Call for applications: Claire Trevor School of the Arts MFA program in the Department of Art

Call for applications: Claire Trevor School of the Arts MFA program in the Department of Art

University of California, Irvine

Amanda Ross-Ho, OMEGA, 2012. Aluminum, steel, wood, high density foam, extruded rubber enamel paints, cast urethane and glass. 156 X 93.25 X 66 inches. Installation view, Ordinary Pictures, Walker Art Center 2016. Photo: Gene Pittman. Courtesy Walker Art Center.

September 22, 2017
Call for applications: Claire Trevor School of the Arts MFA program in the Department of Art
Application deadline: January 15, MFA in Art
Application deadline: March 1, MFA in Art with Concentration in Critical & Curatorial Studies
University of California, Irvine
3229 Art Culture and Technology
Irvine, California 92697-2775

MFA in Art
The graduate program offers a generously-funded and rigorous interdisciplinary study environment in the visual arts. The program provides a thorough and intensive professional training for students wishing to pursue careers in the field of contemporary art, and emphasizes experimental and interdisciplinary approaches to art making, while also providing a solid grounding in various disciplinary mediums and post-studio practices. Students undergo a course of study combining seminars, intensive critique courses, and independent study. A dynamic Visiting Artist lecture series is a key component of the MFA curriculum, providing students with the opportunity to conduct studio visits with world-renowned artists, critics and curators. Graduate students have opportunities to exhibit in three professional galleries. First-year and second-year MFAs participate in Open Studios and mount exhibitions to evaluate progress towards the degree. Third-year MFAs mount a thesis exhibition in the spring, and often make a second exhibition outside campus during the summer after graduation. UC Irvine is an unparalleled resource in all disciplines of research for artists to enhance their practice. Students may take advantage of the academic excellence UCI provides as a leading research university with courses in departments in the arts and humanities. Some students, in addition to their primary graduate degree in Art, also obtain emphasis certificates from graduate programs in Critical Theory, Gender and Sexualities Studies, Visual Studies, among others.

Faculty: Rhea Anastas, Kevin Appel, Jennifer Bornstein, Juli Carson, Miles Coolidge, Bryan Jackson, Jesse Colin Jackson, Ulysses Jenkins, Antoinette LaFarge, Simon Leung, Joseph S. Lewis III, Monica Majoli, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Deborah Oliver, Jennifer Pastor, Simon Penny, Litia Perta, Shelby Roberts, Amanda Ross-Ho, David Trend, and Bruce Yonemoto

Application/additional information here.

MFA in Art with a Concentration in Critical & Curatorial Studies
The program educates graduate students to pursue careers in the fields of curatorial practice, art criticism, experimental writing and public programming. Upon completion of this three-year program, students will be versed in debates defining art and visual culture, from modernism to the present, capable of conceiving new models of contemporary exhibition, criticism and theoretical writing, and trained to execute professional, innovative projects in the field. The core curriculum is interdisciplinary, taught by a faculty selected from the School of the Arts and the School of Humanities. Students complete their Concentration in the third year of study with a Final Thesis Exhibition in Winter Quarter, followed by a Final Written Thesis in Spring Quarter.

Faculty: Juli Carson (Director), Rhea Anastas, Kevin Appel, Daniel Martinez, Jennifer Pastor, Litia Perta, and Bruce Yonemoto

Application/additional information here.

Teaching opportunities
Each graduate student is appointed to six Teaching Assistantships, some of which may include Teaching Associate positions after advancement to candidacy (where students teach course(s) under faculty supervision).  In addition, some students are appointed as Graduate Student Researchers during the academic year, and/or as instructors for the Summer Academy, an outreach program for high school and middle school students. The department also appoints some graduate students to teach the Summer School curriculum as lecturers, in the summer immediately following graduation.

Financial packages and fellowship opportunities
Successful US applicants typically receive full academic financial support. Successful international applicants also receive very generous (usually full) academic financial support for the first year and full academic support for the second and third years. The Department is committed to providing as much funding as possible to assist all students in the completion of the degree. Students also take advantage of the numerous grant and fellowship opportunities available through the School of the Arts and other external agencies.

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