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  • Policy Number: SP.07.002
  • Version: Original
  • Drafted By: Jack Reilly, Irina Costache, Liz King, Matthew Furmanski, Luke Matjas
  • Approved By: Richard R. Rush
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The Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA) is the internationally recognized terminal degree in the field of studio art. The degree consists of sixty semester units. Students in the MFA Studio Art program are involved in intensive studio work and research focusing on the conceptual, theoretical and productive aspects of art making. Proposed projects lead to the completion of an exhibition of a congruent body of work accompanied by theoretical writings and visual documentation.    


The need for the MFA in Art at California State University is clearly established. Currently there     is no other university in Ventura County that offers an MFA degree program in art. Ventura County is a well-known art community in the state of California with numerous museums, galleries in the vicinity. In addition, there are numerous community colleges in the area that offer healthy art programs that feed directly into the CSUCI Art major. The CSUCI Art Program receives continuous inquiries regarding the establishment of an MFA program.  In addition, the   close proximity of CSUCI to Los Angeles, which supports one of the largest art communities in the world, affords CSUCI graduates numerous professional opportunities for MFA graduates in the professional art community, academia, and the entertainment industry.



Art Program, division of Academic Affairs; Extended Education will support the operational end of the proposed degree as a special sessions program.






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