John Shea (MFA 2018) jrsheastudio.com, Gloriann Langva (MFA 2019)
The ceramics program is a three-year degree. Each student is provided with a private studio space and access to the ceramic studio and equipment. Each year, the ceramics program mounts an exhibition in November at the Art lofts Gallery. Twice a semester, students participate in critiques- once at midterm and once at the end of the semester. In the spring semester, the ceramics program attends NCECA. Students are expected to fulfill required coursework and have two solo exhibitions during their graduate career. The first is an MA show at the end of the second year and the second is an MFA show at the end of the third year. After the first year, you form a committee of faculty members with whom you have worked with previously. This committee must have four members.
At your qualifiers, you are expected to present a comprehensive review of all your artwork from the time you started graduate school in the form of images, video or original artwork. Your presentation, like an artist’s lecture, should include information about the ways you think about what you do. You should also present your intentions for the MFA exhibition. What to Expect –The qualifiers generally last for sixty minutes. The qualifiers will usually begin with your presentation and will include questions from your committee. Expect that these questions will address form and content. You may also be asked about art historical references that pertain to the area in which you are working as well as current trends and issues and relevant contemporary or historical artists or movements. The MFA Qualifying Examination –If you pass the exhibition you will then be issued a series of questions that constitute the written examination portion of this process. Your committee Chair will distribute the questions from the committee, generally within one week of your show. You will have two weeks to respond in writing with answers distributed in PDF form to your entire committee. These details and expectations must be worked out in advance with your committee chair. The MFA Final Oral Exam - This final exam will last roughly sixty minutes and will take place where you exhibit your final show. You will be asked questions about the decisions you made in assembling the exhibition and the overall progression your work has taken in the program. Toward the end of the meeting, your chair will ask you to leave the room to give the committee members a chance to talk with one another and vote on your final standing.
Required courses: 3 seminars, 2 art histories, 1 outside academic, 1 semester of colloquium
Art Department Teaching Assistantships
An appointment as a TA includes remission of all tuition and health insurance coverage.
Art Department Project Assistantships and Teaching Assistant Support Staff Project Assistantship (PA) and Teaching Assistant Support Staff (TA-SS) positions are available within and outside of the department.
Fellowships are awards that enable graduate students to pursue their degrees full-time.