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.

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
  • Choose to return and apply your units toward the MFA program

Program At a Glance

30 units

1 year

*This estimate assumes full-time registration and pursuit of the degree. Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

Fall | Spring


MA in Art

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.

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Unit Breakdown

  • 15 units of studio art
  • 8 units of graduate seminars
  • 3 units of installation seminar/group critique
  • 2 units of written statement workshop
  • 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.

Curriculum Breakdown

Year 1
Semester Courses Total Units
Fall Studio (7 units), Graduate Seminar (4 units), Installation Class (3 units), Written Statement (1 unit) 15 Units
Spring Studio (8 units), Graduate Seminar (4 units), MA Project (2 units), Written Statement (1 unit) 15 Units

Faculty & Research

  • David Pagel profile image

    David Pagel

    Professor of Art Theory and History
    Roland Reiss Endowed Chair in Art

    Research Interests

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

  • Rachel Lachowicz profile image

    Rachel Lachowicz

    Professor of Studio Art

    Research Interests

    Conceptual practices in feminism, materiality, and social politics

  • David Amico profile image

    David Amico

    Professor of Art
    Chair, Art Department

    Research Interests

    Art, Painting

  • Carmine Iannaccone profile image

    Carmine Iannaccone

    Adjunct Professor of Art

    Research Interests

    Art, Painting, Sculpture

  • Erik Frydenborg profile image

    Erik Frydenborg

    Visiting Artist

    Research Interests

    Sculpture, Installation, Collage

  • Julian Hoeber profile image

    Julian Hoeber

    Adjunct Professor of Art

    Research Interests

    Sculpture, Installation

  • Iva Gueorguieva profile image

    Iva Gueorguieva

    Adjunct Professor of Art

    Research Interests

    Art, Painting

  • Michael Reafsnyder profile image

    Michael Reafsnyder

    Adjunct Professor of Art

    Research Interests

    Art, Painting

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