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Ceramics MFA

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

Program skills

Students develop skills related to the techniques of hand building, wheel throwing, firing methods, press molding, and slipcasting. They can craft primitive pots, dramatic and elaborate glazed vases, sculpture or practical and beautiful dinnerware. In order to achieve the desired occupational goals, the educational objectives of the Ceramics and Ceramic Sculpture Program seek to stimulate creative imagination and technical invention, develop knowledge of process and command of skills and foster appreciation not only of the crafts but also the related arts.

Program facilities equipment

The School for American Crafts boasts the latest equipment in all areas of design, arts, crafts, and a wide variety of other resources that aid students in their technical development. Some resources include Indoor kiln room, Glaze room, Loading dock, and raw materials storage area, Clay preparation areas, Kilns, potters wheels, clay, glazing and studio equipment. 

Program job titles

Craft Artist; Artist-in-Residence; Sculptor; Studio Technician

Select program hiring partners

Buffalo China, Boston Valley Terra Cotta, Morovian Tile, Vermont Clay Studio, Williamsburg Colonial Village, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Buck’s Rock Performing & Creative Arts Camp, MacKenzie-Childs, Simon Pearce

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education and Internships

What makes an RIT education exceptional? It’s the ability to complete relevant, hands-on career experience. At the graduate level, and paired with an advanced degree, cooperative education and internships give you the unparalleled credentials that truly set you apart. Learn more about graduate co-op and how it provides you with the career experience employers look for in their next top hires.

Co-ops and internships take your knowledge and turn it into know-how. Your art and design co-ops will provide hands-on experience that enables you to apply your artistic capabilities in dynamic professional settings while you make valuable connections between classwork and real-world applications.

Cooperative education, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities are strongly encouraged for graduate students in the MFA in ceramics.