7000 level studio courses
  • 9 hours of graduate level art history
  • 9 hours of 6000 or 7000 level electives
  • 6 hours of ART 7996, Thesis
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