Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics
Ceramics – MF5172
School of Art + Design
528 Seigfred Hall
Athens, Ohio 45701
Delivery Mode: Athens Campus
Term of Entry: Fall
Nationally recognized for its professional excellence, the Ceramics graduate program at Ohio University is one of the highest ranked ceramic programs in the country. Reflecting the contemporary field of ceramics, the program encourages a multitude of approaches and viewpoints; traditional, contemporary and expanded, and offers students an exciting and challenging environment in which to concentrate on their individual development as a ceramic artist within an art school that is interdisciplinary and inclusive in its philosophy.
The Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics is an intensive three-year program. The first and second years are primarily devoted to studio, seminar, art history, and elective coursework. During the third year, the emphasis is an intensive commitment to studio time in preparation for the thesis exhibition. As part of this three-year studio experience, the student will have individual and group meetings with faculty, interaction with peers in and outside of the Ceramics area, and will participate in graduate critiques. A normal full-time academic load is 15 credit-hours per semester, and progress toward the degree is guided by the student’s graduate review committee members to the successful completion of 90 credit hours.
The Ceramics program emphasizes the realization of individual goals in creative media. By encouraging the exploration of ideas and materials and developing individuals who challenge contemporary standards while producing work of exceptional craftsmanship, the program prepares artists for competition in the complex, professional art world of ceramics and beyond.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students will be able to demonstrate mastery in skills, techniques and material germane to the student’s research focus, evidenced through a mature body of creative work
- Students will be able to identify key figures, works and sources, both historical and contemporary, as evidence to support a clearly stated thesis contextualizing the student’s work.
- Students will be able to generate documents appropriate to professional practice in the student’s field of focus, and be prepared for participation in the professional world of Art.
- Students will be able to execute public exhibitions of their creative work
Opportunities for Graduates
Ohio University Ceramics graduates are successful, professional artists who may also secure positions as directors of arts programs and residencies and university educators; as well as many other careers in fine art. Many past students are currently teaching in some of the top programs in the country in Ceramics, Sculpture, and New Media. Ninety-percent of our graduates will remain working in fields related to ceramics throughout their careers.
Link to Program: https://www.ohio.edu/fine-arts/art/graduate/ceramics
Admission to the MFA program requires a Bachelor of Art (B.A.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) or equivalent degree. Transfer credit is typically not accepted. In addition to completing the online application to Ohio University, applicants must submit a digital portfolio of 20 images representing their original artworks through ouschoolofart.slideroom.com. Within the online application to OU, applicants should upload their CV/resume, artist statement, professional goals statement, and a list of three professional references with contact information. These references will automatically receive requests for letters of recommendation via the online system. Contact ArtGrad@ohio.edu for questions about the application process.
This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.
A minimum of 90 credit hours is required to earn the MFA in Ceramics.