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MA in Art

The MA in Art program introduces the fundamentals of contemporary art-making, allowing you to gain the knowledge and skills to understand and thrive in a rapidly changing world.

At a time when artists are called upon to perform a widening range of tasks and art is increasingly integrated with other practices, fields, and careers, our structured yet highly customizable program gives you the opportunity to become an artist whose works engages the world by changing it.

Program Highlights
  • Undertake an intensive, one-year course of study that includes one-on-one mentoring, group critiques, seminars, workshops, and lectures
  • Collaborate with other students and learn from professional artists and critics
  • Benefit from CGU’s proximity to the Los Angeles art community, the largest concentration of arts activity in the country
  • Present a final exhibition of your work

Program At-a-glance

  • 30 units

    required units

  • MA in Art

    degree awarded

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  • Spring, Fall

    program start

  • 1 year | full time*

    estimated completion time

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Director of Recruitment for the School of Arts & Humanities



  • David Pagel

    David Pagel

    Professor of Art Theory and History
    Roland Reiss Endowed Chair in Art
    Faculty Coordinator, Center for Business & Management of the Arts

    Research Interests

    Art, Art media, Painting, Contemporary Art, Art Criticism, Museums and Creativity

  • Portrait of Rachel Lachowicz

    Rachel Lachowicz

    Professor of Studio Art

    Research Interests

    Conceptual practices in feminism, materiality, and social politics

  • Portrait of David Amico

    David Amico

    Professor of Art
    Chair, Art Department

    Research Interests

    Art, Painting

  • Portrait of Carmine Lanaccone

    Carmine Iannaccone

    Adjunct Professor of Art

    Research Interests

    Art, Painting, Sculpture

  • Portrait of Julian Hoeber

    Julian Hoeber

    Adjunct Professor of Art

    Research Interests

    Sculpture, Installation

  • Portrait of Iva Gueorguieva

    Iva Gueorguieva

    Adjunct Professor of Art

    Research Interests

    Art, Painting

  • Portrait of M. Reafsnyder

    Michael Reafsnyder

    Adjunct Professor of Art

    Research Interests

    Art, Painting

  • Jasmine Baetz

    Jasmine Baetz

    Lincoln Visiting Professor in Ceramics

    Research Interests

    Sculpture, Public Art, Historical Memory, Feminist Methodologies

  • Amy Santoferraro

    Amy Santoferraro

    Adjunct Professor of Art

    Research Interests


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    Heidi Schwegler

    Adjunct Professor of Art

    Research Interests


Extended Faculty

  • Lisa Anne Auerbach

    Pomona College

    Research Interests

    Art, Knitting

  • Adam Davis

    Scripps College

    Research Interests

    Art, Ceramics, Sculpture

  • Ken Fandell

    Harvey Mudd College

    Research Interests

    Art, Photography, Sculpture

  • Ken Gonzales-Day

    Scripps College

    Research Interests

    Art, art criticism, art theory, photography,race and racial formation

  • George Gorse

    Pomona College

    Research Interests

    Italian Renaissance art and architecture; Italian Baroque art and architecture; Medieval art history; history of cities, palaces, villas, and gardens; history of Genoa

  • Kasper Kovitz

    Scripps College

    Research Interests

    Studio Arts, Art Theory


30 Required Units Include:

  • 15 units of studio art
  • 8 units of graduate seminars
  • 3 units of spatial engagement practicum
  • 2 units of written/video statement practicum
  • 2 units of MA project, working with graduate committee chair and members

Oral Advancement to Candidacy
Pass an oral advancement to candidacy. Based on your work over one semester, your written statement and the proposal for your final project, the oral advancement to candidacy is held after completion of approximately 15 units of coursework.

Final Exhibition of Works
Present a final exhibition of works, including installing, lighting, and publicizing the exhibition; hosting the reception; and speaking publicly at the event.

Curriculum Breakdown

Year 1
Fall Studio Art (7 units), Graduate Seminar (4 units), Spatial Engagement Practicum (3 units), Written/Video Statement Practicum (1 unit) 15 Units
Spring Studio Art (8 units), Graduate Seminar (4 units), MA project (2 units), Written/Video Statement Practicum (1 unit) 15 Units

Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Our Visiting Artist Lecture Series exposes you to professionals and practitioners with deep experience and insight. Visiting artists help mentor students, foster innovative projects, and promote intercollegiate collaboration. The lectures are free and open to the public.

More info on the Art Department

Application Guidelines

Requirements Summary

Item Description
Application Fee $80
Official Transcripts Yes
Letters of Recommendation 2
Statement of Purpose Yes
Resume Yes
Other Requirements Portfolio, English proficiency exam

Key Dates and Deadlines

CGU operates on a priority deadline cycle and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit complete applications by the priority dates in order to assure maximum consideration for both admission and fellowships.

Spring 2024
Priority Deadline – November 1, 2023
Final Deadline (International) – November 15, 2023
Final Deadline (Domestic) – December 1, 2023
Classes begin – January 16, 2024

Fall 2024
Priority Deadline – February 1, 2024
Final Deadline (International) – July 5, 2024
Final Deadline (Domestic) – August 1, 2024
Classes begin – August 26, 2024

Cost & Aid

Program 30 units
Tuition per unit* $1,660

*Based on 2023-2024 tuition rates.


$245 Student Fee
$150 Technology Fee
International Student Services Fee*: $661 fall semester, $776 spring semester
**Applies to all international students (F-1 visa only) who are registered in coursework, doctoral study, or continuous registration. The fee is assessed each fall and spring semester for annual ISO accident and sickness plans and administrative fees. Subject to change.

For estimates of room & board, books, etc., please download CGU’s Cost of Attendance 2022-2023 .

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