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Graduate Programs in Dimensional Practice

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The Dimensional Practice Area is an adventurous arena of four studio disciplines - Ceramics, 3D Design, Jewelry & Metal Arts and Sculpture - built with vigorous conceptual thinking, integrating the parameters of sustainability, commitment to material exploration, and the fabrication of objects/installation with new technologies and traditional processes. Learning in Dimensional Practice courses results in an individualized practice that is shaped around sustained curiosity, technical proficiency and creative dexterity to craft unique concepts. Our Studio Laboratories, some of the finest facilities nationally, are updated annually with leading edge production equipment to provide students in Dimensional Practice vital learning experiences. The six Area faculty and five studio lab specialists are committed to students’ professional futures, creating opportunities to experiment with advanced studio equipment, promoting lively exchanges with national and international artists in workshops, focusing on national and international exhibition/publication of creative work, and the participation in discipline-specific professional organizations.


student applying glaze to a piece of pottery"It is the mission of Ceramics at Iowa to be inclusive to all people, ways of making, material and firing choices, and disciplinary strategies. Our facilities enable any conceivable manifestation of ideas rooted in clay, and we actively seek a diverse community of makers excited to engage with each other in this interpretive environment. Our identity is one of diversity, contemporary critical discourse, and rigorous conceptual investigation.”

Grad Archive, Ceramics

Faculty: Andrew Casto, Josh Van Stippen

3D Design

Installation at the Sofa Competition3D Design Faculty will encourage you to experiment, using a wide range of materials and approaches, integrating theory and conceptual thinking with hands-on making. The program values conceptual dexterity, sophisticated design, craftsmanship, the aesthetic quality of studio work and the meaning of social value.  Intermediate and advanced courses involve intensive inquiry in furniture, hand built bicycles, objects, fabrication, modeling and materials. The problems-based curriculum enables you to both investigate the critical questions facing designers and makers today, and develop the sophisticated skills required by changing technologies and new materials. Our studio labs, some of the finest in North America, include Computer Modeling, Virtual Reality (VR) and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment including router, plasma-cutter, water jet, laser-cutter, thermoforming and Rapid Prototyping (RP).

The "Iowa Idea" permeates the study of  3D design, wherein studio art, art history, and more broadly science and the humanities, are woven.

Grad Archive, 3D Design

Faculty: Monica Correia, Vakhtangi "Vako" Darjania, Hannah GivlerSteve McGuire

Jewelry & Metal Arts

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Our MFA program is 3 years with students obtaining the degree of MA at the end of their second year, continuing on to the MFA by invitation.

Currently available graduate assistantships grant a TA position. Graduate TAs teach one of our beginning level jewelry & metals classes and receive a full tuition scholarship and yearly stipend. The graduate studio houses 8 personal work areas complete with a jeweler’s bench with a flex shaft, desk workstation with a LED magnifier light and lockable storage, personal lockable tool cart, gold vault point of source ventilation systems, and ample additional storage spaces. There are two soldering stations with ventilation as well as a tool cart with graduate studio specific communal tools.

MFA students are challenged to refine a variety of traditional, contemporary, and innovative metalworking techniques to produce high-quality professional portfolios. We encourage collaboration and interdepartmental exploration, allowing students to find their voice in our field. Outstanding works of the graduates have been acquired by major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Craft Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design-Cooper-Hewitt Museum.

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Grad Archive, Jewelry/Metals

Faculty: Kee-ho Yuen


The Sculpture discipline, along with Metals, 3D Design, and Ceramics, is an integral part of the Dimensional Practice Area in the School of Art & Art History. A newly formed area, Dimensional Practice (DP) encourages students to develop an interdisciplinary art practice that is conceptually and technically rich. In sculpture, students are exposed to a broad spectrum of possibilities corresponding to the fluidity and malleability of the media. They are encouraged to investigate and develop an upward learning path that relies on conceptual thinking and visual information, along with hands-on knowledge of techniques, materials, and new technologies. Installation, site–specific, objects, kinetics, video, performance, robotics, bronze and aluminum casting, metal fabrication, or wood all embody an interdisciplinary exploration in search of original content. At each stage of the program, faculty will guide and challenge students to think independently and critically and grow as an artist.

Grad Archive, Sculpture

Faculty: Isabel Barbuzza, Daniel Miller

Visiting Speakers in Dimensional Practice