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Curriculum

Master of Fine Arts in Studio
Ceramics

Student Profile
Students of diverse age, ethnic, racial and economic backgrounds make up the Georgia State ceramic community. They come from all parts of the country, bringing with them a variety of ideas and exciting cultural and ethnic influences.

Program Descriptions
Students are encouraged to develop their own interest and direction, whether the direction is traditional, conceptual, or cutting edge. They may explore vessel, sculptural, or mixed media formats. The program is studio based and designed with requirements to investigate other media, along with several choices of art history.

Course Requirements for Ceramics Concentration

Thirty hours of coursework in a studio concentration.

Twelve hours of coursework in art history.

Six hours of non-art electives or art electives from outside the area of concentration.

Twelve hours of thesis research in the appropriate studio area.

A written thesis.

A graduate thesis exhibition, presentation or screening.

Each student must pass a review after completing 24 hours of coursework. A list of required and recommended courses for each concentration is available from either the Office of the Welch School of Art and Design or the Director of Graduate Studies.

Total Program 60 hours

Degree Requirements
M.F.A. candidates must complete a compliment of 30 credit hours within their concentration, two related studio experiences, and four art history courses. A Mid program review and a review for thesis approval are held as significant check points during the student’s program. Upon fulfilling all course requirements, a graduate student selects a faculty committee to guide the exploration, development and completion of a thesis project. The committee must have a minimum of three members, the majority coming from the candidate’s area of concentration. Once the thesis project is agreed upon, an exhibition and written text must be satisfactorily developed and produced with the approval of the committee members as well as that of the Director of the School of Art and Design.

Application

M.F.A. candidates must complete a compliment of 30 credit hours within their concentration, two related studio experiences, and four art history courses. A Mid program review and a review for thesis approval are held as significant check points during the student’s program. Upon fulfilling all course requirements, a graduate student selects a faculty committee to guide the exploration, development and completion of a thesis project. The committee must have a minimum of three members, the majority coming from the candidate’s area of concentration. Once the thesis project is agreed upon, an exhibition and written text must be satisfactorily developed and produced with the approval of the committee members as well as that of the Director of the School of Art and Design.

1.Contact the area coordinator in the concentration during Fall or Spring semesters to discuss intent and requirements.
2.Prospective students are encouraged to visit the studio and meet faculty and students prior to application. (optional but encouraged)
3.Fulfill all requirements for the University, the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Art and Design
Facilities/Equipment
All graduate M.F.A. ceramic students are given their own work space for a maximum of three years along with supporting studio equipment which includes: electric wheels, slab rollers, clay extruders, gas and soda kilns, electric kilns, raku kilns, saggar kilns, clay mixer, pug mill, and glaze mixing facilities. There is access to the facilities twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week (with only a few exceptions).

Student Organization: S.L.I.P.S.
The Student League of Independent Potters and Sculptors is an active student ceramic club, which sponsors field trips to ceramic artist studios and guest workshops/ lectures, holds an annual fundraising pottery sale, and sponsors students to attend the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) annual conference. S.L.I.P. also helps to maintain, manage, and keep the ceramic studio equipped.

Career Opportunities
The M.F.A. program prepares the student to become a professional artist first, and, as the terminal degree in studio art, it qualifies the student to teach on the college or university level.
For more detailed information about the program please see the Georgia State University General Catalogues.

For more detailed information about the program please see the Georgia State University General Catalogues.