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Art

Master of Arts in Art (code ART_MA01)

Master of Fine Arts in Art (code ART_MF01)

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Departmental Review Process

Admission to a degree program at CSULB is a two-part process that requires application to and acceptance by both the University and the Department of Art into a specific degree program. (See the detailed information on CSULB graduate application and admission requirements earlier in this catalog.)

For graduate programs, the Department of Art accepts applications for Fall admission only, with applications being accepted January 1 through 31. Application forms are available on the web (www.art.csulb.edu).

Department of Art application materials must be sent to the Department of Art Student Services Office, FA4 – 106. University Application must be made to the CSULB Office of Enrollment Services, Brotman Hall. Call (562) 985-4145 or 1655 to obtain a CSU application booklet, or apply online at www.csumentor.edu. There is a $55.00 fee for the University application process. (Do not send the Department of Art this fee; we will send it back to you.)

Some art programs may conduct applicant interviews, in which case they will contact you directly. Acceptance decisions are normally sent out by March 15th.

Acceptance to a degree program in Art: After submitting the Department of Art application materials, those who pass the program review are recommended by the faculty to be admitted as either Classified or Conditionally Classified. A Classified Graduate has satisfied all prerequisites. A Conditionally Classified Graduate has outstanding prerequisites to complete. Acceptance is not complete until the applicant has received both notification of acceptance from the Department of Art and a formal letter of acceptance from the CSULB Office of Enrollment Services.

NOTE: The Department of Art requires a GPA of 3.0 in upper-division (junior and senior level) art prerequisite units for acceptance to our graduate program. All applicants must be accepted by the Department of Art in order to be officially accepted by the University. There is no fee for the departmental application process.

International Students must be accepted by the Department of Art and pass the TOEFL examination (minimum score of 550) before they can be admitted to the University. International students must apply to CSULB through the Center for International Education at (562) 985-5476.

CSU general requirements include: a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution; a grade point average of at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester units taken; and good standing at the last college attended.

MA and MFA Prerequisites

An applicant may be accepted if, in addition to having satisfied specific prerequisites set by the Department of Art for each degree concentration, the applicant has satisfied the minimum university standards found in the Admission section of this catalog.

Special Action: In rare and compelling circumstances, an applicant who does not qualify for admission under the previous provisions may be admitted by special action if on recommendation of the appropriate faculty of the department/college concerned and in the judgment of the Associate Vice President for Graduate and Undergraduate Programs or his/her designee there exists acceptable evidence that the applicant possesses sufficient academic, professional, and other potential pertinent to her/his educational objectives to merit such action, as shown through aptitude scores, recent academic performance, and experiential background.

Concentrations Prerequisites

An applicant who has deficiencies in prerequisites for a concentration, but who in the judgment of the Department of Art can meet these prerequisites with additional preparation specified at time of admission, may be admitted with conditionally classified graduate standing. Students who have deficiencies in prerequisites for a concentration, but who are willing to engage in additional preparation to meet prerequisites, are encouraged to apply.

NOTE: Courses taken as prerequisites for a graduate degree may not be counted toward the graduate degree program of study.

Art Education Prerequisites

Applicants must complete 36 units of coursework approved by the Art Education faculty and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in prerequisite courses.

  • Take 15 units upper-division units approved by the Art Education faculty
  • Take 9 upper-division units of Art or Education electives
  • Take 12 units AH (6 may be lower division, 6 must be upper division)

Art History Prerequisites

Applicants must complete 36 units of coursework approved by the Art History faculty and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in prerequisite courses.

  • Take 3 units from the following courses:
    • AH 447 or 547
  • Take 3 units from the following courses:
    • AH 448, 449, 450, 548, 549 or 550 (theory/criticism)
  • Take 9 units additional upper-division Art History
  • Take 9 units upper-division Art or Art History electives
  • Take 12 units (or the equivalent) of foreign language.

NOTE: Art History applicants should have completed at least two years (or a minimum of 12 units) of college-level French or German with an average grade of "B" or better. Students without this preparation are advised that all students accepted for the Art History MA must pass the In-house Foreign Language Exam within the first three semesters of study. (With approval from the Art History faculty, another language may be substituted.)

Studio Art Prerequisites

The Department of Art prefers, but does not require, that Studio Art applicants have undergraduate degrees in art, Application to our graduate programs is competitive and most applicants to the studio programs will have an undergraduate degree in art, many with a BFA in their chosen media. For Studio Art admissions, the part of the application that is given the most weight is the portfolio of work. The Department of Art invites all applicants who feel they have strong portfolios to apply. If faculty feel the application is strong, but the applicant needs additional preparatory work, the Department of Art may admit the applicant with conditionally classified graduate standing, with specific prerequisites stated on a case-by-case basis at the time of admission.

Departmental Application Requirements

January 1 through 31 prior to the fall term for which the applicant seeks admission, applicant must submit departmental application materials as follows:

  • Art Education: Department of Art application, statement of purpose, writing sample, portfolio of studio work, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation
  • Art History: Department of Art application, statement of purpose, writing sample, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation
  • Studio Art: Department of Art application, statement of purpose, portfolio of studio work, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation

A faculty list is available on the website; contact the appropriate professor if you need particular information on a specific program.

Transcripts

When you formally apply to the University, two official (sealed) sets are required; send one to Enrollment Services and one to the Department of Art.

Transfer Units

Transfer units are allowed on a case-by-case basis. With faculty approval, up to 12 post-baccalaureate units from another university may be accepted into the MA degree program and up to 24 units (for example, from a previous MA degree) into the MFA degree program. In the case of an existing MA degree from CSULB with a concentration in Studio Art, up to 30 units may be accepted into the MFA degree.

MA and MFA Degree Requirements

  • 1. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0, with no grade below a "C".
  • 2. Successful fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) by passing the Writing Proficiency Examination (WPE), usually completed in the first semester in residence at CSULB and required to be fulfilled prior to Advancement to Candidacy. Students unable to pass the WPE may be able to fulfill the requirement by completing a special GWAR course.
  • 3. Successful completion of an Advancement to Candidacy review. Reviews generally occur when a student has completed between one third and one half of the units required for the degree, and require the submission of a complete list of coursework for the degree. Additional advancement requirements:
    • Art Education majors satisfy assigned written topics and prepare an oral defense of their research.
    • Art History majors present a qualifying paper and satisfy the language requirement in either French or German (or an approved substitution).
    • Studio Art majors participate in a group exhibition in the Art Department galleries and present an oral defense of their work.

If all scheduled units for the MA or MFA degree have been completed but the final written component has not been approved and submitted, registration in GS-700 (1 unit, no credit) through University Extension is required in order to maintain in enrollment until the semester of graduation. Care should be taken not to exceed the University limit of seven years for all masters' degrees.

Additional information may be found in the "Department of Art Graduate Guidelines," given to each student accepted into a master's program.

Art Education Concentration for the MA

32 approved units to include:

  • Take one of the following:
    • ART 509A Research in Art Education (2)
    • ART 509B Research in Art Education (2)
  • Take both of the following:
    • ART 601A Seminar in Art Education (3)
    • ART 601B Seminar in Art Education (3)
  • Take one of the following:
    • ART 695 Graduate Studies: Field Problems (6)
    • ART 697 Graduate Studies: Directed (6)
  • Take 6 units of graduate level Art History beyond the 12 units taken as prerequisites, to complete a cumulative total of 18 units
  • Take 6 units elective Art, Art Education, or Art History
  • Take one of the following:
    • Take 6 units ART 698A Thesis or Project, with student completing a Thesis,
    • or combination of Project, Project Report and Comprehensive Exam, as culminating experience within degree program.

Transferred units are allowed on a case-by-case basis. A minimum of 70% of units applied to degree must be 500/600 level courses taken at CSULB. Undergraduate coursework applied to degree must be upper-division (300 or 400 level). Undergraduate courses may not be used as substitutes for any course specifically required by course number for degree. All double-numbered (400-level/500-level) courses applied to degree must be taken at the 500 level. All coursework applied to degree must be approved.

Art History Concentration for the MA

39 approved units to include:

  • Take both of the following courses:
    • AH 546 Art History Methodologies and Writing (3)
    • AH 597 Seminar in Art History (9)
  • Take 15 units Art History
  • Take 6 units Art or Art History
  • Take 6 units AH 698 Thesis as culminating experience within degree program.
  • Take at least 24 of the 39 required units must be 500/600 level courses taken at CSULB.
  • Take graduate-level or upper-division courses in other CSULB departments may be approved as course substitutions with approval of student's Thesis Committee.

Transferred units are allowed on a case-by-case basis. A minimum of 70% of units applied to degree must be 500/600 level courses taken at CSULB. Undergraduate coursework applied to degree must be upper-division (300 or 400 level). Undergraduate courses may not be used as substitutes for any course specifically required by course number for degree. All double-numbered (400-level/500-level) courses applied to degree must be taken at the 500 level. All coursework applied to degree must be approved.

Graduate-level or upper-division courses in other CSULB departments may be approved as course substitutions with approval of student's Thesis Committee.

Advancement to candidacy is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the Writing Proficiency Exam and an approved qualifying paper, and satisfying foreign language proficiency requirements.

Museum and Curatorial Studies Emphasis for the Art History MA

39 approved units to include:

  • Take all the following courses:
    • AH 530 Introduction to Curatorial Practices (3)
    • AH 531 History of Museums and Exhibitions (3)
    • AH 539 Art of Mid to Late Twentieth Century (3)
    • AH 545A Exhibition Practicum (3)
    • AH 545B Exhibition Practicum (3)
    • AH 545C Exhibition Practicum (3)
    • AH 545D Exhibition Practicum (3)
    • AH 546 Art History Methodologies and Writing (3)
    • AH 597 Seminar in Art History (6)
  • Take one the following courses:
    • AH 542 Internship in Museum Studies (3)
    • AH 597 Seminar in Art History (3)
  • Take the following:
    • AH 698 Thesis (as culminating degree experience)

Studio Art Concentration for the MA

33 approved units to include:

  • Take 21 units of Art
  • Take 6 units of graduate-level Art History
  • Take 6 units of the following:
    • ART 698B Project (culminating degree experience)

Transferred units are allowed on a case-by-case basis. A minimum of 70% of units applied to degree must be 500/600 level courses taken at CSULB. Undergraduate coursework applied to degree must be upper-division (300 or 400 level). Undergraduate courses may not be used as substitutes for any course specifically required by course number for degree. All double-numbered (400-level/500-level) courses applied to degree must be taken at the 500 level. All coursework applied to degree must be approved.

Studio Art Concentration for the MFA

60 units of approved graduate units.

Transferred units are allowed on a case-by-case basis. A minimum of 70% of units applied to degree must be 500/600 level courses taken at CSULB. Undergraduate coursework applied to degree must be upper-division (300 or 400 level). Undergraduate courses may not be used as substitutes for any course specifically required by course number for degree. All double-numbered (400-level/500-level) courses applied to degree must be taken at the 500 level. All coursework applied to degree must be approved.

At least 39 units must be in studio courses. No more than 3 units of ART 693 (teaching internship) may be applied to degree.

Students are admitted into discipline-specific tracks. All students take a core of 21 units. Each student takes an additional 39 units of approved coursework according to the track into which the student was admitted.

Additional information, expectations, recommendations and guidelines for each track are included in the "Department of Art Graduate Guidelines" given to each student accepted into the MFA Concentration, and available upon request to applicants.

MFA Core Requirements

6 units of graduate-level Art History.

9 units of ART 694 (Graduate Studies: Directed Studio) taken with members of student's Project Committee beginning four semesters prior to completion of degree, or semester prior to advancement, which ever comes first. (Student must continue to enroll in 3 units of ART 694 per semester for all semesters between advancement and semester of MFA project.)

6 units of ART 699 (Graduate Studies: MFA Project) taken in the final semester with members of student's Project Committee.

MFA Tracks

In addition to the MFA Core requirements, each MFA student takes 39 additional approved units according to the following discipline-based tracks into which students are admitted. NOTE: All 597, 598 and 599-numbered courses are studio-oriented variable-topic graduate courses, each with a discipline-specific focus, but with specific topic and structure varying from term to term.

Ceramics Track:

  • Take 12 units from the following:
    • ART 597A, 598A, 599A
  • Take 6 units from any of the following:
    • ART 597, 598 or 599 courses
  • Take one of the following:
    • ART 681, 683
  • Take one of the following:
    • ART 682, 684
  • Take 15 units additional coursework.

Drawing and Painting Contemporary Practices Track:

  • Take 12 units from the following:
    • ART 597K, 598K, 599K
  • Take 6 units from any of the following:
    • ART 597, 598 or 599 courses
  • Take the following:
    • ART 681 Graduate Studies: Art Theory/Criticism (3)
    • ART 682 Graduate Studies: Professional Practices for Studio Art (3)
  • Take 15 units additional coursework.

Drawing and Painting Figurative Track:

  • Take 12 units from the following:
    • ART 597L, 598L, 599L
  • Take 6 units from any of the following:
    • ART 597, 598 or 599 courses
  • Take the following:
    • ART 681 Graduate Studies: Art Theory/Criticism (3)
    • ART 682 Graduate Studies: Professional Practices for Studio Art (3)
  • Take 15 units additional coursework.

Fiber Track:

  • Take 12 units from the following:
    • ART 597N, 598N, 599N
  • Take 6 units from any of the following:
    • ART 597, 598 or 599 courses
  • Take the following:
    • ART 681 Graduate Studies: Art Theory/Criticism (3)
    • ART 682 Graduate Studies: Professional Practices for Studio Art (3)
  • Take 15 units additional coursework.

Graphic Design Track:

  • Take 12 units from the following:
    • ART 597S, 598S, 599S
  • Take 6 units from any of the following:
    • ART 597, 598 or 599 courses
  • Take the following:
    • ART 683 Graduate Studies: Image as Text (3)
    • ART 684 Graduate Studies: Professional Practices for Visual Communication (3)
  • Take 15 units additional coursework.

Illustration/Animation Track:

  • Take 12 units from the following:
    • ART 597F, 598F, 599F
  • Take 6 units from any of the following:
    • ART 597, 598 or 599 courses
  • Take the following:
    • ART 683 Graduate Studies: Image as Text (3)
    • ART 684 Graduate Studies: Professional Practices for Visual Communication (3)
  • Take 15 units additional coursework.

Metal Track:

  • Take 12 units from the following:
    • ART 597J, 598J, 599J
  • Take 6 units from any of the following:
    • ART 597, 598 or 599 courses
  • Take one of the following:
    • ART 681, 683
  • Take one of the following:
    • ART 682, 684
  • Take 15 units additional coursework.

Photography Track:

  • Take 12 units from the following:
    • ART 597V, 598V, 599V
  • Take 6 units from any of the following:
    • ART 597, 598 or 599 courses
  • Take 6 units of the following:
    • ART 680 Graduate Interdisciplinary Critique (3)
  • Take 6 units of the following:
    • ART 681 Graduate Studies: Art Theory/Criticism (3)
  • Take the following:
    • ART 682 Graduate Studies: Professional Practices for Studio Art (3)
  • Take 3 units from the following:
    • ART 536A, 550, 680
  • Take 3 units additional coursework.

Printmaking Track A:

  • Take 12 units from the following:
    • ART 597R, 598R, 599R
  • Take 6 units from any of the following:
    • ART 597, 598 or 599 courses
  • Take one of the following:
    • ART 681. 683
  • Take one of the following:
    • ART 682, 684
  • Take 15 units additional coursework.

Printmaking Track B:

  • Take 12 units from the following:
    • ART 597R, 598R, 599R
  • Take 6 units from any of the following:
    • ART 597, 598 or 599 courses
  • Take 3 units from the following:
    • ART 597D, 597L, 597F
  • Take one of the following:
    • ART 681, 683
  • Take one of the following:
    • ART 682, 684
  • Take 3 units from the following:
    • ART 373, 384, 481
  • Take one of the following:
    • ART 481, 484
  • Take 3 units from the following:
    • ART 492F, 499F, 693
  • Take 3 units additional coursework.

Printmaking Track C:

  • Take 12 units from the following:
    • ART 597R, 598R, 599R
  • Take 6 units from any of the following:
    • ART 597, 598 or 599 courses
  • Take one of the following:
    • ART 681, 683
  • Take one of the following:
    • ART 682, 684
  • Take the following:
    • ART 575 Printmaking: Photo and Digital Processes (3)
  • Take one of the following:
    • ART 340, 349
  • Take 3 units from the following:
    • ART 449, 506A, 693
  • Take 3 units from the following:
    • ART 506B, 573, 693
  • Take 3 units from the following:
    • ART 499, 514, 680

Sculpture/4D Track:

  • Take 12 units from the following:
    • ART 597O, 598O, 599O
  • Take 6 units from any of the following:
    • ART 597, 598 or 599 courses
  • Take 6 units of the following:
    • ART 681 Graduate Studies: Art Theory/Criticism (3)
  • Take the following:
    • ART 680 Graduate Interdisciplinary Critique (3)
    • ART 682 Graduate Studies: Professional Practices for Studio Art (3)
  • Take 3 units from the following:
    • ART 536A, 550, or 680
  • Take 6 units additional coursework.

Wood Track:

  • Take 12 units from the following:
    • ART 597B, 598B, 599B
  • Take 6 units from any of the following:
    • ART 597, 598 or 599 courses
  • Take one of the following:
    • ART 681, 683
  • Take one of the following:
    • ART 682, 684
  • Take 15 units additional coursework.

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