Application Procedure & Forms

The Master of Arts in Critical Craft Studies accepts new students once per year for the semester starting in July.  Residencies are held twice per year, in July and January.

For priority consideration, submit all application materials by March 1 for the semester beginning in July. Applications received after March 1 are welcome, but they will only be considered as space allows. Applications will be reviewed after the March 1 deadline. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by March 12, 2021.

Applications are closed for the 2021 academic year.

Applications will open on October 1 for students interested in beginning the program in Summer 2022.

Admission is based primarily on the overall quality of the application submitted, including undergraduate academic performance, professional experience, strength of letters of reference, and passion. In addition, the Admissions Committee looks for promise exhibited in the critical and personal essays. In the latter, applicants should address their ability to participate productively and supportively in a learning community and to sustain commitment through extended independent work periods during the guided study away from campus.


Tuition & Costs

Annual Tuition: $22,500
Residency Room & Board: $2,080 / semester
Culminating Residency: $2,080
Total 2-Year Costs: $55,500

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Materials the Applicant Submits

  1. Online Application Form

    Most of your materials will be submitted via our online application portal.

  2. Object Response

    For this essay, you will choose one of two objects (shown on this page and linked below) for a maximum 500-word essay that you will upload to the application.

    This piece of writing helps us understand how you are thinking about craft and objects. The length was chosen to mirror exhibition reviews published online or in print today. The committee is interested in how you analyze the work; you can choose any approach from placing the work in a cultural context to materials and process, theoretical questions about form, identity, and history, etc. This is an opportunity to look closely, think specifically, and share how you connect a question with analysis. References should be noted through footnotes or an attached bibliography of essays, books, or other materials (for example, podcasts) that contributed to your thinking and writing.

    Choose one and at most two ideas to explore in your writing. Creative writing responses that reflect research are welcome.


    Object 1

    Tiff Massey

    Crossroads (Red), 2018

    Fiber and floater frame

    36h x 26w inches

    Download a high-resolution image of Object 1.


    Object 2

    Unknown maker

    Cotton Honiton lace collar

    c. early Nineteenth Century

    11 x 10 inches

    Collection of Deborah Valoma

    Originally belonged to Deborah’s great aunt Armorel Manavian Magarian, wife of great uncle Nushan Magarian who arrived from Ottoman Turkey to the United States as an Armenian refugee on the hip of his mother in 1897, the sole surviving child of Deborah’s great grandmother Elizabeth Ashodian Magarian. Inherited from her grandmother Sara Sohigian Magarian on her death in 1993, who had received the work from her beloved sister-in-law.

    Download a high-resolution image of Object 2.

  3. Personal Essay

    For this essay, you respond to the following prompt for a maximum 1000-word essay that you will upload to the application:

    How would the MA in Critical Craft Studies connect your interests, experiences, and studies with your future goals?

  4. Additional Materials

    We strongly encourage you to share up to three additional materials to support your application. These should show your work and interests, and can be from your current or past projects. Your samples can take a variety of forms, such as: a written text, essay, published writing; texts for a museum or exhibition, press release; artist statement with images or weblink; syllabi; sample lectures; videos; podcasts; or other forms that show how you create and communicate content. These materials help the admissions committee understand your thinking through projects that may or may not be directly connected to craft.

    You will submit these materials in PDF format in the application; weblinks may be shared in a list. You will be asked to provide a brief description including project name, date, and your role on the project.

  5. Two Letters of Reference

    In the application form, you will provide the contact information, including emails, of two references. The application system will then email your references the reference form to complete. References should be able to assess your qualifications for graduate study in critical craft studies. These can be from teachers/professors or professional associates.

  6. Official Transcripts

    Arrange for official, sealed transcripts of your undergraduate and/or graduate studies from the institutions where you earned degrees. Please have these sent directly to the Warren Wilson College admissions office from your previous school(s).

Summary of Materials

  • Application form
  • Object response
  • Personal essay
  • Additional materials (up to 3)
  • Letter of reference (2) required)
  • Official transcripts

Where to Send Official Transcript(s)

Official transcripts must be mailed to the following address:

Office of Admissions, Graduate Admissions
Warren Wilson College CPO 6375
PO Box 9000
Asheville, NC 28815-9000


We welcome the opportunity to speak with applicants and invite you to call or write us with any questions you may have. Please contact the Graduate Admissions Counselor, Nathan Wyrick, at (828) 771-5824 or

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