School for American Crafts

Overview

The School for American Crafts is dedicated to developing one-of-a-kind art using both traditional skills and modern technology. Students master their material of choice, whether its clay, wood, glass, or metals. They have access to world-class facilities including a glass hot shop; woodworking studio; flameworking and glass studios; and buffing, casting, and welding rooms. Under the tutelage of award-winning faculty and active artists, students immerse themselves in studio-intensive courses that inspire both process and conceptualization.

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Around 80 metals and jewelry design alumni have created pieces modeled on the runway at the annual Fashion Week of Rochester.

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Luxury jewelry maker Tiffany & Co. has employed more than 50 metals and jewelry design alumni.

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More than a dozen visiting artists came to campus for classroom demos and lectures in 2017-18.

Latest News

  • July 11, 2019

    Woman fires glass pitcher in a hotshop.

    Glass graduate part of new Netflix series

    A new Netflix glassblowing reality series features an RIT alumna as an expert glassmaker. Blown Away, which begins airing July 12 on the streaming platform, follows a group of 10 highly skilled glassmakers who compete in challenges in 10 episodes. Catherine Ayers ’06 (glass) is one of six Corning Museum of Glass experts who assists the two finalists in the last challenge.

  • May 15, 2019

    Man and woman pose with glass award.

    Longtime RIT instructor John Dodd receives outstanding teaching award

    John Dodd, an instructor in RIT’s College of Art and Design for more than 40 years, is the sixth recipient of the Edline M. Chun Award for Outstanding Teaching and Service. The award, named in honor of the late RIT adjunct professor Edline Chun, has been given annually since 2014 to a faculty member who exemplifies excellence and dedication in teaching to an affiliated school in the College of Art and Design.

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Undergraduate Programs

The school offers an Associate in Occupational Studies in furniture design. The program is a highly-focused, two-year course of study in which students learn how to use basic hand tools and begin to explore the technical and visual potential of wood.

An intensive course of study combining foundations in art and design with two years of study in woodworking and furniture design. For individuals not seeking the BFA or MFA degree, the Associate degree will provide you with many of the fundamentals to begin a career in woodworking and furniture design.

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Graduate Programs

The school offers MFA degrees in ceramics, furniture design, glass, and metals and jewelry design. All graduate students have individual studio spaces and access to state-of-the-art facilities to hone technique and design pieces that showcase their personal expression in their medium. A thesis project is the culminating experience for all graduate students. It’s produced independently by the student under the advisement of faculty members chosen to serve on that student’s thesis committee. The thesis involves design research and study, a creative project, and written and illustrated documentation.

Enhance your artistic expression through the study of aesthetic and theory.

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Advance your personal aesthetic through the study of contemporary practices and critical reflection.

Learn More about Furniture Design MFA 

Dive deeper into your examination of glass as you develop your artistic expression through research, experimentation, and in-depth critiques.

Learn More about Glass MFA 

Challenge traditional ways of thinking as you create works that leave a lasting impression.

Learn More about Metals and Jewelry Design MFA 

Student Resources

For internal College of Art and Design resources such as academic information, forms, FAQs and more, visit inside.cad.rit.edu. For information about academic advising, visit here.