Graduate Programs

Student work from packaging design, sculpture, and crafts

Master of Arts in Art with a Concentration in GRAPHIC DESIGN 

OVERVIEW The MA program within Graphic Design focuses on preparing graduate students to reenter the workforce, and to take up a leadership role within the professional design community. MA graduate students study contemporary issues with an emphasis on pragmatics, methodology, processes, aesthetic principles, visual thinking, and visual problem-solving skills for visual communications. A successful graduate student will possess the ability to communicate these ideas, both visually and verbally, to others. The MA program is designed so that a graduate student can reenter the workforce, or as a preparatory program towards a terminal degree. 

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

Master of Arts in Art with a Concentration in ILLUSTRATION 

OVERVIEW The focus of the program is to deepen the students understanding of craft and visual problem solving skills demonstrated in a portfolio that prepares graduate students to reenter the workforce.  MA graduate students study contemporary and historic issues in illustration with an emphasis on story concepts, design, color theory, perspective, theatrical composition and lighting, stylization, further development of the drawing and painting process, visual problem solving, and portfolio presentation. A successful graduate student will possess the ability to communicate these ideas, both visually and verbally, to others. The MA program is designed so that a graduate student can reenter the workforce, or as a preparatory program towards a terminal degree. 

For program requirements, please see the University Catalog.

Please contact program coordinator Cliff CrampOpens in new window  for further details, or visit the Titans of Illustration website

Master of Arts in Art with a Concentration in SCULPTURE 

OVERVIEW The MA program in Sculpture can be approached as a self-contained graduate program, or as a preparatory program towards a terminal degree. As a preparatory program, it affords the student the opportunity to develop and refine their artistic direction and produce a solid, coherent portfolio before entering the MFA program.

Candidates for the MA and MFA degrees also serve as sculpture lab monitors throughout their program. This voluntary position provides candidates with valuable experience overseeing and assisting undergraduate students with issues related to their work, and allows the department to maintain supervised, open lab times outside of class. 

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

Master of Fine Arts in Art with a Concentration in CERAMICS 

OVERVIEW MFA 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 Fine Arts in Art with a Concentration in CRAFTS (Wood, and Jewelry/Metalsmithing)

The Master of Fine Arts in Art with a concentration in Crafts prepares graduate students to be professional artists and/or become educators in their field of study. The MFA in Crafts’ curriculum explores media-based research that is both visually rich and focuses on the development of the student as an individual craft artist. The design of the curriculum incorporating graduate faculty advising, graduate seminar coursework and critiques focuses on the development the student’s ability to communicate visually, verbally, and in written form. 

Through the exploration of functional art in contemporary context and visual expression graduate students work closely with faculty to develop their own personal aesthetic. Their acquisition of technical as well as visual skills enables them to make and sustain significant bodies of artwork. A successful graduate student will possess the knowledge and skills to sustain a professional career in the visual arts while making a unique contribution in their chosen field/media. A successful studio practice as exemplified visually by a culminating exceptional gallery presentation of their project is a clear indicator of the success in the MFA in Crafts’ program.

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

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