FINE ART MFA Application / Portfolio Requirements


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School of Visual Arts (SVA)

Contact:

gradadmissions@sva.edu

212-592-2107

Deadline:  January 15, 2014

Admission:

  • The online application is available here
  • Declaration of Finances (+ Verification of Finances)

  • English proficiency requirements (one of the following):

    • Minimum score of 79 (internet-based) or 213 (computer-based) on TOEFL

    • Minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

    • Minimum score of 6 in all categories of the English proficiency examination administered by the New York University American Language Institute in New York.

  • Official translation from all academic documents

  • F1 or comparable student visa

  • Application Fees

  • Personal Statement

Statement of Purpose (250-500 words) describing the applicant’s reason for pursuing graduate study.

  • Resume

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Interviews

Portfolio:

Exactly twelve images to Graduate Admissions

Format images as follows:

  • Files must be labeled as follows: First initial, last name, image number (e.g., jdoe_1).
  • Digital images must be 1500 pixels in width or height at 72 dpi.
  • Video artists and those artists whose work addresses time or motion can also utilize the Graduate Admissions SlideRoom accountor submit a separate DVD. DVDs should not exceed five minutes in length and should be labeled with the artist’s name and the title, date and running time of each work on the DVD. Please note: only NTSC DVD discs will be accepted.
  • Printed inventory sheet with title, dimensions, materials and date of each piece.

Office of Graduate Admissions
School of Visual Arts
209 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010-3994

The MFA Fine Arts department strongly encourages submission via SlideRoom. No PowerPoint or other type of presentation format will be accepted.
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School of the Art Institute in Chicago (SAIC)

Contact:

gradmiss@saic.edu

312.629.6100

Deadline: January 10

Admission:

Address transcripts to:
SAIC Graduate Admissions
36 S. Wabash Ave., suite 1201 
Chicago, IL 60603

  • Statement of Purpose

Write a 500- to 700-word statement that describes your work or research. Discuss how you came to focus on the medium, body of work, or academic area you wish to pursue at the graduate level. Also discuss future directions or goals for your work, and describe how the Master of Fine Arts is particularly suited to your professional goals. Upload your statement of purpose to the Attachments section of your ePortfolio.

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • Interviews

  • Resume

  • TOEFL (100) or IELTS (7.0)

  • Records of studies, grades, courses you completed

  • F1 or comparable student visa

Portfolio:

  • 12–15 still images OR
  • 20 minutes of interactive or time-based work

Optional support materials may include such items as performance notes and original scores and compositions.

  • Images: .jpg, .gif, .pdf (up to 5 MB each)
  • Videos: .flv, .wv, .mov (up to 60 MB each)
  • Audio: .mp3 (up to 10 MB each)
  • Text documents: MUST be in .pdf format (up to 10 MB each)

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Carnegie Mellon University

Contact:

kjefferson@cmu.edu

412.268.8001

Deadline: January 31st

Admission:

A score between 20-27 on each section of the new TOEFL IBT is required for admission. Minimum traditional TOEFL scores of 250 computer based / 600 paper are required for admission.

  • Official transcript of all college work

  • Two-page statement of purpose

  • 3 letters of recommendation

  • Application fee

  • Visit to the campus is highly recommended

  • F1 or comparable student visa

 

Portfolio:

10-15 items

ONLINE Requirements for Still Images, Photographs and Photographic Documentation:

Carnegie Mellon Slideroom

Applicants can upload, label, arrange and submit this type of work electronically. SlideRoom is set up to receive no more than 25 slides, and no less than 15 up to 10MB each. Videos are usually no more than five minutes in length up to 120 MB each , cued to the section applicants want reviewed.

You may also link to YouTube, Vimeo and Soundcloud

MAILED Requirements for Still Images, Photographs and Photographic Documentation:

Submit still images on CD-ROM or DVD-R. Image files should be saved in a standard format (JPG, TIFF, PNG, etc.). Image size should not exceed 1024×768 @72 DPI. Include instructions for viewing and image list. If submitting to SlideRoom and via DVD, applicants should submit their SlideRoom confirmation sheet with their application material.

CFA

300 –5000 Forbes Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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Pratt:

Contact:

 nmeade@pratt.edu

 718-636-3792

Admission:

  • Online Application

  • Application fee

  • Transcripts

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • Statement of purpose

(500 words maximum) outlining the applicant’s interests and goals in pursuing graduate study

  • Resume

  • TOEFL or IELTS

TOEFL score is 550 (paper) 213 (computer) 79 (Internet) and the required IELTS score is 6.5. The equivalent Pearson Test of English (PTE) is 53

  • F1 or comparable student visa

 

Portfolio:

  • A digital portfolio of 20 well selected images of recent works made in the last 2-3 years

  • An accompanying numbered list indicating the title, dimensions, materials used and date of completion of each work

To: pratt.slideroom.com

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Maryland Institute College of Art

 Contact:

graduate@mica.edu

(410) 669-9200

Deadline: January 15

Admission:

Applicants to MICA’s Mount Royal School of Art should upload a 500 word statement referencing their portfolio of artwork and interest in graduate study.

The Office of Graduate Admission strongly recommends uploading .pdf documents.

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Proof of degree

  • Application fee

  • TOEFL or IELTS

A. TOEFL: A minimum overall band score of 80 on the IBT Test of English Language as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for full admission. Additionally, minimum scores of 20 on the writing, reading and listening subsections are required. MICA’s institution code is 5399.

B. IELTS: A minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required. Additionally, minimum scores of 6.0 on the writing, reading and listening subsections are required. MICA’s institution code is 5399.

  • Transcripts: Certified translations of all documents

To help with the review process, the Office of Graduate Admission requests that applicants attach a copy of their unofficial transcripts in .pdf format.

  • F1 or comparable student visa

 

Portfolio: mica.slideroom.com

Applicants should submit 18-20 digital images or 10-20 examples of time-based media for review. Applicants to the Mount Royal School of Art are permitted to submit images, videos and sound files. For applicants submitting longer video or sound work: the Office of Graduate Admission asks that you submit an exerpt (approx. 1min30sec) for viewing during the jury in addition to the longer piece. Full time-based pieces may be submitted as supplemental materials to the Office of Graduate Admission.

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Rhode Island School of Design (RISD):

Deadline: January 10

Contact:  admissions@risd.edu

800 364 7473

Admission:

  • Application fee

  • Academic transcripts of all undergraduate and/or graduate study

  • Statement of purpose

 Graduate applicants must submit a written statement (500–750 words) outlining their interest and goals in pursuing graduate study. Certain programs suggest more specific ideas or written requirements as outlined below.

  • Please include your full name and address on your statement document and upload it to SlideRoom with your portfolio.
  • TOEFL

At least 237 on the computer-based TOEFL, 93 on the internet-based TOEFL and 580 on the paper-based version.

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • F1 or comparable student visa

  • Portfolio:

Graduate applicants are required to submit 10–20 examples of visual work.

RISD- SUBMITTING YOUR MATERIALS

» Submit your application and fee online.

» Make sure your college(s) mails official transcripts to the address listed below for the RISD Admissions Office.

» Upload your portfolio through SlideRoom. Applicants to the Architecture department should also mail a book format portfolio to the Admissions Office.

» Upload your Statement of Purpose through SlideRoom or mail it to the Admissions Office.

» Make sure your recommendations are submitted through SlideRoom or mailed to the Admissions Office.

Our postal mailing address is: 

Graduate Admissions Office
Rhode Island School of Design
Two College Street
Providence, RI 02903
USA

You must submit your portfolio through SlideRoom, an online portfolio service that charges a $10 fee.

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Hunter

DEADLINE: January 15th

Contact: (212) 772-5052

gradart@hunter.cuny.edu

Admission:

  • Online Application

  • Application fee

  • Resume

  • College and University Transcripts

  • Statement of Purpose

A statement of purpose of approximately 750 words describing your objectives in undertaking graduate study. In reviewing applications, considerable importance is placed on the applicant’s interest in and commitment to advanced study and professional development.

  • TOEFL

Paper Based Test: 550

Computer Administered Test: 213

Internet Based Test: 60 (less speaking component)

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • F1 or comparable student visa

Portfolio:

Clay & Casting, Painting, Drawing/Printmaking, Sculpture : Provide 8-10 items. Images (up to 5 MB each)

Photography: Please submit 10 examples of recent photographs. Up to 3 minutes of video may be submitted to help document the photographs.

Combined Media: You may use up to 10 images and up to 3 minutes of video to document this work. Video applicants may also submit DVDs of their full length videos. DVDs should be mailed to:

Hunter College Graduate Art Department 695 Park Ave Rm 11054 New York, NY 10065 ATTN: MFA Admissions

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 Arts University Bournemouth

Contact:

admissions@aub.ac.uk

international@aub.ac.uk

Tel: +44 1202 533 011

Deadline: Rolling Admissions

1. Briefly outline your study interests and what you wish to achieve.
Describe your recent work including contemporary and historical references, such as the artists or designers from the past to the present that influence your work.

2. Intended Programme of Study
Explain clearly how you intend to develop your art-work and how you will inform this development through researching theory. In other words: who and what influences your artwork?

3. Evaluation of Work to Date
Describe the strengths and weaknesses in your artwork and how you intend to build on your strengths and how you could improve your weaknesses.

4. Research
Provide details of any research you have undertaken in order to develop your study proposal. This may include visits to museums and galleries, theatres and performances, libraries and other appropriate archives.

5. Personal Development
Provide a list of skills that you have achieved to date and identify those that you are intending to develop. For example: communication skills, I.T skills, practical skills etc.

  • Portfolio

Submit best work in any format by sending to address below or emailing to admissions@aub.ac.uk

Send materials to:

Arts University Bournemouth
Wallisdown
Poole
Dorset
BH12 5HH
United Kingdom

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UK: Royal College of Art (RCA)

Contact:

T: +44 (0)20 7590 4444
E: admissions@rca.ac.uk

 Deadline:

Application: January 13

Portfolio: January 20

Admission:

An IELTS grade 6.5 with a 6.0 in the test of written English (TWE), a TOEFL score of 220 with 4.0 in the TWE, or TOEFL IBT 90 with 20 in the TWE, a Pearson Academic (PTE) score of 64 overall with 54 in the TWE, or equivalent.  Please note that this includes anyone who has already studied in the UK or another English-speaking country. Tests must be no older than two years.

  • Copy of degree or diploma

  • Full transcript of their first degree course covering each year of their studies

  • Advised to visit the College in advance

  • Statement outlining why you have chosen a particular course and what you propose to gain from your studies

  • Academic referee contact details

  • Application fee

  • Interview

 

  • Portfolio:
  • Ten digital images (a few examples of earlier and recent works)

  • Images can be uploaded to the Online Applications website from January 2014.  Portfolio submissions will be accepted in the following format only:
    • Ten digital images in JPG format no larger than 2MB.
    • We prefer your images to be 1024 x 768 pixels or greater.
    • All image files must be saved as JPG format.
    • No actual paintings, portfolios, photographs, slides, DVDs/videos should be submitted at this stage. For the portfolio submission, only still images of time-based works will be considered. If invited to interview then these works will be viewed.
    • Submission of any material in any other format than the requested JPGs will invalidate your application.
    • The ten images of your work should include, if possible, a few examples of earlier as well as recent works.
    • Each image should be provided with relevant information (i.e. date, size, medium, title).
    • Please note that we will only accept ten images.
    • We do not consider any late applications.

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UK: Goldsmiths – University of London

Deadline: January 1

Contact:

+44 (0)20 7919 7171

admissions@gold.ac.uk

international-office@gold.ac.uk

Admission:

  • Online Application
  • Personal statement

  • Electronic soft copy of your educational transcript

  • TOEFL or IELTS

A minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (including 7.0 in the written element) or equivalent to enroll and study on this programme

  • Application fees

  • GPA 3.0 or higher

  • Deposit of $450

  • Visa

Send supporting materials to: Admissions Office, Goldsmiths, New Cross, London SE14 6NW

Portfolio:

  • 20 images via online application system

Department Booklet

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Columbia University School of the Arts

Contact:

(212) 854-2134
Deadline: Visual Arts MFA: January 15, 2014

Admission:

  • Completed application must be submitted online

  • English proficiency requirements (one of the following):

    • TOEFL (minimum score of 100)

    • Unofficial transcript showing at least one year of advanced study at an institution where English is primary language

    • Unofficial transcript showing a degree obtained from an undergraduate  or graduate institution where English is primary language

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Application Fee

  • F1 or comparable student visa

  • Resume

  • Statement of Intent

Portfolio:

  • Painting: 15 digital images of your work

  • Photography: 15 digital images of your work

  • Printmaking: 20 digital images of your work

  • Sculpture: 20 digital images of your work

via slideroom

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