Our Mission: We are a community of makers/artist who advance the conceptual, historical, technical and haptic aspects of Clay, Fiber, Glass, Metal and Wood. We promote an artistic practice rooted in the values of Craft. We investigate Craft’s inherent relationship to the world with fearless innovation.

The Department of Craft/Material Studies offers graduate course work leading to the MFA degree in five disciplines: ceramics, fiber, woodworking/furniture design, glassworking and jewelry/metal working.

Within the studio concentration, emphasis is placed on self-motivation, individual investigation, and the development of professional attitudes and skills. Graduate students are expected to demonstrate a serious commitment to their work and develop mature ideas and forms of expression. Admission to the graduate program and the awarding of Graduate Teaching Assistantships and Graduate Scholarships is highly selective and competitive.

The Department of Craft/Material Studies is housed in a Fine Arts Building that includes private and semi-private graduate studios. These facilities provide a safe and excellent physical environment in which to work. Graduate students have access to well-equipped studios in each of the five media areas with access 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The building also houses the Department of Sculpture and the Department of Painting & Printmaking. We strive for a string sense of community with in the department and the entire School of the Arts.

The MFA Program, which requires 60 credits, is usually completed in two years of full-time study. The majority of credits are taken in the student’s area of specialization. Graduate seminars, art history courses and other studio/academic electives round out the graduate student’s individualized program. Studio visits and critiques with visiting artists and critics are an important aspect of the program. Graduate students interact formally and informally with the faculty in their areas and with other faculty in the department and in the School of the Arts. Each graduate student works closely with a faculty committee that meets at least twice a semester for critiques and discussions. At the end of the first year students present their work to the departmental faculty in a candidacy review. At the successful completion of the 60 credits a thesis exhibition is mounted at the university’s Anderson Gallery or at an alternative venue.

Break Down of Course Work (all course work must be graduate level):

42 Credits of Studio Work
9 Credits of Graduate Seminar
3 credits of Art History
6 credits of Electives
60 Credits Total

The MFA is the terminal degree in the studio areas and is a requirement for most university teaching positions. Every effort is made to assist students in gaining valuable teaching experience while they are in our program. The department aids students financially through a variety of scholarships and graduate assistantships. Opportunities exist for qualified students to teach courses during the academic year and in summer school.

The Craft and Material Studies MFA curriculum can be viewed here:


Course Descriptions