The Department of Ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is a model of interdisciplinary investigation where art, design, and craft are the fields of research and innovation. You will embrace the complexities and malleability of the medium, creating all forms of ceramic art, from vessels to installations, and exploring all aspects of the medium. 

National Transfer Week: October 19-23

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MFA Portfolio Deep Dive

October 27, 2020, 12:00 p.m. (CT)

Meet with admissions to review the portfolio requirements for MFA programs at SAIC. 

Drawing from a wealth of technical and cultural traditions as well as from high-tech industrial applications, you will engage in a the study and practice of ceramics that is unique and urgently contemporary. The SAIC Ceramics department reflects and embraces these contradictions, offering courses exploring interdisciplinary topics in ceramics such as the intersections of and shared methods, materials, and critical discourse among AIADO, Fiber and Material Studies, Sculpture and Performance. 

SAIC offers one of the few ceramics graduate programs that focuses on experimental, contemporary ceramics, allowing you to move fluidly across materials and methods, using exploration of clay, sculpture, and studio pottery as a springboard for more personal and contemporary sculptural making. Free bulk materials allow for unlimited experimentation in the medium.

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