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Admission Requirements

Studio Art (Low-Residency MFA)

This low-residency program allows experienced artists and educators to develop a professional body of work, a unique personal voice, and an expanded understanding of contemporary art through intensive studio practice.

Who Should Apply

The Low-Residency MFA in Studio Art is designed for serious artists who want to develop a professional body of work in a low-residency program. The program selects students who can devote their summers to work and study at MICA while working independently during the academic year.

A portfolio exhibiting a level of mastery is the primary prerequisite for the MFA. Applicants must have at least 40 credits of studio work and 9 credits in art history and/or criticism.

Students considering the Summer MFA program may also want to consider MICA's full-time MFA programs including the Mount Royal School of Art, Rinehart School of Sculpture, Hoffberger School of Painting, or the MFA in Photographic and Electronic Media.

See Also Programs of Study: Studio Art (Low-Residency MFA)

Application Requirements and Procedures for Studio Art (Low-Residency MFA)

Application Deadline for Summer 2014 Entrance: January 15, 2014

Applications received after January 15 will be considered through February 15 provided space remains available.

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 reference the portfolio of artwork, as well as address the applicant's interest in low-residency 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 or time-based media for review online via Slideroom allows applicants to create an inventory of pieces and attach the following information: title, date, medium, dimensions and notes. Additional submission guidelines are available on SlideRoom.

Any difficulty viewing or using can be reported to for technical support.

7. $70 Application Fee

Payable online during the application submission section.

8. Additional Requirements for International Applicants

International candidates whose primary language 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.