Admission To 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 courses comparable to those required of a major in art at this university. The Art Department determines which courses are comparable;
  2. Completion of a minimum of 20 quarter units of upper-division studio art;
  3. Completion of a minimum of 20 quarter units in art history; a minimum of eight should be upper-division units, and at least one course in Contemporary Art Criticism and Theory that is equivalent to Art 520;
  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 items:
    1. A portfolio displaying a comprehensive body of work with strong technical abilities and potential for a clear direction in graduate study. A portfolio consists of 12–20 images of the applicant's artworks in the form of jpegs or pdf on a CD. The portfolio needs to be accompanied by a typed list of artworks with the applicant's name, and title, medium, size and date for each artwork.
    2. A three- to four-page typed "Statement of Purpose" 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 applicant's knowledge of historical and contemporary art in relation to their work. This statement should be carefully crafted and will be used to evaluate the student's writing ability and critical thinking skills.
    3. Three letters of recommendation supporting the student's application. Letters should be from professionals and/or educators in the field able to assess the student's competence and to 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. Deficiencies must be made up as early in the program as possible, normally within the first 20 units after conditional admission.

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

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