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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.

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ART
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Art Education | Art History | Studio Art | Visual Communication

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WELCOME TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ART MASTERS PROGRAMS

To create one's own world in any of the arts takes courage.
--Georgia O'Keeffe

The Department of Art offers a graduate experience of excellence, full of challenge and relevance in a constantly changing field. The graduate faculty are often 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.


OVERVIEW / DEGREES OFFERED

MASTER OF ARTS (MA)

The MA in Art is an advanced degree for specialization in art education, art history, studio art, and visual communication, requiring a minimum of 30 units. Students accepted into the program are expected to be registered full time, taking a minimum of 9 units per semester. The areas of specialization are as follows:

 

MASTER OF FINE ARTS (MFA)

The MFA in Art is the highest attainable degree in studio art or visual communication requiring a minimum of 60 units. Students accepted into the program are expected to be registered full time, taking a minimum of 12 units each semester, and have completed all requirements for Classified Graduate Status before entering the MFA program. The areas of specialization are as follows:

 

For more detailed information visit the AREAS OF EMPHASIS section. It is strongly recommended that, prior to enrolling, applicants visit the campus and speak with graduate faculty and students involved in the program, in addition to the Graduate Coordinator for information.

 

REQUIREMENTS

Purchase a catalog from the University Bookstore for a list of requirements for the MA & MFA Programs in Art. Catalogs may be ordered by calling the University Bookstore at (818) 677-2932. This catalog will be the contract under which the student will complete all degree requirements. It is the student's responsibility to read this information as it constitutes a contract between the student and Cal State Northridge.

For more detailed requirements regarding your concentration, efer to the AREAS OF EMPHASIS section.


MASTER OF FINE ARTS (MFA PROGRAM) REQUIREMENTS

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art offered by the Department of Art is the highest attainable degree in studio art, requiring a minimum of sixty units. Students accepted into the Program are expected to be registered full time, taking a minimum of twelve units each semester, and have completed all requirements for Classified Graduate Status before entering the MFA program. Because of the diversity of our program, it is strongly recommended that applicants visit the campus and speak with Graduate Faculty Advisors and students involved in the program, in addition to the Graduate Coordinator for information.

UNIVERSITY AND DEPARTMENT REQUIREMENTS NEEDED TO QUALIFY FOR CLASSIFIED GRADUATE STATUS

  1. Pass the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Examination (UDWPE).
  2. A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of 24 units, or the equivalent, of upper division art as determined by the MFA Evaluation Committee.
  3. Completion of 18 advisor-approved units of upper division and/or graduate level work in the proposed specialization.
  4. Completion of a minimum of 12 units of Art History, six units of which must be in upper division.
  5. Successful completion of a Qualifying Portfolio Evaluation by the MFA Evaluation Committee, with an emphasis in the proposed specializations. A Statement of Intent and a resume are to be submitted with the portfolio. Finalists must pass a personal screening interview conducted by the MFA Evaluation Committee.*
  6. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in upper division art. Students who do not meet this 3.0 GPA requirement as an undergraduate may count units taken as a post-baccalaureate student to meet the GPA requirements. Course work taken as a graduate to meet the GPA requirement may not be applied toward the MFA Program. (12 units maximum, subject to the approval of the graduate advisor.)
  7. Students whose undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0 must complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Department of Art's in- lieu requirements:
    a: Three letters of recommendation from former professors or other persons adjudged by the department to be competent to evaluate the student's potential for graduate level performance;
    b:A written philosophical Statement of Intent (1 to 2 pages);
    c: Completion of Art 611 or Art 615 with a minimum grade of "B".
  8. The MFA Portfolio Evaluation takes place annually during each Spring semester. Please refer to the dates above for the next scheduled evaluation.

CLASSIFIED STUDENT REQUIREMENTS

  1. Select a graduate advisor and thesis committee consisting of:
    a: A thesis Committee Chair, chosen from the full-time faculty within the student's area of specialization. (Usually the faculty with whom the student has worked, or will work with the most.)
    b: The second member of the Thesis Committee must be a full-time faculty member in the Department.
    c: The third member may be any full-time or part-time faculty member within the University, or a professional in the student's area of concentration from outside the University, who has been approved by the student's Thesis Chair. A resume is required for outside members.
  2. Approval of the Formal Plan of Study by the student's graduate advisor, the Graduate Coordinator, the Department Chair, and the Office of Graduate Studies.
  3. The Thesis/Graduate Project Planning Form should be filled out with the student's entire Thesis Committee when the committee is formed, signed, and submitted to the Art Advisement Office.
  4. The student is required to arrange one meeting per semester with all members of their Thesis Committee to demonstrate satisfactory progress toward advancement to candidacy.

MFA ADVANCEMENT TO CANDIDACY

Advancement to candidacy occurs when the required preparatory course work is completed, and the student is prepared to advance to the final Thesis/Artistic Performance phase of the degree requirements. Advancement must be approved by student's Thesis Committee.

MFA TRANSFER AND RESIDENCY POLICIES

Credit for work performed in extension or at another institution is subject to the following limitations:

  1. No more than 30 graduate units of transfer work is allowed toward the Program. Two official copies of transcripts are to be submitted to Admissions & Records with CSUN application.
  2. Only courses in which the student receives a minimum grade of "B" may be transferred.
  3. Transfer courses may not have been taken more than seven years prior to receiving the degree.
  4. MFA candidates must complete a minimum of 18 graduate units in residency in their designated specialization(s).
  5. Transferred work is subject to approval of the student's Thesis Committee.

Studio Specializations

Total units required for Studio Specialization(s) - 39 units
(including 3 units of Art 698 MFA Thesis/Artistic Performance)

All student Programs must emphasize from one to three specialization(s), two to three are recommended. The student's graduate advisor must be from one of the selected specializations. All units taken for the Program, must be approved by the student's graduate advisor. A minimum of 12 units must be from a single specialization. Select one to three areas from the following:

Painting
Art 521 Studio Problems: Painting (3-3-3-3)
Art 621 Advanced Studio Problems: Painting (3-3-3-3)

Drawing
Art 524 Studio Problems: Drawing (3-3-3-3)
Art 624 Advanced Studio Problems: Drawing (3-3-3-3)

Printmaking
Art 525 Studio Problems: Printmaking (3-3-3-3)
Art 625 Advanced Studio Problems: Printmaking (3-3-3-3)

Sculpture
Art 535 Studio Problems: Sculpture (3-3-3-3)
Art 635 Advanced Studio Problems: Sculpture (3-3-3-3)

Ceramics
Art 560 Studio Problems: Ceramics (3-3-3-3)
Art 660 Advanced Studio Problems: Ceramics (3-3-3-3)

Video/Film Art
Art 520 Studio Problems: Video/Film Art (3-3-3-3)
Art 620 Advanced Studio Problems: Video/Film Art (3-3-3-3)

MFA Studio
Art 690A-Z MFA Studio* (3-3-3-3)
* Art 690 MFA Studio is not a separate specialization. It allows continuous coursework for classified MFA students in their specialization(s).

MFA Thesis/Artistic Performance
Art 698 MFA Thesis/Artistic Performance (3)

Academic Studies in Art
Total units required in Academic Studies - 9 units
Art 611 History and Philosophy of Art (3)
Art 615 Art Analysis and Criticism (3)
Art 691A-Z MFA Seminar** (3)
** (MFA Seminar may be taken for up to 12 units, however, 3 units are required. 9 units of MFA Seminar may be placed in the elective section.)

Electives
Total units required in Electives - 12 units
Electives are chosen from a related or outside field and are to be selected in consultation with the student's graduate advisor. Select from the following:

Art 691A-Z MFA Seminar** see above (3-3-3)
Art 696A-C Graduate Directed Research (1 to 3)
Art 400-699 Elective Courses in Art (3-3)

TOTAL MINIMUM UNIT REQUIREMENT - 60 UNITS

 

MASTER OF ARTS (MA PROGRAM) REQUIREMENTS

UNIVERSITY ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The student must first apply to the Office of Admissions and Records for admission to the University. This must be completed before the departmental process can begin. Graduate student requirements for admission to the University are:

  1. Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Good academic standing at the last institution attended.
  3. Undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 or better in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units.

APPLICATION TO THE GRADUATE PROGRAM IN ART

Having met the University requirements for admission, the student's application is forwarded to the Art Department where it is evaluated by the Graduate Coordinator in the student's area of concentration, any deficiencies are noted, and the status of the student is determined. Portfolio reviews for the Art Education and the Studio concentrations are given in mid-December and mid-May. Qualifying exams for the Art History concentration are given in mid-August and mid-January. Students should see the Graduate Coordinator in their area of concentration for specific dates.

TRANSFER GRADUATE WORK

Credit for work performed in extension or at another institution is subject to the following limitations:

  1. No more than 9 units of transfer or extension work may appear in the program.
  2. Transfer of work is subject to approval of the appropriate Graduate Coordinator in the Art Department and the Associate Vice President of Graduate Studies, Research, and International Programs. An official transcript must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies for approval of the specific course work.
  3. Only grade "B" or better work may be transferred.
  4. Work unacceptable for graduate credit in the school where it was taken is not acceptable for graduate credit at Cal State Northridge.
  5. Transfer courses may not have been taken more than seven years prior to completing the degree.

GRADUATE LEVEL CREDIT FOR WORK PERFORMED PRIOR TO EARNING THE BACCALAUREATE DEGREE

A maximum of 9 units of credit earned during a student's final undergraduate semester at Cal State Northridge may be applied toward a Master's degree, subject to departmental approval. Petitions for such credit are filed in the Office of Admissions and Records. Courses are acceptable for this purpose if:

  1. They are not used to satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor's degree.
  2. The student's overall grade point average is at least 2, 5, and 3.0 in the major.
  3. A petition is approved by the Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies, Research and International Programs.

In every case, acceptance of a course on a student's formal Master's program is at the discretion of the appropriate Graduate Advisor.

DEFINITIONS OF GRADUATE CLASSIFICATIONS

  1. Post Baccalaureate Unclassified Status (PBU) - This applicant meets basic University requirements to be eligible for possible future admission into a particular Department Master's Degree Program.
  2. Conditionally Classified Status - This applicant does not meet all Department requirements, but may be accepted by the Department as Conditionally Classified until those requirements are met. Applicants with conditionally classified status must pass an Art Department entrance evaluation appropriate to their area of study before Classified status can be assigned, i.e., portfolio review or qualifying examinations. NOTE: Up to 12 units of classes at the 400, 500, and 600 level may be earned while an unclassified or conditionally classified student. These courses must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator and taken under post-Graduate standing to earn credit toward the M.A. degree.
  3. Classified Status - This applicant has met all University and Department requirements to be formally admitted to the Masters Degree program.

REQUIREMENTS FOR CLASSIFIED STATUS

  1. Degree
    a: Bachelor's degree with a major in art (or other Bachelor's degree demonstrating the equivalencies of a major in art as determined by the Graduate Coordinator and the Review Committee.
    b: 12 units or the equivalent of upper division work in the area of concentration.
  2. Grade Point Average
    a: 3.0 grade point average for all work taken as a conditionally classified graduate student and in any courses required by the department for admission to the Program.
    b: If undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, the student must take the Graduate Record Exam and score above the 50th percentile on one of the three portions of the aptitude test, i.e., verbal, quantitative, or analytic, or must meet the Department's in lieu requirements which are to:
    i. submit three letters of recommendation from former professors or other persons graduate-level performance;
    ii. complete one of the two required Core Art History graduate seminars Art 611 or Art 615 with a grade of "B" or better;
    iii.write a brief statement describing their work and reasons for pursuing an M.A. in Art.
  3. Advisement - It is recommended that all PBU and conditionally classified students make an appointment with the following:
    a: the appropriate Graduate Coordinator for initial advisement, and
    b: a graduate advisor in their area of specialization.
  4. Applicant Evaluation
    The entrance evaluation in any area of study is the principal means be which the Department of Art is able to determine the appropriate abilities of a potential Master's degree candidate. The applicant should make sure that their files show evidence that all University and Departmental requirements have been met before the evaluation. The decision of the Committee will be in writing. Questions concerning the decision can be directed to the Graduate Coordinator and/or the graduate advisor in the student's primary discipline, by appointment at (818) 677-2348.
  5. After the Evaluation
    a: If all University and Department requirements are met, the department will notify the Graduate Studies Office, the student will be admitted at the Classified graduate standing, and b: If the requirements are not met, the student will have Conditionally Classified graduate standing. Up to 12 units of classes at the 400 and 500 level may be earned while an Unclassified or Conditionally Classified student. These classes must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator and taken under post graduate standing to earn credit toward the M.A. degree. These units will be applied towards the 30 required for the degree when the student obtains classified standing through the completion of the requirements. However, no more than 6 of these units can be in the student's area of concentration. It might be advisable in some instances for the incoming Unclassified or Conditionally Classified student to take one or two 400 and 500 level courses in their area of concentration if they or the Evaluation Committee feel it would benefit them, even though some of those units might not be eligible for graduate credit.
  6. Upper Division Writing Exam - All students must pass the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Examination. This must be done before the completion of 12 units of graduate study. If the student has passed this exam at another CSU campus the results may be accepted.
  7. All graduate and postbaccalaureate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English, must demonstrate competence in English. Those who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and must complete the Test of Written English (TWE). Applicants who satisfy other admissions requirements but score below 4.5 on the TWE will be required to enroll in English 090 during their first semester in residence.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND CHRONOLOGICAL PROCEDURES FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN ART

Coursework - A minimum of 30 units of approved graduate work is required for the degree:

Required core - 6 units

All courses in the area of concentration must be 500 and/or 600 level Courses in a related or outside field - 9 units

These are courses selected with the approval of the student's thesis chair from 400, 500, and 600 level courses in art or related fields.

Note: no more than 6 units of Independent Study may be applied to the formal Graduate program.

Thesis or Artistic Performance - 3 units minimum

Thesis or Artistic Performance must be approved by the student's Thesis committee prior to registration. Students must be registered in the semester in which they expect to submit completed work. In the case of summer submissions, students must be enrolled in at least one unit in a summer session.

IMPORTANT: The Thesis/Artistic Performance must be evaluated/approved by the student's thesis committee and graded by the chair of the committee. The student will not automatically be awarded a degree until all requirements are met. Chronological Program Procedures - After passing the entrance evaluation, the graduate student is responsible for selecting their major advisor and thesis committee, completing their program form, meeting the above Master of Art requirements, including deadlines, attending reviews, scheduling conferences, etc..

It is highly recommended students initiate contact with those professors who teach at the 600 level in their area of concentration. Students should choose a faculty member in their area of

The Program form for the Master of Arts Degree in Art must be completed with the major advisor, signed and submitted to the Art Advisement Office for processing.

A Thesis Committee must be formed by the student as soon as achieving classified status. This committee consists of:
  1. A Thesis Committee Chair, chosen from the full-time faculty within the student's area of concentration. (Usually the faculty with whom the student has worked, or will work with the most.)
  2. The second member of the Thesis Committee must be a full-time faculty member in the Art Department.
  3. The third member, may be any full-time faculty member within the University, or a professional in the student's area of concentration from outside the University that has been approved by the student's Thesis Chair.
  4. :The Thesis/Graduate Project Planning Form should be filled out with the student's entire Thesis Committee when the committee is formed, signed, and submitted to the Art Advisement Office.
  5. The student is responsible to arrange one meeting per semester with all members of their Thesis Committee to review work in progress.
  6. Application to graduation is required one semester prior to the anticipated graduation. Students should obtain an application for graduation in the Office of Graduate Studies and submit it with a diploma fee to the Cash Management Office. The deadlines for filing for graduation are found in the academic calendar of each semester.
  7. The Thesis or Artistic Performance must be prepared according to the Guidelines for the Preparation of Thesis and Graduate Project, available in the Graduate Studies Office. Students should submit rough drafts to all members of their committee before final preparation. All input from Thesis Committee members should be coordinated through the Committee Chair who will discuss any changes with the student. When the final copy is approved, it will be signed by the student's Thesis Committee. Close attention to all University deadlines must be adhered to be the student. If the student is unable to complete the Art 698 Thesis/Artistic Performance during the assigned semester, the Thesis Committee Chair may assign the grade of "SP" (satisfactory progress). This will be changed to a grade upon completion of all Thesis requirements. The student must be enrolled in at least one unit during the semester in which the Art 698 is completed (including Summer Session). Students who have received an "SP" grade in the Art 698, have met all program requirements, and plan to complete their Art 698 during the next semester should meet with the Graduate Coordinator and fill out a Special Master's Candidate Registration Form available in the Graduate Studies Office or from the Art Advisement Office. This will enable the student to be enrolled without taking any additional courses, for a nominal registration fee, during the completion of the Art 698 course.

CHANGE OF AREA OF CONCENTRATION

Students wishing to change their area of concentration within the Art Department must be revealed by the appropriate discipline area. If the student has completed the Program Planning Form before changing the area of concentration, a new form must be submitted. This action will normally require a change of the student's Thesis Committee Chair.

PROBATION AND DISQUALIFICATION

Students enrolled in a degree program will be placed on academic probation whenever their grade point average falls below 3.0 in all areas attempted since admission to the program. To be removed from probation, students must earn sufficient grade points to raise their overall grade point average to 3.0 or above during the next semester of attendance. If, while on probation, the student fails to return at least a 3.0 grade point average overall in any single semester, the student will be disqualified from the University. Disqualified students may not enroll in any regular academic session without prior permission from the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research and may be denied admission to any other education programs operated or sponsored by the University.

ACADEMIC LEAVE

A graduate student in good standing may take a two semester leave of absence. Though no formal approval is required, it is suggested that the student contact their major department and the Graduate Studies Office for advisement.

OVERSEAS STUDY

An overseas study program is offered by the CSU International Programs (IP), in which students are concurrently enrolled at their home campus, where they earn academic credit and maintain campus residency, while attending an approved institution of higher education abroad. For further information refer to the Overseas Study section of the University Catalog, or contact the International Programs office at (818) 677-3053.