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College of the Arts

School of Art

211 Art Building
Tel: 330-672-2192


The Master of Arts and the Master of Fine Art in Crafts emphasizes intensive personal investigation and the development of strong aesthetic and conceptual understanding. In addition to time in their own studio, graduate students have opportunities to enhance existing skills and knowledge by observing undergraduate class demonstrations and critiques. Areas of study within the program are textiles, glass, ceramics and jewelry metals and enameling. The M.F.A. is the terminal degree in the studio arts and is a requirement for those who intend to teach crafts in higher education.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s); goal statement(s); three letters of recommendation; curriculum vitae;  a 250-500 word “artist statement"; and portfolio.

Please refer to the university policy for graduate admission.

Graduation Requirements

M.A.: Minimum 32 total credit hours. After completing 20 hours of coursework,  MA candidates present a body of current art work to a committee of three to five faculty members for review and discussion. As the final project for the MA degree, candidates mount an exhibition of selected works, introduce it through a written statement and defend it to a committee of three to five faculty members.

M.F.A.: Minimum 60 total credit hours.

Thesis/ Dissertation

The thesis is a significant project or body of work done independently of other coursework. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to conduct research or produce a significant, original project in a discriminating and disciplined manner. The thesis topic should be one that will further the student’s knowledge and ability in the specialty by demonstrating skill as a researcher or studio artist. The outcome should be an effort that serves as a foundation for the pursuit of independent work when the graduate program is completed. At this stage, students are expected to work in close consultation with their thesis advisor.


Successful completion of the Candidacy Review Examination is a requirement in every School of Art graduate program. In the studio majors, it is scheduled after half of the program has been completed. Successful completion of the examination designates the student as a candidate for the degree.


National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)