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Catalyst Gallery

Catalyst Gallery

Catalyst is a student led gallery featuring the work of Studio Art undergraduates.

ACT Building, 2nd Floor

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Drawing & Painting

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.

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The facility services both black & white and color photography courses with a group laboratory, individual dark rooms, mural darkroom and digital photographic processing. The facility also houses a large array of photographic equipment including a variety of cameras, lenses and lighting kits.

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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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