Visual Arts MFA

Visual Arts MFA Application Process

Now accepting applications. Learn about the process here.

Admission to the graduate program requires a formal application consisting of the following:

  • Application form and $50 application fee.
  • Transcripts showing a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 3.0 GPA. Any previous graduate study should meet a minimum of 3.25 GPA.
  • A portfolio of work completed within the last 5 years:
    • 15 to 20 images OR
    • 15 minutes of audio, installation or time-based work OR
    • a combination of images (10) and audio, installation or time-based work (10 minutes)
  • Statement of Purpose (800 to 1000 words) should consider the following questions:
    • Formal and conceptual aspects of your current artistic practice
    • Social, historical and/or cultural context of your current artistic practice
    • Strengths and limitations of your work (include formal, research and writing considerations)
    • What you hope to achieve in the program
  • Two letters of recommendation. These letters should discuss your qualifications as an artist for independent graduate study in art and the ability to interact productively with others in an intensive living/learning environment. If possible, one of these recommendations should be from a teacher who can reflect on your artistic potential from an academic perspective
  • CV – Provide a resume of education, work experience, art exhibitions, prizes, awards, and publications.
  • Interview

Application materials will be reviewed by a committee composed of full-time faculty. A review of the applicant’s portfolio will evaluate your ability to progress successfully through the curriculum. Technical skills, aesthetic sensibilities, critical thinking and writing skills will be assessed.

Applicants who do not possess a related undergraduate degree, or have deficiencies in the application will be required to take additional courses at Watkins College of Art to prepare them for graduate studies in Visual Arts before being fully admitted to the graduate program.

Finalists will be interviewed in person or via on online portal.

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