The Department of Craft and Material Studies offers a professionally oriented program that leads to a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Craft and Material Studies with majors in ceramics, fiberwork/fabric design, glassworking, metalsmithing/jewelry or woodworking/furniture design. Within these areas of specialization, courses are designed to assist students in developing concepts, personal direction, and the necessary skills and technical competencies to enable them to pursue a professional career or graduate study. In addition to the major area of study, students have the opportunity for a diverse education in the liberal arts and humanities. Students are encouraged to select courses in other schools on the Monroe Park Campus that will add to their general knowledge. A student may elect a minor area of study in any department or program offering a minor. The minor can be used to fulfill career objectives or to investigate a discipline of secondary interest.
Career opportunities for craft majors include setting up an independent studio or gallery, restoration or repair work, teaching or participating in the Artist-in-Residence programs in the public schools, and consulting and designing for industry.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Craft and Material Studies requires a minimum of 120 credits, including 49 in the major. A minimum of 45 of the 120 credits must be 300- and/or 400-level courses. To enroll in an advanced-level craft course, majors must have earned a “C” or better in all courses prerequisite for that course.
Minor in Craft/Material Studies
The minor in Craft/Material Studies allows students from outside of the program to enrich their degrees with rigorous and engaging coursework. Students who wish to apply for a minor must first complete the Art Foundation program. To fulfill the requirements for a minor in Craft/Material Studies, students will complete a minimum of 18 credits of coursework in Craft/Material Studies including introductory, intermediate and advanced coursework. At minimum, 9 of the 18 credits must be at or above the 300 level.