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School of Art Application Procedures for MFA Degree

Application Deadline

The priority deadline for domestic and international applicants is January 15th for fall admission. Applications received after that date will be considered if space is available.

Domestic and International Applicants: Basic Admission Requirements

  • BA, BFA or BS in any field from a US accredited institution with a minimum of 3.0 (B) GPA earned in the last 60 hours of coursework.
  • A portfolio of work completed in the applicant’s major area of concentration and a statement of intent. The School of Art evaluates and admits MFA candidates primarily on the basis of the applicant’s portfolio and statement.

International Applicants: Additional Requirements

  • TOEFL Score

Applications

Submission Checklist

  • One official transcript from each college or university attended since high school.
  • The 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 area of concentration.
  • 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 as a PDF.
  • A resume or CV as a PDF.
  • A portfolio of work. Portfolios should represent your most recent and consistent work, with a minimum of twenty examples of original work. See below: School of Art Portfolio Requirments by Program.

School of Art Portfolio Requirements by Program

Graphic Design

  • Twenty examples of current work submitted as a single PDF. Video and multimedia work are optional and may be uploaded separately.
  • URLs of online work (Vimeo, YouTube, websites) submitted as a PDF.
  • A numbered list of portfolio work with the following information submitted as a PDF:
    • Project title
    • Project URL if necessary
    • Project goals
    • Brief project description
    • Date completed

Interdisciplinary Practice and Emerging Forms (IPEF)

  • Twenty examples of current work submitted as a single PDF. Video and multimedia work are optional and may be uploaded separately.
  • URLs of online work (Vimeo, YouTube, websites) submitted as a PDF.
  • A numbered list of portfolio work with the following information submitted as a PDF:
    • Title
    • Date completed
    • Medium
    • Dimensions

Painting

  • Twenty examples of current work submitted as a single PDF. Video and multimedia work are optional and may be uploaded separately.
  • URLs of online work (Vimeo, YouTube, websites) submitted as a PDF.
  • A numbered list of portfolio work with the following information submitted as a PDF:
    • Title
    • Date completed
    • Medium
    • Dimensions

Photography/Digital Media

  • Twenty examples of current work submitted as a single PDF. Video and multimedia work are optional and may be uploaded separately.
  • URLs of online work (Vimeo, YouTube, websites) submitted as a PDF.
  • A numbered list of portfolio work with the following information submitted as a PDF:
    • Title
    • Date completed
    • Medium
    • Dimensions

Sculpture

  • Twenty examples of current work submitted as a single PDF. Video and multimedia work are optional and may be uploaded separately.
  • URLs of online work (Vimeo, YouTube, websites) submitted as a PDF.
  • A numbered list of portfolio work with the following information submitted as a PDF:
    • Title
    • Date completed
    • Medium
    • Dimensions

For questions conctact:
Erika Jimenez, Graduate Advisor
University of Houston, School of Art
4188 Elgin Street, Room 100
Houston, Texas 77204-4019
713-743-2913
esalinas@central.uh.edu