Degree programs in Crafts provide a challenging yet supportive environment for students to create work in clay, glass, jewelry/metals/enamels, and textiles.
Through the introduction and exploration of traditional craft processes and history, students develop a strong vocabulary within their chosen media. This foundation facilitates their conceptual interests and personal design aesthetic. Through study of historical, as well as contemporary work in craft media and art in general, students are asked to consider their work contextually, articulating an understanding of its origins as they pursue their own individual direction.
The programs aim to guide emerging artists from a mentor/student relationship into the world of the professionally active studio artist/crafts person. The BA programs offer a more generalized preparation with opportunity for a minor, while the BFA programs are constructed as pre-professional degree programs to prepare for graduate study.
Both undergraduate and graduate students work in close consultation with their advisor. Intense study and personal investigation, within the well-equipped studios, culminate in the presentation of a cohesive body of work, which is exhibited as the Senior Project for undergraduates and the thesis exhibition for graduates.
Our alumni have gone on to pursue careers as exhibiting artists, production crafts people, designers for industry, and teachers at the university level and in other contexts.
The Minor in Crafts comprises 21 credits, including 12 credits in one of the craft programs (ceramics, glass, jewelry/metals, or textiles) plus an additional 9 credits in crafts electives (in any program). To add this minor to your official transcript, come to the School of Art office, 211 Art Building, to speak with academic advisor Ms. Maria Robertson.