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About this Program
Through lectures and critiques, students explore the history of ceramics and the issues and ideas that underpin contemporary work.
Academic training, practical application
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 the teaching of ceramic arts, as well as managing a successful career as an artist.
Learn from renowned ceramic artists
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 creative expression 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.
A variety of class formats accommodates working adults and long-distance commuters. We offer evening and weekend schedules, as well as four-day, one-week and two-week intensive courses. Students can complete the program in two calendar years with full-time study or longer when attending part-time. Course credits may be applied toward Hood’s MFA in Ceramic Arts.
Workshops and events
The Hood College Graduate School also offers workshops, studio courses and events designed to allow ceramic artists, both experienced and aspiring, to gain specialized knowledge in the field.
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Are you ready to go further?
Candidates for the M.A. program must have obtained a prior baccalaureate degree as a studio arts major, art education major or equivalent training in ceramic arts. Students with an undergraduate degree in an area other than ceramics who provide evidence of life experience, skill and drive in the arts may be accepted at the discretion of the program director.
To be considered for admission to the M.A. program, students must meet the following admission requirements:
- A completed application to the Hood College Graduate School.
- One copy of official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended (official transcripts required upon acceptance prior to enrollment).
- An essay (500 words or less) discussing previous experience with ceramics/craft medias, current work and professional goals in relation to the M.A.
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with recent work (letters can be emailed to email@example.com).
- A portfolio of high quality 300 DPI images in PDF format to include:
- 15 images of current work.
- 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 processes.
Before acceptance, the Director of the program will conduct an interview with the candidate. This can take place at NCECA or online.
Core Courses - 17 Credits
|ARTS 505||Ceramic Wheel: Masters' Throwing Concepts|
|ARTS 512||Eastern & Western Tech in Trimming|
|ARTS 502||East Asian Wedged Coil Technique|
|ARTS 508||Ceramic Sculpture|
Skills and Aesthetics
|ARTS 501||Glaze Application|
|ARTS 504||Ceramic Decoration|
Science and Technical
|ARTS 523||Ceramic Materials|
|ARTS 525||Electric Kilns|
|ARTS 530||Kiln Technology & Firing Theory|
Art History, Aesthetics and Criticism Courses - 6 Credits
|ARTS 543||History of Ceramic Arts|
|ARTS 564||Aesthetics and Criticism|
|ART 568/ART 468||Contemporary Topics in Visual Art|
Capstone Courses - 4 Credits
|ARTS 569||Survival Skills for Visual Artists|
|ARTS 570||Seminar in Personal Studio Research|
Practicum and Written Exam
Ceramic Art Electives - 9 Credits
|ARTS 506||Ceramic Wheel: Masters' Throwing II|
|ARTS 507||Plates and Platters|
|ARTS 509||Throwing Large Forms|
|ARTS 517||Dynamic and Asymmetrical Wheel|
Handbuilding and Sculpture
|ARTS 542||Modeling the Figure|
|ARTS 545||Large Scale and Composite Sculpture|
|ARTS 531||Wood Firing Theory|
|ARTS 532||Firing Large Scale Wood Kiln|
|ARTS 533||Soda Firing Theory and Practice|
|ARTS 540||Clay/Glaze Chemistry Theory & Practice|
Special Topics Courses
|ARTS 520||Photographing Ceramics|
|ARTS 547||Creating with Porcelain|
|ARTS 564||Aesthetics and Criticism|
|ARTS 574||Advanced Studies in Ceramic Arts|
|ARTS 575||Independent Study|
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|ARTS 590||Teaching Assistant in Ceramic Arts|
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|ARTS 599||Special Topics in Ceramic Arts|
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Lillian Ding graduated from Hood College with an MFA in Ceramic Arts in September 2020. She received First Prize in 2018 and the President’s Choice Award in 2019 at Hood’s Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition Awards Ceremony.
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Chaz Martinsen, MFA, joins the Ceramic Arts program this fall as its new program director.
"Hood College’s ceramics program is so unique as it offers a robust spectrum of classes that teach graduate students everything from the most basic to the more advanced aspects of ceramics."