Master Online

Fine Arts

California Institute of Integral Studies

24 months
1242 USD/credit 24219 USD/year
1242 USD/credit 24219 USD/year
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California Institute of Integral Studies’ Interdisciplinary Arts department offers a unique Master of Fine Arts degree that focuses on the vital role of inquiry in artmaking.


We value the complex range of human experience that provokes art and welcome artists from all disciplines — literary, visual, performing, media, and interdisciplinary — into an innovative laboratory for individual and collaborative artmaking.

Working in small groups, individually with faculty, mentors, and organizations in the Bay Area, students clarify directions for their art and join a community of artists with valuable connections and relationships. We know most artists live a multi-faceted life, so we also offer professional development courses and internships focusing on building an arts career, community engagement, teaching, and editing and publishing through our inter-arts platform, Mission at Tenth.

Career Paths

California Institute of Integral Studies’ MFA curriculum is designed to help launch or expand your professional career as an artist. Using the coursework as a guide, students have the opportunity to develop strategic tools and materials necessary to meet their professional goals.

Our Fine Arts graduates from California Institute of Integral Studies are equipped to build a sustainable art practice and work in fields such as:

  • Media
  • Coaching
  • Editing and publishing
  • Arts administration or non-profits
  • Education and academia
  • Arts activism

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • MFA Interdisciplinary Arts Workshop
  • Creative Inquiry for Artists
  • Arts Mentorship
  • Arts in Context
  • International Summer Exchange
  • Interdisciplinary Pedagogy

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • 3rd application deadline: pending program space availability (after the Feb 15th priority deadline).


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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete the Online Admissions Application and Submit the Application Fee

  • Submit Your Supporting Materials

  • Submit Your Official Transcripts

  • Minimum GPA: A GPA of 3.0 or higher in previous coursework is required. However, a GPA below 3.0 does not automatically disqualify an applicant and CIIS will consider a prospective student whose GPA is between 2.0 and 3.0. These individuals are required to submit a GPA Statement and are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions to discuss their options.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24219 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1242 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    24219 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1242 USD per credit during 24 months.


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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