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graduate studies in art
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.
master of arts (MA)
The MA Guidlines are listed in the University Catalog. You can also download the MA Guidlines Document. MA Applications must be received in the department by April 19th, 2013. Reviews will be April 26, 2013. Please contact the Art Graduate Office @ 818-677-2348 if you need more assistance.
The MA in Art is an advanced degree for specialization in art education, art history and visual art, 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:
with concentration in:
• Graphic Design
• Public Art
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:
a. Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university.
b. Good academic standing at the last institution attended.
c. 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
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:
FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE MA REQUIREMENTS DOWNLOAD THE MA GUIDELINES DOCUMENT
master of fine arts (MFA)
Total Units Required: 60 Units
Selection for admission into the MFA program is conducted by the Visual Arts Graduate Committee. The deadline date for the submission of all materials in Monday, February 7, 2013. You submit these required materials for the Portfolio Evaluation for possible admission to the Fall 2013 Visual Arts MFA Program:: CD of Images (with an Images List); resume; two letters of recommendation and two referrals; statement of intention/philosophy regarding goals as an artist, and reasons for pursuing the MFA Program; copies of complete Academic Records (transcripts), including institutions attended, overall Grade Point Average, and degree/s completed, and a self-addressed stamped envelope large enough for the return of your materials.
The mailing address is:
MFA Portfolio Evaluation Committee Art Department,
Mail Drop 8300
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street Northridge, CA 91330
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art is offered in the following areas of concentration:
Visual Arts Option with areas of concentration in:
Requirements for Classified Graduate Status
Students must meet all Classified Graduate Status requirements in order to enter the program.
1. 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.
2. Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0. Students who do not meet the undergraduate GPA of 3.0 must do the following:
a. Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a departmentally accepted score.
b. Students who do not meet the undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and do not take the GRE must fulfill the following in-lieu requirements:
i. Submit 3 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;
ii. Submit a written philosophical statement of intention (1 to 2 pages);
iii. Complete Art 611 or 615 with a minimum grade of B;
iv. Pass a personal screening interview conducted by the Visual Arts Graduate Committee [or designee(s)].
3. Completion of 18 advisor approved units of upper division and/or graduate course work in the proposed emphasized area of concentration.
4. Completion of a minimum of 12 units of Art History, 6 units of which must be upper division.
5. With the approval of the Visual Arts Graduate Committee, up to 30 units of previously completed graduate course work with a grade of B or better may be allowed towards the MFA degree (thesis grade excluded).
6. 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 will be submitted with the portfolio.
7. Pass the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam.
FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE MFA REQUIREMENTS VIEW THE UNIVERSITY CATALOG OR CALL 818-677-2348
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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.
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.
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.
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