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Ceramics Arts, M.A.


The Graduate School at Hood College, located in Frederick, Maryland, offers three programs and a wide array of courses and workshops in ceramic arts. The 36-credit Master of Arts degree is perhaps the most exciting path for those who want to more deeply explore the science, technology and history of ceramic arts and apply it to their personal aesthetic direction.

Academic training with practical application

Through lectures and critiques, students explore the history of ceramics and the issues and ideas that underpin contemporary work. Coursework provides firm grounding in the science of glazes, clay body development and firing theory. Through practical application of this understanding, students take their work to the exhibition level.  Additionally, they acquire meaningful insights regarding teaching ceramic arts as well as managing a successful career as an artist.

Learn from renowned ceramic artists and professors

Faculty members are accomplished ceramic artists and well-known specialists in areas such as East Asian coil techniques, structural strength, wheel techniques, large-scale stoneware and porcelain, ceramic engineering, wood firing, exhibition development and public art. Special course topics taught by renowned guest artists add another dimension of experience and research. Outstanding facilities include a kiln pavilion that has five atmospheric kilns: exploratory research, production soda, large-scale sculpture, hybrid gas/soda/wood, and Sanderson ECO wood train.Through study and studio work, and hands-on experience with these kilns, students produce a comprehensive body of work.

Flexible schedule

A variety of class formats accommodates working adults and long-distance commuters: evenings; weekends; and four-day, one-week and two-week intensive courses. Students can complete the program in two calendar years with full-time study or more when attending part-time. Course credits may be applied toward Hood’s MFA in Ceramic Arts.

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Program Director:
Joyce Michaud, MFA



Graduate School Assistant Director:
Jan Marcus