Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

3 years
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The program offers a rigorous, hands-on investigation of clay as a multifaceted medium with meaningful possibilities. You'll explore the rich multicultural and ancient history of ceramic objects through interaction with faculty, peers and visiting artists to grasp the full range of contemporary practices and ideas.

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Why Earn a Studio Art Master’s with a Concentration in Ceramics?

The M.F.A. program integrates creative research, contemporary theory, and studio practice culminating in a solo exhibition.

This broad and intensive terminal degree experience focuses on intellectual and creative growth, fostering students' practice and preparing them for a lifetime of accomplishment and meaningful contribution as culture creators. The program frames the individual needs of each student through the development of conceptual, aesthetic, and advanced technical skills.

The program is led by engaged artists and educators who are recognized nationally and internationally for their intellectual and creative research.

Marketable Skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Advanced craftsmanship
  • Teamwork
  • Advanced oral and written communication
  • Advanced multiple approach assessment

Studio Art Master’s with a Concentration in Ceramics Highlights

Notable facilities and equipment include two Blaauw gas kilns, soda/salt kilns, wood kiln, raku kiln, computer-controlled electric kilns, full-spectrum decal printer, clay mixers, and state-of-the-art digital fabrication equipment including three and five axis CNC routers, CNC plasma cutters, laser cutters, and resin printers.
Ceramics classes are housed in a new state-of-the-art facility that includes indoor and outdoor kiln areas and critique space, and private studio spaces for graduate students.
The Ceramics faculty are passionate and work to ensure that students realize their potential.
We are proud of the diverse means of research modes and art-making processes in our program and the many successes of our Ceramics graduates who make their impact through creative inquiry, scholarship and innovation.
Housed in a world-class Tier 1 research institution, CVAD is a short drive from the vibrant cultural capitals of Dallas and Fort Worth and a lively arts community in Denton.

What Can You Do With a Studio Art Master’s with a Concentration in Ceramics?

This degree will prepare graduates for diverse career pathways in education, museum work and the arts.

Employment opportunities include:

  • Serving as a professor, lecturer, or technician in a college or university
  • Pottery or ceramics instructor
  • A general art teacher in elementary/high schools; or workshop leader

Graduates may pursue opportunities in ceramics restoration and serve as advisers with respect to museum displays, or regarding the cleaning of and caring for antique ceramics.

Ceramics artists may be self-employed entrepreneurs or work for manufacturers or large-scale studios. These businesses can focus on tableware production, home furnishings, tourism and cottage industry, and commissions for private clients.

Overall employment of fine artists is projected to grow 14% from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Studio Art Master’s with a Concentration in Ceramics Courses You Could Take

Seminar in University Art Teaching (3 hrs)
Study of problems unique to university art faculty; professional practices in various fields of art teaching.
Praxis: Rotating Topics (3 hrs)
Readings, discussion and/or studio exploration of various art issues. Praxis graduate seminars are intensive topical or single discipline-based courses which encourage innovation, the development of a new method, idea and results. Seminars vary in structure offering a blend of reading/writing/presentation/discussion and studio practice/group critique.
Professional Practices for the Studio Artist (3 hrs)
Introduces and examines a wide range of strategies for developing a professional practice as a working visual artist.
MFA Project In Lieu of Thesis Research (3 hrs)
Art research and practice for creative project in lieu of thesis. Typically taken with project in lieu of thesis supervisory committee chair in consultation with the supervisory committee.
MFA Project in Lieu of Thesis (3 hrs)
Art research and practice for creative project. Students present project as an exhibition, oral defense, project report, artist statement, portfolio of outcomes.
Topics in Studio Art (3 hr)
Variable topics course designed to explore concepts and processes in art-making that go beyond the normal curricular parameters of traditional studio disciplines.

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