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Ceramic Arts (M.A.)

Graduate
  • Master's

About this Program

Through lectures and critiques, students explore the history of ceramics and the issues and ideas that underpin contemporary work.

Program Overview

Academic training with 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 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.

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. 

Program Contact

Program Director

Phone
301-696-3526

Christian DiGregorio

Director of Graduate Admission

Phone
301-696-3604

Degrees Offered

  • MA

Related Graduate Programs

Core Courses - 17 Credits

Wheel

ARTS 505Ceramic Wheel: Masters' Throwing Concepts

2.0

ARTS 512Eastern & Western Tech in Trimming

1.0

Sculpture

ARTS 502East Asian Wedged Coil Technique

1.0

ARTS 508Ceramic Sculpture

3.0

Skills and Aesthetics

ARTS 501Glaze Application

1.0

ARTS 504Ceramic Decoration

3.0

Science and Technical

ARTS 523Ceramic Materials

3.0

Firing

ARTS 525Electric Kilns

1.0

ARTS 530Kiln Technology & Firing Theory

2.0

Art History, Aesthetics and Criticism Courses - 6 Credits

ARTS 543History of Ceramic Arts

3.0

ARTS 564Aesthetics and Criticism

3.0

ART 568/ART 468Contemporary Topics in Visual Art

3.0

Capstone Courses - 4 Credits

ARTS 569Survival Skills for Visual Artists

1.0

ARTS 570Seminar in Personal Studio Research

3.0

Practicum and Written Exam

 Comprehensive Exam

 

Ceramic Art Electives - 9 Credits

Wheel

ARTS 506Ceramic Wheel: Masters' Throwing II

2.0

ARTS 507Plates and Platters

1.0

ARTS 509Throwing Large Forms

3.0

ARTS 517Dynamic and Asymmetrical Wheel

3.0

Handbuilding and Sculpture

ARTS 542Modeling the Figure

3.0

ARTS 545Large Scale and Composite Sculpture

3.0

Kiln Technology

ARTS 531Wood Firing Theory

2.0

ARTS 532Firing Large Scale Wood Kiln

2.0

ARTS 533Soda Firing Theory and Practice

2.0

ARTS 540Clay/Glaze Chemistry Theory & Practice

3.0

Special Topics Courses

ARTS 520Photographing Ceramics

1.0

ARTS 547Creating with Porcelain

3.0

ARTS 564Aesthetics and Criticism

3.0

ARTS 574Advanced Studies in Ceramic Arts

3.0

ARTS 575Independent Study

1 - 3

ARTS 590Teaching Assistant in Ceramic Arts

1 - 4

ARTS 599Special Topics in Ceramic Arts

1 - 3

 

Our advisory board...

provides support and assistance in the development of new programs, serves as ambassadors for our program and identifies best practice standards.

All Faculty
Joyce Michaud

Joyce Michaud

  • Professor of Art
  • Program Director, Master's in Ceramic Arts/Fine Arts and Ceramics Certificate