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Admission Requirements

Curatorial Practice (MFA)

Curators play a key role in the creation of a vibrant cultural life in a global society. The next generation of curators will need to forge their own career path and think outside of traditional exhibition venues and engage and invite audiences into a meaningful relationship with art and artists by creating relevant, timely, and accessible exhibitions.

Who Should Apply

Curatorial Practice (MFA) is designed to serve practitioners who wish to combine the rigors of an intensive liberal arts education with an active hands-on methodology. The program's curriculum and philosophy are focused on creating new models of exhibition design, amplifying the voice of the artist in society, and forging cogent and powerful connections among art, artists and community. Candidates for this degree will be expected to pursue a curatorial practice that emphasizes the creation of transformative exhibitions and a purposeful synergy between artist and audience. They will examine their own practice as an artistic, social, and critical pursuit.

Applicants to the Curatorial Practice (MFA) might also consider the Community Arts (MFA) program, which focuses on community-based arts programs and development.

See Also Programs of Study: Curatorial Practice (MFA)

Application Requirements and Procedures for Curatorial Practice (MFA)

Priority Application Deadline for Fall 2014 Entrance: January 15, 2014

Applications received after January 15 will be considered through April 1, provided space remains available.

1. Graduate Admission Application Form: Completed and Submitted Online via
2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
3. Curatorial Practice (MFA) Written Requirements

A. Statement of Intent - In 500-700 words, applicants to the Curatorial Practice (MFA) should write a statement of intent describing their goals, aspirations and objectives for their studies in the program. Explain ways in which your experiences inform your interest in developing relevant, timely, and accessible exhibitions that connect art, artists, and communities. For example, how have your studies, your artistic influences, or your status as a member of a certain community informed and influenced your goals and ideals?

B. Preparation Essay - In 500-700 words, applicants to the Curatorial Practice (MFA) should write an essay documenting their preparation for and/or collaborative experiences with curatorial practice and audience engagement. State how previous experiences as a curator, artist, designer, writer, teacher, or mentor have prepared you for advanced graduate study. Include reflections, assessment, and ways in which lessons you have learned from the outcomes of your work might be applied in the field.

C. Writing Samples - (optional) Applicants to the Curatorial Practice (MFA) are encouraged to submit previously written/published writing samples that include: envisioned and/or realized curatorial proposals, published articles, critical reviews, curator statements and relevant publications such as brochures, catalogs and/or gallery guides.

4. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation

Recommendations are submitted online via SlideRoom. Please consider requesting letters of reference from a diverse group of recommenders including former teachers and professionals in the field.

5. Proof of Degree or Equivalent

Please send transcripts from ALL post-secondary intituations attended. Submit transcripts in sealed, institution-issued envelopes to the Office of Graduate Admission.

6. Curatorial Practice (MFA) Portfolio Requirement

Applicants to the Curatorial Practice (MFA) should submit 10-15 digital images or time-based media for review. The portfolio may include: documentation of studio practice, curatorial projects and/or community-based work. Include and describe images that demonstrate your interest in Curatorial Practice. For example, applicants with an art or design background may want to include evidence of their contributions to exhibitions, community projects and discussions, or the artwork of their students, in addition to their own work.

Applicants are encouraged, where relevant, to use the notes section of to describe each portfolio item's relevance to the planned course of study in curatorial practice.

7. $70 Application Fee

Payable online via credit card during the application submission stage.

8. Additional Requirements for International Applicants

International candidates whose primary langauge is not English must demonstrate proficiency in both written and spoken English. Additionally, certified translations of all letters of reference, transcripts and school documentation must be provided. For additional information on international applicant requirements, please visit Information for International Graduate Applicants.