Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Glass BFA

Program Overview

The School for American Crafts is famous for its devotion to the technological skills, impeccable craftsmanship, and artistic expression in the crafts.  The glass major focuses on comprehensive instruction, exposing students to artistic perspectives and opinions. The curriculum fosters effective artistic expression by teaching both techniques and idea realization within the field of glass. Foundations courses will assist students in finding their voice and empower them to identify a personal definition for their work. Students will study the fundamentals of blowing, casting, and cold-forming. Idea generation, development, execution, and presentation are also explored. Self-promotion, gallery interaction, and business practices are especially emphasized, allowing students to pursue careers immediately after graduation.

Graduate Study
The MFA in glass is a two-year program of study, which strives to help students develop their personal creative voice through intensive research, discussion, critique, and experimentation. Students are provided full access to a complete glass facility and individual studio space to strengthen their technique and to practice designing pieces that flourish their 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 students  with a deep understanding of this personal craft. Students will be 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. Graduates of this program can expect to become a successful artist in this fine art field.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Enrollment

  • Approximately 20 students

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Cooperative education, internships, or freelance work is optional and encouraged.

Salary Information

Co-op:                   Insufficient Data
BFA/MFA:              Insufficient Data

Student Skills & Capabilities

  • Students learn how to cut, grind, polish, blast and cast glass.  These skills are refined through experimentation with and exploring function, sculpture and glass in architectural design.  Students are encouraged to utilize creativity in the development of their projects and to conceptualize their work.
  •  In order to achieve the desired occupational goals, the educational objectives of the Glass program seek to stimulate creative imagination and technical invention, develop knowledge of process and command of skills, and foster appreciation, not only of the crafts, but also the related arts.
  • The program strives to inspire the student to seek continual improvement through analysis and self-evaluation. 
  • The BFA program cooperates with the College of Liberal Arts in assisting students to develop personal and social skills.
  • The world-famous Corning Museum of Glass and its resources are not far from Rochester.

Accreditation

RIT is chartered by the Legislature of the State of New York and accredited by the Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association for the Colleges and Schools and National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Equipment & Facilities

SAC Glass encourages its students to develop a thorough technical foundation in specialized material investigation.  Our extensive facility offers a complete range of glassworking processes.  Molten glass area, slumping – fusing area, cold working area, undergraduate studio, graduate studio, neon area, stained glass collective area, storage/batching, mold shop collective area. RIT’s facilities allow students to cut, grind, polish, blast, and cast glass.
 
Major Equipment:  glass furnaces; glory holes, garage-pipe warmer; annealing ovens, GB-4 Digitry control; benches w/air station; color/cain oven, powder box; bench torches, casting oven; fusing ovens, GB-4, Digitry control; lampworking, neon, torches; Neon bombardier, transformers, manifold; 106” vertical sanders; Stinart 30” grinders; Spatzier engraving lathes; Rose reciprolaps; Somaca horizontal polishers; Gesswein flexible engravers; Felker diamond saws; 28” Covington diamond saw, S-W vertical polisher; Denver diamond bandsaw; Merker forming lathe; Universal pressure blaster; Rockwell glass drill.

Nature of Work

Artists create art to communicate ideas, thoughts, or feelings. They use a variety of methods—painting, sculpting, or illustration—and an assortment of materials, including oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, pencils, pen and ink, plaster, clay, and computers. Artists’ works may be realistic, stylized, or abstract and may depict objects, people, nature, or events. Artists generally fall into one of four categories. Art directors formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media. Craft artists create or reproduce handmade objects for sale or exhibition. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators create original artwork, using a variety of media and techniques. Multi-media artists and animators create special effects, animation, or other visual images on film, on video, or with computers or other electronic media. (Designers, including graphic designers, are discussed elsewhere in the Handbook.) (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Training / Qualifications

Postsecondary training is recommended for all artist specialties. Although formal training is not strictly required, it is very difficult to become skilled enough to make a living without some training. Many colleges and universities offer programs leading to the bachelor’s or master’s degree in fine arts. Courses usually include core subjects such as English, social science, and natural science, in addition to art history and studio art. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Job Outlook

Employment of artists and related workers is expected to grow by 3 percent, slower than average for all occupations through the year 2022. However, the competition for jobs is expected to be keen for both salaried and freelance jobs in all specialties, because the number of qualified workers exceeds the number of available openings. Also, because the arts attract many talented people with creative ability, the number of aspiring artists continues to grow. Employers in all industries should be able to choose from among the most qualified candidates. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Job Titles

Craft Artist

Employment

Craft and Fine Artists held about 51,400 jobs in 2012. About 60 per cent were self-employed. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Corning Museum of Glass, Pilchuck Glass School, Creative Glass Center of America, California College of Arts and Crafts, Tokyo Glass Art Institute, Flickinger Glassworks Inc., Interlochen Center for the Arts, Tacoma Museum of Glass, Simon Pearce, Wetdog Glass

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Morgan Faas, the career services coordinator who works with the Glass program. You can access information about services through our web site at www.rit.edu/careerservices.
 

Morgan Faas, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  585.475.5469

Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603
585.475.2301

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