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Crafts programs teach people about the methods and traditions of folk art.

In crafts programs, students learn:

In crafts programs, students also study:

Craft arts blend values of decoration and utility. While craft artists use techniques and skills of the fine arts, they place a greater emphasis on making things that are used every day. The craft arts include ceramics, glassware, baskets, jewelry, metalwork, furniture, and textiles.


A few independent art schools, colleges, and universities offer Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree programs in crafts. A BFA usually takes about four to five years of full-time study.

Several universities offer Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees in crafts. A MFA typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Many programs require you to submit separate application materials in addition to your general college application. Usually you have to complete preliminary art courses, write a personal statement, and demonstrate skill working with in a particular craft.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate degrees in crafts typically include:

Things to Know

Many craft artists learn their art by working as helpers for experienced artists.

In most programs, you focus on one or two crafts.

Independent art schools may focus more intensively on studio work and career preparation. Colleges and universities typically require certain general courses in addition to studio art requirements.

At many schools, you have to pay a fee in addition to regular course tuition. The fee covers the cost of art materials, such as metal, wood, and fabric.

Most people with an art degree in crafts become both professional artists and teachers. Many provide private instruction or teach at community colleges and local art centers, where classes are offered to the public.


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