School of Art
Graduate Degree Offered: M.F.A.
All applicants wishing to enter the graduate program must have their complete applications on file by Feburary 15th for the following academic year.
Required PortfolioUp to twenty images representative of the applicant's most current work. Admission to the MFA program is highly competitive, and consideration by the faculty of the quality of the applicant's work (as represented by images of good quality) is a very important factor. When submitting your portfolio you will need to combine all images into 1 pdf document and because of space considerations, video will not be accepted. Please also include an image list with dimensions, medium and date the work was completed. The GRE is not required for admission to the M.F.A. program.
English proficiency scores with the following minimums: TOEFL (80), IELTS (level 6.5), or PTE (54), are required for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and are not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. or if the student is from a country where the English proficiency score is waived.
Please see our International application process page for a list of countries where the english proficiency score is waived as well as more information on applying as an International student.
Additional Admission Requirements
For additional required admission documents please see program website or view the list of requirements in the graduate application portal.
The Master of Fine Arts is a project based, non-media specific curriculum that focuses on individual artistic development and creative leadership. The program brings together talented individuals from a variety of different media building a community that fosters exploration, professionalism and creative success.
Each semester students develop, propose and execute projects; the development and iteration of these projects is a creative act in itself and a core concept of the program. The goal is twofold, to center the graduate experience in the conceptual and production processes of sophisticated art making, and to graduate individuals who are capable of successfully developing, organizing and executing complex artistic/entrepreneurial endeavors. Projects based in all traditional fine art media along with environmental art, new media and installation can be accommodated.
The School of Art offers state of the art facilities for intensive graduate study. The 6000 square ft. Melvin Graduate Studios provides spacious light-filled studios with mountain views and a large gallery for student exhibitions. With a working kitchen, and 12 semi-private studios, you will feel right at home. Students have the space to work on large wall works or enjoy the ample floor space for 3-D art making. There is a tool room with band saws, a table saw and a drill press. With a private electric salt kiln, ceramicists are free from the sharing of mass kiln firings. The Graduate Art Studio also provides Wi-Fi Internet access.