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The full time student should expect to spend a minimum of three academic years in residency to complete the degree. The program is based on the individual's area of interest and is jointly planned by the student, a committee of the graduate faculty, and a professor who serves as advisor to the student in the principal studio area. Students present an MFA exhibition at the end of their final year.


All current graduate students receive a 25% assistantship, which provides a full tuition waiver and monthly stipend. These assistantships may include teaching introductory courses, assisting in studio/fabrication areas, or our 3,600 square-foot art gallery. While all graduate students are currently funded, assistantships cannot be guaranteed.


Graduates from the SIUE MFA ceramics program have pursued successful careers both as studio artists and educators in the field. SIUE graduates can be found teaching all over the world including: Rochester Institute of Technology, Ball State University, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, CUNY Hunter College, and the Maryland Institute College of Art.


Review of applications will begin February 1st and continue until positions are filled. Requirements include a portfolio of work, letter of intent, CV, transcripts, and 3 reference letters (via email link). Applications are completed online through the SIUE Office of Graduate Admissions: Art Studio. Contact with additional questions.

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