Master of Fine 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.
Master of Fine Arts in Art with a Concentration in CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY
OVERVIEW Graduate work in creative photography and experimental media, encourages self-expression by exploring the potential of the image as it relates to history, culture, social and aesthetic concerns within the visual arts. Students are challenged to confront issues brought about by a medium undergoing accelerated change and transition. The program encourages exploration of all forms of photography (black & white, color and digital), video and sound, installation, performance and experimental media. In the end, the student must seek a personal vision culminating in a body of work that is intellectually and artistically challenging.
For program requirements, please see the University Catalog or contact program coordinator Linda Kroff for further details.
Master of Fine Arts in Art with a Concentration in DRAWING & PAINTING
Graduate work in Drawing & Painting encourages individual personal expression unlimited in conceptual scope. The program fosters an environment that enables passionately committed students to develop a serious approach to the development of the art form. Students of the program have the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue that informs their work, which results in a highly energized and intense program.
Master of Fine Arts in Art with a Concentration in EXHIBITION DESIGN
The MFA in Exhibition Design program’s main focus is to prepare graduate students for academic life, and/or to work in a leadership role in a museum, gallery, or design firm. The program features both conceptual study and the most hands-on experience of any graduate museum studies or exhibition design program in the United States. Individual students work as a team alongside experienced professionals to select, design, install, light and generate supportive interpretive material for exhibitions in the Begovich Gallery. Most of these exhibitions are accompanied by extensive exhibition catalogs produced in conjunction with graphic design students and faculty.
The majority of students in this program also earn a concurrent Certificate in Museum Studies. The certificate program includes classes in conservation, museum education, and curatorship, all taught by professionals in the field. The certificate program concludes with an internship at a museum or professional institution.
Master of Fine Arts in Art with a Concentration in GLASS
OVERVIEW Graduate work in glass encourages students to take a leadership role in glass education and critical thinking. Students investigate theory, and processes needed to address aesthetic issues. The emphasis is on experimentation with the medium to encourage individual style and expression in order to prepare a personal body of work.
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, the Haystack 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.