2016-2017 Catalog > Graduate Studies > Graduate Academic Programs and Fields of Study > Ceramic Arts, M.F.A
Program Director: Joyce Michaud, M.F.A., email@example.com; 301-696-3526
The Master of Fine Arts in Ceramic Arts offers comprehensive research in the ceramic arts, providing academic preparation for matriculating students pursuing professional careers in personal artistic exploration, arts instruction, community arts and museum positions. Creation of ceramic art is a multidisciplinary confluence of science and art. The production of three-dimensional works of art in the ceramic medium is a continuing exercise in critically assessing the results of a complex series of deliberate experiments culminating in an aesthetic judgment, documentation and exhibition. The M.F.A. degree program will ground students in the scientific requirements of ceramic arts and develop critical understanding of the aesthetics involved in exploring the third dimension. Innovative experiential process is the basis of the Hood College ceramic arts program history and the major thrust behind the curriculum.
Candidates for the M.F.A. program must have obtained a baccalaureate degree , B.A. or B.F.A. as a studio arts major. To be considered for admission to the M.F.A. program, students must meet the admission requirements of the Hood College Graduate School. Interested parties must submit a completed application to the Hood College Graduate School as well as submitting official transcripts from all institutions attended. All applicants should submit a portfolio on CD of 20 images of personal work as 300 dpi digital images; a slide/image index with written objectives for the body of work; a résumé; an essay (no more than 500 words) discussing how the M.F.A. relates to previous experience, current direction, career and academic goals; and two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s recent work. An interview and portfolio review with the director of the M.F.A. in Ceramic Arts is also required.
The program allows students to pursue a terminal degree for an artist, the Master of Fine Arts in Ceramic Arts.
Students with an undergraduate degree in an area other than ceramic arts, who have considerable life experience and skill in the ceramic arts, may apply with the permission of the program director. Students with strong current skills will be encouraged to select courses that will expand their knowledge of the ceramic arts.
For additional admission information, see Graduate Admission.
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
22 credits of core requirements
17 credits of required research
15 credits of general electives
6 credits of art history
Students studying full time will normally spend three years earning the degree. Part of the requirements may be fulfilled by completing the Graduate Certificate in Ceramic Arts. 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.
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1.0 - 3.0
Additional graduate level humanities courses may serve as elective credit with approval of the program director.
Through an integration of the liberal arts and the professions, Hood College provides an education that empowers students to use their hearts, minds and hands to meet personal, professional and global challenges and to lead purposeful lives of responsibility, leadership, service and civic engagement.
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