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M.F.A. in Art - Visual Arts California State University Northridge




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Program Description

The 60-unit M.F.A. in Art option in Visual Arts emphasizes the experience and value of visual thinking and creative problem solving in art, as well as recognizing the concurrent importance of critical thinking, experimentation, innovation and perception. Graduate students must understand the history and traditions of art and their cultural, political and social relevance. They are encouraged to utilize and interact with the services, facilities and technologies offered throughout the University, as well as those provided by the Art department.

The program has areas of concentration in Ceramics, Communication Design, Drawing, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture and Video/Digital. Selection for admission into the M.F.A. program is conducted by the Visual Arts Graduate Committee. Applications and required materials for Fall matriculation are due the first Monday in February. Students are encouraged to contact the Visual Arts graduate coordinator as well as the faculty member(s) in their area(s) of concentration for more information.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will: Acquire academic and professional knowledge and skills in various art media, concepts and methodologies; Produce an academic and professional body of individual and collaborative work suitable for a master of fine arts degree, for the local, national and global marketplace; Solve visual problems at academic and professional levels, including understanding/application of the elements of art and principles of design; Utilize and apply critical-thinking skills to communicate ideas for their intended audience at an academic and professional level in visual, oral and written formats; Acquire historical and contemporary knowledge of diverse cultural and aesthetic contexts, including political, visual and material culture.

Course options

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Full Time (60 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$8,472.00 (6,29,177) per year

Tuition and fees: USD $4,236 for seven or more units per semester plus USD $396 per unit


28-Aug-21, 22-Jan-22


Mike Curb College of Arts Media and Communication

Nordhoff Hall/Cypress Hall Bridge,

18111 Nordhoff Street,



91330, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Students must meet all classified graduate status requirements in order to enter the program: A bachelor’s degree in Art from an accredited institution or a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 24 units of upper division Art, or the equivalency, as determined by the Visual Arts Graduate Committee; Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students who do not meet the undergraduate GPA of 3.0 must complete ART 611 or ART 615 with a minimum grade of “B.”; Completion of 18 advisor-approved units of upper division and/or graduate coursework in the proposed emphasized area of concentration; Completion of a minimum of 12 units of art history, 6 units of which must be upper division; Successful completion of a Qualifying Portfolio Evaluation approved by the Visual Arts Graduate Committee, with emphasis in the proposed area(s) of concentration, a Statement of Intent and a resume submitted with the portfolio; Pass a personal screening interview conducted by the Visual Arts Graduate Committee; Pass the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam.

IELTS Academic - International English Language Test System: 6.5

PTE Academic - Pearson’s Test of English: 58

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language: Internet Based score: 79; Paper-based score: 550

iTEP Academic - International Test of English Proficiency: 4.0

DET – Duolingo English Test: 105

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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