A low-residency, intensive year round program providing the conceptual, critical, historical, and practical knowledge needed to sustain a successful studio.

  • Overview of Deadlines

    • January 15th
      Applications accepted for incoming year and Preferred Application Deadline

    • March 1st
      FAFSA due to financial aid

    • March 15th
      Applicants will be notified of the Admission Committee’s decision on or before this date

    • April 15th
      Applications received after this date may reviewed on a space-available basis

    • Third Week in June
      Summer session begins

    The MFA program in Studio Art accepts applicants all year, but the majority of applicants who wish to be considered apply between January and March of the incoming year. Applicants will still be considered after this date, but acceptance will depend on available space.

    Applications received after April 15th may reviewed on a space-available basis. Applicants after this date may be wait-listed for that year, or may be pushed for consideration to the following year. All of our accepted students begin this MFA program during the Summer term, which in the second/third week of June.

    For financial aid, applicants should complete a FAFSA (Federal Aapplication For Student Aid) by March 1st, which will be reviewed by the office of financial aid in order to determine your eligibility for federal aid. The FAFSA does not affect your award of merit for the program.

    FAFSA applications submitted after the March 1st deadline will still be reviewed, but the receipt of loan funds for the Summer Semester may be delayed.

  • Application Checklist

    Applicants must hold a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.

    • Online Application
      Complete the online application and pay the application fee on The University of the Arts Admissions application page.

      You will create a user name and password to complete the online application. If you do not have computer access an application can be printed from the website and sent in by mail to the admissions office.

    • Statement of Intent
      Submit your Statement of Professional Objectives, which is part of the online application. When writing your Professional Objectives for applying to the MFA Program, focus on what you have been doing in your work and the directions you think you would like to further explore in graduate study. Why is graduate study a necessary and important part of your future as an artist? What will set you apart from other applicants?

    • Official Transcripts
      Transcripts should be sent directly to the office of admissions from all undergraduate schools or other institutions where the applicant has taken classes. Transcripts are sent to the Office of successessay Admissions, address below.

    • Résumé
      A C/V highlights all the professional accomplishments of the applicant, such as employment, honors, exhibitions, and publications.

    • 3 Letters of Recommendation
      Letters of recommendation can come from teachers, employers or other mentors who know you and your professional studio work. They should be sent directly to the admissions office in signed and sealed envelopes, or can be emailed directly to the graduate program.

    • Digital Portfolio
      A portfolio exhibiting a level of mastery is the primary prerequisite for the MFA. Applicants should submit images that represent the recent direction of the work as well as the full range of experience in one or more of the disciplines to which application is being made. Applicants should submit 18-20 digital images or time-based media for review online via http://uartsgrad.slideroom.com. Please refer to the instructions in the Portfolios section of the application instructions. Accepted MFA students must begin their studies in the Summer Semester. There is a $15 fee to submit a portfolio in addition to the $60 application fee.

    • Personal Interview
      After the application has been processed, each applicant is contacted for a personal interview conducted by the program director. The interview can be in person for traveling or regional applicants. For applicants who cannot interview at the university, interviews can be conducted via telephone or Skype. The interview is an ideal opportunity to get a tour of the program facilities, meet faculty, and see student work. Interviews will not be conducted by email.

    International Applicants

    Please see The University of the Arts international application guidelines. If you have questions regarding international applications, you may contact Kate Arillo, the Assistant Director for Graduate Recruitment at the Office of Admissions.

    Kate Arillo
    Assistant Director for Graduate Recruitment

    Office of Admissions
    800-616-ARTS (2787)

    Mailing address for submitting application materials
    The University of the Arts
    Office of Admissions
    320 South Broad Street
    Philadelphia PA 19102

  • Graduate Tuition

    Tuition for the Low Residency Program is calculated per credit hour. The current tuition rate and fees can be found at: http://uarts.edu/admissions/tuition-fees. The program is a total of 60 credit hours.

    Financial Aid and Merit Scholarship

    As part of the acceptance package, all students receive a merit-based scholarship. The amount ranges between 10% and 50% of the summer tuition, and is applied to the summer semester only, for each year the student remains in good academic standing.

    Additional financial aid should be acquired by the student in the form of Federal Student Aid, grants and scholarships. The FAFSA (Federal Application For Student Aid – www.fafsa.com) is due on March 1st in order to receive funds in time for the first summer semester.

    Teaching Assistantships

    Currently, the MFA program offers a limited number of teaching assistantships for the fall and spring semesters. Application for these assistantships is occurs during the last half of the summer semester. It is based solely on outstanding merit and availability.

    Work Study

    There are a number of short-term work study positions available through the program. Students must be eligible for federal work study and complete the necessary paperwork after acceptance.

    Questions regarding financial aid should be directed to:

    The University of The Arts
    Office of Financial Aid
    800-717-ARTS x6170
    215-717-6178 FAX

  • Your portfolio should show your strengths as an artist and should highlight your desired focus discipline. The review committee is looking for both breadth and depth in a portfolio, exhibiting an ability to think critically and conceptually, and showing room for growth. There is no such thing as a “bad” portfolio, but image quality and content are extremely important. If possible, images should be professionally taken and should be clear, correct in color, and viewable on all computer platforms. We do not accept slides, original work or photographs.

    Portfolio Requirements and Submission

    • Applicants should submit 18-20 digital images or time-based media.
    • Portfolios are submitted online using Slideroom.
    • Please refer to the instructions in the ‘Portfolios’ section of the application instructions.
  • Want more information about the MFA in Studio Art Program?

    Please send your name and mailing address to studioartmfa@uarts.edu and we will send you a packet of information about the University of the Arts, the program, and images of past student work.

    You can also visit the program for a tour, informal interview, or on graduate open house days. Please contact Cynthia Thompson, Director of the MFA Book Arts and MFA Studio Art programs, at cythompson@uarts.edu to set up a meeting.

    If you would like to schedule a tour of the university campus please contact The University of the Arts, Office of Admissions to make a reservation.