Visual Arts Graduate Program

master of fine arts

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)


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

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

  3. Students will solve visual problems at an academic and professional 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 academic and professional 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 Fine Arts degree program in Visual Arts is the terminal degree for practicing artists and requires a minimum of 60 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 graduate area coordinators for more information about each area.

The MFA program requirements are listed in the University Catalog. Selection for admission into the MFA program is conducted by the Visual Arts Graduate Committee. MFA 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