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.
Our inspired graduate programs empower students by placing collaboration, advanced studio practice and research at their core.
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Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 57: In every art course and studio environment at RIT, technology is integral to the delivery of content and production of work. Elizabeth Kronfield, director of the School of Art and School for American Crafts, and Abigail Benkovich, an MFA metals and jewelry design student, discuss how RIT is in a unique position to blur the line between technology and making for students in the College of Art and Design.
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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.
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.
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.