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The Hood College Master of Arts in Ceramic Arts program offers academic training in the aesthetics, creative processes, science, technology and management of a career in the ceramic arts. Lectures and critiques provide students with an understanding of the history of ceramics and the issues and ideas that underpin contemporary work in all aspects of the medium, as well as a firm grounding in the science of glaze formulation, clay body development and firing theory. The combination of skill building, the practical application of the science and technology of the ceramic arts, art history and personal aesthetic exploration lead to the development of exhibition-quality work.

The program culminates with a comprehensive exam and a capstone exhibition of original ceramic art. With full-time study, the Master of Arts in Ceramic Arts may be completed in two calendar years; part-time study allows up to seven years for completion. Hood College graduate programs are designed for working adults and distance learners. Classes are offered in various formats, including evenings, weekends, four-day, one-week and two-week intensive courses.

Entrance Requirements:

Candidates for the Master of Arts in Ceramic Arts degree must have a baccalaureate degree or equivalent training in the ceramic arts. Students with an undergraduate degree in an area other than ceramics who provide evidence of study, life experience and skill in the ceramic arts may be accepted with permission of the program director.

To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts in Ceramic Arts program, students must meet the admission requirements of the Hood College Graduate School, including a minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA and submit:

  • A completed application to the Hood College Graduate School
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with recent work
  • A formal essay of no more than 500 words discussing previous academic and personal experience with clay, current work and professional goals in relation to the Master of Arts in Ceramic Arts 
  • A portfolio submitted as an all-inclusive package on a CD. The portfolio must include
    • 20 images of current work (300 dpi digital images)
    • A corresponding image list stating title of work, medium, size and dates of completion
    • An artist statement about the portfolio work addressing concept, objectives and process 
    • A résumé

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Ceramic Arts requires candidates to complete a studio emphasis in ceramic arts with a GPA of 3.0 or greater. 36 credits are required for graduation.

ARTS 501 Glaze Application 1
ARTS 502 East Asian Coil 1
ARTS 504 Ceramic Decoration 3
ARTS 505 Ceramic Wheel: Masters’ Throwing 2
ARTS 508 Ceramic Sculpture 3
ARTS 512 Eastern and Western Techniques in Trimming 1
ARTS 523 Ceramic Materials 2
ARTS 525 Electric Kiln 1
ARTS 530 Kiln Technology and Firing Theory 2
ARTS 540 Clay and Glaze Chemistry Theory and Practice 3
ARTS 569 Survival Skills for Visual Artists 1
ARTS 570 Graduate Seminar in Personal Studio Research Comprehensive exam Practicum 3
ARTS 506 Ceramic Wheel: Masters’ Throwing II 2
ARTS 507 Plates and Platters 1
ARTS 509 Throwing Large Forms 3
ARTS 510 Brushmaking 1
ARTS 515 Ceramic Arts Throwing Lab 1
ARTS 517 Dynamic and Asymmetrical Wheel 3
ARTS 520 Photographing Ceramics 1
ARTS 531 Wood Firing Theory 2
ARTS 532 Multi-Chambered Kiln Wood Firing 2
ARTS 540 Clay and Glaze Chemistry, Theory and Practice 3
ARTS 542 Modeling the Figure 3
ARTS 545 Composite Sculpture 3
ARTS 547 Creating with Porcelain 3
ARTS 552 Kiln Design and Construction 3
ARTS 571 Arts Management and Marketing 3
ARTS 574 Advanced Studies in Ceramic Arts 3
ARTS 575 Independent Study 1-6
Visiting Artist Special Topics 1-3
ARTS 543 History of Ceramic Arts 3
ARTS 564 Aesthetics and Criticism 3