Welcome to Alfred University’s world-renowned School of Art & Design, a maker culture that produces award-winning artists and designers who succeed in a multitude of materials. We are housed within Alfred University’s New York State College of Ceramics, a unique public/private partnership for more than 100 years. In our studios, ideas come alive and inventions happen daily. With Fine Arts programs ranked in the top tier of MFA programs in the country, our School of Art & Design provides gifted students with an unmatched educational experience. Here, our students create without constraints on a daily basis in a supportive, multi-disciplinary environment that encourages creativity, research and travel. You’ll enjoy the flexibility of not being required to declare a major but have the option to focus on a single area. Let’s make art. Alfred University.
Gifted students experience an unmatched educational experience with a curriculum that provides a true multi-disciplinary environment for creative and scholarly research in art. The creative energy of the School of Art and Design is centered on the vigorous ambitions of its students and the commitment of its faculty. Our faculty members are dedicated teachers who focus on your individual development. They are also renowned artists and scholars who actively exhibit and publish their work.
In addition to our other top-ranking concentrations, our Ceramic Art program is ranked #1 in the country.
You can easily obtain your Master's in Business Administration (MBA) in one additional year through our 4+1 MBA program.
You will have access to over 126,000 square feet of studio and classroom space.
You are encouraged to explore various media and take an interdisciplinary approach to your work. You will also have access to classes taught in any of our other colleges and schools on campus. You can minor in dance, arts management, art education, equestrian studies, or any one of our 50+ minors.
US News and World Report ranked Alfred University's Fine Art programs in the top tier of MFA programs in the country. We are ranked #1 in Ceramic Arts; 3rd in Glass; and 9th for our MFA overall according to their Best Grad Schools rankings.
Galleries & Facilities
You will be active in a rigorous program of study developed to encourage innovation and creativity in the making and thinking about art. Distinguished galleries and facilities include:
Alfred University's School of Art and Design has an uncommon and celebrated history of engaging in the interface of art, science, and technology. The New York State College of Ceramics dates its origins back to the 1900s when the NYS School of Clay-Working and Ceramics was established by an act of the legislature.