Graduate Bulletin

Ceramics/Glass, M.F.A.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: January 15

Applications are evaluated together after the deadline date.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members, gallery directors, and/or curators familiar with the applicant's academic and artistic competence.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

40 undergraduate studio credits and 12 art history credits are required.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree and portfolio in Ceramics or Glass, appropriate to the discipline to which one is applying, are required.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be approximately 500-1,000 words and should include the following elements: your interest in Tyler's program; your research goals; your future career goals; and your academic and artistic achievements.

Standardized Test Scores:

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based.


The portfolio should include 20 slides of original work specific to the discipline.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Upon approval of the Art Education Coordinator, the student's advisor, and the Associate Dean, up to 9 credits of post-graduate work completed at Temple University within a five-year deadline may be transferred into the program. Up to 6 credits of graduate coursework taken at other accredited institutions within the prior five years before matriculation may be considered for transfer into the program after the student has enrolled. No decisions are made until students have successfully completed 15 matriculated semester hours of the degree. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 9.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 60

Required Courses:

For Ceramics:






Additional studio electives, graduate seminar, and art history courses.

For Glass:






Additional studio electives, graduate seminar, and art history courses.

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Thesis Exhibition with Slide Show:

An approved thesis exhibition, written statement, and slide portfolio are required at the final review to meet the M.F.A. requirements. Approval of the student's graduate committee is required.

Program Contact Information:

Department Information:

Graduate Admissions Office

Tyler School of Art
7725 Penrose Avenue
Elkins Park, PA 19027

Department Contacts:


Carmina Cianciulli

Program Coordinator:

Jon Clark

Graduate Chairperson:

Nicholas Kripal


Nicholas Kripal

About the Program

The graduate program in Ceramics and Glass is a two-year, 60-credit program leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree. The program usually accommodates four to six people studying ceramics and two to four individuals in glass. Our nationally recognized faculty, who bring to the program a reputation for excellence in teaching with a wide range of attitudes and philosophical positions, are complemented by an extensive schedule of visiting artists and critics. Students can also draw from the cultural resources of Philadelphia and the nearby art centers of New York and Washington, DC.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location:


Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Full-time status is required.

Department Information:

Graduate Admissions Office

Tyler School of Art
7725 Penrose Avenue
Elkins Park, PA 19027

Interdisciplinary Study:

The focus in Ceramics or Glass is augmented and balanced by specially designed graduate-level art history courses and seminars, a required interdisciplinary seminar, and studio electives that ensure cross-disciplinary contact among students.


Tyler's Ceramics/Glass faculty are members of the Advisory Board of the Clay Studio, the American Crafts Council, the Glass Arts Society, the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts, and the Philadelphia Ceramic Consortium. These associations enhance the curriculum by providing an extensive program of visiting artists, workshops, and guest lecturers.

Study Abroad:

The Crafts area participates in faculty and student exchange programs with the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland.


Not applicable.


This degree program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Areas of Specialization:

In the Ceramics area, equipment is available for wheel work, mold making, and slip casting projects.  Large kilns are also available for hand building and sculpture. The Glass studios are designed for the creation of works in all areas of glass blowing, glass casting, glass fusing, and kiln work. Students are expected to demonstrate both conceptual and technical excellence in a given area, as well as a profound interest in research and experimentation.

Job Placement:

The M.F.A. program prepares graduates for careers as professional artists, craftspersons, designers, and educators.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

The M.F.A. courses are restricted to matriculated students.

Financing Opportunities

The principal duties of a Teaching Assistant (TA) or Academic Intern (AI) include assisting faculty members in preparing apparatus or materials for demonstrations and maintenance and/or monitoring of studio and exhibition areas and equipment.

Updated 12.18.07