Master of Arts in Art - Studio Art

Not offered in the 2018/19-2019/20 Academic Years

Requirements (45 units)

The Master of Arts - Studio Art is designed to provide opportunities for further study in one or more of the studio areas within the department. The objectives of the program are to foster the artistic growth and competence of the individual, to provide the preparation for a professional career in the visual arts, and to provide a basis for further graduate study in the field.

Admission to the Program

In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements for admission to classified graduate standing are:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of 45 quarter units of upper-division art comparable to those required of a major in art at this university;
  2. Completion of a minimum of 20 quarter units of upper-division work in the area of specialization for the Master of Arts degree program;
  3. Completion of a minimum of 20 quarter units in art history, a minimum of eight to be upper-division units;
  4. A grade-point average of 3.0 ("B") or better in all art courses taken;
  5. Completion of the graduate entrance writing requirement;
  6. Admission to the program will additionally be based upon evaluations by the Art Department graduate committee of the following:
    1. A portfolio review displaying a comprehensive body of work with strong technical abilities and potential for a clear direction in graduate study within the studio area. A portfolio consists of 12–20 images of the applicant's artworks in the form of jpegs on a CD. The portfolio needs to be accompanied by a typed list of artworks with the applicant's name, title, medium, size and date for each artwork;
    2. A "Statement of Purpose" one to two typed pages in length describing the conceptual and technical aspects of the artwork and the applicant's reason for seeking graduate studies in art. This statement should also demonstrate the applicant's knowledge of historical and contemporary art in relation to their work;
    3. Three letters of recommendation supporting the student's application. Letters should be from professionals and/or educators in the field of art who are able to assess the student's competence and make relevant comments on the student's likely success in a graduate art program.

Applicants who have satisfied the general requirements for admission, but who have deficiencies in prerequisite preparation which can be met by specified additional preparation, may be admitted to the program with conditionally classified standing. They will be advanced to classified standing when the Art Department graduate coordinator certifies that they have satisfied all appropriate requirements.

Applications to the M.A. in Art program are reviewed annually for Fall admission. The completed application deadline is March 15 for both the university and M.A. in Art Program. Contact the Art Department graduate coordinator to request a program application and further information.

Advancement to Candidacy

Candidacy denotes that the student is fully qualified to complete the final stages of the Master of Arts program in Art, and is thus eligible to enroll in ART 695D. To be formally advanced to candidacy, the student must have:

  1. Completed the graduate entrance writing requirement. Students are urged to complete this requirement as early in their program as possible, and prior to taking any art history course work in the department;
  2. Achieved classified status;
  3. Been accepted by an area advisor to supervise the course of study;
  4. Completed, with the approval of the Art Department graduate coordinator, at least 15 quarter units of applicable course work at this university, and achieved a minimum grade of "B" (3.0) in these courses;
  5. Successfully completed an advancement review conducted by the Department of Art graduate committee and graduate coordinator;
  6. Filed a program of graduate course work prepared in consultation with the student's area advisor and approved by the Art Department graduate coordinator.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. A minimum of 45 quarter units of approved graduate-level work, with at least 32 completed at this university;
  2. A grade of at least 3.0 ("B") in all courses taken to satisfy the Master of Arts degree requirements;
  3. Completion and exhibition of an acceptable project, and submission of a report and documentation of the project approved by the student's graduate committee and the Art Department graduate coordinator;
  4. The graduation writing requirement is met upon successful completion of the written report that accompanies the master's project in ART 695;
  5. Any general requirements not cited above and noted  in Graduate Degree and Program Requirements.

Deficiencies must be made up as early in the program as possible, normally within the first 20 units after conditional admission.

Degree Requirements (45 units)

ART 617Graduate Seminar in Critical Theory and Methodology4
ART 604Graduate Studio in Art (for a total of 15 units)15
ART 618Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Art Issues and Practices4
ART 620BGraduate Studio Critique (for a total of 6 units)6
ART 630Professional Practices in the Visual Arts4
ART 695DMasters Project in Studio Art4
Four units of upper-division art history courses chosen with prior approval of the student's area advisor and the art department graduate coordinator.4
Four units of electives and/or independent study appropriate to the student's goals. Courses may be chosen from upper-division and graduate offerings of any department in the university subject to prior approval by the student's area advisor and the Art Department graduate coordinator.4
Total Units45