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Admission Requirements

Community Arts (MFA)

Students in the Community Arts (MFA) advance their own artistic voice as they investigate the relationship of the citizen, artists, art, and community-building.

Who Should Apply

The Community Arts (MFA) is designed for students with advanced ability in visual art. Experience in community-based work is a prerequisite. Additional studies in sociology, psychology, urban studies, or other related fields may further strengthen an application.

Potential applicants considering the Community Arts (MFA) may also consider Teaching (MAT), which prepares students for careers as art educators on the primary and secondary school level.

Application Requirements and Procedures for Community Arts (MFA)

Priority Deadline for Fall 2016 Entrance: January 15, 2016 

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

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1. Graduate Admission Application Form: Completed and Submitted Online via
2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
3. Community Arts (MFA) Essay

All applicants are required to submit an essay that explains why you are interested in entering the field of community arts:

A. Describe the experience and preparation you have which leads you to conclude that this is the field you would like to enter.

B. Detail your preparation and development as an artist.

C. Analyze/explain ways in which your preparation as an artist informs and influences you interest in community-based work.

4. Three (3) Letters of Reference

Recommendations are submitted online via SlideRoom

5. Proof of Degree or Equivalent

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

6. Community Arts (MFA) Portfolio Requirement

Two portfolios are required from applicants to the Community Arts (MFA). 

A. Visual Art Portfolio - A portfolio of 10-20 digital images offering an overview of your work as a visual artist.

B. Community Art Portfolio - A portfolio of 10-20 digital images documenting your educational, professional, or volunteer experiences in community development, youth development, teaching or related subject areas. For each image uploaded, please use the note field to describe each project or event and the art-related or other problems the participants addressed in the work represented. If these images are not available, other materials may be accepted in lieu of the second portfolio.

Applicants to the Community Arts (MFA): please label each uploaded piece as either Personal or Community artwork in the "Notes" field during upload.

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

7. $80 Application Fee

Payable via credit card online during the application submission phase.

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.