Programs of Study
Artists working with traditional studio practices, as well as installation and digital- and time-based media, participate together in a two-year, 60-hour curriculum that emphasizes the artist’s public as well as private creative roles.
Each semester, MFA students work with selected CCAD faculty to propose, develop, and execute individual projects. Project proposals that utilize or are based in painting, drawing, photography, animation, sculpture, video, interactive design, printmaking, illustration, installation, glass, ceramics, and design can be facilitated.
In addition to working with individual faculty on semester projects, students meet weekly in the Graduate Seminar for group critique with faculty and peers. The curriculum includes a required Theory & Criticism Seminar and also one-semester classes in professional practices and in the use of digital media for pedagogy and career development.
Each student works with an off-campus mentor or participates in a practicum experience. The curriculum concludes with a thesis project, written thesis paper, and oral defense.
The program fosters a community environment with limited class sizes (9–15 new students a year). Although the program is not media-specific, students are expected to maintain a high level of craft in the media they choose to use.
Certificate of College Art Instruction
This internal certificate program recognizes successful completion of designated course work and a series of teaching internships focused on the teaching of studio art at a post-secondary level. This is an elective program and not required for the MFA degree.
Requirements: To earn the certificate, students must successfully complete the teaching methods class and two teaching internships.
Upon completion, students will receive the certificate at graduation and official note of the program will be made on the student’s CCAD transcript.
For additional information, please review the MFA guidebook.
As part of CCAD’s graduate program, the college brings in several guest artists and scholars per semester. These artists may teach workshops and seminars, engage in one-on-one mentoring with the MFA students, and/or lecture as part of CCAD's Visiting Artists & Scholars series, which is a lecture series that is open to the entire student body and public.
Past guest artists include:
Past visiting artists include:
Toby Mott & Vivian Goldman
John Yau (Art Critic and Writer)
Natasha Trethewey (Poet Laureate)
Holland Cotter (Art Critic)
Ian Berry (Curator)
Cara Lee Wade
Felipe Castelblanco Olaya
During students' studies, they will be required to participate in an off-campus experience. Options include individual mentoring with an artist or professional, foreign study, or an internship with a nonprofit or business. Check out the list below for examples of recent artists and organizations that have provided off-campus experiences.
- Aurora Robson, painter and installation artist
- Franklin Park Conservatory
- Fuller Art Center
- George Pratt, illustrator and graphic novelist
- Glass Axis, glass art co-op
- Igloo Press, custom letter press
- Michael J. Rosen, author and illustrator
- Mildred's Lane, artists' residency
- Nathan Sampson, architect
- Nicola López, printmaker and installation artist
- Ohio Art League
- Pilchuck Glass School
- Simonetta Moro, artist currently living and working in New York
- Dorothy Gill Barnes, fiber artist
- Elsewhere Residency, Greensboro, NC
- Residency at Homestead National Monument, Beatrice, NE
- Kenyon Institute, Creative Writing workshop with Peter Plagens and Terry Barrett
- Space Junk Media
- Microscope Gallery; Brooklyn, NY
- Pizzuti Collection; Columbus, OH
- Center of Science and Industry, COSI
- Mike Olenick, film and video artist
- Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts; Gatlinburg, TN
- Gullkistan, Laugarvatn Village, Iceland
- Graduate Program Admissions Officer:
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- Assistant Director of the Graduate Program:
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