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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

Program At a Glance

60 units

2 years

*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


Master of Fine Arts

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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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
Semester Courses Units
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
Semester Courses Units
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

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Frank Frias

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T: 909-607-3240