The Master of Arts program is designed to produce graduates with professional competence in studio disciplines. While acquiring those abilities, the student is also expected to develop skills used in the criticism and analysis of the visual arts. The Master of Arts degree at Sacramento State may be an end in itself for some graduate students; for others it may serve as preparation for admission into a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program at another institution.
The studio curriculum encourages integration of professional practice with historical and theoretical studies. The progression of classes facilitates the transition from student to independent artist through studies in ceramics, drawing, jewelry, metalsmithing, new media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Special emphasis is placed on the development of individuality, depth, and professional competence in both technique and concepts.
Admission as a classified graduate student in Art requires:
- a BA in Art or its equivalent, including 12 units in art history;
- a minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 60 units attempted;
- approval by Studio Art faculty review of other submitted materials;