NYS College of Ceramics

The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University has been a unique public/private partnership in higher education for more than 100 years. Since its inception in 1900, the College of Ceramics has attracted renowned artists and scientists as faculty in ceramics, glass and other materials, while producing world-class alumni in engineering, and groundbreaking artists across all media.


Ceramics Program

The Master of Fine Art with concentration in Ceramic Art is the Number 1 program of its kind in the country as ranked by the US News and World report.


Year History

The 100+ year old New York State College of Ceramics was born through an act of legislation that poised the college as the leader in ceramic art and engineering then and now.


Colleges & Schools

The New York State College of Ceramics houses two award-winning sectors of Alfred University:  The Inamori School of Engineering and the School of Art & Design.

Program Major Minor Degree Additional Info
Art BFA Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Art - Ceramic Art BFA
Art - Drawing, Painting & Photography BFA Area of Study
Art - Expanded Media BFA Area of Study
Art History & Theory BS Bachelor of Science
Art - Sculpture/Dimensional Studies BFA Area of Study
Biomaterials Engineering BS
Ceramic Engineering BS
Glass Engineering Science BS
Materials Science and Engineering BS

BA - Bachelor of Arts BS - Bachelor of Science BFA - Bachelor of Fine Arts

* Corning Community College degree completion program

MA - Master of Arts MS - Master of Science MS Ed - Master of Science in Education MBA - Master of Business Administration MFA - Master of Fine Arts MPA - Master of Public Administration

PhD- Doctorate of Philosophy PsyD- Doctorate of Psychology

CAS- Certificate of Advanced Study

* Corning Community College degree completion program

** CITE / New York City Low Residency Program

Inamori School of Engineering

The Inamori School of Engineering is one of only two institutions in the US that offer a BS in Ceramic Engineering, and the only institution in the US that offers degrees in glass science. We offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biomaterials Engineering (BS and MS), Ceramic Engineering (BS through PhD), Glass Engineering Science (BS through PhD), and Materials Science and Engineering (BS through PhD). The programs in Ceramic Engineering, Glass, and Materials Science and Engineering are ABET accredited.

Inamori School of Engineering

School of Art and Design

The School of Art and Design’s MFA programs are ranked by US News and World report among the top eleven programs overall, with individual programs: Ceramics (#1), Glass (#2), and Sculpture (#15). We offer the BFA degree, the BS degree in art history, the MFA degree in Ceramic Art, MFA degree in Sculpture/Dimensional Studies, MFA degree in Painting and the MFA degree in Electronic Integrated Art. Alfred University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

School of Art and Design

Scholes Library

The Scholes Library houses an extensive collection covering the art, science, technology, and history of ceramics and glass. Our focus on glass and ceramics is further expressed in the activities of the Inamori-Kyocera Fine Ceramic Museum, the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, the Paul Vickers Gardner Glass Center, and the Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology.

Scholes Library

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Rick Stephens

Provost, VP Academic Affairs, Interim VP Statutory Affairs