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.

#1 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.

100+ 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.

2 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 Available Unavailable BFA Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Art - Ceramic Art Unavailable Unavailable BFA Area of Study
Art - Drawing, Painting & Photography Unavailable Unavailable BFA Area of Study
Art - Expanded Media Unavailable Unavailable BFA Area of Study
Art - Sculpture/Dimensional Studies Unavailable Unavailable BFA Area of Study
Art History & Theory Available Available BS Bachelor of Science
Biomaterials Engineering Available Available BS
Ceramic Engineering Available Unavailable BS
Glass Engineering Science Available Available BS
Materials Science and Engineering Available Available BS

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

* Corning Community College degree completion program

Program Masters Doctorate Certificate Additional Info
Biomaterials Engineering MS Unavailable Unavailable
Ceramic Art MFA Unavailable Unavailable
Ceramic Engineering MS PhD Unavailable
Electronic Integrated Arts MFA Unavailable Unavailable
Glass Science MS PhD Unavailable
Materials Science and Engineering MS PhD Unavailable
Alfred-Düsseldorf Painting MFA Unavailable Unavailable
Sculpture-Dimensional Studies MFA Unavailable Unavailable

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

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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
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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
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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

State University of New York (SUNY)

Since 1900, the NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University has blended visual fine arts, design and the science of ceramics, glass and materials. It is a SUNY statutory college and home to the School of Art & Design and the Inamori School of Engineering.

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Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology

Alfred University's CACT is one of 15 Centers for Advanced Technology located across New York State created to speed technology transfer from universities to the marketplace.

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