Glass Master of fine arts degree

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Overview

A glass master's degree that enables you to 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.

Studio Residency Program

The MFA program is seeking candidates interested in pursuing glass-related research for the 2020-21 academic year while contributing to the creative community of the glass program and the College of Art and Design. Learn more about the Glass Studio Residency Program, including details on how to apply.

 

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 for Glass MFA

Glass, MFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
CGLS-601
Glass Graduate Studio
This course is designed to challenge the individual student’s interests, background and capabilities to support a reinvigorated approach to their thinking and making in relation to glass. Course content will include readings, group discussion, written responses, and material research and will culminate in self-directed projects based on a proposed topic of student investigation. A chosen thematic focus relevant to issues of contemporary art will influence individual student development and the course’s conversation through various assignments and group activities. This course will be retaken for credit and leads to the master’s thesis, proposed by the student and approved by the faculty. **Fee: There is a materials fee required for this course and an additional course fee applied via student account. See course notes for course fee information** (This class is restricted to students in the GLASS-MFA program.) Studio 12 (Fall, Spring).
12
STAR-701
Technology in the Studio
This course will introduce a contemporary technology used by the course instructor in their studio practice. Students will be encouraged to investigate how this technology may be applied in their making process. The subjects offered in the course will vary according to the faculty teaching the class. The course can be taken multiple times with faculty permission. Studio 6 (Fall Or Spring).
3
STAR-702
Studio Art Research
This course will prepare graduate students for the written component of the thesis. Course content will cover defining research in the arts, arts based research, research through practice, critical judgment, writing strategically and critically for reflective thinking and scholarly dissemination. At the completion of this course students will be able to write a thesis proposal addressing a research question or direction along with objectives, context, and methods. (Prerequisites: STAR-701 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
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. (Prerequisites: This course is restricted to students in the FNAS-MFA or GLASS-MFA or METAL-MFA or CCER-MFA or WOOD-MFA programs.) Studio 6 (Fall).
3
 
Open Electives
6
 
Professional Elective
3
Second Year
CGLS-601
Glass Graduate Studio
This course is designed to challenge the individual student’s interests, background and capabilities to support a reinvigorated approach to their thinking and making in relation to glass. Course content will include readings, group discussion, written responses, and material research and will culminate in self-directed projects based on a proposed topic of student investigation. A chosen thematic focus relevant to issues of contemporary art will influence individual student development and the course’s conversation through various assignments and group activities. This course will be retaken for credit and leads to the master’s thesis, proposed by the student and approved by the faculty. **Fee: There is a materials fee required for this course and an additional course fee applied via student account. See course notes for course fee information** (This class is restricted to students in the GLASS-MFA program.) Studio 12 (Fall, Spring).
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. (Prerequisites: This course is restricted to students in the FNAS-MFA or GLASS-MFA or METAL-MFA or CCER-MFA or WOOD-MFA programs.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
STAR-718
Research Methods and Publication
Students will conduct research appropriate for individual thesis directions, incorporate that research into writing, analyze and review their thesis body of work then produce and publish their written thesis document. (Prerequisites: STAR-702 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
STAR-790
Research and Thesis
This is the first of two courses designed to advance a student towards completion of their thesis. Students will work independently on their approved proposal while meeting on a regular basis with their committee chair. Students are required to meet at least twice with their full committee during the semester. (Prerequisites: STAR-702 or equivalent course.) Thesis (Fall).
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. (Prerequisite: STAR-790 or equivalent course.) Thesis (Spring).
6
 
Open 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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Latest News

  • October 19, 2020

    Madeline Rile Smith works in the flame working studio.

    Glass alumna creates educational TikTok videos

    Madeline Rile Smith '20 MFA (Glass) engaged in a creative partnership with TikTok to produce dozens of videos that educate users about the science and art of different methods of glassworking. Some of the posts have gone viral.