Visual Arts Graduate Program

mater of arts

Master of Arts (M.A.)


  1. Students will acquire advanced knowledge and skills in various art media, concepts and methodologies.

  2. Students will produce an advanced body of individual and collaborative work suitable for a master of arts degree, for the local, national and global marketplace.

  3. Students will solve visual problems at an advanced level, including understanding/application of the elements of art and principles of design.

  4. Students will utilize and apply critical thinking skills to communicate ideas for their intended audience at an advanced level in visual, oral, and written formats.

  5. Students will acquire historical and contemporary knowledge of diverse cultural and aesthetic contexts, including political, visual and material culture.

The Master of Arts degree program in Visual Arts is an advanced degree, requiring a minimum of 30 units. Students accepted into the program are encouraged to be registered full time, taking a minimum of 9 units per semester.

Area Coordinators 


Contact: Patsy Cox


Contact: Samantha Fields


Contact: Erik Sandberg


Contact: Samantha Fields


Contact: Lesley Krane


Contact: Michelle Rozic


Contact: Christian Tedeschi

Please contact the area coordinators for more information about each area.

The MA program requirements are listed in the University Catalog. Selection for admission into the MA program is conducted by the Visual Arts Graduate Committee. MA applications and required materials for Spring matriculation are due the first Friday in October. MA applications and required materials for Fall matriculation are due the first Monday in February. Application details can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions and on applyweb.

For questions or clarification about the application, please contact the Visual Arts Graduate Coordinator