Art

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    Chelsea Alvarez

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    Michelle Lynn Jacobson

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    Rosario Lopez

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    Mei Wah Lois Morimoto

About

ABOUT

The Department of Art offers two graduate degrees, the Masters of Art and the Masters of Fine Art.

The graduate faculty consists of working artists which include members of the tenured faculty as well as visiting artists, writers, and critics from the Los Angeles international art community. Together, they form an experienced, supportive and diverse faculty.

Please review our website and FAQs listed below. For questions in addition to the information found below, please contact the Visual Arts MA and MFA Coordinator michelle.rozic@csun.edu

The semester before applications are submitted, applicants are encouraged to contact the art advisement office to schedule office hour appointments with both the Visual Arts MA and MFA Coordinator and the Area Coordinator/s for the area/s you wish to study. During the appointment, please bring your current digital portfolio. Prior to the appointment, please review all information under the Graduate tabs on the Department website and bring any questions you have.

Area Coordinators

FAQ
California State University, Northridge: Graduate Program in Studio: FAQs

What Degrees do you offer and what is the difference between them?
We offer two degrees in visual art the Masters of Art (M.A.) and the Masters of Fine Art (M.F.A.) The M.A. is 30 units, and can be completed in one or two years depending on course load. The M.F.A. is the terminal degree in the field. It is 60 units and can be completed in two or three years depending on course load. M.F.A. students are given an on campus studio and are considered to be in residence during their studies.

What are the admissions requirements for each degree?
Requirements for the M.A. can be found here:
http://www.csun.edu/mike-curb-arts-media-communication/art/master-arts-ma

Requirements for the M.F.A. can be found here:
http://www.csun.edu/mike-curb-arts-media-communication/art/master-fine-arts-mfa

What are your deadlines for the departmental portfolio review?
The MA portfolio review is held twice per year online through SlideRoom. The MFA review is held once per year in February and the application is submitted online through SlideRoom.

For MA entrance Spring 2018: Friday, September 8, 2017 Application Deadline  (Students must submit their application online to SlideRoom https://csunart.slideroom.com)

For MA entrance Fall 2018: Monday, February 5, 2018 Application Deadline (Students must submit their application online to SlideRoom https://csunart.slideroom.com)

For MFA entrance Fall 2018: Monday, February 5, 2018 Application Deadline (Students must submit their application online to SlideRoom https://csunart.slideroom.com)

Do I have to apply to the University as well?
YES. All students who apply to the Art Department must also apply, and be accepted by the University. University applications are due the same date as the Department application. The university application is online via Cal State Apply. https://www2.calstate.edu/apply

What score do I need for English Equivalency?
Please see this link for test score requirements:
http://www.csun.edu/prospectivestudents/admissions-requirements

What are the application requirements for International Students?
International students must apply through the international office. This is the link:
http://www.csun.edu/admissions-records/international

How much is tuition?
Please visit this page for details about cost of attendance:
http://www.csun.edu/financialaid/basics/cost.php

MFA PORTFOLIO

Where should I send my portfolio?
Portfolios are submitted online through SlideRoom.
https://csunart.slideroom.com

Who decides if I am accepted?
Acceptance is two part. You must be accepted by the University, and then your portfolio must be accepted by the Visual Arts Graduate Committee.

What should I include in my portfolio?
15-20 recent work samples (with corresponding information that details titles, media, and year completed); resume; two letters of recommendation and two referrals; statement of intention/philosophy regarding goals as an artist, and reasons for pursuing the MFA Program; and copies of complete Academic Records (transcripts), including institutions attended, overall Grade Point Average, and degree/s completed

Please contact Jackie Stemm at 818-677-2348 or at the Art Advisement office (AC100) if you have questions. Details for specific portfolio requirements are below.

What size should my JPEGs be?
Please see SlideRoom’s image formatting requirements
https://support.slideroom.com/customer/en/portal/topics/763788-applicant-step-by-step-guides/articles

What kind of work should be in my portfolio?
For Ceramics, Drawing, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Printmaking & Sculpture Applications please submit 15-20 JPEGS of current work that demonstrate a sustained exploration of your prospective area of interest. 

I make video work, what kind of portfolio should I send?
Submit three or more videos that demonstrate a sustained exploration of your prospective area of interest. Videos should be long enough to convey the intent of work. Often, they need not be longer than several minutes long, and can be shorter or longer, depending on the project. Not recommended: undergraduate projects, technical demos, trailers, computer animation. Note that the video area is separate from the Animation area, which does not have a graduate program. Also note that students interested in conventional cinema should contact the CTVA department.

Do you have a graduate program in animation?
No. Please do not send animation portfolios.

MA PORTFOLIO

Where should I send my portfolio?
Portfolios are submitted online through SlideRoom.
https://csunart.slideroom.com

Who decides if I am accepted?
Acceptance is two part. You must be accepted by the University, and then your portfolio must be accepted by the Visual Arts Graduate Committee.

What should I include in my portfolio?
8-10 recent work samples, with up to 4 additional related samples (with corresponding information that details titles, media, and year completed); and statement of intention/philosophy regarding goals as an artist and reasons for pursuing the MA Program

USEFUL LINKS:

Art Department Advisement Office:
http://www.csun.edu/mike-curb-arts-media-communication/art/advisement-office

University Catalog Page:
http://www.csun.edu/catalog/

Catalog Page for Graduate Studies:
http://www.csun.edu/catalog/research-and-graduate-studies/