ACADEMICS

  • Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Craft Certificate

    The Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Craft Certificate program at Worcester State University provides teachers—or pre-service graduate students who want to be teachers—with the unique opportunity to obtain in-depth, hands-on experience in the disciplines of ceramics and glass.

    Classes for this program are taught at the Worcester Center for Crafts, which has been providing artists like you with a first-rate craft education for more than 150 years. You’ll learn by doing in WCC’s fully equipped glass and ceramics studios.

    Under the expert guidance of WCC faculty, you’ll develop important techniques and acquire significant skills in a specific craft area, which you can add to your teaching portfolio. In addition to gaining valuable practical experience and advancing your career, you’ll earn graduate credits: 2 6-week WCC classes equal 3 WSU graduate credits.

    Graduates of our craft certificate program have found great success sharing their artistic expertise as educators across Central New England—and beyond.

    Although the Craft Certificate is a non-degree program, students must be admitted to Worcester State University. There is no federal/state financial aid available for the certificate program due to its non-degree status.

  • Admissions Requirements

    In addition to the WSU Graduate School's general admission requirements, the program is open to students who have an interest in fine craft and the desire to learn professional level skills in their chosen craft medium (glass, metals, clay, photography, or wood.) A bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required for admission. The following must be submitted for consideration:

    The Graduate School application packet:

    • An application, including application fee
    • An essay outlining career plans and goals in undertaking the program, and education and experience in crafts which may not be included on your transcript
    • Official transcripts of all college work
    • Two letters of recommendation

    In addition the applicant must:

    • Submit examples of work created in his/her chosen medium or related field. These may be submitted either in person or on a CD (jpeg format at 300 ppi)
    • Participate in a brief in person or telephone interview (15-30 minutes)
    Program of Study

    Courses for a Certificate in Craft (15 Credits)

    • AD 900 Design and Materials I* (3 credits)
    • AD 910 Design and Materials II* (3 credits)
    • 6 additional credits in Design and Materials
    • AD 920 Seminar in Craft (3 credits) or AD 930 New Directions in Crafts (3 credits)

    *Beginning Craft classes require a drawing prerequisite or co-requisite to be fulfilled by Worcester State University Course AR 140, Drawing I or by an accredited college level equivalent to such courses.
     
    Courses for an Advanced Certificate in Craft (29 Credits)

    • AD 940 Design and Materials III** (6 credits)
    • AD 950 Design and Materials IV** (6 credits)
    • 6 additional credits in Design and Materials
    • AD 920 Seminar in Craft (3 credits) or AD 930 New Directions in Crafts (3 credits)
    • Crafts Elective (3 credits)
    • AD 960 Professional Studies in Craft (2 credits)

    **Intermediate Craft classes require a 3D design prerequisite or co-requisite to be fulfilled by or AR 122 Visual Design-3 dimensions, or by an accredited college level equivalent to such courses.

  • CONTACT US

    Thomas O’Malley

    Program Co-Coordinator
    Worcester Center for Crafts
    Ceramics Studio
    25 Sagamore Road, Worcester
    508-753-8183, ext. 3014
    tomalley1@worcester.edu

    Gale Scott
    Program Co-Coordinator
    New Street Glass Studio
    Worcester Center for Crafts
    35B New St., Worcester
    508-757-1424
    gscott@worcester.edu