AU Press Releases

Ceramic art program cited as the best

The Alfred University (AU) master of fine arts (MFA) degree program in ceramic art has once again been rated the premier curriculum of its kind in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.

“This ranking reaffirms the quality of our students, alumni, and, most of all, the continuing excellence of our faculty in Ceramic Arts,” said Dr. Charles M. Edmondson, AU president.

“This acknowledgement of the strength of our ceramic MFA program, indeed, the strength of all of our graduate programs within the School of Art and Design, demonstrates the energy and excellence of accomplishments of our students and faculty. It is a pleasure to see that our programs are appreciated on the national level,” added Leslie Bellavance, dean, School of Art and Design, College of Ceramics.

The U.S. News fine arts rankings are based on the ratings of educators at peer schools. Art school deans and other top art school academics, two per school, were asked to nominate up to 10 programs noted for their excellence. Those schools receiving the most nominations are listed. AU’s program sits atop those offered at Cranbrook Academy of Art (MI), Rhode Island School of Design, Ohio State University, California College of the Arts, and Ohio University.

All of AU’s MFA programs combined are ranked 11th in the nation, making them the highest-ranked art programs among all art schools in New York State. The School of Art and Design offers MFA degrees in sculpture/dimensional studies and electronic integrated arts. The School has offered a master of fine arts degree in ceramic arts since 1943.

The School’s undergraduate degrees include the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Art History and Theory and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) with studies in ceramic art; drawing, painting, and photography; expanded media; sculpture/dimensional studies. The School’s graduate degrees include the Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramic Art; the Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture/Dimensional Studies; the Master of Fine Arts degree in Electronic Integrated Arts.