Post-Baccalaureate Program Information

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Mission

At the University of Arkansas, we understand the post-baccalaureate student as someone moving through a transitional stage toward a pre-determined goal. For many this goal is admission into a top-tier graduate program, for others it may be the development of a body of work that launches a professional studio practice. The goals are varied, but whatever they may be, post-bac students at the University of Arkansas are given the time and resources to ensure their goals can be met.

 

Program

Our program can accommodate students for 1 or 2 years. Post-bacs work side by side with graduate students in our Graduate Ceramics Seminar courses. The topics of this course vary from semester to semester, but it always give students ample opportunity for critical feedback, theoretical development, and professional practice. Many also take advantage of opportunities to attend advanced undergraduate and technical ceramics courses, which are available to our post-bacs at no additional cost. Furthermore, there are ample opportunities each semester for one-on-one guidance from the ceramics faculty. A requirement of the program is to produce a portfolio at the end of each semester tailored to the goals you are pursuing. At the conclusion of the first academic year, students who wish to continue for a second year must demonstrate through their portfolio that sufficient progress has been made in the preceding semesters. Total cost for the program is about 700 dollars per semester. Images from current post-bacs can be seen here.

 

Studio Space

Our post-bacs currently occupy semi-private studios—two students per 225 square foot space—dividing and organizing their studio as they see fit. These spaces exist on the mezzanine level of the studio and are adjacent to graduate studios. There is easy access to kilns, mixers, raw materials, and all other studio equipment. Studio furniture and pottery wheels are provided for each post-bac (if needed).

 

Community

We expect our post-bac students to be studio leaders, demonstrating a high level of commitment to their own work and also to the betterment of the studio as a whole. Active membership in our ceramics club (the Association of Ceramic Enthusiasts) is an important part of the post-bac experience, helping to place each post-bac at the center of the ceramics community. ACE organizes multiple events each year to help raise funds for visiting artists, offset costs for students who wish to attend the annual NCECA conference, and to help contribute to studio improvements.

 

How to Apply

Application materials must be submitted by April 17th and applicants will be notified by email no later than May 15th. We welcome interested students to visit the department firsthand or to speak with faculty about their interest in the program before applying. For more information please email Mathew McConnell at msmcconn@uark.edu.

The following materials will be required for applying:

  • A short letter stating your interest in the program and the immediate goals you wish to pursue.
  • Ten images of your work.
  • One-page artist statement
  • Resume
  • Two names of professional references.

Applications will be accepted via Slideroom beginning on April 1st.