Graduate Studies in Ceramics

Yih-Wen Kuo, Professor, Ceramics, M.F.A., Southern Illinois University

Description of Program:
The ceramics program offers a diverse approach to the materials and processes with aesthetics ranging from contemporary vessels to sculptural forms and interdisciplinary practice while providing a strong foundation in the history of the discipline and fostering technical mastery of the material. Through interaction with peers, faculty, and individual attention, students engage in personal research that leads to personal artistic expression and creation.

Assistantships and Tuition Waivers: The NIU School of Art and Design offers opportunities for graduate student assistantships and graduate teaching assistantships assigned on a competitive basis, which include full tuition and a monthly stipend. Tuition waivers are also available for the first year graduate students.

Facilities: The graduate ceramics studio is located in downtown DeKalb. Individual studio spaces are provided for each student in the M.F.A. program. Graduate students have access to their studios 24-7 during the school year. In addition to studio spaces, the graduate studio building also houses a large gallery and a woodshop that are accessible to students.

Additional Resources: A ceramic student organization provides opportunities for students to experiment with marketing their work, organizing filed trips, and bringing in visiting artists. The School of Art and Design as a whole, hosts an impressive Visiting Artist and Scholars program. The School contains a large gallery space where professional artists and various student exhibitions are held. A medium size gallery space is designated for graduate student exhibitions. The NIU Art Museum is also present on campus and schedules an ongoing rotation of professional exhibitions and visiting artist events, often in conjunction with the School of Art and Design.

Admissions: The deadline for application to the NIU Graduate School for the School of Art and Design graduate program in studio arts is: February 1.

Application materials and additional information may be obtained from:

School of Art Graduate Programs
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, Illinois 60115

How to Apply

Telephone: (815) 753‐0292
Fax: (815) 753‐7701


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