Glass master of fine arts degree

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Overview

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


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.

Industries


  • Performing and Fine Arts

  • Higher Education

  • Design

  • Museum

Typical Job Titles

Artistic Director Creative Director
Independent Artist Small Business Owner/Operator
Professional Artist Assistant Professional Designer
Professional Gaffer Professional Fabricator
Freelance Artist Assistant Freelance Designer
Freelance Fabricator Freelance Gaffer
Gallery Director Gallery Preparator
Exhibition Curator Studio Technician
Studio Technician Assistant Professional Hot Shop Employee
Professional Kiln Studio Employee Professional Cold Working Employee
Education Director Glass Education: High School Teaching
Glass Education: Undergraduate/Graduate Teaching Glass Education: Public Access Studio Teaching
Glass Education: Public Demonstration/Narration for Museums, Art Centers, Education Centers Glass Education: Material Study Workshop Teaching
Glass Education: Registrar/Administration Glass Industry: Architecture
Glass Industry: Scientific Instrumentation Glass Industry: Equipment/Tool Manufacturing

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Curriculum

Glass, MFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
CGLS-701
Glass Graduate Studio I
Glass Graduate Studio I is the first of a two-semester sequential class covering the advanced aesthetics and techniques of glass and culminating in the master's thesis. This program is structured on the basis of the individual student's needs, interests and background preparation as they may be determined through faculty counseling. There will be strengthening of glass techniques, design fundamentals and encouragement of personal expression. The student will be encouraged to evaluate new techniques, materials and concepts. This sequence leads to the master's thesis, proposed by the student and approved by the faculty. ** Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
6
CGLS-702
Glass Graduate Studio II
Glass Graduate Studio II is the second of a two-semester sequential class covering the advanced aesthetics and techniques of glass working and culminating in the master's thesis. This program is structured on the basis of the individual student's needs, interests and background preparation as they may be determined through faculty counseling. There will be a strengthening of glass working techniques, design fundamentals and encouragement of personal expression. Students will be encouraged to evaluate new techniques, materials and concepts. This sequence leads to the master's thesis, proposed by the student and approved by the faculty. ** Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
6
STAR-702
Studio Arts Research
Graduate students prepare for the written component of the thesis through practice with research, critical judgment, and development of outlines and essays. Contemporary art issues are clarified through discussion and readings in art history, art criticism, artist statements and interviews.
3
ARTH-605
Thinking About Making: The Practice of Art in a Global Society
A discussion based art history elective for graduate students. The course seeks to bridge the gap between studio practice and contemporary art history. Students will explore very current work and ask questions about what is art, who is the audience, what is “our” art making practice and how does that fit within the larger context of the current state of the global art world. How do we measure success and artistic failure? The course emphasizes observation, critical analysis and written interpretation.
3
STAR-714
Ideation and Series
Creative flow, having an endless stream of ideas, alternatives, and choices for solutions, helps creative work evolve and reach more advanced levels. In this course students develop appropriate skills and strategies to generate ideas and develop them effectively into a cohesive body of work.
3
STAR-706
Business Practices
This class is devoted to business issues that artists must address including portfolio management, pricing and marketing strategies, and public relations for pursuit of a professional career as studio artists. Financial and communication skills are highlighted as are networking skills for the advancement of an artist’s work.
3
 
Free Electives
6
Second Year
CGLS-790
Glass Thesis Initiation
Glass Studio Thesis Initiation is the first of a two-semester sequential class covering creation of the master's thesis exhibition. Students will develop a topic of investigation for the master's thesis, select a graduate thesis committee, and begin the planning, research, and development of a body of creative work. There will be a strengthening of glass working techniques, design fundamentals and encouragement of personal expression. Students will be encouraged to evaluate new techniques, materials and concepts. This course is the prequel to the master's thesis, proposed by the student and approved by the faculty. ** Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
6
CGLS-890
Glass Thesis Resolution
Glass Studio Thesis Resolution is the final course covering the completion of the Masters Thesis exhibition. Working from an approved topic of investigation for the Master's Thesis, students work independently and create a body of work supported by a written thesis paper. In consultation with a selected graduate Thesis Committee, students plan, research, and develop a body of creative work for exhibition and review. There will be a strengthening of glass working techniques, design fundamentals and encouragement of personal expression. Student will be encouraged to evaluate new techniques, materials and concepts. ** Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
9
CGEN-703
Thesis Implementation
This course, coordinated and overseen by the School for American Craft's Graduate Director and Thesis Chief Adviser, will monitor the progress of a graduate student in the development of their Thesis. Students will review their work regularly throughout the semester, with both major faculty and the thesis committee. A minimum of three comprehensive thesis reviews with thesis committee members will take place during the semester. Students will create a written response, submitted to their Thesis Chief Adviser, for each review. In addition, a final and formal thesis critique by the student's thesis committee will take place at the end of the semester. Students will receive a written evaluation of this critique from the committee.
3
CGEN-704
Thesis Review
This course is a continuation of the process begun in CGEN-703 Thesis Implementation, coordinated and overseen by the SAC Graduate Director and Chief Thesis Advisor, will monitor the progress of a graduate student in the development of their written thesis as defined in the SAC Graduate Handbook. Students will review their work regularly throughout the semester, with both major faculty and the thesis committee. A minimum of three comprehensive thesis reviews with thesis committee members will take place during the semester. Students will create their written thesis based on the Timeline for the written thesis defined in the Handbook. A final and formal thesis critique by the student’s thesis committee will take place at the end of the semester. Students will submit their finished and Thesis Committee-approved written thesis as the culminating experience in this course.
3
 
CAD Studio Electives*
6
 
Free Elective
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
60

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MFA program in glass, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college in a field of arts, sciences, or education.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work. Undergraduate degrees should include 50 semester hours in studio courses.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 80 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • Submit a portfolio. (Refer to Graduate Portfolio Requirements for more information.)

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Additional Info

Studio Residency program

The School for American Crafts offers a Studio Residency program for students in ceramics, furniture design, glass, and metals and jewelry design. Residence positions are limited and are awarded after the review of all applicants’ portfolios, transcripts, and references. An interview is required. Accepted residents are required to register for one independent study credit during each semester of residence. 

Accepted residents are expected to be present in their assigned studio during class hours and to contribute up to 10 hours of work per week in the main studio. These work hours are coordinated and overseen by the faculty in the resident's discipline. In exchange, the school will provide workspace, access to facilities, and supportive instruction. The resident is invited to participate in the full range of studio activities.

Participants may be those seeking additional studio experience prior to undergraduate or graduate study, early career professionals, or teachers on leave who wish to work again in an academic studio environment. The faculty in each discipline will make decisions concerning appropriate candidates.

Inquiries should be made to the Studio Residency Program, School for American Crafts, College of Art and Design, Rochester Institute of Technology, 73 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-5603.