Thursday December 21, 2023 | by Jahlil Rush

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Fully-funded MFA degree program at Tulane University is open for Fall 2024 candidates

Graduate student applications for Tulane University’s MFA program in Glass are now being accepted for the Fall 2024 semester. The successful student accepted into the two-year program will be granted a full tuition waiver as well as an "assistantship stipend". The tuition waivers will cover the full cost of tuition for both years of the MFA program. Any additional stipend will be divided up into 20 bimonthly payments during both years.

The successful candidate admitted to Tulane's Newcomb Art Department Studio Art Graduate program will become a glass teaching assistant during their first year, and will have the opportunity to teach their own undergraduate course during the second year of the program. The program offers the chance to work in Tulane's Pace-Willson Glass Studio, an expansive facility built during the nearly five-decade tenure of the head of the program, Gene Koss, who will be retiring in May 2024. The Studio features two 300-pound tanks, as well as a 600-pound casting furnace, a fully outfitted cold shop, and many kilns of various sizes, including top-loaders and even a car kiln.

As part of the admission requirement, applicants must provide a portfolio, three letters of recommendation and academic transcripts, Resume submissions are optional. Art Portfolios must be in PDF format. The MFA program prioritizes ensuring students gain experience not only making but also exhibiting, and Koss has always emphasized real-world experience and hard work over how art might be taught in a traditional classroom setting. The curriculum is constructed on individual studio practice as well as engaging graduate students in diverse seminar options on art theory, pedagogy and practice-based research. 

The program also offers courses in the history of art. Visiting artists have also been an important part of the program, and since 2011 have included Hank AdamsGiles BettisonEoin BreadonJon ClarkJohn De WitDoreen GarnerMick MeilahnPhil VinsonJim VellaCarlos Zervigon, and Mark Zirpel.

As stated on the university’s website, the goal of the graduate program is to aid prospective students in developing their work to “its highest potential.” While pursuing their mission, they will also help students in providing them the necessary skill sets that will benefit them for teaching while also providing the abilities to run their own professional studios.

Over the course of its tenure, Tulane University has gained the reputation as being one of the first universities in the nation to incorporate hot glass into their fine arts programs in 1969. The Tulane University’s MFA in Glass Art application’s deadline is January 10, 2024.

For more information, or to apply, click here. 

More information on Applying to the Graduate Program here.

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