CVPA Graduate Painting

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60 credits, two- to three-year program of study

We do not teach artists; rather we teach students to become artists.

The Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting is the credential that signifies a student's capacity to work independently in a discriminating, distinctive, and professional manner. The program provides an educational context where motivated and creative artists can pursue their own goals, hone technical skills, and advance personal vision through intense, focused individual studio activity. The painting faculty generates critical dialogue with graduate students at specific intervals during each semester. Academic courses in art history, critical theory, philosophy, and a range of university offerings support the cultivation of the individual's intellectual and aesthetic maturation.

Painting MFA Graduate Program Progress Towards Degree Sheet (PDF)

Requirements for Admission

Standards for admission include a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0, a portfolio that demonstrates your capability for advanced work in your chosen discipline, and a personal statement outlining your future direction.

All applicants must submit the following to the Graduate Office: two letters of recommendation from people who can write authoritatively about your accomplishments and potential; a statement of purpose defining the field of study you wish to pursue and describing the ideas that will inform your work; and a portfolio of 20 slides or photographs providing a clear representation of your processes of thinking, implementation of concepts, and studio production. A personal interview is encouraged. Applicants are urged to refer to the Graduate Catalog for complete information regarding admissions.