Application Procedure & Forms

The Master of Arts in Critical and Historical 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 be considered as space allows.

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.

For your convenience, you can download a PDF of the Application Procedure.

Tuition & Costs

Annual Tuition: $22,000
Culminating Residency: $2,000
Total 2-Year Costs: $46,000

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Materials the Applicant Submits

  1. Online Application Form

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

  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

    Rick Dillingham (US, 1952-1994)

    9 (Sept) 79-13, 1979

    Glazed earthenware

    13 ¼ x 16 ¼ x 16 ¼ in.

    Author and artist Rick Dillingham (US, 1952-1994) drew inspiration from low-fired ceramics produced by indigenous tribes in what is now the state of New Mexico. Titled 9 (Sept) 79-13 (1979), this glazed earthenware piece is 13 ¼ x 16 ¼ x 16 ¼ inches.

    Download a high-resolution image of Object 1.

    Object 2

    Karen Karnes (US, 1925-2016)

    Winged Vessel, circa 1987

    Glazed stoneware

    9 x 29 x 17 in.

    Karen Karnes (US, 1925-2016) taught at Black Mountain College, a short-lived but highly influential art school originally located near Warren Wilson College. This piece, Winged Vessel (c. 1987), exemplifies the tensions between function and sculpture in ceramics since the mid-Twentieth Century. This piece is glazed stoneware (9 x 29 x 17 inches).

    Download a high-resolution image of Object 2.

    Special thanks to the Ceramic Research Center, Arizona State University for sharing images of works by Karen Karnes and Rick Dillingham.
  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 and Historical 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. We will then email your references the reference form to complete. References should be able to assess your qualifications for graduate study in critical and historical 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
  • 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 admissions office at (800) 934-3536 or admit@warren-wilson.edu.

All of Warren Wilson’s degrees are accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Council on Colleges.