facebook pixel

Students, staff & faculty can login to access personalized content.

Parent & Guardian Access is located here.

Please enter your login info

Forgot your password?

[Skip to Content]

Admission Requirements

LeRoy E. 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: LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting

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

Application Deadline for Fall 2018 Entrance: January 17, 2018

Apply Now

1. Graduate Admission Application Form: Completed and Submitted Online via mica.slideroom.com
2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume

Applicants should include both academic and professional / work-related experience.

3. Statement of Purpose/Artist Statement

Applicants are asked to submit a written statement (500-700 words). The statement should address your artistic development along with the questions that are most important for your work now, why you are applying for graduate study, and where you see yourself in 7 years.

4. Three (3) Letters of Reference

Recommendations are submitted online via SlideRoom. Please submit recommendations from people with whom you have worked professionally and who can speak both to your work and your character.

5. Proof of Degree or Equivalent

Digital transcripts from the last degree-granting institution can be uploaded to SlideRoom. Official transcripts are not required for the initial review process, however the Graduate Review Committee may request additional or official documentation before decision notification. 

6. Portfolio of Artwork

Applicants should submit 18-20 digital images for review online via mica.slideroom.com. SlideRoom allows applicants to create an inventory of pieces and attach the following information: title, date, medium, dimensions and notes. Make sure all this information is included with each image. Applicants are encouraged to use the notes field to include additional information about pieces that cannot be seen in the image. Please limit notes to 30 words.

Applicants should submit their portfolio materials for review with their application via mica.slideroom.com. Specific technical guidelines addressing the submission of digital images, video files, sound files and text files are available in the SlideRoom system.

7. $75 Application Fee

Payable via credit card during the application submission stage online. 

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.

This page was last updated on 08/24/2017.