Sep 30, 2023
Master of Arts in Art
The Master of Arts in Art provides a balance of study and practice for those who wish a career in the visual arts, or who want to prepare for further graduate work in the field. The program offers the following areas of concentration: art history; ceramics; crafts (including wood, jewelry/metalsmithing); creative photography; drawing and painting (including printmaking); exhibition design; glass; graphic design; illustration; and sculpture.
The Art Department has a supplemental application process required for all prospective graduate students. See fullerton.edu/arts/art for further information.
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, 12 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.
Note: A reading knowledge of a foreign language is required before advancement to candidacy in the Art History program.
Conditionally Classified Standing
The same requirement as 1, above, plus:
- Studio program - Participation in comprehensive portfolio review with a recommendation by the committee of conditional acceptance.
- Art History program - Satisfactory review of research papers by art history faculty
- Enrollment is allowed in graduate-level courses with the exception of ART 500A , ART 500B ; ART 511 ; ART 512 ; ART 597 and ART 598
- Passing the comprehensive review will be required for classified standing
The study plan requires approval by the student’s graduate committee, 15 units must be 500-level courses. The plan must be completed with “C” (2.0) or better, a “B” (3.0) average, and “B” (3.0) or better in all courses in the area of concentration. The 30 units are distributed as follows:
Concentration (12 units)
500-and/or 400-level courses in an area of concentration (minimum of six units at 500-level)
Additional Coursework (3-6 units)
Courses in the area of concentration or approved electives
Every graduate student is required to demonstrate writing ability commensurate with the baccalaureate degree. Two graduate seminars are certified to fulfill this university requirement.
The Department of Art requires the studio candidate for the Master of Arts in Art to exhibit the project in one of the department’s graduate galleries. The art history candidate is required to submit a written thesis based on a specific topic of research.
For further information, consult the graduate program adviser and read the University Graduate Regulations section of this catalog.