36 months
33138 USD/year
33138 USD/year
18036 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Headed by an internationally distinguished faculty, the Graduate Program offers a rigorous, interdisciplinary environment for training in the visual arts. The Art program of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) comprises a series of core and elective classes in production, theory, and contemporary issues.


Graduate students in the Art program of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) may also take advantage of the academic excellence UCI provides as a leading research university by taking courses in other departments and programs.  Through a combination of faculty mentorship, seminars, and regular comprehensive peer critiques, the Department of Art affords an optimal intellectual setting for fostering creative and critical development. In addition to faculty dedicated to facilitating students' understanding of visual art and its cultural contexts, graduate students have access to visiting artists through lectures, studio visits, and colloquia.


Facilities include photography laboratories (analog and digital); digital filmmaking and video production studios; sculpture laboratories for work in wood, metal and ceramics; and Mechatronics laboratory to support work in art and technology. There are also facilities to support work in digital media, painting, drawing, performance, new media, and curatorial studies.   For more information, please go to Studios & Labs.

Studio Spaces

All MFA candidates are provided with a studio space, either in the Contemporary Arts Center (single occupancy studios) or in the ACT Building (shared studios and single occupancy studios). 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Graduate Seminar: Issues in Contemporary Art
  • Graduate Group Critique
  • Interdisciplinary Projects
  • Graduate Thesis Writing Seminar
  • Special Topics Seminar
  • Graduate Topics in Studio Production

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • One year of Twentieth-Century Art History (students who have not completed this will be required to do so as part of their graduate studies).
  • A Statement of Purpose. Length: 1000 words.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendations (recommenders must submit letters via online application).
  • A portfolio of 20 images and/or other media samples. Images must include title of the work, size, year, medium, description, and duration of the work, if time-based. 
  • One copy of unofficial transcripts from the Undergraduate institution(s) attended by the applicant. Do not send official transcripts. Official transcripts will be requested if and when applicant is admitted and decide to attend UCI.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33138 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33138 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    33138 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33138 USD per year during 36 months.
  • In-State

    18036 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18036 USD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Irvine

1560 - 2585 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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