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The Master of Arts Degree in Art

The Master of Arts degree in Art provides the opportunity for students to pursue advanced studies in the visual arts as a means of attaining accomplishment in their discipline that extends beyond that of the baccalaureate degree. The graduate program is designed for highly motivated students, emphasizing intensive, self-directed study, and small group instruction, within a chosen area of study: Studio Art (drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, or new media), Art History, or Art Education. 

With prior approval, programs with multiple concentrations may be arranged. Innovative courses with up-to-date information are offered by an outstanding group of faculty comprised of accomplished artists, designers, educators, and scholars. The M.A. in Art program challenges students to cultivate excellence and to recognize excellence within their discipline; to develop a voice as an artist, designer, educator, or scholar, while increasing awareness of how that voice fits within the larger context of culture and society.

Jamie Boley

Art by Graduate Jamie Boley

To apply to the M.A. in Art program, first apply to the university for Graduate Studies through Cal State Apply. 

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Supporting admissions documents, such as Transcripts, TOEFL scores (for international admissions), and other scores must be mailed to the appropriate graduate admissions office:

Domestic Students mail documents to:

California State University, Fresno
5150 N. Maple Ave. JA 57
Fresno, CA 93740-8026

International Students mail documents to:

California State University, Fresno
Attn: International Admissions
5150 N. Maple Ave. JA 56
Fresno, CA 93740-8026

M.A. in Art Program Additional Requirements:

The M.A. in Art Program requires additional materials to be sent to the Department of Art & Design in the form of a Portfolio. New Applicant Portfolios are reviewed by the Graduate Faculty Group and used to determine acceptance to the Program. Portfolios (including images of art work or research writing samples, letters of recommendation, curriculum vita, statement of intent, etc,) are to be submitted no later than 2 weeks after the deadline to apply for graduate standing at the university through Cal State Apply. For details on Portfolio Requirements by area, go to

The deadline for receipt of portfolio materials for consideration for Fall 2021 admission is October 15, 2021. The deadline of receipt of portfolio materials for Spring 2022 admission is April 15, 2022. 

Portfolio materials should be emailed to:

Or mailed to:

California State University, Fresno
Dept of Art and Design
ATTN: Stephanie Ryan
5225 N. Backer Ave., M/S CA 65
Fresno, CA 93740