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Master of Fine Arts

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program prepares you to be an effective and engaged artist in a world increasingly in need of independent thinking, consequential debate, creative vision, and responsible action.

We provide artists who work in any media, format, and context the skills and knowledge necessary to lead consequential lives in the arts. During two years of intensive study and sustained work, you will be challenged to clarify your core values and inspired to make works that embody those values in public, where they start conversations, influence others, and stimulate meaningful change.

Program Highlights
  • Individual studios in the Art and Music Building dedicated to creation and collaboration between artists
  • One-on-one studio meetings with internationally recognized artists, critics, and curators
  • Two-track program that links your work as a artist to the world in which it takes shape, with seminars focused on arts organization dynamics, community engagement and development, curatorial practices and museum studies
  • Use of the state-of-art ceramics facilities at Scripps College
  • Access to the faculties and resources from the highly ranked institutions of the Claremont Colleges, including Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps
  • Collaboration with graduate students in the Center for Business & Management of the Arts as well as dual-degree options
  • Proximity to the museums, galleries, and events in Los Angeles
  • A substantial number of Teaching Assistantship (TA) positions that allow students to gain hands-on teaching experience

Program At-a-glance

  • 60 units

    required units

  • Master of Fine Arts

    degree awarded

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  • Spring, Fall

    program start

  • 2 years | full time*

    estimated completion time

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Gigi Audoma

Director of Recruitment for the School of Arts & Humanities


Where You Can Find Our Alumni


  • 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

  • Erika Hirugami

    Erika Hirugami

    Founder & CEO of CuratorLove and Co-Founder of UNDOC+Collective

    Research Interests

    Aesthetics of Undocumentedness, Undocreative Labor, Art Law and Latinx Labor Politics in the U.S. Emancipatory Policies for Undocreatives, Latinx Aesthetics, Transcendental Curatorial Practices, Necropolitics in Mexican Aesthetics, Institutional accountability and community-driven practices, Latinx contemporary aesthetics market value and business.


60 Required Units Include:

  • 24 units of studio art
  • 16 units of graduate seminars
  • 6 units of graduate practicums
  • 8 units in one of two tracks: Arts Management or Community Engagement/Curatorial & Museum Studies
  • 6 units of Electives or Additional Studio Art

MFA Project

  • Advancement Paper: In your third semester, you will write an advancement paper that clarifies what it is you do as artist. Your faculty committee will review it.
  • Advancement Meeting: Held in your studio for one hour with your committee members to help focus your ideas and the development of your work in preparation for your MFA exhibition.
  • MFA Exhibition: The culmination of your time in the studio, in which you give a public exhibition of your art work.

Sample Curriculum

First Year
Fall Studio Art (8 units), Graduate Seminar (4 units), Spatial Engagement Practicum (3 units) 15
Spring Studio Art (9 units), Graduate Seminar (4 units), Electives or Additional Studio Art (2 units) 15
Second Year
Fall Studio Art (5 units), Graduate Seminar (4 units), Written/Video Statement Practicum (2 units), Track 1 or 2 Seminar (4 units) 15
Spring Studio Art (5 units), Graduate Seminar (4 units), Track 1 or 2 Seminar or Additional Studio Art (4 units), Written/Video Statement Seminar (2 units) 15

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.


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

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

Application Checklist

Provide a one-page artist statement (no longer than 500 words). Please upload this statement after the submission of the application.

Applicants to the Art Department must electronically upload a portfolio of representative work for evaluation. Portfolios must be directly uploaded to the application after submission. Portfolios should consist of 15 images of recent artwork that represent a cohesive body of work. Applicants must include the title, size, year, and medium for all 15 images that are included in the portfolio. Performance and/or video artists may submit work that is no longer than 3 minutes in length.

Cost & Aid

Program 60 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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