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Ceramics MFA

Program overview

The MFA in ceramics focuses on intellectual and 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 will examine the creativity, perceptions, aesthetics, and criticism of the work of contemporary artists and craftspeople in courses and discussions. Thesis reviews will track students progress towards the final thesis presentation, which is completed when a formal critique and evaluation is performed by the thesis committee. The MFA program in ceramics strengthens and deepens the understanding of the aesthetics, techniques, and theory of this fine art.


Ceramics, MFA degree, typical course sequence

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

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MFA program in ceramics, 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) are 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

Craft apprentice, studio artist/assistant, studio owner, teacher/instructor, administrator, ceramic designer, model maker, production manager, product design, restorer, curator


Assist master craftsperson, create and/or craft pieces design, operate craft studio, teach in school systems and privately

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