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GRADUATE PROGRAMS

 

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College Vision

The College of Arts, Media, and Communication is inspired by the shared belief that art is communication, that communication is an art, and that art and communication are essential pillars for building and maintaining community.

Graduate Programs

ART
Overview | Application Procedures

Areas of Emphasis
Art Education | Art History | Studio Art | Visual Communication

CINEMA AND TELEVISION ARTS
Overview

COMMUNICATION STUDIES
Overview | Application Procedures

JOURNALISM
Overview | Application Procedures

MUSIC
Overview | Application Procedures

Areas of Emphasis
Performance | Conducting | Composition

THEATRE
Overview
| Application Procedures

ART GRADUATE PROGRAM - Visual Communication Emphasis (MA and MFA)

MFA Studio & Visual Communication General Student Learning Objectives (SLO):

  1. Students will be able to recognize art as a significant form of expression and communication that can be appreciated by studying the meaning of art and what it is to be an artist.
  2. Students will be able to experience and value visual thinking and creative problem solving in art, as well as recognize the concurrent importance of perception, experimentation, innovation and critical thinking.
  3. Students will be able to understand the history and traditions of art and their relevance to social and community concerns as well as the art of different cultures.

GRAPHIC DESIGN (MFA Only)
Graphic design is everywhere: from your cell phone’s packaging to the movie poster advertising the next blockbuster. Understanding that graphic design is a visual language that communicates ideas, students further explore historical and foundational characteristics of the subject’s essential ingredients, type and imagery, along with further personal development within the field. Classes are conducted in state-of-the-art computer labs using industry-standard software by professors with years of professional experience.

ILLUSTRATION
This form of commercial art can be seen everywhere: in books, magazines and films, on billboards, posters, house wares and packaging, on computers and televisions. At CSUN, you’ll study advanced illustration as both an art form and as a profession, learning about the history of illustration and its evolving styles and technologies. Emphasis is on problem solving and the development of personal expression and style.

PHOTOGRAPHY
The Photography concentration falls under both the Visual Communication (VC) and Studio options in the graduate program. While both options in Photography explore conceptual, technical, and theoretical applications, in VC Photography may have a technology-based, client-driven, commercial focus. In the Studio option, students are encouraged to develop a consistent studio practice and work toward exhibition. However, both options emphasize effective communication and in-depth exploration, and a fluid dialogue between both fine art and commercial applications is emphasized throughout the program. Graduate students may choose coursework and projects toward earning the graduate degree to fit theiar conceptual and professional pursuits.

VIDEO/DIGITAL
In this area of concentration, you'll refine your artistic vision while being challenged by new ideas and perspectives. Students in the Digital/Video MFA program are highly self-directed and work on their own experimental interactive and digital video art projects. Students without a background in digital/art technology typically take several undergraduate courses at Northridge to develop their skills before beginning their graduate studies.

 

MFA IN VISUAL COMMUNICATION
PROGRAM SNAPSHOT

Students accepted into the MFA Program are expected to take a minimum of six units each semester and to have completed all requirements for Classified Graduate Status.

The Sixty-Unit Program:

Areas of Concentration: 39 units (includes 3 units of Art 698)

A

1. All student programs must emphasize from one to three concentrations. A minimum of twelve units must be from a single specialization.

2. Additional MFA Studio Hours

3. MFA ThesisArt 698 MFA Thesis 3-6 units

B

Academic Studies in Art/Visual Communication: 9 units

C

Electives: 12 units
Electives are chosen from a related or outside field.

*These courses may be repeated an additional three times for credit towards degree.
**Only nine units of Art 691 A-Z may be taken for credit towards degree
***Only six units of 400-level classes and six units of 699C count toward the degree program.

MFA students in the Visual Communication option who wish to teach during the completion of their degree program at CSUN should consult steps one and two in Teaching Associate Roles and MA/MFA Eligibility for Teaching Associate Assignment. Please note: The number of undergraduate, lower division art courses graduate students may teach at CSUN shall not exceed four: one course per semester, beginning the student’s third semester.

 

A hypothetical, four-year program for the MFA student with a concentration in Graphic Design and Photography:

Year one: 18 units completed

Year two: 36 units completed

Year three: 54 units completed

Year four: 60 units completed

PLEASE NOTE: These guidelines are only that and are subject to change.
Please contact the Art Advisement office for the most up-to-date information.