CCA offers a master of architecture (MArch); master of fine arts (MFA) in design, fine arts, or writing; and master of arts (MA) in visual and critical studies or curatorial practice.
Graduate students are graded on a Pass / No Pass basis for graduate and undergraduate classes.
Transfer Credit Policy
CCA has developed an integral multiyear graduate program. However, under special circumstances transfer credit is given to students who have done graduate-level courses at colleges and universities that have been accredited by their regional associations.
Transfer credit may also be considered for courses taken at institutions that lack regional accreditation, but have been accredited by specialized agencies or at institutions outside the United States that have been chartered or authorized by their national governments.
All requests for transfer credit must be made during the admissions process, in advance of matriculation.
In general, transfer credit is only considered for courses that satisfy CCA graduation requirements, have been completed with a grade of B or better, and have been completed within the past 10 years.
Graduate students may obtain transfer credit for a maximum of 6 units.
Portfolio reviews are required to determine the credit that will be given for studio courses. All transcripts that reflect studio courses completed at other institutions must be accompanied by samples of work in order to be considered for credit toward any CCA studio requirements, including studio electives.
Students must have their program chair's approval for all transfer credits.
Internships may be taken for elective credit in all graduate programs except for Curatorial Practice.
Please consult with your program's office for details.
Near the end of each semester the graduate programs will notify students of teaching assistantship positions available for the following term. Students must apply to the graduate programs for these positions.
Teaching assistantships are based on merit and are awarded by the graduate chairs in conjunction with graduate faculty.
It is possible to complete the MFA program and the MA in Visual and Critical Studies program as a three-year dual degree.
Incoming and current MFA students who wish to pursue the MA in Visual and Critical Studies must apply to the MA program before the end of their first year in order to complete the dual degree. Fine Arts students pursuing the dual degree will only be awarded a studio for the four contiguous semesters of MFA study.
Thesis Format & Deposit Instructions
General physical format
The thesis must be in a format that fits on library shelves, such as a bound volume, upright standing container, or folder.
Dimensions: maximum= 12" tall, 11" wide, 3" thick
Media: should be composed of archivally stable material, at least part of which must be readable without the use of a sight-assisting device; if the thesis is digital or audiovisual, it must be accompanied by representative samples in printed form. (Digital or audiovisual material that is no longer readable will not necessarily be retained by the library in future years.)
Surrogates: theses that do not meet the above format requirements should be deposited in the form of a surrogate that represents the thesis project, such as printouts, photographs, textual descriptions.
Exceptions: the library will accept oversized theses or those not otherwise fitting the above requirements when faculty and the library director agree the thesis is an outstanding work or example to be retained for historical and research purposes.
Each thesis must be accompanied by one or more sheets of paper that include the following information (presented legibly, using a permanent-ink pen):
- a title for the thesis, or specified as "Untitled thesis"
- student's official name on record with the college
- program or department to which the thesis is submitted
- degree for which the thesis is being submitted
- names of faculty charged with approving thesis
- date of thesis approval
- an abstract that is no longer than a single side of paper
- alternative name under which work is created, if applicable (e.g., El Greco, Dave Eggers)
- year degree is being awarded (if different from approval date)
- year thesis was created (if different from approval date)
The granting department should deposit the thesis in the Simpson Library no later than three months after the degree is awarded.
Theses from the last five academic years are housed in Simpson Library; theses from previous years are housed in Meyer Library.
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