Refine your artistic potential with a Master of Fine Arts in Art from ArtCenter. Among a community of both developing and internationally recognized interdisciplinary artists, you’ll grow your technical abilities, creative capacity and connections across the globe. Here, your potential is our priority: we boast the highest faculty-to-student ratio of all comparable MFA programs, and the MFA in art is modeled based on your unique passions and studio experiences in film, video, photography, painting, sculpture, installation, performance or whatever medium drives your art. Join famous and infamous historians, philosophers, writers and creatives in the heart of art here in Los Angeles.

Program Overview

In this interdisciplinary MFA, you’ll have access to an individual studio space, fabrication shop, leading edge software, public galleries and project rooms. We’ll help you tailor your program around your passions: the MFA in art is grounded in one-on-one studio visits and a community of cultivating creativity. Between rigorous critical, academic and practical coursework and devoted studio time, you’ll prepare for a final show and written thesis at the end of four full terms plus one summer (ArtCenter Lite) term—you can finish the program in just two years!

Top-Tier Arts Education

At ArtCenter, you’ll have teachers, mentors and collaborators who are world class artists, critics and theorists. You’ll engage with art history and the creative process among fellow graduate students and faculty members across many disciplines. Here, you can put on up to five individual shows in just two years, including your solo public show in your final term. Your experience will be international as well: we host an artist-in-residence from Berlin each year, and you’ll have opportunities to study abroad in artistic havens like Paris, Cologne, Berlin and Mexico City.

Careers in Art

The interdisciplinary MFA in Art will equip you with confidence, expertise and a comprehensive portfolio that will set you apart on the international art scene. Our connections here in Los Angeles and around the world include vibrant opportunities in art and art history and a network of distinguished alumni in careers like:

  • Artist
  • Art Commissioner
  • Conservationist
  • Restorationist
  • Curator
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Education

Providing students with the freedom, support and expertise to become any kind of artist they can imagine.

Earn an MFA degree in Art.

Anicka Yi 2017 grad art seminar

Grad Art Seminar

A core component of the Grad Art program, the Seminar is a forum for graduate students and members of the ArtCenter community to enter into dialog with internationally recognized artists, critics, and art historians.


Graduate Art Student Work

Diana Thater

Our goal is to produce the next important generation of artists.

Diana ThaterFaculty, Graduate Art

Graduate Art alum Edgar Ramirez's paintings focus on industrialized spaces like those found in his home of Wilmington

Artist and Graduate Art Chair Stan Douglas wants students to discover their own paths

Earn Your MFA in Art Degree at ArtCenter

ArtCenter’s MFA in Art will be unique to you: you’ll have one-on-one studio time, mentorship from world-renowned experts and study abroad opportunities. Through learning theories and engaging with critiques, you’ll hone your artistic skills and expand your portfolio to stand apart on the international art stage.

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Take the first step toward a career in art.