Visual Arts (VA75)
This program is designed to provide intensive professional training for the student who proposes to pursue a career within the field of contemporary art—including art making, criticism, and theory. The scope of the UC San Diego program includes painting, sculpture, performance, installation art, public art, photography, film, video, and digital media. The program is unique in that the course of study provides for and encourages student mobility within this range of traditional and media-based components. It also offers opportunities for collaborative work.
|Area of Study||Division of Arts and Humanities|
Cinema/Film/Media, Digital/New Media/Software/Hardware, Painting/Drawing, Participatory/Collaborative, Performance/Site/Event, Public Culture/Architecture/Urban, Sculpture/Object/Installation, Speculative Design, Theory/Text.
|Degree||Master of Fine Arts|
All application materials, including the Visual Arts Portfolio, must be submitted online. We do not accept hard copies of materials.
January 2, 2020 (Fall 2020)
English Proficiency Exams
(international applicants only)
A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.
The following test(s) are accepted by this department:
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
The minimum score requirement is 90 on the TOEFL iBT (TOEFL Internet based test).
Request to send your scores from the TOEFL website. Our school code is 4836. The department code is 15. There are frequent internet-based test dates. Please make arrangements to take the exam no later than November.
IELTS is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.
Arrangements for taking the IELTS Academic Training exam may be made through the website. The university-wide minimum IELTS Academic Training exam score required for consideration for graduate admission is Band Score 7. Applicants with marginal scores on the IELTS exam may be required to pass an English proficiency test upon arrival at UCSD or enroll in an English course until the required proficiency is attained.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Training exam -- Submit official test score reports to: Graduate Admissions, Mail Code 0003, UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0003
The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic).
PTE Academic is a computer-based academic English language test bench-marked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF). For registration and test information consult the PTE website.
English Language Requirement for International Teaching Assistants (TA).
International students whose native language is not English will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency before they may serve as teaching assistants.
International graduate students who are nonnative speakers of English must be certified as having requisite language skills before they can serve as teaching assistants (TAs; UC San Diego Graduate Division policy in compliance with Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 41).
Evidence of English Language Proficiency: Certification as Teaching Assistant Recommended Scores
Students may be certified either on the basis of their score on one of the following:
• have a TOEFL iBT Speaking subscore of 30
• have an IELTS Speaking subscore of 9.0
• have a PTE Speaking sub-score of 90,
• be an international graduate student who serves as a language assistant in courses conducted in their native language.
Those students with TOEFL speaking scores of 23 – 27, IELTS speaking scores of 7-8, or PTE speaking scores of 65-82 are required to take the English Language Certification Exam.
Students who do not pass the English Language Certification Exam are given the opportunity to improve their language skills.
Those students who are admitted but have a speaking TOEFL score below 23 will not be allowed to take the certification test. Students who fall into this category may acquire the required English language proficiency skills via courses offered in the English Language Institute and the English for Academic and Professional Development Program.
Letters of Recommendation
Minimum of 3 recommendations required.
Letters of recommendation should come from individuals, preferably previous professors, who can best explain why you are prepared and would be successful in rigorous academic studies at the graduate level.
Statement of Purpose
Online Statement of Purpose Only. 750-1000 word limit, not to exceed 3 pages.
Visual Arts Portfolio Requirements
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