Studio Research Labs highlight studio-based coursework in CCA's Grad Fine Arts program. Designed as small, flexible courses, Studio Research Labs can facilitate small group projects, focused research, short travel-based investigations, immersive experiences, or engagement in a specific material, medium or process. SRLs are semester-based courses with a baseline of 30 contact hours, with recognition that some outside time may be required for production tasks such as project-organizing, travel-to-site, and collaboration time. Many SRLs meet in more intensive bursts: long weekends, day trips off-site, and/or focused studio sessions, opportunities which help students take full advantage of the wider California cultural landscape. This Studio Research Lab will guide students through an in-depth exploration of the growing and always changing art landscape in Los Angeles. Open to all disciplines, this class will focus on what it means to be an art-maker in such an enormous art market. Unlike other major art cities, the center of LA's "art scene" is always changing. Over the course of a 3 day trip during Spring Break, we will visit galleries - both commercial and non- profit venues - and meet with artists, in an attempt to provide a glimpse of how to maintain a rigorous practice in a major art market after your graduate studies are completed.