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About this course

Selection for admission into the MFA program is conducted by the Visual Arts Graduate Committee. Required materials for the Portfolio Evaluation for possible admission to the Fall 2013 Visual Arts MFA Program include: CD of Images (with an Images List); resume; two letters of recommendation and two referrals; statement of intention/philosophy regarding goals as an artist, and reasons for pursuing the MFA Program; copies of complete Academic Records (transcripts), including institutions attended, overall Grade Point Average, and degree/s completed, and a self-addressed stamped envelope large enough for the return of your materials.

Entry Requirements

Requirements for Classified Graduate Status Students must meet all Classified Graduate Status requirements in order to enter the program.

1. Bachelor’s degree in Art from an accredited institution or a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 24 units of upper division art, or the equivalency, as determined by the Visual Arts Graduate Committee.

2. Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0. Students who do not meet the undergraduate GPA of 3.0 must do the following: a. Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a departmentally accepted score. b. Students who do not meet the undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and do not take the GRE must fulfill the following in-lieu requirements: i. Submit 3 letters of recommendation from former professors or other persons adjudged by the department to be competent to evaluate the student’s potential for graduate- level performance; ii. Submit a written philosophical statement of intention (1 to 2 pages); iii. Complete Art 611 or 615 with a minimum grade of B; iv. Pass a personal screening interview conducted by the Visual Arts Graduate Committee [or designee(s)].

3. Completion of 18 advisor approved units of upper division and/or graduate course work in the proposed emphasized area of concentration.

4. Completion of a minimum of 12 units of Art History, 6 units of which must be upper division.

5. With the approval of the Visual Arts Graduate Committee, up to 30 units of previously completed graduate course work with a grade of B or better may be allowed towards the MFA degree (thesis grade excluded).

6. Successful completion of a Qualifying Portfolio Evaluation approved by the Visual Arts Graduate Committee, with emphasis in the proposed area(s) of concentration. A Statement of Intent and a resume will be submitted with the portfolio.

7. Pass the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam.