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Master of Arts, Ceramics or Painting and Drawing

Carlow University offers a Master of Arts (MA) degree with concentration options in ceramics or painting and drawing requiring 30 credits of independent work in advanced studio projects, thesis and exhibition, art history, and an elective.

Further develop art skill and technique in the studio

This program provides artists the opportunity to further develop their technical and aesthetic abilities in ceramics or painting and drawing through a flexible, independent style of study. Ideal students are K-12 art teachers seeking a master’s as part of the required certification process, artists with a bachelor’s degree, or artists seeking a more structured academic setting.

Students collaborate with faculty advisors, award-winning professional artists, to develop an appropriate course of study. 

Master of Arts Curriculum

The curriculum consists of advanced studio projects, thesis and exhibition, art history, and an elective.

Advanced studio projects are guided by the appropriate studio faculty member. Students work in large studio spaces focusing on conceptualization, research and execution of substantive art projects.

Using current and historical theory research, students develop a thesis. The thesis, combined with studio practice, provide the framework for the MA exhibition, a professional presentation of work with opportunity for in-depth critique from faculty advisors.

Detailed course information can be found in the course catalog.

Art career opportunities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which measures labor market activity in the U.S. economy, Pittsburgh is among the top ten paying metropolitan areas for artists and related workers. Job opportunities are available in a variety of industries including:

  • College, universities and professional schools
  • Advertising, public relations and related fields
  • Independent artists, writers and performers


Admission requirements and application

Admission to this program is granted to a select number of applicants. For consideration, applicants must hold an approved undergraduate art degree and submit a portfolio for evaluation.

Contact admissions for more information or follow the steps to apply.