Claremont Graduate University

CGU is like no other graduate-level university in the nation. Founded in 1925, Claremont Graduate University is an independent institution devoted entirely to graduate study.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has classified CGU as a Comprehensive Doctoral/no medical or veterinary. On our 19-acre, tree-lined campus in Claremont, 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, our eight academic schools and one independent department award master's and doctoral degrees in 22 disciplines. Enrollment is limited and classes are small, so you receive the attention you need.

As a member of The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of seven independent institutions, CGU is able to offer a greater breadth of faculty and campus resources than is typical of a university with 2,000 students. At CGU, students are encouraged to pursue personal academic interests and research agendas even when they transcend the boundaries between individual departments.


United States

251 East Tenth Street,
CA 91711
Phone: 909.621.8071
Fax: 909.607.1276

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Our Aims

Claremont Graduate University
prepares a diverse group of outstanding individuals
to assume leadership roles in the worldwide community
through research, teaching, and practice in selected fields.  

News and Events

Spring 2007 Semester starts Jan. 18

CGU ART is participating in the 12th annual Los Angeles Art Show- "Five Centuries of Art", January 24 - 28, 2007 Barker Hanger, Santa Monica
Several of our MFA Graduates are showing work  

Information For  Postgraduates

The degree requirements are in keeping with the recommendations of the CAA (College Art Association). The MFA Degree is a 60 unit degree accomplished in four semesters. Twenty-four units are in the Studio Practice field of concentration. Eight units are in Critical Theory, eight units in Art History, and four units in Writing/Thesis. The rest of the units are electives. Most students take the electives in studio art, but in the context of the full University, many other options are available.

The Claremont Graduate University admits only graduate students. Therefore, everything revolves around advanced work and theory. All energy is directed specifically towards the needs of an advanced level of practice.

While faculty and visitors give you the best of their professional expertise, it is a self-motivated program in which you are seen as the center of your own education. As a participant, you are expected to take advantage of the system in the way that is most productive for you. Choice of courses, instructors, speakers and events is key to the promotion of an individual outlook and supplies you with a variety of ...  [ Read All ]

Information For  International Students  

Student Facilities

Graduate Art Studios

Each student at CGU normally gets an individual studio measuring 24 by 12 feet with light track and skylight. There are 63 such work spaces in the CGU Art Building along with shops, technical classrooms, four galleries, and lecture rooms. The building was designed as an activity and art-making center for the sole support of graduate work. All students have 24-hour access to the building and to their studios. Continuing students are encouraged to use their studios over the summer. All studios are open to view except during intensive individual work periods. Critics, curators and dealers tour the studios throughout the year. Faculty, visiting artists, speakers and colloquia artists meet with participants in the building and in their studios.

Digital Art Studio
Students at CGU work closely with instructors to gain a deep understanding of Video Art production, Web and Multimedia development, and 2D digital processes. Knowledge is gained through a combination of hands-on demonstration and individual training. CGU is dedicated in providing artists with the latest in digital technology and the skill to use i...  [ Read All ]

Student Testimonials

Quinton Bermiller

As a kid, Quinton Bermiller was always drawing, painting, and creating. Fortunately, he never outgrew it. Quinton’s early passion for art was fueled by an assortment of nurturing adults -- a pediatrician, a first grade teacher and his grandmother. His early work hung in a gallery in his pediatrician’s office. His first grade teacher was so enamored of his work that when he ran into her more than twenty years later, she still had one of his first watercolors. And his grandmother taught him how to see.

Quinton’s art is currently being nurtured at CGU by prominent people in the art world such as David Amico, Gary Lang and John Millei. “If you’re up on contemporary art, you know that L.A. has a lot of the top artists working today. A lot of the best people are teaching in L.A.” Quinton considered Cal Arts, Art Center, and USC, but kept seeing artists whose work he really liked coming out of Claremont.

“Being able to learn from someone like David Pagel who’s an art critic for the L.A. Times is a great opportunity. Here, you have your own studio and you get to know other artists’ work pretty ...  [ Read All ]

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