- Professor of Art
- Program Director, Master's in Ceramic Arts/Fine Arts and Ceramics Certificate
About this Program
Hood’s MFA program prepares students to contribute original knowledge and creativity to the field of ceramics.
Become a visual communicator through art
Courses are designed to guide the artists far beyond the hobbyist stage to the role of visual communicator of ideas, concepts and passion through art. Students explore the subtle nuances and detail of aesthetic expression as they refine the practical application of science and technology in their work, conduct advanced thesis research and prepare for a solo gallery exhibition.
Fuel creative expression under the tutelage of renowned 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 distinguished guest artists add another dimension of experience and research. Small classes assure personal attention. 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.
Study at your own pace
A variety of class formats accommodates working adults and long-distance commuters: evenings; weekends; and four-day, one-week and two-week intensive courses. The program can be completed in two calendar years with full-time study, or longer on a part-time basis to allow time for other life commitments. Another option is to complete the requirements of a Hood M.A. in ceramic arts, and apply those courses to the longer-range goal of an MFA.
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.
Director of Graduate Admission
Are you ready to go further?
For students applying to the MFA in ceramic arts program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:
- One copy of official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended
- An essay (500 words or less) discussing previous academic and personal experience with clay, current work and professional goals in relation to the MFA
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with recent work (letters can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- A portfolio on CD with 300dpi digital images to include
- 20 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 process
Candidates for the MFA in Ceramic Arts program 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 life experience and skill in the ceramic arts may be accepted with permission of the program director.
The Master of Fine Arts in Ceramic Arts requires candidates to complete a studio emphasis in ceramic arts with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or greater.
60 credits are required for graduation:
19 credits of core requirements
17 credits of required research
15 credits of general electives
9 credits of art history, aesthetics and criticsm
Students studying full time will normally spend three years earning the degree. Successful completion of ARTS 570 and a 3.0 grade point average will serve as an interim evaluation for continuing studies. Strong candidate for the M.F.A. will have earned a grade of A- (3.67) or higher in ARTS 570. Students may transfer 9 credits earned from an accredited program to their course requirements for the M.F.A.
Core Courses - 19 Credits Required
|ARTS 501||Glaze Application|
|ARTS 502||East Asian Wedged Coil Technique|
|ARTS 505||Ceramic Wheel: Masters' Throwing Concepts|
|ARTS 508||Ceramic Sculpture|
|ARTS 523||Ceramic Materials|
|ARTS 525||Electric Kilns|
|ARTS 530||Kiln Technology & Firing Theory|
|ARTS 540||Clay/Glaze Chemistry Theory & Practice|
|ARTS 574||Advanced Studies in Ceramic Arts|
|Total Credit Hours:||19.0|
Art History and Criticism Courses - 9 Credits Required
|ARTS 543||History of Ceramic Arts|
|ARTS 564||Aesthetics and Criticism|
|Three credits Art History (ART) at 500 level|
Additional graduate level humanities courses may serve as elective credit with approval of the program director.
Research Courses - 17 Credits Required
|ARTS 569||Survival Skills for Visual Artists|
|ARTS 570||Seminar in Personal Studio Research|
|ARTS 576||MFA Thesis Preparation|
|ARTS 580||MFA Thesis Research|
|ARTS 595||MFA Thesis Exhibition|
|Total Credit Hours:||17.0|
Elective Courses – 15 Credits Required
|ARTS 504||Ceramic Decoration|
|ARTS 506||Ceramic Wheel: Masters' Throwing II|
|ARTS 507||Plates and Platters|
|ARTS 509||Throwing Large Forms|
|ARTS 512||Eastern & Western Tech in Trimming|
|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|
Special Topics Courses
|ARTS 520||Photographing Ceramics|
|ARTS 547||Creating with Porcelain|
|ARTS 590||Teaching Assistant in Ceramic Arts|
1.0 - 4.0
|ARTS 599||Special Topics in Ceramic Arts|
1.0 - 3.0
|ARTS 575||Independent Study|
1.0 - 3.0