In Claremont Graduate University’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program, you make your own art, in your own dedicated studio, and build a career as a culturally effective professional artist.
At the heart of the MFA program is the freedom to create. CGU’s MFA program has no agendas regarding forms, styles, materials, or approaches. It is wholly studio-based, devoted to giving you time and space to develop as a thinking artist. During two years of intensive study, the program will catalyze your thinking and research, maximize your time in the studio, and prepare you to exhibit your work in public with a clear and compelling vision.
Collaborate with other students and learn from professional artists and critics in your studio, not in a classroom
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.