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MFA Application Information

Application Deadline:

January 10, 2018 (domestic)
December 1, 2017 (international)

Applications received after this deadline and incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Notifications regarding admission decisions will be sent to students via email by April 15.

International Applicants, please visit the International Graduate Admissions webpage before you apply.

 

Graduate School Admission Application

Please review the Graduate School’s minimum admissions requirements, and prepare your supporting documents before beginning your application. You will need to upload and submit all of the documents at the same time. The application requires the following supporting documents:

  1. Personal Statement –  This is where you describe the goals and objectives you would like to reach while in our graduate program.
  2. Artist Statement – This is where you describe yourself as an artist.
  3. 3 Letters of recommendation – collected through the Graduate School Application process. You will be asked to provide a valid email address, as well as other information for three recommenders. Refer to the Graduate School Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about the process.
  4. Transcripts-  For review and decision purposes you are required to upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) in the online application. We require one copy of the scanned transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution that you attended. This includes community colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs. While credits from one institution may appear on the transcript of a second institution, unofficial transcripts must be submitted from each institution, regardless of the length of attendance, and whether or not courses were completed. Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of your admission or dismissal from the university. ONLY after you are recommended for admission will you need to provide official transcripts.
  5. Resume– The graduate school requires all graduate applicants to submit a resume. This will be useful for our department to match employment opportunities with your specific skill sets. Please make sure to list any experience you have with the following: wood shop/metal shop equipment, drywall repair, construction, video editing, graphic design, teaching, customer service, catalog and database management. Please list how much experience you have with each program in the Adobe creative suite and all software and hardware proficiencies.
  6. Portfolio– please see portfolio submission information below.
  7. Application Fee – A $60.00 non-refundable application fee ($80 for international applicants) must accompany each application for CU-Boulder graduate degree programs. The fee must be paid online with a credit card, in order to complete the application.

*all supporting documents must be .pdf files

MFA Areas (sub-plans)
In your application, please specify the area of your primary interest (sub-plan). Within the Department of Art & Art History are the following areas of concentration:

  • Ceramics
  • Painting & Drawing
  • IMAP-Photography
  • IMAP-Video
  • IMAP-Digital
  • IMAP-Integrated Arts
  • Sculpture & Post-Studio Practice
  • Printmaking
  • Film Track

If you want your application to be reviewed in more than one area, you will still have to check one sub-plan on your online application form. Please upload a separate letter of intent for each additional area that you would like to apply to and notify the Graduate Program Coordinator at art.grad@colorado.edu.

Graduate School Application Resources:

Portfolio Submission

General Portfolio Submission Guidelines:
Portfolios, each consisting of 20 media items (images, video, sound files, etc. as is appropriate to represent your artistic practice) must be submitted with your graduate application. You must upload a PDF table of contents page for your portfolio items. Make sure each item is numbered and correctly labeled with a short description of each work.

Video, Audio, and Web Content:
For moving image work you need to upload a 3-minute preview clip for each work, and include the link to the completed work in the comments section and the table of contents PDF page. If your video is password protected, make sure you include the password in the comments section. For other content requiring an external link, please upload a screenshot or image, and include the external link in the comments section and the table of contents PDF page. Please double check that all links are intact and functioning before submitting.

Preferred file formats include .jpg for images, .mov and .mp4 for video, and PDF for text documents.  For any other portfolio-related questions feel free to contact the Graduate Program Coordinator at art.grad@colorado.edu.

Financial Support:
Fellowships, Graduate Assistantships (GA), and Graduate Part-Time Instructor (GPTI) appointments are available as forms of graduate student support. There is no separate application for financial support but the applicant’s interest in a part-time teaching (GPTI) or non-teaching (GA) position may be expressed in their statement of goals and objectives. There may be additional opportunities for employment in the department, so it is important you detail your skill sets and work experience in your resume as part of the graduate school application. Non-departmental financial aid at CU-Boulder is handled through the Office of Financial Aid.   303-492-5091.

Credit Transfer
We accept up to 18 applicable graduate-level credit hours from other universities and colleges, if such credits have not been used for any other degrees. If you have such unused, applicable graduate-level credits, you will be able, usually in the second semester of your studies, to submit a transfer of credit form, attaching official transcripts from other institutions. The form and transcripts will then be reviewed by your academic advisor, departmental Curriculum Committee and the Graduate School.

If you have any questions about the application process or portfolio requirements, please contact:

Catherine Cartwright
Graduate Program Coordinator
+1 (303) 492 – 2419
art.grad@colorado.edu

Department of Art and Art History
University of Colorado, 318 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0318

Helpful Links:
Graduate Admissions: http://www.colorado.edu/admissions/graduate/
Application Requirements:  http://www.colorado.edu/graduateschool/admissions/how-to-apply
Application Process FAQ: http://www.colorado.edu/admissions/graduate/apply/FAQ
Art & Art History Programs Overview: http://www.colorado.edu/admissions/graduate/programs/art
International Applicants: http://www.colorado.edu/admissions/graduate/international
International Student and Scholar Services: http://www.colorado.edu/oie/isss
Grad Awards & Grants: http://www.colorado.edu/graduateschool/funding/graduate-student-awards-and-grants
National Fellowships: http://www.colorado.edu/graduateschool/funding/national-fellowship-opportunities
Work Study: http://www.colorado.edu/studentemployment/work-study/awards-eligibility