School of Art Application Procedures for MFA Degree

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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.
The deadline for applications is January 15 for international students and February 1 for all U.S. Residents. All application materials must be received by that date. All applications are accepted to begin in the fall semester only.

Application Procedures for the MFA Degree: US Citizens

The following material should be sent to:
University of Houston
Graduate Advisor
School of Art
100 Fine Arts Building
Houston, Texas 77204-4019

  • 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. Applicants may pay with a credit card while applying online.
  • 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 AND mail a portfolio on a disc to Department address below.

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. The portfolio must be labeled with your name, the concentration to which you are applying, present address, permanent address, e-mail address and phone number. 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 submitted portfolio 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 cd/digital portfolio in either .jpgs, .eps, or .pdf format. A print out of thumbnails of all images presented with all relevant information for each image must be included.

Interdisciplinary Practice and Emerging Forms

Applicants may submit their work in several formats:

  • Documentation of recent work:
    • (Either) 20 images of recent work submitted in jpeg format on CD/DVD.
    • (Or) CD/DVD of recent projects no more than 10 minutes in length.
    • (Or) 10 URL's of web-based work.
    • (Or) a combination of the above, scaled appropriately (e.g. 10 images + 5-minutes of Video on CD/DVD)
  • List of works: should indicate title, year completed, medium and dimensions for each work.
  • CV: no more than 3 pages in length on the disc.

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

Painting

  • 20 examples of work on a CD-ROM. Images should be in jpeg format. A printout of the work must accompany the CD, a maximum 4 images per 8 1/2 x 11” page, with a description list indicating title, date completed, medium and dimensions. Video and multimedia work may be submitted on a DVD.

Photography/Digital Media

  • 20 examples of current work in any combination of photography, video or multimedia.
    • Image files as .jpgs not to exceed 1MB each. 
    • Video and multimedia may be submitted as Vimeo, YouTube or personal website links.  Each video 5 minutes maximum duration.
  • A numbered list of submitted work with the following information:
    • Title, date completed, medium and dimensions.
  • Resume or CV
  • Artist statement should be included in both PDF format on the CD-ROM and a paper copy.

Sculpture

Applicants may submit their work in several formats:

  • 20 images of recent work submitted in jpeg format on CD with accompanying image list. Image list should indicate title, year completed, medium and dimensions for each work;
    OR a 10-minute CD or DVD of multimedia, sound, video, performance, interactive or other time-based work;
    OR 10 URL's of web-based work. Please note no special accommodations will be made for broken URLs or missing content.
    (To submit a combination of the above please scale accordingly, e.g. 10 images on CD and 5-minute DVD)
  • If submitting jpeg images on CD, please also include a print of each image on the CD. Each print should indicate applicant name, title of work, year completed, medium and dimensions.
  • CV, no more than 3 pages in length
  • Original works of art will not be accepted for portfolio review.

Portfolio Return: For return of CD's or DVD's include a self-addressed stamped envelope. The appropriate postage must be firmly attached to the return envelope. The School of Art will discard all portfolios that do not include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

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.
The deadline for applications is January 15. All application materials must be received by that date. All applications are accepted to begin in the fall semester only.

Portfolio

The portfolio should be sent to:
University of Houston
Graduate Advisor
School of Art
100 Fine Arts Building
Houston, Texas 77204-4019

Portfolio - A portfolio representing your most recent and consistent work, with a minimum of 20 reproductions of original works of art. The portfolio must be labeled with your name, the concentration to which you are applying, present address, permanent address, e-mail address and phone number. 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 submitted portfolio 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 cd/digital portfolio in either .jpgs, .eps, or .pdf format. A print out of thumbnails of all images presented with all relevant information for each image must be included.

Interdisciplinary Practice and Emerging Forms

Applicants may submit their work in several formats:

  • Documentation of recent work:
    • (Either) 20 images of recent work submitted in jpeg format on CD/DVD.
    • (Or) CD/DVD of recent projects no more than 10 minutes in length.
    • (Or) 10 URL's of web-based work.
    • (Or) a combination of the above, scaled appropriately (e.g. 10 images + 5-minutes of Video on CD/DVD)
  • List of works: should indicate title, year completed, medium and dimensions for each work.
  • CV: no more than 3 pages in length.

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

Painting

  • 20 examples of work on a CD-ROM. Images should be in jpeg format. A printout of the work must accompany the CD, a maximum 4 images per 8 1/2 x 11” page, with a description list indicating title, date completed, medium and dimensions. Video and multimedia work may be submitted on a DVD.

Photography/Digital Media

  • 20 examples of current work in any combination of photography, video or multimedia.
    • Image files as .jpgs not to exceed 1MB each. 
    • Video and multimedia may be submitted as Vimeo, YouTube or personal website links.  Each video 5 minutes maximum duration.
  • A numbered list of submitted work with the following information:
    • Title, date completed, medium and dimensions.
  • Resume or CV
  • Artist statement should be included in both PDF format on the CD-ROM and a paper copy.

Sculpture

Applicants may submit their work in several formats:

  • 20 images of recent work submitted in jpeg format on CD with accompanying image list. Image list should indicate title, year completed, medium and dimensions for each work;
    OR a 10-minute CD or DVD of multimedia, sound, video, performance, interactive or other time-based work;
    OR 10 URL's of web-based work. Please note no special accommodations will be made for broken URLs or missing content.
    (To submit a combination of the above please scale accordingly, e.g. 10 images on CD and 5-minute DVD)
  • If submitting jpeg images on CD, please also include a print of each image on the CD. Each print should indicate applicant name, title of work, year completed, medium and dimensions.
  • CV, no more than 3 pages in length
  • Original works of art will not be accepted for portfolio review.

Portfolio Return: For return of CD's or DVD's include a self-addressed stamped envelope. The appropriate postage must be firmly attached to the return envelope. The School of Art will discard all portfolios that do not include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

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