The Graduate program in Art provides professional concentrations in a specific area of art including ceramics, drawing and painting, graphic design, new media, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.
STUDIO ART GRADUATE APPLICATION DEADLINE
January 15: All materials must be postmarked by January 15 to be considered for Graduate Teaching Assistantships and Admission.
Late applications will be considered for admission depending on space availability and administrative decisions. Note that it is very unlikely that graduate assistantships will be available to students who submit late applications.
The Master of Fine Arts program in art, with its emphasis on professional study, is designed for the mature individual who by previous training and study has sufficiently prepared for the undertaking. It is strongly suggested that applicants have a minimum of 12 credits of art history at the undergraduate level. Any qualified student who has graduated from an accredited college that offers a bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, or bachelor of fine arts in the area of art or the equivalent may seek admission. The School of Visual Arts requires a minimum of 3.00 junior/senior grade-point average (on a 4.00 scale) for admission to the master of fine arts program. Exceptions to the minimum 3.00 average may be made for students with special backgrounds, abilities, and interests.
etters of Recommendation: As part of the electronic application through the Graduate School Portal, applicants will be asked to provide names and email addresses of three people. References should be faculty or professional individuals who are acquainted with your academic qualifications and whom you feel are able to present an accurate evaluation of you. Each reference will be contacted by email only after your application has been submitted and will be asked to upload their letter at that time.
3. Official Transcripts: As part of the electronic application through the Graduate School Portal, applicants will be asked to provide two (2) official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended, both undergraduate and graduate.
NOTE: Applicants are required to upload copies of official transcripts to their electronic application on the Graduate School Portal. Hard copies of official transcripts may be requested at a later date.
NOTE: International applicants must submit official or attested university records, with certified translations if the records are not in English. Notarized copies are not acceptable.
5. Portfolio: Submit a portfolio for review using the Slideroom web application at https://psu.slideroom.com/ The portfolio should consist of 18-20 examples of the applicants original artwork presented in a digital format. The majority of the work should be in the area of the applicant's interest with a lesser emphasis on related areas. If you are unable to supply digital images through Slideroom or if you have questions about the portfolio process, please contact the Penn State School of Visual Arts by calling 814.865.6570.
Statement of Professional Aims: Submit a Statement of Professional Aims for review using the Slideroom web application at https://psu.slideroom.com/ The Statement of Professional Aims should include your intentions for proposed study, an indication of your personal philosophy, beliefs, and goals in regard to education and art, and evidence that you are prepared to undertake graduate level work in the Master of Fine Arts program.
For answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding our MFA program, click here.
For additional information, contact:
Jean Sanders, Associate Professor of Art
Studio Graduate Program Officer
210 Patterson Building
University Park, PA 16802
Last Revised fall 2018