Incoming MFA students are expected to be already deeply engaged in their creative practice and possess technical proficiency in their chosen media. Graduate coursework and independent study are designed to help students develop a critical understanding of their creative work in the multiple contexts of specific localities and global contemporary art.
Our graduate students in the Art Practice Program at University of California, Berkeley are encouraged to take university-wide and cross-disciplinary courses linked to their research interests, studying and collaborating with faculty and graduate students in areas as diverse as Geography, Environmental Sciences, Classics, Art History, Disability Studies, Philosophy, Cognitive Science, Interactive Design, Rhetoric, Film Studies, and Comparative Literature.
- Peer-to-peer discussion and critique form the heart of Berkeley’s MFA Program. Students respond to their classmates’ work, and learn to think, speak and write critically about art’s functions and possibilities.
- A Visiting Artist Lecture Series, along with studio visits, offer graduate students the chance to connect with internationally-known artists. Students also will have the opportunity to teach in the second year, mentored and closely supported by a faculty member.
- Exhibitions in the first and second year of study require students to maintain a rigorous pace of creative research and establish a professional art practice. The final thesis exhibition, completed after the second year of study, is held at the Berkeley Art Museum.
- 24 months
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DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies Visual Arts Art History View 736 other Masters in Visual Arts in United States
- Admission to the department is based on acceptance by the UCB Graduate Division and a faculty review of complete applications.
- Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last two years of upper-division coursework. For the MFA degree, applicants are evaluated on their creative work, and all applicants must submit a portfolio of work consisting of a maximum of twenty still images.
International26544 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 13272 USD per semester during 24 months.
National26544 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 13272 USD per semester during 24 months.
In-State11442 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 5721 USD per semester during 24 months.
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