The faculty of the University of Arkansas approach graduate ceramics with an eye toward new models of creative output, tying the history and traditions of the medium to an extended range of possibilities open to the contemporary ceramic practitioner. During their three years, MFA candidates are granted the time and resources to explore their ideas in a supportive atmosphere while developing the requisite skills and knowledge to operate as a practicing artist upon graduation. Students can expect a high level of interaction with their peers from other disciplines, and access to faculty across the art department.
Generously sized private and semi-private studios are available for students working toward their MFA. Ideally located in the ceramics studio’s central corridor, the graduate studios are at the heart of the ceramics facility and offer easy access to kilns, mixers, raw materials, and all other studio equipment. Currently, grads benefit from studios that range in size from 175-225 square feet.
Students pursuing an MFA benefit from a number of possible assistantships. Recent students have gained experience working in the ceramics studio, the department’s student-led gallery, as a designer for the department, or working as woodshop technicians. Teaching assistantships are also available. In an effort to foster good teaching practices, assistantships are provided in which students spend their hours observing and participating in an existing course led by full-time faculty. These assistantships vary, but offer every student a way to become actively involved in the education of our undergraduate students. Full assistantships cover tuition and registration fees, and offer a stipend of approximately 11,000 dollars per academic year. A limited number of competitive fellowships are also available.
Graduate students at the University of Arkansas benefit from an ongoing exchange with Taiwan’s Tainan National University of the Arts. A typical exchange lasts for a full semester and is seen as an integral part of our department’s educational mission of fostering an expanded view of contemporary ceramic practice. This opportunity is available to all who wish to participate.
How to Apply
The deadline for application to the MFA program is February 1st. We welcome interested students to either visit the department firsthand or to speak with the faculty about their interest in the program before applying. To request a visit to the department or for more information, please direct inquiries to Mathew McConnell at firstname.lastname@example.org.