Ceramic Arts, M.F.A

Program Director: Joyce Michaud, M.F.A., jmichaud@hood.edu; 301-696-3526

The Master of Fine Arts in Ceramic Arts offers comprehensive research in the ceramic arts, and provides academic preparation for matriculating students pursuing professional careers in personal artistic exploration, arts instruction at all levels, community arts programs 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.

Objectives:

  • The student will gain a broad knowledge base of a variety of studio art media, develop technical skills, gain an awareness of historical movements and comprehend universal aesthetic concepts.
  • The student will develop the ability to observe, cultivating analytical and creative thinking skills.
  • The student will develop a process for articulating aesthetic ideas and the ability to communicate their personal aesthetic intentions visually in their art work, verbally, and in the written word.
  • The student will develop a critical understanding of art, aesthetics and cultural education
  • The student will gain a sense of purpose and responsibility for the role an artist plays in society and how an artist effects societal change.
  • The student will develop the ability to analyze formal design issues both literally and conceptually.
  • The student will gain the ability to seek the challenge of higher learning environments, to become confident artists, intellectually sound risk takers, career oriented professionals and ultimately empowered citizens meeting the challenges of today’s society.

Application Requirements:

Candidates for the M.F.A. program must have earned 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 of 20 images of personal work as 300 dpi digital images on a CD or thumb drive; an 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.

Program Requirements

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

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 501Glaze Application

1.0

ARTS 502East Asian Wedged Coil Technique

1.0

ARTS 505Ceramic Wheel: Masters' Throwing Concepts

2.0

ARTS 508Ceramic Sculpture

3.0

ARTS 523Ceramic Materials

3.0

ARTS 525Electric Kilns

1.0

ARTS 530Kiln Technology & Firing Theory

2.0

ARTS 540Clay/Glaze Chemistry Theory & Practice

3.0

ARTS 574Advanced Studies in Ceramic Arts

3.0

Total Credit Hours:19.0

Art History and Criticism Courses - 9 Credits Required

ARTS 543History of Ceramic Arts

3.0

ARTS 564Aesthetics and Criticism

3.0

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 569Survival Skills for Visual Artists

1.0

ARTS 570Seminar in Personal Studio Research

3.0

ARTS 576MFA Thesis Preparation

3.0

ARTS 580MFA Thesis Research

6.0

ARTS 595MFA Thesis Exhibition

4.0

Total Credit Hours:17.0

Elective Courses – 15 Credits Required

Wheel

ARTS 504Ceramic Decoration

3.0

ARTS 506Ceramic Wheel: Masters' Throwing II

2.0

ARTS 507Plates and Platters

1.0

ARTS 509Throwing Large Forms

3.0

ARTS 512Eastern & Western Tech in Trimming

1.0

ARTS 515Ceramic Arts Throwing Lab

1.0

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 552Kiln Design and Construction

3.0

Special Topics Courses

ARTS 520Photographing Ceramics

1.0

ARTS 547Creating with Porcelain

3.0

ARTS 571Arts Management & Marketing

3.0

ARTS 590Teaching Assistant in Ceramic Arts

1.0 - 4.0

ARTS 599Special Topics in Ceramic Arts

1.0 - 3.0

Independent Study

ARTS 575Independent Study

1.0 - 3.0