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Admission Requirements

Critical Studies (MA)

The Critical Studies (MA) allows students of all backgrounds to expand their critical writing and theoretical vocabulary as they are guided in the production of cutting-edge criticism for both scholarly and popular venues.

Who Should Apply

The Critical Studies (MA) is open to students of all backgrounds with strong writing and analytical skills. Students will participate in collaborative and individual projects, intensive research and specialized seminars in visual art, design, film studies, performance, philosophy and critical theory. Students will develop valuable skills in research, writing and analysis with the goal of becoming creative professionals, art critics and journalists, or to pursue further graduate study in the humanities, fine arts or design.

See Also Programs of Study: Critical Studies (MA)

Application Requirements and Procedures for Critical Studies (MA)

The Critical Studies (MA) is not accepting applications for 2017-18

Applications received after January 17 will be considered until April 3, provided space remains available.

1. Graduate Admission Application Form: Completed and Submitted Online via mica.slideroom.com
2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
3. Critical Studies (MA) Written Requirements

A. Statement of Intent - In 500-700 words, applicants to the Critical Studies (MA) should write a statement of intent describing their aspirations and objectives for their studies in the program and how it might contribute to their professional and creative goals.

B. Preparation Essay - In 500-700 words, applicants to the Critical Studies (MA) should write an essay documenting their preparation for critical studies, including their previous areas of study and creative practice.

C. Writing Sample - (required) Applicants to the Critical Studies (MA) should submit at least one (and no more than three) previously written/published writing samples. Writing samples may include: research papers, creative writing, scholarly articles, critical reviews and curatorial statements, as relevant to the applicant's background and interests. Applicants may also submit hardcopy samples of relevant publications such as articles, brochures, catalogs and/or gallery guides if available.

4. Three (3) Letters of Reference

Recommendations are submitted online via SlideRoom.

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. Critical Studies (MA) Portfolio Requirement

Applicants are not required to submit a portfolio, though if relevant to their background may do so. All portfolio materials are submitted online through SlideRoom. Applicants may submit 6-8 digital images or examples of time-based media for review. The portfolio may include but is not limited to: documentation of studio practice, personal work, community artwork or curatorial projects. Additional submission guidelines are available on SlideRoom.

7. $75 Application Fee

Payable online via credit card during the application submission stage.

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 12/20/2016.