Master of Arts Degree Programs

A generative context for advanced inquiry into the ideas, institutions, and discourses of contemporary art.

We challenge students to expand skills of analysis, questioning, and creative problem solving to prepare them for a lifelong commitment to art and ideas. Our scholars are considered artists and they work side by side with MFA candidates—their creative materials are ideas and words.

MA candidates participate in art history and critical theory seminars; research and writing colloquia; and have opportunities for curating, internships, and travel. These crossdisciplinary offerings prepare students to cultivate and execute an individualized course of study that will lead to the final research thesis—a book length work of creative scholarship.

The MA Collaborative Project provides a forum for students to take their work into the public sphere—and to collaborate professionally with their peers—with an exhibition, symposium, site-responsive project, or any form chosen by the group in conversation with the lead faculty.

The final MA Sympossium introduces MA graduates to the Bay Area in highly celebrated public forum.