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Master of Fine Arts

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art at Azusa Pacific University provides an educational context within which artists of unusual artistic promise and strong motivation explore the horizons of their talents in the midst of an intense critical dialogue of both faith and art. This dialogue is generated by students, distinguished visitors, and a faculty comprised of experienced artists and designers mature in their faith and art.

MFA Program Highlights

As the first graduate art degree within the Council of Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) that encourages students to integrate the essential elements of their faith, life, and art, the MFA in Visual Art offers students:

Learn more about the program and our faculty.

Low-Residency Format

The MFA program accommodates the working artist through an innovative low-residency format, requiring students to be on campus during select months only. Personal studio time is a major facet of the program.

Cultural Epicenter

Azusa Pacific is located just 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, providing numerous opportunities to study and engage the art world through the city’s diverse and world-class cultural venues, including major galleries and museums.

APU Art and Design Galleries

Several on-campus galleries showcase diverse work by students, faculty, and guest artists, along with private collections and special exhibitions throughout the year. Nearly all art exhibitions are free and open to the public.

“Creating art requires a lifetime of service that involves listening to the materials, responding to sources of inspirations and immersing oneself in the discipline of studio practice.”

William Catling, MFA
Chair, Department of Art and Design
Director, MFA in Visual Art program