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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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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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Julie Shafer photography | Deanna Erdmann photography


Julie Shafer photography | Karin Mueller photography


Pentti Monkkonnen sculpture | Nicole Belle photography | Claire Philips writing


Jennifer Cool new media | Brett Doar sculpture | Sophie Lee painting | Kristen Thompson photography


Nicole Belle photography | Ginny Bishton drawing | Jennifer Cool new media | Brett

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Yong Soon Min

Yong Soon Min’s art practice, inclusive of curatorial projects, engages interdisciplinary sources and processes in the examination of issues of representation and cultural identities, and the intersection of history and memory.  Recent exhibitions highlights include: 10th and 3rd Havana Bienal, Smith College Museum, 7th Gwangju Biennale, Third Guangzhou Triennale, 2007 International Incheon Women Artists Biennale, Pacific Film Archive, The Asia Society and Museum, Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Museum of Modern Art, NY, and Oboro Gallery, Montreal. 

Min's awards include the Fulbright Senior Scholar, Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Dept’s COLA grant, Rockefeller Foundation, Korea Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and the Anonymous Was A Woman Fund.  Recent curatorial projects include transPOP: Korea Vietnam Remix (Arco, Seoul, San Art & Galerie Quynh, Vietnam, Yerba Buena Art

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Catherine Lord

Catherine Lord, Professor of Studio Art and affiliated faculty, Department of Women’s Studies and Department of Visual Culture, is a writer, artist, and curator whose work addresses issues of feminism, cultural politics, and colonialism.  She is the author of the text/image experimental narrative,  The Summer of Her Baldness:  A Cancer Improvisation (University of Texas Press), the conceptual translation Sa Calvitie, Son Colibri:  Miss Translation (L’une Bevue) and (in collaboration with Richard Meyer), Art and Queer Culture, 1885-2005 (Phaidon Press, 2011). She is at work on a text/image project titled, The Effect of Tropical Light on White Men. Her critical essays and her fiction have been published in Afterimage, Art & Text, Artcoast, New Art Examiner, Whitewalls, Framework, Documents, Art Journal, GLQ, X-tra and Art Paper,

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Simon Leung

Simon Leung’s foremost concern as an artist is how “the ethical,” broadly defined, can be thought and traced. His projects, in various media, include a rethinking of AIDS and otherness using the figures of the pinprick and the glory hole; meditations on “the residual space of the American/Vietnam War” (comprising works on the squatting body as counter-architecture, military desertion as askesis, and surfing); a video essay on the site/non-site dialectic instigated by Robert Smithson’s reception of Edgar Allan Poe (with a little help from Yvonne Rainer); a reconsideration of Marcel Duchamp’s oeuvre as an discourse in ethics (as seen through Étant donnés); and “squatting projects” in various cities (Berlin, New York, Chicago, Vienna, Guangzhou, Hong Kong), where the squatting body, as a heuristic

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Antoinette LaFarge

Antoinette LaFarge makes work that engages with the politics of virtuality, ephemerality, and role play through performance and installation, participatory media, net culture, and fictive art.<--break->She works and teaches using both analog and digital media, and she believes that computational literacy is a necessary part of the contemporary artist's skill set. Recent new media performance and installation projects include Far-Flung follows function (2013) Galileo in America (2012), Hangmen Also Die (2010), WISP (World-Integrated Social Proxy) (2009-10), World of World (2009), Chronovacuum

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