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At the graduate level, UT offers an MFA program with a focus on sculptural work. The MFA degree is a 3-year program that encourages advanced aesthetic and conceptual development through self-directed exploration. Professional dialogue, discussion, and critical thinking are at the core of this program. Independent studio work is balanced with an intensive investigation of critical, conceptual and historical issues. Graduate students study with 3D faculty in Ceramics and Sculpture and receive critiques from the School of Art faculty and visiting artists.
Currently, all admitted Ceramics MFA students receive 1/4 time assistantships including a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend. As part of their assistantship duties, MFA students teach or assist one class each semester and are assigned responsibility for other departmental duties. Ceramics MFA students are integral to the function of the department and are intimately involved in its success. Students are encouraged to pursue opportunities for artistic growth through funding assistance by the School of Art.
Ceramics grad students are encouraged to show their work regularly. There are opportunities to show work at the Ewing Gallery of Art + Architecture, in the greater Knoxville area, and in major art centers hosting the College Art Associate Conference. All UT Art students have the opportunity to show at Gallery 1010, the School of Art’s off-campus, student-run gallery.
Visiting Artists + Potter’s Club
The School of Art has a very active visiting artist program. In particular, the UT Potter’s Club brings visiting artists to campus each year to give lectures, workshops, and critique student work.
The UT Potter’s Club also sponsors student travel to the National Council for Education in the Ceramics Arts Conferences (NCECA) and helps support visiting ceramic artists.
Recent Visiting Artists in Ceramics