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 4, 2022 (Fall 2022)
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 minnimum speaking score on each exam
TOEFL speaking scores of 23
IELTS speaking scores of 7
PTE speaking scores of 65
Request to send your scores from the TOEFL website. Our school code is 4836. The department code is 15.
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
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.
Upon admission acceptance, 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.
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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|Phone (858) 822-3884|
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University of California, San Diego
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La Jolla, CA 92093-0327