Graduate Programs

Student work from the Ceramics and Exhibition Design programs

Master of Arts in Art with a Concentration in ART HISTORY

OVERVIEW The MA program in Art History is designed to prepare graduate students for teaching positions, jobs in arts organizations, or further study at the doctoral level. Our program is tailored to the individual student’s interests and career goals at every stage, from study plan to thesis topic. The thesis process offers students time to determine their area of expertise, encouraging both primary research (interviews and archival work) and secondary research (scholarly monographs and journal articles) that help them define their academic path through intense work in visual analysis, critical thinking, and scholarly writing in the field of art history.

Students work directly with a faculty advisor (committee chair) to develop a program that allows them to explore the field of art history, gaining skills in visual analysis, research, presentations, and scholarly writing. Graduate Students are encouraged with both contemporary and traditional context investigations and research to support individual artistic development in consultation with program advisor, faculty and peers.

For program requirements, please see the University Catalog.

Please contact program coordinator Joanna RocheOpens in new window for further details.

Master of Arts in Art with a Concentration in CERAMICS 

OVERVIEW MA students in Ceramics pursue areas of practice and research in pottery, sculpture, installation, design, decoration, and other diverse ceramic processes and concepts. Graduate students are encouraged to explore both contemporary and traditional practices, and to conduct research that supports their individual artistic development in consultation with their program advisor, faculty, and peers. 

Ceramics at CSU Fullerton promotes an open learning environment where students hone their visual literacy skills within a contemporary art context informed by the tradition of the medium. Graduate level classes encourage advanced aesthetic and conceptual development through self-directed exploration and teaching pedagogy. 

Practical/professional consultations are available to students upon request. Topics include: how to photograph your work; gallery and museum practices; art handling; installing and de-installing a show; career counseling; and tips for creating a cohesive, idividualistic body of work. 

For program requirements, please see the University Catalog or contact program coordinator Nobuhito NishigawaraOpens in new window  for further details.

Master of Arts in Art with a Concentration in CRAFTS (Wood and Jewelry/Metalsmithing)

OVERVIEW The Master of Arts in Art with a concentration in Crafts program provides the technical skills and design abilities to become practicing artists within the field of crafts. MA graduate students study contemporary issues in crafts with an emphasis on hand-skills, technologies, processes, aesthetic principles, and individual stylistic development for media-based functional art. They also study the business aspects of developing a line of objects that are the products of their studio practice.

A successful graduate student will possess the ability to sustain a crafts’ studio in their chosen media and communicate these skills visually with a culminating professional gallery presentation of their project. The MA program is designed so that a graduate of the program can sustain a productive crafts studio in professional practice and can be a preparatory program towards the terminal degree of Master of Fine Arts in Art with a concentration in Crafts.

For program requirements, please see the University Catalog.

Please contact program coordinator Christina SmithOpens in new window for further details.

Master of Arts in Art with a Concentration in EXHIBITION DESIGN

OVERVIEW The focus of the program is to prepare graduate students to reenter the workforce, and to take up leadership roles within the design and museum community. The use of critical thinking skills and teamwork are paramount for students in this program. Graduate and undergraduate students of varied backgrounds and skill levels work together to solve theoretical and practical problems.

For program requirements, please see the University Catalog.

Please contact program coordinator Mike McGeeOpens in new window for further details.

Master of Arts in Art with a Concentration in GLASS 

OVERVIEW The Master of Arts with a Cencentration in Glass is a comprehensive study program for students with advanced proficiency and focus committed to becoming professional artists. It emphasizes a mixed-media, cross disciplinary approach to art making and is designed to encourage students to create their own informed definition of art through rigorous investigation and personal conceptual development. 

Graduate students in the Glass program are involved in every aspect of the contemporary studio glass experience. They assist in the design and construction of technical studio glass-making equipment such as glass melting furnaces and annealing ovens and serve as teaching assistants in the undergraduate Glass courses. 

In order to expose our students to contemporary glass artists, we developed the Greater Southern California Glass Symposium. This visiting artist program brings internationally renowned glass artists to campus each semester to conduct lectures and workshops, giving our graduate students an opportunity to assist some of the best artists in their field.

Glass graduate students are also required to apply to summer glass workshops like the Pilchuck Glass School, The Pennland School of Crafts, and the Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass. Our program is a participant in the Pilchuck Partners Scholarship Program, and we receive a scholarship from the premier glass school for one of our students to attend an intensive workshop each summer. 

For program requirements, please see the University Catalog or contact program coordinator Hiromi TakizawaOpens in new window for further details.

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