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Admission Requirements

Hoffberger School of Painting (MFA)

Since its founding in 1965, the Hoffberger School of Painting has had a clear and singular focus - engaging a select group of highly talented painters through an intensive process of discovering and giving expressive form to their individual voices. The program's emphasis in primarily focused on preparation for careers as seriously exhibiting artists and college/university faculty.

Who Should Apply

A high level of competence in and commitment to painting is required for admission to the Hoffberger School of Painting. Enrollment is limited to 14 students who intend to pursue a career in art and who have already developed considerable proficiency in their media. Along with a thorough knowledge of the discipline of painting, the program places emphasis on the development of originality, clarity, and studio discipline that will continue into the student's professional career.

Students considering applying to the Hoffber School of Painting may also want to consider MICA's other MFA programs that include artists working in a two-dimensional format: the Mount Royal School of Art and the Low-Residency MFA in Studio Art.


See Also Programs of Study: Hoffberger School of Painting

Application Requirements and Procedures for the Hoffberger School of Painting (MFA)

Application Deadline for Fall 2014 Entrance: January 15, 2014

1. Graduate Admission Application Form: Completed and Submitted Online via
2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
3. Statement of Purpose/Artist Statement

Applicants are asked to submit a written statement (500-700 words). The statement should directly address your portfolio of artwork. Additionally, the statement should outline your interest in graduate study.

4. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation

Recommendations are submitted online via SlideRoom

5. Proof of Degree or Equivalent

Send transcripts from ALL post secondary schools attended. Transcripts should be submitted in sealed, institution-issued envelopes to the Office of Graduate Admission.

6. Portfolio of Artwork

Applicants should submit 18-20 digital images for review online via Slide Room allows applicants to create an inventory of pieces and attach the following information: title, date, medium, dimensions and notes. Applicants may upload images (jpg) or .pdf documents. Additional technical and submission guidelines are available on SlideRoom.

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7. $70 Application Fee

Payable via credit card during the application submission stage online. 

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.