Applicants must have completed a B.F.A., B.A., or B.S. degree from an accredited college or university, or hold a diploma from a recognized professional art school, and must have substantial experience in making art. Thirty semester hours in undergraduate study is preferred. Applicants must also have a working knowledge of art history and/or visual culture, which may include such courses as theory or history of film, television, video, theater, design history, communications, aesthetics, popular culture, etc. The Program occasionally considers accepting a student without a Bachelor's degree. Such candidates must show evidence to the MFA Admissions Committee of exceptional artistic work and strong writing and research abilities.
September 15th for the February residency
Applications after this priority deadline are welcome. Please contact Admissions for details regarding review dates and timeframes.
Please send all materials to:
You may request an application form sent by mail, or access the application form online (.pdf). To be considered for admission, you must submit the following:
Applicants must submit twenty (20) images on a CD. Images must represent work that was completed within the last five years.
Images should be named as follows: ‘lastname_firstname_00.jpg’, ‘lastname_firstname_01.jpg’, etc., and numbered according to the order in which they are to be viewed.
Enclose a list, headed with your name, that contains the dimensions, medium, title, and date of each image.
If you are working in video, performance, or a time-based medium, send a DVD work sample that represents work made within the last five years. Material can consist of several short works or excerpts from multiple pieces with a maximum of four pieces and a total combined running time of 12 minutes or less. Audio work should be sent as digital files on a MAC-OS compatible CD. File extensions should be .wav or .tif.
All DVD and CD cases should be labeled with the applicant's name, title(s) of work, date, and running time. Additionally, please enclose a list of these work samples with title(s), date, and running time and briefly describe your role/roles in the production of the work.
Digital image requirements
MAC-OS compatible CD; JPG or TIFF file format; RGB color scale; image size should be 768x1024 pixels per inch at a resolution of 72 dpi; individual files should be no larger than 3MB.
PLEASE NOTE: Keynote and PowerPoint presentations are not accepted.
All application materials, including the image file, are part of the permanent application record and will not be returned.
Admission to the Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art program is based primarily on the quality of original work and the judgment by the MFA Admissions Committee that the applicant's preparation and goals are compatible with the Program's design and ideals, and that the applicant would be able to successfully complete the degree requirements.
An applicant's portfolio must indicate sufficient quality of creative work and a level of commitment to their artistic practice to demonstrate that the applicant is ready to do graduate work in an MFA in Visual Art program. The application essay must give evidence of strong potential to undertake critical inquiry of various artistic practices past and present, to engage with a range of intellectual traditions, to pursue self-reflective analysis and independent study, as well as to receive and productively respond to criticism of his or her work.
A decision on an application is usually made four to six weeks after each published deadline. Applicants will receive written notification of the decision by the MFA Admissions Committee.