M.F.A. in Ceramics

Coleton Lunt
Coleton Lunt, MFA Reviews, 2018


The M.F.A. ceramics program offers independently motivated students a three-year opportunity to establish themselves as professional artists/teachers, to culminate with a formal exhibition.

In addition to traditional ceramic studio activities, the program is combined with students and faculty in the graduate sculpture area. Ceramics and sculpture share common critiques, faculty and facilities.

The professional experience of each M.F.A. student is supplemented by interaction with M.F.A. candidates in Design, Painting, Printmaking and Photography through group critiques, visiting artist seminars, contemporary history & criticism classes, exhibitions, and social interactions.

Many past M.F.A. ceramic graduates have been placed in university teaching positions around the country, and most have remained active as professional ceramic artists.


Bill Kremer

Teaching Scholar

Coleton Lunt


Each ceramic M.F.A. student is provided with a large spacious individual studio in the ceramic area studio complex. Equipment includes traditional ceramic wheels, mixers, pug mills, kilns, etc. to include: two large gas kilns, a gas fired salt kiln, and four electric kilns. A wood fired anagama kiln is located off campus at Bill Kremer’s home studio.

The Ceramics program is integrated with the sculpture program allowing for shared use of the sculpture wood shop, welding, foundry, and plaster working facilities and equipment.


  • Active visiting artist and scholars program
  • Snite Museum of Art located on campus
  • Just 90 minutes east of Chicago

Past Visiting Artists, Scholars, and Critics

Peter Voulkos
Paula Winokur
Randy Schmidt
Victor Babu
Don Reitz
Jun Kaneko
John Stephenson
David Middlebrook
Paul Soldner
Warren Mackenzie
Kitty Ross
Rudy Autio
Sandra Simon
Jim Leedy
Ken Ferguson
David Shaner
Tony Hepburn
Dan Anderson
Kennith DeStabler
Val Cushing
Bill Farrell

Further Information

Director of Graduate Studies
Jason Lahr
Department of Art, Art History, and Design
University of Notre Dame
322 Riley Hall of Art
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5673

ph: 574.631.5605
e: jlahr@nd.edu


To Apply

The application must be done online. Submit a portfolio of twenty slides through SlideRoom, and send three letters of recommendation, a letter of intent, and transcripts to The Graduate School. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to our M.F.A. program. Apply now.

Application Deadline: February 1