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Glass MFA

Program overview

The MFA in glass is a two-year program of study that helps 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 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.


Glass, MFA degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
CGLS-701 Glass Graduate Studio I 6
CGLS-702 Glass Graduate Studio II 6
ARTH-601 Forms of Inquiry 3
ARTH-605 Thinking About Making: The Practice of Art In A Global Society 3
CGEN-702 Crafts Graduate Seminar 3
  Open Graduate Electives 9
Second Year
CGLS-790 Glass Studio Thesis Initiation 6
CGLS-890 Glass Studio Thesis Resolution 9
CGEN-703 Thesis Implementation 3
CGEN-704 Thesis Review 3
  CIAS Studio Electives 6
  Open Graduate Electives 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 60

Admission requirements

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

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree in a field of arts, sciences, or education from a regionally accredited institution in the United States,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work (the undergraduate degree should include 50 semester hours in studio courses),
  • Demonstrate, through the quality of the undergraduate record and creative production, a genuine, professional potential, and
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International students whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Minimum scores of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based) are required. Scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) will be accepted in place of the TOEFL. A minimum score of 6.5 is required. Applicants coming from countries where the baccalaureate degree is not awarded for programs in the practice of art may be admitted to graduate study if the diploma or certificate received approximates the standards of the BFA, BA, or BS degrees, and if their academic records and portfolios indicate an ability to meet graduate standards.

Additional information

Studio Residency program

The School for American Crafts offers a Studio Residency program for students in ceramics, furniture design, glass, and metals and jewelry design. Residence positions are limited and are awarded after the review of all applicants’ portfolios, transcripts, and references. An interview is required. Accepted residents are required to register for one independent study credit during each semester of residence. 

Accepted residents are expected to be present in their assigned studio during class hours and to contribute up to 10 hours of work per week in the main studio. These work hours are coordinated and overseen by the faculty in the resident's discipline. In exchange, the school will provide workspace, access to facilities, and supportive instruction. The resident is invited to participate in the full range of studio activities.

Participants may be those seeking additional studio experience prior to undergraduate or graduate study, early career professionals, or teachers on leave who wish to work again in an academic studio environment. The faculty in each discipline will make decisions concerning appropriate candidates.

Inquiries should be made to the Studio Residency Program, School for American Crafts, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology, 73 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-5603.

Career Outcomes

Job Titles

Teacher, designer, artist, entrepreneur, studio artists, gallery coordinator, industrial designer, lab technician, production manager


Create artwork, design for industry, manage glass shop, public relations, technical facilitation

Recent Employers

Corning Museum of Glass, California College of Arts and Crafts, Tokyo Glass Art Institute

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