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 art is increasingly integrated with other practices, fields, and careers, and artists are called upon to perform a widening range of tasks, our structured yet highly customizable program gives you the opportunity to become an artist whose works engage the world by changing it.
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
Choose to return and apply your units toward the MFA program
The Joan & David Lincoln Fellowship provides generous financial support and infrastructure for art students pursuing ceramics, including the 5,000-square-foot Joan & David Lincoln Ceramics Center and a visiting professorship in ceramics.
You will receive your own personal studio space that is approximately 12x22 feet with track lighting. Each second floor studio is equipped with a skylight.
Your studio neighbors will be both first- and second-year artists, so you will be able to talk with experienced students from day one.
Gallery and exhibition locations throughout the art building are host to a variety of student and visiting artist exhibitions.
You will present your solo graduate exhibition in either the the Peggy Phelps or East Gallery, two large galleries in the art building.
You will have 24-hour access to a fully equipped wood shop, welding facility, plastics/casting booth, and critical maker tools.
Wood Shop & Sculpture Yard
A fully equipped wood shop and the building’s rear sculpture yard accommodate the fabrication needs of our student body.
Students are given the critical space and tools to bring their sculptures to life in the Art Department's Sculpture Workshop.
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.
2 units of MA project, working with graduate committee chair and members
Oral Qualifying Examination
Pass an oral qualifying examination for advancement to candidacy. Based on your work over one semester, your written statement and the proposal for your final project, the qualifying exams are held after completion of approximately 15 units of work.
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.
Studio (7 units), Graduate Seminar (4 units), Installation Class (3 units), Written Statement (1 unit)
Studio (8 units), Graduate Seminar (4 units), MA Project (2 units), Written Statement (1 unit)
Faculty & Research
Professor of Art Theory and History
Chair, Art Department