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The Master of Arts in Art

Course Requirements for the Master’s Degree: 30 units

Continuous enrollment is required. A maximum of 6 semester units of transfer credit may be applied toward the degree.
Graduate Time Limit: All requirements for the degree are to be completed within seven years of the end of the semester of enrollment in the oldest course applied toward the degree. See “Graduate Education” in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.

Prerequisites for Admission to Conditionally Classified Status:

1. Satisfactory grade point average as specified in “Admission to Master’s Degree Programs” in The University Catalog.

2. Approval by the department and the Office of Graduate Programs.

3. An acceptable baccalaureate (equivalent to CSU, Chico’s bachelor’s in Art History) from an accredited institution, or an equivalent approved by the Office of Graduate Programs.

4. Completion of the Miller Analogies Test with a minimum score of 30, or departmental permission.

5. Submission of two (2) upper-division art history papers and two (2) letters of recommendation. Complete information on submission dates and procedures is available from the Art Department’s Graduate Coordinator.

6. Submission of a written statement (minimum of 200 words) concerning personal intent in or philosophy of art.

Prerequisites for Admission to Classified Status:

In addition to any requirements listed above:

Students must have positive recommendations from the faculty in their area of emphasis and approval of a majority of the art faculty at the time of the classification review.

Advancement to Candidacy:

In addition to any requirements listed above:

1. Classified graduate standing and completion at the university of at least 9 units of the proposed program.

2. Formation of the student’s graduate advisory committee in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator.

3. Development of the approved program in consultation with the graduate advisory committee and the Graduate Coordinator.

Requirements for the MA in Art:

Completion of all requirements as established by the department, the graduate advisory committee, and the Office of Graduate Programs, to include:

1. Completion of an approved program of 30 units of 200/300-level courses as follows:

Art History Emphasis: 30 units

6 units required:

ART    280    Art Hist: Theory & Res Methods    3.0    FS

ART    399    Master’s Study    1.0-6.0    FS

Prerequisites: Candidate status.

Six units must be selected from each of the three groups.

Group I:

2 courses selected from:

ART    343    Problems in Medieval Art    3.0    FS

ART    345A    Prob Renaissance/Mannerist Art    3.0    FS

ART    345B    Ital Renais Art    3.0    FS

ART    346    Problems in Baroque/Rococo Art    3.0    FS

ART    352    Problems in Greek Art    3.0    FS

ART    353    Problems in Roman Art    3.0    FS

ART    398    Independent Study    1.0-6.0    FS

Group II:

2 courses selected from:

ART    342A    Prob Pre-Columbian Mexican Art    3.0    FS

ART    342B    Prob Post-Columbian Mexican Art    3.0    FS

ART    344    Problems in Oriental Art    3.0    FS

ART    347    Problems in American Indian Art    3.0    Inq

This course is the same as ART 247 which may be substituted.

ART    398    Independent Study    1.0-6.0    FS

Group III:

2 courses selected from:

ART    340    Problems in Amer Art History    3.0    FS

ART    341    Problems Intl Art: Contemporary    3.0    FS

ART    351    Aesthetics and the Artist    3.0    FS

ART    371A    Prob European Art: 1800-1850    3.0    FS

ART    371B    Prob European Art: 1850-1900    3.0    FS

ART    371C    Prob European Art: 20th Cent    3.0    FS

ART    398    Independent Study    1.0-6.0    FS

Elective Requirement: 6 units

6 units selected from 200-or 300-level art history or upper-division studio courses.

2. At least 18 of the units required for the degree in 300-level courses.

3. Not more than 9 semester units of transfer and/or extension credit (correspondence courses and U.C. extension course work are not acceptable).

4. Not more than a total of 10 units of Independent Study (398) and project or thesis (399); not more than a total of 6 units of project or thesis (399).

5. At the time of application, applicants must successfully complete a written comprehensive qualifying examination which will be evaluated for content and form.

6. At the end of the graduate student’s program, candidates must demonstrate the ability to write and communicate clearly through completion and final approval of a written thesis. An appropriate thesis topic shall be agreed upon by the student and the members of the student’s graduate committee. The form of the thesis is determined by regulations described in A Guide to Graduate Studies: Policies, Procedures, and Format (current edition). The thesis, evaluated for both form and content, must be approved prior to the oral examination.

7. In addition to the thesis, all candidates for the MA degree in Art must also satisfactorily complete an oral examination.

8. Approval by the department and the Graduate Coordinators Committee on behalf of the university.

Graduate Literacy Requirement:

Writing proficiency is a graduation requirement.

Art majors will normally demonstrate their writing competence through their completion of ART 280, Seminar in Art History.

Graduate Grading Requirements:

All courses in the major (with the exceptions of Independent Study-398 and Master’s Study-399) must be taken for a letter grade, except those courses specified by the department as ABC/No Credit (200-level courses), AB/No Credit (300-level courses), or Credit/No Credit grading only. A maximum of 10 units combined of ABC/No Credit, AB/No Credit, and Credit/No Credit grades may be used on the approved program (including 398, 399, and courses outside the major). While grading standards are determined by individual programs and instructors, it is also the policy of the university that unsatisfactory grades may be given when work fails to reflect achievement of the high standards, including high writing standards, expected of students pursuing graduate study.

Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all course work on the approved master’s degree program as well as in all course work taken subsequent to admission to conditionally classified status.

Graduate Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory each semester for all Art majors.
Consult the Graduate Coordinator for specifics.