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-601
Glass Graduate Studio
This course will cover the advanced aesthetics and techniques of glass. This course is structured on the basis of the individual student’s needs, interests and background preparation as they may be determined through faculty counseling. Course content will focus on glass techniques, design fundamentals and personal expression. The student will be encouraged to evaluate new techniques, materials and concepts. This course will be retaken for credit and leads to the master’s thesis, proposed by the student and approved by the faculty. **There is a lab fee for this course.**
12
STAR-701
Technology in Studio
Students will be introduced to three-dimensional modeling software and visualization its application in creating art. Three-dimensional modeling techniques will be used to visualize student ideas. In addition to modeling, this course will introduce lighting principles that will provide guidelines for presenting work. A variety of simulated materials will allow students to explore color, pattern, texture, opacity, and other surface characteristics. Students will construct their “virtual sketches” using traditional methods, 3D printing output, or a hybrid of both.
3
STAR-702
Studio Art 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
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
 
Free Electives
6
 
Professional Elective
3
Second Year
CGLS-601
Glass Graduate Studio
This course will cover the advanced aesthetics and techniques of glass. This course is structured on the basis of the individual student’s needs, interests and background preparation as they may be determined through faculty counseling. Course content will focus on glass techniques, design fundamentals and personal expression. The student will be encouraged to evaluate new techniques, materials and concepts. This course will be retaken for credit and leads to the master’s thesis, proposed by the student and approved by the faculty. **There is a lab fee for this course.**
12
STAR-706
Business Practices for Studio Artists
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
STAR-718
Research Methods and Publication
3
STAR-790
Research and Thesis
In this first of two thesis courses students will choose their committee members and work with them to finalize and approve a thesis proposal while beginning the thesis body of work. Through several mandatory meetings faculty advisors will give feedback on writing, direction and visual studio work produced in preparation for the thesis exhibition.
3
STAR-890
Thesis
For this final thesis course students continue working with their committee to evaluate work produced, and select the work to be exhibited. In addition, students will work with gallery coordinators and curators to install and exhibit their final body of work. Students are expected to defend their work to the committee through an oral defense and a written document.
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.