MA in Art
Total units required for the MA: 30
The Master of Arts program is designed to produce graduates with professional competence in studio disciplines. While acquiring those abilities, the student is also expected to develop skills used in the criticism and analysis of the visual arts. The Master of Arts degree at Sacramento State may serve as preparation for admission into a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program at another institution.
The studio curriculum encourages integration of professional practice with historical and theoretical studies. The progression of classes facilitates the transition from student to independent artist through studies in ceramics, drawing, jewelry, metalsmithing, new media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Special emphasis is placed on the development of individuality, depth, and professional competence in both technique and concepts.
Admission as a classified graduate student in art requires:
- a BA in Art or its equivalent, including 12 units in art history;
- a minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 60 units attempted;
- approval by Studio Art faculty review of other submitted materials (see Admission Procedures below); and
- English language proficiency: International students must pass the TOEFL examination. Advancement to candidacy requires passing English proficiency requirements. See below.
Applicants who have deficiencies in admission requirements that can be removed by specified additional preparation may be admitted with conditionally classified status. Any deficiencies will be noted on a written response to the student’s admission application.
Applicants must complete a university application and a separate departmental application by the posted application deadline dates for the term applying.
- an online application for admission; and
- official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, other than Sacramento State. In addition, all materials listed below must be submitted to the Art Department by the posted deadline;
- the Art Department application form;
- official transcripts of all college work other than Sacramento State; and
- twenty slides of the applicant’s recent artwork in a carrousel tray (a description of each slide, listing size, medium, and date of composition, must be included).
For more admissions information and application deadlines, please visit http://www.csus.edu/gradstudies.
Minimum Units and Grade Requirement for the Degree
Units required for the MA: 30
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Advancement to Candidacy
Each student must file an application for Advancement to Candidacy, indicating a proposed program of graduate study. This procedure should begin as soon as the classified graduate student has:
- removed any deficiencies in admission requirements;
- completed at least 12 units of 200-level courses in the graduate program with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA;
- taken the Writing Placement for Graduate Students (WPG) or taken a Graduate Writing Intensive (GWI) course in their discipline within the first two semesters of coursework at California State University, Sacramento or secured approval for a WPG waiver; and
- secured approval from the studio art faculty, based on a formal presentation of the student’s work.
Advancement to Candidacy forms are available on the Office of Graduate Studies Web site csus.edu/gradstudies/forms. The student fills out the form after planning a degree program in consultation with his/her Art Department advisor. The completed form is then returned to the Office of Graduate Studies for approval.
During the semester when the student expects to complete 30 units, the student should consult with the Graduate Coordinator and the student's advisor in order to determine the details (such as the number of pieces and manner of presentation) of the final review, which is a culminating exhibition of student work. (Final reviews may be attempted only twice.)
|Basic Core (9 Units)||9|
|ART 206||Art Theory and Criticism ||3|
|ART 212||Contemporary Art||3|
|ART 222||Studio Critique Seminar 1||3|
|Studio Electives (15 Units)|
|Select 15 units from the following, at least 6 units must be 200-level: 2||15|
|Intermediate Painting (may be taken twice for credit)|
|Advanced Painting (may be taken four times for credit)|
|Painting and Drawing in the Field|
|Collage and Assemblage (may be taken twice for credit)|
|3D Computer Modeling|
|3D Computer Animation|
|Advanced Printmaking Studio|
|Hand-Built Ceramic Techniques|
|Photography in the Field|
|Alternative Photographic Processes|
|Advanced Sculpture (may be taken twice for credit)|
|Installation and Performance Art (may be taken twice for credit)|
|Intermediate Electronic Art|
|Advanced Electronic Art|
|Advanced Problems in Painting and Drawing|
|Painting/Drawing Studio 3|
|Graphics/Printmaking Studio 3|
|Ceramics Studio 3|
|Photography Studio 3|
|Crafts/Art Metal Studio 3|
|Graduate Sculpture 3|
|Sculpture Studio 3|
|New Media 1|
|New Media 2|
|Special Problems 4|
|Culminating Requirement (3 Units)|
|ART 500||Culminating Experience||3|
ART 222 is a 3 unit course which must be taken each semester until final reviews are passed. Only 6 units of credit count toward graduation.
ART 299 does not count towards the 6-unit requirement.
Only 6 units of each studio course
Open only to graduate art students competent to carry on individual work; admission requires approval of the faculty member who will direct the work and of the Department chair via signed petition form