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Ceramics MFA

Course Description

Risk leads to reward—especially in art. In our master of fine arts program in ceramics, we provide a strong aesthetic and theoretical foundation to guide your decisions-your risks-as a visual artist. As you develop an original body of work, we urge you to challenge conventions, attempt the untraditional, and imagine new connections between ceramics and other artistic mediums. Our ultimate goal: To offer you the space and guidance to develop into a unique and self-sustaining artist.

As a graduate student in the School of Art + Design, you'll reap the benefits of studying under an attentive and supportive faculty. During your time in the program, you'll work with a faculty advisor to shape the curriculum that best serves your artistic and intellectual interests. On your way to completing the MFA, you will take eight ceramics courses, one graduate seminar, and seven electives. These electives are crucial to your development as an artist. We encourage all of our students to move beyond the walls of the ceramics studio, exploring the other art forms taught in the School of Art + Design.

Studio work lies at the heart of the MFA in ceramics, including in-class assignments and individual projects. Professors and peers will offer formal and informal critiques of your work as you progress through the program. Our new, state-of-the-art ceramics facility grants you an ideal place get your hands dirty. And the University’s Krannert Art Museum is home to an extensive ceramics archive, as well as a large gallery space where, during your final year, your work will be on display. We eagerly seek applicants who are serious about their art and enthusiastic about innovation and collaboration.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have earned at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college in the United States or a comparable degree from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A=4.0), or comparable GPA for an international applicant, for last two years of undergraduate study is a minimum requirement for admission. If your undergraduate study is longer than 4 years, additional semesters may be used to calculate the admission GPA. Please note that proposed programs of study may require a higher GPA than the Graduate College's minimum standard.

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