MFA in Fine Arts

Discover an Interdisciplinary Artist Community

CCA’s Graduate Program in Fine Arts - Studio challenges you to take your work to a higher level through rigorous practice and a robust exchange of ideas with an engaged and diverse artistic community.

As your work evolves, you will gain a deeper understanding of the dynamic relationships among art, culture, and society.

Find Your Place in Contemporary Art Practice

Immerse yourself in a single medium or work across multiple disciplines, including ceramics, glass, media arts, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and textiles.

Expand Your Critical Thinking & Creative Practice

Through in-depth investigations of material and theory, you’ll explore current artistic practices and cultural issues with some of the nation’s leading artists and critical thinkers.

Our Fine Arts faculty -- professionals who have exhibited and curated in public and private venues as well as international biennials -- will give you the necessary conceptual context in which to create and sustain your art practice. Social practice and public forms workshops – pioneered by CCA faculty – offer opportunities to engage in site-specific projects, community collaborations, public interventions, and activist art practices. 

Our Graduate Studies Lecture Series brings to campus speakers who represent diverse viewpoints and exemplify the vast array of discourse and modes of production available to you.

Another vital resource is the acclaimed CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, which presents groundbreaking international exhibitions.

Build a Lasting Career in the Arts

The diverse and dynamic San Francisco Bay Area is home to an extraordinary number of alternative, municipal, and artist-run exhibition spaces as well as distinguished regional and national museums.

Whether you’re collaborating with one of the many Bay Area arts organizations, exhibiting at a local alternative space, or working as a mentored teaching assistant, you’ll be acquiring the relevant experience and building strong networks to prepare for life beyond graduate school.

Social Practice at CCA

Social Practice and Public Forms workshops are offered each semester and provide opportunities for site-specific projects, community collaborations and activism. Past workshop visitors include Bik van der Pol, Raúl Cárdenas Osuna, Tania Bruguera, Bureau of Linguistical Reality, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Leslie Dreyer, and Christopher Cozier.

Fine Arts at California College of the Arts (CCA)