School of Art and Design
Graduate : Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture/Dimensional Studies

Assistant Professor Sarah Blood
Associate Professor Diane Cox
Assistant Professor Karen Donnellan
Associate Professor Brett Hunter, Division Head
Associate Professor Coral Lambert
Associate Professor Angus Powers

The objective of the Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA) is to prepare individuals for careers in Sculpture/Dimensional Studies (with concentration in glass art or sculpture).

This two-year program is highly competitive; five Sculpture/Dimensional Studies students are admitted annually. Each accepted MFA candidate is given full tuition funding and a financial stipend, either as a teaching assistant or as an intern, within the Art and Design program.

In addition to studio courses, all graduate students take credits in a series of seminars, art history, studio electives and technical courses relevant to their area of study.

In the second year, students write a thesis and present a MFA thesis exhibition in the School of Art and Design’s Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Robert C. Turner Gallery or an approved alternate site.

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Sculpture/Dimensional Studies
The Division of Sculpture/Dimensional Studies at Alfred University fosters progressive creative growth and stimulates innovative technical and conceptual development in each individual student. The diverse faculty aim to foster thoughtful exploration into a wide range of materials and processes that challenge and examine the ever-expanding field of sculpture. Curricular breadth and depth is grounded in a tradition of material exploration where students also engage with historical and contemporary research thus priming students to succeed as active participants in the international art world. The MFA program simultaneously prepares graduate students to be both practicing artists and teachers. The MFA program in Sculpture/Dimensional Studies is ranked number fifteen nationally by U.S. News and World Report.

Concentration in Glass Art
Applicants to the Glass Art program will have made a commitment to working with glass as a medium for artistic expression.

Concentration in Sculpture
Applicants to the Sculpture program will have made a commitment to the making of sculpture with or without media specificity.

Degree Requirements
Degree requirements include two years of residence and a minimum of sixty graduate credit hours. Reviews of work are scheduled at midterm and at the end of each semester.

Overview of Required Courses
Sculpture/Dimensional Studies
Concentration in Glass Art and Sculpture

ART 501

ART 529

ART 522

ART 672

ART 682

ARTH 561

ARTH 660


Studio Elective* (outside major concentration)

Studio Practice

Advanced Sculpture/Dimensional Studies* (credits per semester, 1st Year)

Written Thesis Preparation

Thesis*  (credits per semester, 2nd Year)

Viewing Sculpture

First Year Graduate Seminar

Minimum one additional Art History/Criticism course

Minimum Total Credit Hours Required for the Program











*A materials fee is charged for these courses

Office of Graduate Admissions
Alumni Hall
1 Saxon Drive
Alfred, NY 14802
Phone: 800.541.9229 or Email
Application for Graduate Admissions

For specific questions, contact:
Billie Burns
Graduate Program Coordinator

Applicants for admission should hold the baccalaureate degree with the equivalent of sixty credit hours in studio courses. A portfolio of completed works could be considered the equivalent of some studio courses.

In addition to the transcripts and letters of recommendation required of all students, applicants to the MFA program must present a portfolio showing competency in the appropriate areas. All applicants must conform to the current area specifications as listed.

The School of Art and Design at Alfred University offers graduate study in four divisional areas: Ceramic Art, Electronic Integrated Arts, Sculpture/Dimensional Studies (concentration in either glass art or sculpture) and Painting. Applicants should make clear to which MFA program they are applying.

All applications are made through the Graduate Admissions Office and all supporting documents and the portfolio must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office by January 15th of the application year. Only completed applications will be forwarded to the Faculty Review Committee. It is important to clearly indicate which program you want to enter, as documentation and portfolios are only reviewed by the faculty in the specific program indicated on the application form. No applications for January enrollment are considered.

Accepted Applicants must make a $200 deposit and return a signed contract as directed in the notification of acceptance or their acceptance becomes void.

Financial Support
In addition to a grant for full tuition waiver for both years of residency in the program, each MFA student is guaranteed an assistantship for every semester of the two-year program. Graduate assistantships consist of three types: a teaching assistantship, a teaching internship, and a facilities coordinator. In all cases, the student receives a stipend of $4,750 for the academic year.

Graduate teaching assistants help faculty members in the performance of their academic duties; a graduate teaching intern teaches one (four credit hour) studio course per semester; and a facilities coordinator works with the division head and technicians to organize and manage studio facilities. All assistants have a commitment of approximately 10 hours/week to meet the requirements of the stipend. Assignments are made in consultation among faculty, students and division chairs at the beginning of each semester.