Rochester Institute of Technology

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Glass MFA

Program Overview

Develop your personal creative voice through intensive research, discussion, critique, and experimentation in glass. In the glass master’s degree you are given full access to a complete glass facility and individual studio space. Graduate studio courses, seminar courses, and in-depth critiques give you a deeper understanding of the craft as you design pieces that flourish your personal expression.

The MFA in glass is a two-year program of study. An individual studio space serves to strengthen your technique and practice in designing pieces that reflect your personal expression of the medium. Graduate studio courses, seminar courses, and in-depth critiques are offered in conjunction with thesis planning and implementation to provide you with a deep understanding of glass. In addition to course work and creative production, you are exposed to a broad range of critical issues related to the conception and production of art, to inspire and provoke critical reflection and facilitate the development of a thesis exhibition and supporting documentation.

Degrees Awarded

  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Enrollment

  • Approximately 7 students are enrolled in this program

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is optional for this program
  • Minimum co-op requirement: 1 block, 10-15 weeks/semester
  • Co-op availability: fall through summer

Salary Information

Co-op:          Insufficient Data (ID)
MFA:             Insufficient Data (ID)

Student Skills & Capabilities

  • Students learn how to cut, grind, polish, blast and cast glass.  These skills are refined through experimentation with and exploring function, sculpture and glass in architectural design.  Students are encouraged to utilize creativity in the development of their projects and to conceptualize their work.
  •  In order to achieve the desired occupational goals, the educational objectives of the Glass 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.
  • The program strives to inspire the student to seek continual improvement through analysis and self-evaluation.
  • The world-famous Corning Museum of Glass and its resources are not far from Rochester.

Accreditation

RIT is chartered by the Legislature of the State of New York and accredited by the Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association for the Colleges and Schools and National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Equipment & Facilities

SAC Glass encourages its students to develop a thorough technical foundation in specialized material investigation. Our extensive facility offers a complete range of glassworking processes. Molten glass area, slumping – fusing area, cold working area, undergraduate studio, graduate studio, neon area, stained glass collective area, storage/batching, mold shop collective area. RIT’s facilities allow students to cut, grind, polish, blast, and cast glass.

Job Titles

Craft Artist , Independent Artist, Glass Education: Undergraduate/Graduate Teaching
 

Significant Points

  • RIT is chartered by the Legislature of the State of New York and accredited by the Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association for the Colleges and Schools and National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Corning Museum of Glass, Pilchuck Glass School, Creative Glass Center of America, California College of Arts and Crafts, Tokyo Glass Art Institute, Flickinger Glassworks Inc., Interlochen Center for the Arts, Tacoma Museum of Glass, Simon Pearce, Wetdog Glass

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Shauna Newcomb, the career services coordinator who works with the Glass program. You can access information about services through our web site at www.rit.edu/careerservices.
 

Shauna Newcomb, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  585.475.5472

Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603
585.475.2301