School for American Crafts


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.

Full-tuition scholarships

Students applying to any School for American Crafts MFA program (ceramics, furniture design, glass, metals and jewelry design) are eligible for one of our new competitive, full-tuition scholarships.


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More than 100 metals and jewelry design alumni have created pieces modeled on the runway at the annual Fashion Week of Rochester.


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


Each year, more than a dozen visiting artists are welcomed for demos and lectures.

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Undergraduate Programs

The School for American Crafts 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. The school has a legacy dating back more than 70 years. It is closely aligned to our School of Art’s vibrant studio arts BFA, which offers options in ceramics, furniture design, glass, and metals and jewelry design, among others. Both schools have unparalleled facilities for students to conceptualize and create art from start to finish.

Craft the future of furniture with an AOS program in Furniture Design. Create functional art for the world. Learn more about the Furniture Design AOS program 

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.

With an MFA in ceramics you’ll enhance your artistic expression through the study of aesthetics and theory.

Learn more about the Ceramics MFA program 

A master’s in furniture design that advances your personal aesthetic through the study of contemporary practices and critical reflection in furniture design.

Learn more about the Furniture Design MFA program 

A glass degree that enables you to dive deeper into your examination of glass as you develop your artistic expression through research, experimentation, and in-depth critiques.

Learn more about the Glass MFA program 

In this dynamic jewelry master’s degree, you’ll challenge traditional ways of thinking as you design and craft stunning works of art in jewelry and metalsmithing.

Learn more about the Metals and Jewelry Design MFA program 

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