M.F.A. in Visual Art, Ceramics Track

Earn an M.F.A. in Visual Art—Ceramics

Ceramics recognizes the importance of refining individual mastery of technical strategies and formal issues balanced with the encouragement of artistic style and thematic interests. Graduate students have an opportunity to push media boundaries—including exploration of ceramic sculpture, interdisciplinary approaches, and installation art. By offering a creative and supportive environment, Herron’s Master of Fine Art degree in Visual Arts with an emphasis in Ceramics advances graduate students’ skills and ideas as they engage dynamically in the practice of a medium with historically rich traditions.

Working with Herron’s outstanding faculty, facilities, and equipment, graduate ceramics students gain an in-depth understanding of professional studio practices. With an emphasis on developing individual creative vision, students explore a range of professional opportunities including university teaching, interdisciplinary collaboration, and community-based, site-specific initiatives. Graduate students at Herron master practical strategies for making art as well as an understanding of theoretical issues, historical influences, and cultural forces at play for the professional artist in a 21st century urban context.

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This program meets the educational requirements as mandated by the National Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Plan of study

  • Year 1, Fall semester (15 credits)
    • Studio Emphasis I: Materials and Methods in Ceramics (6 credits)
    • Graduate Studio Elective in Ceramics (3 credits)
    • Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Visual Arts (3 credits)
    • Art of the Past Two Decades or Visual Culture: A Visual Studies Approach (3 credits)
  • Year 1, Spring semester (15 credits)
    • Studio Emphasis II: Theory into Practice in Ceramics (6-9 credits)
    • Graduate Studio Elective (0-3 credits)
    • Project Management/Public Art (3 credits)
    • Universal Visual Art Teaching Practicum (3 credits)
    • Art History Elective (3 credits)
  • Year 2, Fall semester (15 credits)
    • Studio Emphasis III: Advanced Practices in Ceramics (6-9 credits)
    • Interdisciplinary Critique (3 credits)
    • Graduate Studio Elective or Academic Elective (0-3 credits)
    • Art Theory and Criticism (3 credits)
  • Year 2, Spring semester (15 credits)
    • Studio Emphasis IV: Thesis (6-9 credits)
    • Graduate Studio Elective (3-9 credits)
    • Art History or Academic Elective (0-3 credits)