School of Art Application Procedures for MFA Degree

Master of Fine Arts Admission Requirements

The following are the basic requirements for unconditional admission to the graduate program for the MFA degree:

  • BFA degree in the major field from an accredited institution with an overall 3.00 (B) average on the last 60 hours of course credit. Students with a BA degree in Studio Art or with other types of degrees may be accepted into the program with the requirement that additional credit hours be taken.
  • Minimum of 66 credit hours in art at the undergraduate and/or post baccalaureate level with a 3.00 (B) average.
  • The School of Art evaluates and admits MFA candidates primarily on the basis of work completed in the major area to which the application is made. Therefore, the portfolio, as described below, is the most important part of the application. Please note the media specifications of the digital portfolio you will submit during the application process.

Deadlines:

The PRIORITY date by which to submit application materials for domestic applicants admission is February 1st for Fall admission and January 15th for International applicants. Applications received beyond that date will be considered if space is available.

Application Procedures for the MFA Degree: US Citizens

  • A completed Graduate Application form. Online application is available at http://www.uh.edu/graduate-school/prospective-students/how-to-apply/. The completed online application is automatically sent to the University of Houston.
  • Non-refundable School of Art Application fee of $50 collected online during application process.
  • 1 official transcript from each college or university attended since high school (sent directly to Admissions in electronic form when possible).
  • 1 transcript from each college or university attended since high school scanned and uploaded during the application process in PDF format as a SINGLE document.
  • During the applications process you will be asked to provide names and email addresses of 3 people to serve as your references.  At least one of these should be familiar with your work in your art area. They will be contacted electronically by the university for the recommendation.
  • A brief statement of intent expressing your reasons for pursuing graduate study in your area of interest. Indicate on the statement the concentration to which you are applying.  Upload this statement during the application process in PDF format.
  • A resume or CV is required and will be uploaded during the application process in PDF form.
  • Please note the required materials according to the concentrations listed below.
  • Portfolio (see below for details for specific concentrations). Upload up to 40 MB pdf document during online application.

Address

Send official transcript to:
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
GRADUATE ADMISSIONS
PO BOX 3947 HOUSTON
TX 77253-3947

Portfolio

Portfolio - A portfolio representing your most recent and consistent work, with a minimum of 20 reproductions of original works of art. Each image must be accompanied by all relevant information (i.e., size, medium, date, top of image).

Any Weblinks should be CLEARLY indicated on your C.V. AS WELL AS posted in the question requesting supplemental material during the online application process (directly following your uploads).

Specific portfolio requirements according to concentration are:

Graphic Design

  • 20 examples of current work submitted in digital portfolio in pdf format. This should be uploaded to your online application.
  • A numbered list of submitted work with the following information:
    • date completed
    • project goals
    • brief project description

Interdisciplinary Practice and Emerging Forms (IPEF)

Applicants may submit their work in several formats:

  • Documentation of recent work:
    • (Either) 20 images of recent work submitted in pdf format uploaded to the online application.
    • (Or) recent projects no more than 10 minutes in length.
    • (Or) 10 URL's of web-based work the links provided in your C.V. and in the supplemental information question.
    • (Or) a combination of the above, scaled appropriately (e.g. 10 images + 5-minutes of Video) Note: only 30 mb provided for upload of a single file so Weblinks in your C.V.are preferred.
  • List of works: should indicate title, year completed, medium and dimensions for each work.

Original works of art will not be accepted for portfolio review.

Painting

  • 20 examples of work. Images should be in pdf format as a single uploadable document with a description list indicating title, date completed, medium and dimensions. Video and multimedia work may be uploaded using the video sample upload provided in the online application. Note: only 30 mb provided for upload of a single file so Weblinks in your C.V. are preferred.

Photography/Digital Media

  • 20 examples of current work in any combination of photography, video or multimedia.
    • You are allowed to upload a single 20 MB file, uploaded as a .pdf
    • Video and multimedia may be submitted as Vimeo, YouTube or personal website links. Each video 5 minutes maximum duration. Note: only 30 mb provided for upload of a single file in the application so Weblinks in your C.V. are preferred.
  • A numbered list of submitted work with the following information:
    • Title, date completed, medium and dimensions.

Sculpture

Applicants may submit their work in several formats:

  • 20 images of recent work submitted in jpeg format with accompanying image list. Image list should indicate title, year completed, medium and dimensions for each work;
  • OR a 10-minute multimedia, sound, video, performance, interactive or other time-based work uploaded to your online application; Note: only 30 mb provided for upload of a single file in the application so Weblinks in your C.V. are preferred.
  • OR 10 URL's of web-based work. Please note no special accommodations will be made for broken URLs or missing content, the links provided in your C.V. and in the supplemental information question.
  • Original works of art will not be accepted for portfolio review.

Application Procedures for the MFA Degree: International Applicants

Applicants who are not citizens of the United States are considered international students by the University, regardless of residency or immigration status.

International documents may be uploaded during the application process as PDF files. Otherwise, applicants may send to Graduate Admissions :

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
GRADUATE ADMISSIONS
PO BOX 3947
HOUSTON TX 77253-3947

  • Completed International Student Graduate Application – online application can be found at http://www.uh.edu/graduate-school/prospective-students/how-to-apply/.
  • The completed online application is automatically sent to the University of Houston. Please send all other materials, including the TOEFL Score and all transcripts, required for international application to the University of Houston Graduate Admissions (ADDRESS ABOVE).
  • Non-refundable Application Evaluation Fee of $125.00. Applicants will pay with a credit card while applying online.
  • During the applications process you will be asked to provide names and email addresses of 3 people to serve as your references.  At least one of these should be familiar with your work in the Studio. They will be contacted electronically by the university for the recommendation.
  • A brief statement of intent expressing your reasons for pursuing graduate study in your area of interest. Indicate on the statement the concentration to which you are applying.  Upload this statement during the application process in PDF form.
  • A resume or CV is required and will be uploaded during the application process in PDF form.
  • Portfolio (see below for details for specific concentrations).  Upload up to 20 MB pdf document during online application AND mail a portfolio on a disc to Departmental address below.

Deadlines:

The PRIORITY date by which to submit application materials for International applicants admission is January 15th.  Applications received beyond that date will be considered if space is available.

Portfolio

Portfolio - A portfolio representing your most recent and consistent work, with a minimum of 20 reproductions of original works of art that should be uploaded during the online application process. Each image must be accompanied by all relevant information (i.e., size, medium, date, top of image).

Any Weblinks should be CLEARLY indicated on your C.V. AS WELL AS posted in the question requesting supplemental material during the online application process (directly following your uploads).

Specific portfolio requirements according to concentration are:

Graphic Design

  • 20 examples of current work submitted in digital portfolio in either .pdf format. This should be uploaded during the application process.
  • A numbered list of submitted work with the following information:
    • date completed
    • project goals
    • brief project description

Interdisciplinary Practice and Emerging Forms (IPEF)

Applicants may submit their work in several formats:

  • Documentation of recent work:
    • (Either) 20 images of recent work submitted in .pdf format uploaded to the online application.
    • (Or) recent projects no more than 10 minutes in length.
    • (Or) 10 URL's of web-based work the links provided in your C.V. and in the supplemental information question.
    • (Or) a combination of the above, scaled appropriately (e.g. 10 images + 5-minutes of Video) Note: only 30 mb provided for upload of a single file so Weblinks in your C.V. are preferred.
  • List of works: should indicate title, year completed, medium and dimensions for each work.

Original works of art will not be accepted for portfolio review.

Painting

  • 20 examples of work. Images should be in pdf format as a single uploadable document with a description list indicating title, date completed, medium and dimensions. Video and multimedia work may be submitted on the video upload in the application. Note: only 30 mb provided for upload of a single file so Weblinks in your C.V. is preferred.

Photography/Digital Media

  • 20 examples of current work in any combination of photography, video or multimedia.
    • You are allowed to upload a single 20 MB file, uploaded as a .pdf
    • Video and multimedia may be submitted as Vimeo, YouTube or personal website links.  Each video 5 minutes maximum duration. Note: only 30 mb provided for upload of a single file in the application so Weblinks in your C.V. are preferred.
  • A numbered list of submitted work with the following information:
    • Title, date completed, medium and dimensions.

Sculpture

Applicants may submit their work in several formats:

  • 20 images of recent work submitted in jpeg format with accompanying image list. Image list should indicate title, year completed, medium and dimensions for each work;
  • OR a 10-minute multimedia, sound, video, performance, interactive or other time-based work uploaded in the application; Note: only 30 mb provided for upload of a single file in the application so Weblinks in your C.V. are preferred.
  • OR 10 URL's of web-based work. Please note no special accommodations will be made for broken URLs or missing content, the links provided in your C.V. and in the supplementalinformation question.
  • Original works of art will not be accepted for portfolio review.

Questions?

Contact:

Jessica Locheed Ph.D.
Graduate Advisor
Instructional Assistant Professor, Art History
University of Houston, School of Art
100 Fine Arts Building
Houston, Texas 77204-4019
713-743-2830
jalocheed@uh.edu