The Department of Craft and Material Studies is housed in the new Fine Arts Building that includes private and semi-private graduate studios. These new facilities provide a safe and excellent physical environment in which to work. Students have access to well-equipped studios in each of the five media areas along with a computer lab and wood shop. The building also houses the facilities for sculpture, painting and printmaking, and kinetic imaging. Interaction among departments is encouraged.
In addition to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Craft and Material Studies, the department offers graduate course work leading to the Master of Fine Arts in Fine Arts degree in five disciplines: ceramics, fiber, furniture design, glassworking and jewelry/metalworking.
The M.F.A. is the terminal degree in the studio areas and is a requirement for most university teaching positions. Every effort is made to assist students in gaining valuable teaching experience while they are in the program. The department aids the students financially through a variety of scholarships and graduate assistantships. Opportunities exist for qualified students to teach courses during the academic year and in summer school.