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Graduate Art

“We began our program in 1986, and the extremely diverse works of our alumni are represented in many, if not most, of the world’s museums of contemporary and modern art.”

Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, Chair

Degree: Master of Fine Arts

Art Center’s Graduate Art Program is built on intensive studio practice and rigorous academic coursework, made possible by an extraordinarily low faculty-to-student ratio providing students with the help they need.

Our faculty and students are artists of all genres—film, video, photography, painting, sculpture, performance and installation. Many of our alumni have achieved national and international acclaim, and they often share their insights and expertise as visiting faculty and guest lecturers.

Much of our teaching consists of one-on-one meetings between students and faculty. Our full-time faculty is composed of a core faculty of seven artists, including the Department Chair, three theo¬rists and two artists. In addition, approximately 20 artists, critics and theorists serve as part-time, adjunct faculty.

Students are required to meet with core faculty, who give them a collective grade for their work at the end of each of the first four terms. For the final two terms, students are graded by a thesis committee consisting of three core faculty members plus a faculty member chosen by the student. Academic work may be folded into the curriculum of a workshop at the Chair’s discretion.

Also, we strongly encourage (and occasionally require) students to participate in one or more film/video, painting and sculpture workshops. In the interest of maximizing exposure to multiple perspectives and encouraging discussions, these workshops are usually taught by groups of artists and theorists.

In addition to successfully completing six terms of course work, MFA applicants exhibit a solo show of their most recent work during their sixth term, delivering a written thesis on their work or a closely related subject to their committee at the same time. The show and the thesis are then defended by the student at a final public review with the core and full-time faculty.


Find out more about our department at artcenter.edu/gradart.

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