MFA Illustration admissions & portfolio requirements

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School of Visual Arts

Contact:

gradadmissions@sva.edu

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

Deadline: January 15

Admission:

  • The online application is available here
  • Application fees
  • Declaration of finances (+Verification of Finances)
  • English proficiency requirements (one of the following):
    • Minimum score of 100 (internet-based) or 250 (computer-based) 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
    • Statement of Purpose (250-500 words) describing the applicant’s reason for pursuing graduate study.
    • Resume: should include professional experience as well as related activities, such as research, awards and exhibitions.
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Interviews
    • Photocopy of Permanent Resident Card (only permanent residents of the United States)

Portfolio:

Applicants must upload their portfolio to the Graduate Admissions SlideRoom account.

The portfolio requirements for Slide Room are:

  • 20 still images in .jpg format, not to exceed 5mb each in file size
  • Application portfolios will be viewed on a 1280 x 800 resolution screen. Files should be sized approximately 1280 x 800 pixels at a resolution of 72 dpi.
  • Writing Sample: Applicants are also required to submit a typed writing sample between 500 and 1,000 words long. Content is at the discretion of the applicant.
  • Additional Skills: Applicants should be proficient in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

By mailing in a CD:

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

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Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)

Contact:

fitinfo@fitnyc.edu

School of Graduate Studies, Room E315
Fashion Institute of Technology
227 W27th Street, New York NY 10001-5992

Deadline: February 15, 2014

Admission:

  • The online application is available here
  • Transcripts may be uploaded and an official transcript in its original mailed to:
    • School of Graduate Studies, Room E315
      Fashion Institute of Technology
      227 W27th Street, New York NY 10001-5992
    • Resume and Essay: Discuss your choice of program and reasons for interest including pertinent work and travel experience. Also include your future professional objectives.
    • Two letters of recommendation: one academic and one professional
    • Interview
    • English proficiency requirements (one of the following):
      • TOEFL:
      • Internet-based (ibt) test:  minimum score must be 80
      • Computer-based test:  minimum score must be 213
      • Paper-based test:  minimum score must be 550

The minimum IELTS band score of 6.5 in the academic module is required.

Portfolio:

  • Submission of 15-20 pieces.
  • Life drawings and drawings from observation must be included.
  • Submit images as LOW-RES files (72 dpi).  Please submit using the format: Lastname_jpeg (number each illustration sequentially).  Submissions improperly prepared will not be considered. No slides, original work, nor direction to a website are accepted. All portfolio submissions become the property of the School of Graduate Studies and will not be returned. No oversize portfolios, binders, prints or original work will be accepted
  • Additional information about ePortfolio General Guidelines are here

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Arts University Bournemouth

Contact:

Arts University Bournemouth
Wallisdown
Poole
Dorset BH12 5HH
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1202 533 011
Fax: +44 1202 537 729
Email: admissions@aub.ac.uk

Deadline: 15th January 2014. We will accept and consider applications received after this date but places may be limited on some courses.

Admission:

  • The online application is available here
  • Applications to UCAS must be made electronically either through the UCAS website or through your school or college using the UCAS Apply system.
  • For overseas applicants they will accept a range of English Language qualifications (one of the following):
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) grade C
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) grade C
Certificate of Attainment in English (London Board) level 5 or 6
IELTS score of 6.5 or above
TOEFL score of  90 or above
International Baccalaureate (IB): Language B at Higher Level grade 4, or Language B at Standard Level grade 5.
  • Your personal statement is your chance to tell us why we should want you as a student; we will want to know why you are interested in the course that you have applied to, key influences on your work and what you hope to do after your studies. A well presented personal statement can help you secure an interview, so make the most of the opportunity
  • When we receive your application we send you an email which includes your login details for MyApplication. This is where you are able to monitor the progress of your application to AUB.
  • You will receive updates in respect to your application via MyApplication; admissions may contact you for more information so please check your intray for message frequently.
  • Entry Requirements

All applications to courses are assessed against the course entry requirements and criteria, irrespective of age. Applicants are considered on a case by case basis and by their ability and readiness for university study.

  • Interviews and Portfolios

The majority of our courses will expect to see a portfolio at interview. Please make sure that you have read the portfolio guidelines before attending interview so you are fully prepared.

  • As a general guide, portfolios should contain examples of work (both finished and work in progress) that showcase your particular skills and interests. The content of a portfolio should be presented in a logical, ordered and simple fashion
  • However due to the high number of applications on our most popular courses we are unable to interview every applicant. There is a selection process which is based on your UCAS application so please ensure that you have entered your qualifications and that your personal statement is directed at the course to which you are making an application.
  • If you are selected for interview it is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your commitment and self motivation to a chosen area of study; to discuss aspects of the course and to ask any questions that you may have about AUB.
  • If are invited to interview, this will form part of the selection process in addition to your portfolio and qualifications for deciding whether or not we can offer you a place. Interviews normally take place between January and April and we try to give you at least 10 days notice.
  • If you have already applied and have been invited to an interview, please log in to the applicant portal to view important interview information.
  • We realise that it may not be possible for some EU or International applicants  to attend an interview. Initially your application will be assessed on your application form and your portfolio. EU and International applicants will be required to submit a portfolio of work. Full instructions on where and how to submit a portfolio will be sent to you  via the applicant portal (after your application has been received). Please do not submit a portfolio unless requested by Admissions.

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SCAD

Contact:

SCAD Admission Department
1600 Peachtree St., NE
Atlanta, GA
30309 USA

Deadline: February 1, 2014

Admission:

  • You can apply online here

1.     Completed application for admission.

Apply online – US$35 if submitted online

2.     Non-refundable application fee.

Apply online – US$35 if submitted online

  • English proficiency requirements (one of the following):
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum scores (SCAD code 5631):
  1. a. 550 on the paper-based test
  2. b. 85 on the Internet-based test with minimum score of 20 on each section.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) composite score of at least 6.5 with a score of at least 6.5 in both speaking and writing.
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) score of at least “high advanced” on the writing proficiency portion of the test
  • SAT score of at least 500 on the critical reading portion, or 22 on both the reading and writing sections of the ACT.
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) score of at least 5 in English language.
  • Letters of recommendation from two professors, advisers, supervisors.
  • GRE scores strongly recommended
  • Additionally, if applicable, any other documents or materials required to obtain a student visa
  • Statement of purpose (500-750 word): overview of the applicant’s academic and professional accomplishments and should demonstrate a high level of interest in and a highly developed understanding of the discipline. The applicant should describe knowledge of the discipline, approach to past work, qualifications for graduate study and intended focus, as well as personal and professional goals.
  • Resume: educational credentials as well as professional and other employment such as internships or field experience in the intended area of graduate study, and should list commissioned works, exhibitions, performances, publications, honors, memberships, interests and activities, including volunteer work.
  • Optional personal or telephone interview

Portfolio

The portfolio should be specific to the intended course of study, should represent the applicant’s best work examples and should demonstrate a high level of craft presented as professionally as possible. The portfolio, audition or writing submission is scored according to a rubric relevant to the intended course of study and type of submission.

Portfolio guidelines here

  • A portfolio of 12-16 pieces must demonstrate a proficiency in a range of mediums.
  • It must be composed of 6-8 finished pieces (full color and black-and-white), which demonstrate an interest in, and a commitment to, illustrative problem-solving; these finished pieces must reflect real industry assignments.
  • In addition to the finished pieces, the portfolio must include 3-4 pieces of illustration process work (preliminary work, such as conceptual/formal studies, which resulted in the final work in the portfolio).
  • The portfolio must include 3-4 drawings from life-drawing classes and/or direct observation, as well as work from a personal sketchbook or journal. Work should be submitted in digital format (PowerPoint, PDF or PS Web gallery preferred), preferably using SlideRoom.

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MICA

Contact:

1300 W Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore MD 21217-4134
(410) 669-9200

Deadline: January 15, 2014

Admission:

  • You can apply online here
  • Resume
  • Illustration Practice (MFA) Written Statement
A. How your abilities and experience will translate into illustration practice as it moves into the 21st century. Where do you fit into the future of illustration?

B. Description of your ideal project, something that would utilize your talents as a visual communicator and engage your thinking about illustration practice in new ways.

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • $70 Application fee
  • English proficiency requirements and translations of all documents

Portfolio:

  • A portfolio of visual work is required from all applicants to Illustration Practice (MFA). This portfolio may consist of professional and/or student illustration work, or visual work produced in another discipline.
  •  Please compile a portfolio that displays your strengths as well as creative interests. Work-in-progress and collaborative works may also be included with appropriate and explanatory credits for all involved.
  • A portfolio of writing may also be considered (submitted in .pdf format in the portfolio upload section of mica.slideroom.com). Applicants should submit a portfolio of 18-20 images (time-based work may also be submitted) via mica.slideroom.com.

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Syracuse – College of Visual and Performing Arts

Syracuse

Contact:

Office of Research and Graduate Studies
College of Visual and Performing Arts
Syracuse University
102 Shaffer Art Building
Syracuse, NY 13244

Deadline: February  1, 2014

Admission:

  • Online Application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Academic transcript
  • Personal statement / essay: Describe in approximately 500 words your main academic interests, why you wish to study for the degree you have chosen, why you wish to study at Syracuse University, how you expect to finance your studies, and your plans for the future after you receive your degree.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $75
  • English proficiency requirements (one of the following)
    • TOEFL:  minimum score of the internet-based TOEFL is 80
    • IELTS: minimum score on the IELTS is 6.5
    • A student may also satisfy the English language proficiency requirement by attending our English Language Institute (ELI) and completing Level 4. If a student is conditionally admitted for English proficiency, it is not mandatory for them to attend the ELI. The ELI is an alternative option for students who do not wish to retake the TOEFL or IELTS.

Portfolio:

Office of Research and Graduate Studies
College of Visual and Performing Arts
Syracuse University
102 Shaffer Art Building
Syracuse, NY 13244

  • Submit a portfolio of at least 12 and no more than 20 images. Include a description of each using the template provided in SlideRoom.

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Contact:

Graduate Admissions, CC231
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield  Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117 USA

GradStudy@hartford.edu

Deadline: January 3, 2014

Admission:

  • Online application
  • Initial telephone interview
  • Application fee of $50
  • Official transcripts sent to Graduate Admissions by the issuing institution
  • 1 letter of recommendation
  • Letter of intent
  • Guarantor’s Statement: A certified Guarantor’s Statement of financial support with a bank statement is required.
  •   Evaluation WES: All international transcripts must be evaluated by WES on a course-by-course     basis. Visit http://www.wes.org *
  • International applicants, who incur the expense of having their non-U.S. academic degrees evaluated by WES, have their $45 application fee waived
  • English Proficiency Examination: TOEFL or IELTS for students who are not native speakers of the English Language. The University of Hartford’s test code is 3436.

The official score of TOEFL or IELTS is to be submitted by international students who earned a baccalaureate degree in a country where English is not their first language. For information visit TOEFL at http://www.ets.org and IELTS at http://www.ielts.org

Portfolio:

  1. A portfolio of work that indicates the applicant is an established artist/illustrator. This portfolio can be in the form of a website link or a CD with a minimum of 15 images.
  2. A personal letter of intent describing the applicant’s reasons for seeking admission to the program and what the student expects to gain from it.

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http://www.umassd.edu

Contact:

285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300
phone 508-999-8604
fax 508-999-8183
e-mail graduate@umassd.edu

Deadline: April 20, 2014

Admission:

  • Applicants may submit their portfolio online via Slideroom at https://umassd.slideroom.com
  • Application fee
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons in the field of the applicant’s academic major in the institution most recently attended
  • Transcripts should show class rank
    • The essay should be from 300 to 600 words in length. This essay should indicate the prospective student’s graduate study objectives, research interests and experience, and business or industry experience if applicable.
    • Foreign students’ scores on the TOEFL should be 550 minimum for admission and 600 minimum to be eligible for a teaching assistantship (213/250 for TOEFL computer based scores).

Portfolio:

  • A graduate portfolio consists of 20 pieces of original art. As a whole, it should provide a clear representation of your processes of thinking, implementation of concepts, and studio production.
  • Your artwork should support your purpose in beginning graduate studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. For the Admissions Committee, the portfolio is the equivalent of the entrance examinations that other academic areas often require.

Applicants may submit their portfolio online via Slideroom at https://umassd.slideroom.com

Images (jpg, gif, png) up to 5 MB each
Videos (flv, wmv, mov, mp4) up to 60 MB each
Audio (mp3) up to 30 MB each
Documents (pdf) up to 10 MB each

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