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Master of Arts in Art - Visual Arts California State University Northridge




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Program Description

The 30-unit M.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.A. program is conducted by the Visual Arts Graduate Committee. Applications and required materials for Spring matriculation are due the first Friday in September, while those for Fall matriculation are due the first Monday in February.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will: Acquire advanced knowledge and skills in various art media, concepts and methodologies; Produce an advanced body of individual and collaborative work suitable for a master of arts degree, for the local, national and global marketplace; Solve visual problems at an advanced level, 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 advanced level in visual, oral and written formats; Acquire historical and contemporary knowledge of diverse cultural and aesthetic contexts, including political, visual and material culture.

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Full Time (30 units)

Tuition fees

USD $4,203 for seven or more units per semester plus USD $396 per unit for International student; given tuition fee may be subject to change in future


21 Jan, 22 Aug


Mike Curb College of Arts Media and Communication

Nordhoff Hall/Cypress Hall Bridge,

18111 Nordhoff Street,



91330, United States

Entry requirement for international students

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, with 12 of those units in one area of concentration, or the equivalency as determined by the appropriate department graduate committee.

An 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.”

IELTS Academic - International English Language Test System: 6.5 or higher

PTE Academic - Pearson’s Test of English: 58 or higher

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

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

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