MFA Programme in Crafts, Ceramic Art
The master’s programme in Crafts specializing in ceramic art is based on artistic exploration through materials and concepts. As a student of the programme, you will gain a deeper understanding of material, explore the richness in variation in ceramic expression, and investigate the dialogue between practitioner, method, material, and the surrounding world. You will develop skill-based knowledge and enhance your execution of artistic work based on your own artistic inquiries within ceramic art.
All societies need reference points to form their future and to orient themselves in the present. Crafts constitute such a reference point through their associations with human needs and activities. The subject of crafts extends from tradition to science, forming an exciting, artistic arena. The master’s programme in Crafts at the Academy of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg is an all-encompassing environment that involves constant exchange and interaction between undergraduate education, research, and society.
The master’s programme in Crafts has three specializations: • jewellery art• ceramic art • textile art
A balance of collaborative work environment and individual development
The courses in the programme are taken together with students from the other specializations, but your work will be done within ceramic art. During your education, you will develop your ability to initiate and resolve artistic projects creating vital confidence with your own working methods. This demands independence and the capacity for initiative. As a student, you will have the opportunity to broaden your frame of reference, develop exploratory artistic working methods, and deepen your technical and theoretical knowledge. Our study groups are small and you will work in close cooperation with fellow students and staff. Additionally, you will have an individually allocated workplace and generous access to the school.
Support in shaping your artistic expression
Artistic exploration through materials and concepts is the basis of the programme. Course work encourages the development of skill-based knowledge, fosters debate about the meaning of material inquiries, and investigates the conceptual identity of the crafts. Through studio work, theory, writing, and reflection, you will shape your artistic expression, and will have further support with lectures, seminars, and supervision. The artistic and investigatory process comprises the foundation of the programme and you will have access to well-equipped workshops and study places right in the centre of Gothenburg.
Specializing in ceramic art
The ceramic department holds light and beautiful workshops, several electrical kilns, and three combined electrical and gas kilns. We have plaster, casting, and glazing workshops. You will also have access to the workshop at Nääs that has a unique kiln park with an anagama kiln, a salt glazing kiln, and a tunnel kiln—all fired with wood.
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Programme structure and content
The first semester starts with a subject-specific practical and theoretical introduction where you will outline your focus and goals for your studies. Material-based, practical, technical, and contextual experiences are broadened through exploratory inquiries and artistic risk taking.
During the second semester you will create in-depth artistic projects in order to develop understanding of your choices, working methods, and the context you are operating in from a historical and contemporary craft perspective.
During the third semester the focus shifts from the self-initiated look to the viewer's gaze: to view and to be viewed. The exhibition format is examined in practice and theory. Prerequisites for a professional life are addressed. You will begin your independent degree project this semester.
During the fourth semester you will complete your independent degree project that includes a major artistic work, a degree report, and a presentation of the project within the framework of a degree exhibition.