Graduate Programs (MA/MFA)

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Art, M.A.
The Master of Arts degree is a 45-unit graduate program that provides an opportunity to increase artistic growth, and gain a strong educational and experiential basis for a professional career in the visual arts. The degree is offered in the options of studio art, design, art history, art education, and fashion and textiles.  Please see the University Catalog for more detailed information.

Art, M.F.A.
The Master of Fine Arts degree is a 90-unit graduate program that provides rigorous study for students with a strong direction and focus in art and a high level of technical proficiency. The program is highly selective and provides advanced study and practice in preparation for professional careers in art or teaching in higher education. Graduates are prepared to take their places in the visual arts community. The degree is offered
in the options of studio arts and design. Please see the University Catalog for more detailed information.

Graduate Application Information

Thanks for your interest in CSLA Graduate Art program. In general at California State University, Los Angeles, we have a two-step admissions process that requires students to simultaneously apply to the University via CSU Mentor, which informs you when and which quarter is open to apply as well as submit an application packet or portfolio to the specific department of choice. Please be advised that graduate applicants are required to prepare two sets of documents, each for the Office of Admissions & Recruitments and for the department of the major program. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Application to the University requires a separate form. For information check the University website and CSU Mentor

Graduate Program Guidelines
Please request the Program Guidelines at 323-343-4012/4010 or email
Please also see the below cited web-sites for MA and MFA program information.

Art Education Option | Art History Option | Fashion and Textiles (MA)
Studio Arts Option | Design Option (MA, MFA)

Graduate Program Screening Form

Art Education Option
Art History Option
Design Option
Fashion and Textiles Option
Studio Arts Option

MA/MFA Forms

Student Forms and Petitions