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The Departmental of Art's roster of core faculty reflects the interdisciplinary character of its program. The Department of Art is comprised of a group of artists and arts professionals with an exceptionally broad range of emphases.  While artists with strengths in traditional media are well-represented, many of the department's faculty work across media, in emerging genres and media, in ancillary fields such as exhibition curating and critical theory, as well as in arenas not normally associated with art production, such as education and publishing.  The Department of Art is thus able to privilege both the impulse to bring new creative work into the world as well as the capacity for reflection necessary for understanding its meaning and impact. 

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graduate | requirements

- 108 units over a three-year course of study are required.

- Students must take a minimum of 12 units per quarter.

- Residency is required.

FIRST YEAR - 36 units required
Art 210: First Year Graduate Seminar (Fall)

Art 220: Graduate Seminar: Issues in Contemporary Art (Winter)

Art 230: Graduate Group Critique (3 courses; must take one course per quarter)

Art 240: Interdiscipinary Projects (3 courses; must take one course per quarter)

Art 215: Graduate Seminar: Interdisciplinary Studies in Art and Culture, or Art 251: Special Topics Seminar (in Winter or Spring)

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graduate | admissions

JANUARY 15 - for applications to the MFA in Art


Applicants for admission to the MFA program must meet the general requirements for admission to graduate study, hold a BA or BFA, and have completed one year of Twentieth-Century Art History (students who have not completed this will be required to do so as part of their graduate studies). In addition, for applications to the MFA in Art, a portfolio of creative work must be submitted by January 15.


1. Complete the Online Application for Graduate Admissions, which includes submission of a Statement of Purpose and three (3) letters of recommendations (recommenders must submit letters via online application).


2. Submit a portfolio

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undergraduate | requirements

Departmental Requirements for the Major

  • Art 1A-B-C (taken the first year in residence);
  • Art 9A and 11A;
  • one course from Art History 40A, 40B, 40C, 42A, 42B, 42C or 42D;
  • four lower-division courses selected from Art 20-99; and
  • six upper-division courses from:
    Art 100-115 (no more than three courses in this category); and
    Art 130-195 (minimum of three courses in this category)
  • two issues courses chosen from Art 116-129 or any Art 100 with "Issues" in its title.

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undergraduate | admissions

Freshman Selection Criteria at UC Irvine
In recent years, the number of freshman applicants to UCI has exceeded the number of spaces available. Since the campus cannot admit all eligible applicants, it must use standards that are more demanding than the minimum UC requirements to select students. These standards, which the University calls selection criteria, are used to identify applicants who have demonstrated the highest academic achievement and who have a variety of other qualities that can contribute to the strength and diversity of the campus community.

In the case that UCI is unable to accommodate all qualified applicants in their first-choice major, those students who indicate a valid alternate major may be offered admission in that major. Students who wish to change their major after enrolling at UCI must submit a change of major petition.

Campus Criteria
UCI seeks to enroll students who have a

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undergraduate | courses

Academic Year 2012-2013


1 Art in Context: History, Theory, and Practice.  A three-quarter foundation sequence introducing students to a broad range of contemporary art, media, and practices in relation to their twentieth-century cultural and historical antecedents.

1A Art in Context: History, Theory, and Practice (4) F. Deals specifically with contemporary painting and photography. Studio Art majors have first consideration for enrollment. (IV)

1B Art in Context: History, Theory, and Practice (4) W. Deals with film/video/performance. Concerned with the development of modern/contemporary film, video, and performance, with a focus on experimental and avant-garde production from the early twentieth-century to today. Studio Art majors have first consideration for enrollment. (IV)

1C Art in Context: History,

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undergraduate | areas of emphasis

Painting & Drawing
There are two large studio spaces, over 1000 square feet each, utilized for a variety of painting and drawing courses from introductory level to advanced techniques and concepts. Emphasis is not only on production of works but the critical analysis of the subject. Also offered are courses involved in the investigation of contemporary issues in the mediums of painting and drawing by studying works of various modern and contemporary artists and writers.

Performance Art
Basic through advanced level courses build upon the exploration of objects, gesture, action, text, image and media to create narrative or non-narrative works. Elements related to the history and theory of performance art are discussed to illustrate techniques and styles.

The facility services both black & white and color photography courses with a group laboratory, individual dark rooms, mural

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administration & contact







Mailing Address

Department of Art

Claire Trevor School of the Arts

University of California, Irvine

3229 Art Culture and Technology

Irvine, CA  92697-2775












Contact for incoming and prospective Undergraduate Students

Arts Student Affairs Office

Claire Trevor School of the Arts

University of California, Irvine     

101 Mesa Arts Building

Irvine, CA  92697-2775

Phone: 949-824-4917

Fax: 949-824-4106


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