Graduate Bulletin

Ceramics/Glass, M.F.A.

Center for the Arts / TYLER SCHOOL OF ART

Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: January 15

Applications are evaluated together after the deadline date.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

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 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: 79 iBT or 550 PBT.

Portfolio:

As a Master of Fine Arts applicant, you must submit a portfolio that consists of 20 images representative of the immediate direction of your work. Portfolios are to be uploaded at https://temple.slideroom.com/, as instructed at the website. SlideRoom requires an additional fee for this service. Original work, slides, CD-ROMs, catalogs, photographs, books, and/or binders are not acceptable substitutes for the SlideRoom portfolio and will not be reviewed or returned.

Resume:

A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Upon approval of the appropriate department chairperson and the Vice Dean, up to 9 credits of graduate work may be transferred into the M.F.A. program as Art History or Studio electives. Only credits received within five years of the transfer request are eligible. No decisions are made concerning transfer credits until students have successfully completed 15 matriculated semester hours at Tyler. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 9.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 60, including 33 credits in Projects and Seminar Classes along with 12 credits in Art History and 12-15 credits in Studio Electives.

CERAMICS:

Projects and Seminar Classes (33 credits):

CRFT 8183:  Graduate Projects, Ceramics (4 semesters)

CRFT 8201:  Graduate Seminar, Ceramics/Glass/Fibers (4 semesters)

CRFT 9184:  Graduate Thesis Exhibition: Clay (1 semester)

CRFT 9295:  Graduate Thesis Research: Ceramics and Glass (2 semesters)

TYLE 8001:  Graduate Professional Practices (1 semester)

Art History (12 credits):

Of the four required courses, two must be Art History Seminar classes chosen from a range of graduate offerings (5000 to 5800 or 8000 to 9980).

Studio Electives (12-15 credits):

Course descriptions can be viewed on the Class Schedule. Please note that taking any course under the 5000 level for graduate credit requires prior approval from the studio area head.

GLASS:

Projects and Seminar Classes (33 credits):

CRFT 8201:  Graduate Seminar, Ceramics/Glass/Fibers (4 semesters)

CRFT 8283:  Graduate Projects, Glass (4 semesters)

CRFT 9284:  Graduate Thesis Exhibition: Glass (1 semester)

CRFT 9295:  Graduate Thesis Research: Ceramics and Glass (2 semesters)

TYLE 8001:  Graduate Professional Practices (1 semester)

Art History (12 credits):

Of the four required courses, two must be Art History Seminar classes chosen from a range of graduate offerings (5000 to 5800 or 8000 to 9980).

Studio Electives (12-15 credits):

Course descriptions can be viewed on the Class Schedule. Please note that taking any course under the 5000 level for graduate credit requires prior approval from the studio area head.


Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Thesis Exhibition:

An approved thesis exhibition, written statement of working philosophy, and slide and/or CD portfolio are required at the final review in order to meet the M.F.A. requirements. The thesis exhibition should be the fruit of the two years' studio research and practice in which the student engaged.

The student defends her/his thesis exhibition to the review committee. The committee then evaluates the exhibition as pass with distinction, pass, or fail.

Contacts
Program Contact Information:

http://tyler.temple.edu/programs/ceramics

http://tyler.temple.edu/programs/glass

Department Information:

Graduate Admissions Office

Tyler School of Art
2001 N. 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122
tylergrd@temple.edu
215-777-9090

Department Contacts:

Admissions:

Nicole Howard
tylergrd@temple.edu
215-777-9090

Graduate Chairperson:

Nicholas Kripal
nicholas.kripal@temple.edu
215-777-9168

About the Program

The graduate program in Ceramics/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:

Main

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Full-time status is required.

Department Information:

Graduate Admissions Office

Tyler School of Art
2001 N. 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122
tylergrd@temple.edu
215-777-9090

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.

Affiliation(s):

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.

Accreditation:

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.

Licensure:

Not applicable.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy:

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 5.9.13