May 29, 2023
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Master of Fine Arts in Art
The Master of Fine Arts in Art features a rigorous studio program for the serious, responsible and talented student. The curriculum and faculty challenge students to focus on the goal of becoming professional artists.
The M.F.A. program provides in-depth study within an approved study plan in the following areas of concentration: ceramics, crafts (including jewelry, woodworking and metalsmithing), creative photography, drawing and painting (including printmaking), exhibition design, glass, graphic design, illustration and sculpture.
Students must meet the CSU requirements for admission to a master’s degree program. Please consult the Graduate Admissions section in this catalog for complete information. In addition, applicants must meet the following:
- Baccalaureate degree in art with the same concentration as the graduate degree objective from an accredited institution, or 24 upper-division units in art, 18 of which must be in the concentration completed with a “B” (3.0) or better in all courses. Applicants are advised that most upper-division courses require lower-division prerequisites;
- pass the semianual comprehensive portfolio review. The comprehensive portfolio review is an evaluation of the candidate by a committee comprising faculty teaching in the area of concentration. The committee reviews the student’s creative work, statement of purpose, academic and other relevant qualifications. Procedures, dates and appointment times are available through the Art Department Graduate Office. If the student’s portfolio is not adequate, the applicant may still be recommended for conditionally classified standing by the faculty comprehensive review committee. However, the comprehensive portfolio review must be repeated;
- form a graduate committee; and
- develop an approved study plan.
Conditionally classified standing
Conditionally classified students may enroll in graduate courses with the exception of ART 500A , ART 500B ; ART 511 , ART 512 , ART 597 ; and ART 598 . The comprehensive portfolio review must be repeated and passed to be recommended for classification.
The Art Department also has a supplemental application process. See fullerton.edu/arts/art for further information.
The study plan must be completed with a “C” (2.0) or better in a courses, an overall “B” (3.0) average or better and “B” (3.0) or better in the concentration. Every graduate student is required to demonstrate writing ability commensurate with the baccalaureate. Two graduate seminars are certified to fulfill this university requirement. The 60-unit study plan is distributed as follows:
Areas (60 units total)
- Theory, Criticism: ART 500A , ART 500B (6)
- Art History (9)
- Studio Area of Concentration (24)
- Studio Electives in Art (12)
- Independent Study - Research (3)
- Studio Project (6)
Master of Fine Arts Project
The M.F.A. project exhibition constitutes a professional one-person art exhibit. It is installed in one of the department’s graduate galleries and announced for public view by the student as the final phase of the M.F.A. program requirements.
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