Art and Design at Alfred
For true artists, there's nothing more empowering than being given the space to thrive. At Alfred, you'll create without constraints on a daily basis in a supportive, multi-disciplinary environment that encourages creativity and research. When our students aren't exploring our on-campus museums and galleries, they're illustrating, painting, sculpting, or producing work that is wholly original and intrinsically beautiful.
School of Art and Design
The School of Art and Design’s MFA programs are ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top eleven programs overall, with individual programs: Ceramics (#1), Glass (#2), and Sculpture (#15). We offer the BFA degree, the BS degree in art history, the MFA degree in Ceramic Art, MFA degree in Sculpture/Dimensional Studies, MFA degree in Painting and the MFA degree in Electronic Integrated Art. Alfred University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
NYS College of Ceramics
The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University has been a unique public/private partnership in higher education for more than 100 years. Since its inception in 1900, the College of Ceramics has attracted renowned artists and scientists as faculty in ceramics, glass, and other materials, while producing world-class alumni in engineering and groundbreaking artists across all media.
Alfred is ranked in the top by Niche 2023 Best Colleges in categories such as "Colleges with the Best Academics in America" and "Best Colleges for Art in America."
In its 2022 College Guide and Rankings report, Washington Monthly ranks Alfred University among top colleges and universities, earning national recognition.
AU scored on par with or better than NYU, SUNY ESF, NC State, Buffalo State, Auburn, Loyola, and Saint John Fisher in the Brookings Institution's "value added" assessment of about 4,000 schools nationwide.
Rated in "Top Regional Universities in the North," "Top Performers on Social Mobility" and "Best Value Schools" by U.S. News & World Report 2024
Princeton Review includes Alfred University in their listings of the top schools in the country in 2023
In addition to our other top-ranking concentrations, our Ceramic Art program is ranked #1 in the country.
Through our 4+1 MBA program, you can earn your undergraduate degree AND your Master's in Business Administration in just five years.
You will have access to over 126,000 square feet of studio and classroom space including kiln rooms, photography studios, glaze studios, and more.
The 100+ year old New York State College of Ceramics was born through an act of legislation that poised the college as the leader in ceramic art and engineering then and now.