The M.F.A. degree is an intensive, 60-credit studio degree designed to prepare students to become professional artists and/or to teach at the university level. Graduate students are typically awarded a technical assistantship in the first year and a teaching assistantship in the second year. The assistantship also includes a tuition waiver and stipend.
The MFA program's ourse content includes the technical aspects of maintaining a glass studio as well as developing a perosonal aesthetic in glass. Students are also highly encouraged to combine glass with other media and to utilize interests and skills acquired in other areas to broaden their overall aesthetic development. Interdisciplinary involvement is supported.
BGSU's Glass program was one of the first glass programs in a University in the United States. The current Glass studio was constructed in 1991 in the Fine Arts Center and is centrally located on campus. The hot glass area was completely rebuilt in 2009 by Wet Dog Glass Equipment, and has three complete work stations for blowing glass. The glass studio also has extensive equipment for cold glass working, and three large kilns for kiln and hot glass casting. The glass shop borders an outdoor working court yard with sculpture and ceramics.
Hot Shop 1579 sq. ft.
Cold Shop 781 sq. ft.
Grad. Studio(2) 102 sq. ft.
Grad Studio 378 sq. ft.
Storage 355 sq. ft.
Faculty Office 324 sq. ft.
3D Lecture/Work Rm 560 sq. ft.
2 Electric furnaces
3 Glory holes
3 large Annealing Kilns
1 Fusing Kiln
1 Color oven
Cold Shop Equipment
Steinert (2) 36"dia., variable speed
Felker cut-off saw (2) 41-A, 41-AR, 14"
Covington slab saw (1) 24" dia. diamond, continuous
Diamond band saw (2) GS-100, GS-70
Cutting lathe (2) Merker,Denver, stone&diamond
Belt sander Somaca; 106", roller platen
Flexible shaft Dumore
3 Diamond router(6) Wizard
Sandblast cabinet pressure pot, vacuum
Exhaust hood (3) Mold area, burn out
For other facilities available to students, check out our Facilities page.
Student Art Glass Association (SAGA) is an organization open to all undergraduate and graduate students in glass which provides additional experiences and opportunities. Students work as a team producing glass objects for sale. The work is exhibited and sold. A percentage of the proceeds goes to the students involved and the rest is utilized to fund visiting artists, educational activities, and provide specialized materials for students enrolled in glass. It is a student run organization.
Graduate Art Student Organization (GASO) is an interdisciplinary organization open to all graduate students, full or part-time, in the School of Art. Students invite visiting artists and organize trips of specific interest to graduate students.
Students who graduate with a Master of Fine Arts degree are qualified to teach at institutions of higher education such as universities and community colleges. Galleries and regional arts councils often require MFA degree for various positions. The program also prepares students to exhibit their work at galleries and museums.