The graduate program leading to the MFA degree at Berkeley is a two year course of study that emphasizes concentrated studio work in the broadly defined areas of painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and new genres. The aim of the program is to broaden the visual, intellectual and aesthetic faculties of students in their pursuit of careers as dedicated and serious professional artists. Applicants to the program are judged on the basis of the technical proficiency, intellectual sophistication, and invention evident in slides of their work, and admitted students are expected to make a full-time commitment to art making while enrolled in the program. Approximately 6-8 of 100-150 applicants are accepted into the program each year and are provided individual studios to pursue their work as well as access to the broad variety and wealth of resources on the Berkeley campus.
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
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