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Graduate Studies in the School of Art

The School of Art offers specialized and diversified curricula at the graduate level across MA and MFA programs with concentrations in Art Education, Art History and Studio Art, as well as a Certificate program in Museum and Curatorial Studies. More students study Art and Design at CSULB than at any other public university in the United States, and our graduate programs are part of the flagship of visual arts education, scholarship, and practice in the CSU system. CSULB was the first School of Art in the CSU system to offer the MFA degree. The National Association of Schools of Art and Design has accredited CSULB for its art and design programs since 1970.

Students pursuing a MA in Art with a Concentration in Art Education can choose to specialize in K-12 Education, Community Based Art Education, and Museum Education. Art History students pursuing the MA in Art with a Concentration in Art History can choose from tracks in Museum Studies or Art History. Art History specializations include: Asian Art / 20th Century Asian Art and Architecture; Art and Architecture in Latin America; Classical Art and Archaeology; Contemporary Art; Museum and Curatorial Studies; Later Medieval / Renaissance Art and Architecture; 19th Century Art and Architecture of Europe and the United States; and 20th Century Art, Gender Studies and Theory. Students pursuing an MFA in Art with a Concentration in Studio Art can pursue specialized study in Ceramics, Drawing & Painting, Fiber, Graphic Design, Illustration & Animation, Metal & Jewelry, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture/4D, and Wood.

We encourage you to explore our programs in greater detail using the links provided on the left. If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact the Graduate Advisor for the School of Art at 562-985-7910, or the Assistants to the Graduate Advisor at