Round 1 Deadline: January 19 // Round 2 Deadline: March 19. For more information about deadlines and timelines, visit the Apply page

Mount Royal School of Art is a multi-disciplinary MFA program that allows student artists to work in ways most appropriate to their individual research--focusing their exploration within a specific medium or crossing into a wide array of disciplines and media as they engage in intensive studio practice. The Mount Royal School of Art nurtures a variety of approaches and media including painting, sculpture, video, animation, installation, conceptual art, performance, sound, photography, new media, and supports experimentation into new directions.

This program supports student artists in developing an intensive, critical, and imaginative art practice in an exciting and diverse community enriched by a broad selection of established artists, museum curators, and collectors. By encouraging to experiment and synthesize research from various experiences, interests, and disciplines, Mount Royal School of Art prepares the cohort to imagine an art for the future.

Those who are considering the Mount Royal School of Art may also want to consider other MICA programs. The Hoffberger School of Painting (M.F.A.) offers a focus on painting; the Rinehart School of Sculpture (M.F.A.) provides emphasis on 3D study and studio exploration of space and time; the Low-Residency M.F.A. in Studio Art shares the Mount Royal School of Art's multidisciplinary ethic in a low-residency format.

Application Requirements & Procedures for the Mount Royal School of Art

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 specifically address your portfolio of artwork, as well as your interest in graduate study.

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. Portfolio of Artwork

Applicants should submit 18-20 digital images or time-based media for review online via Applicants working in time-based media are strongly encouraged to submit excerpts of their work (maximum length of 3 minutes for each video or audio clip). Links to full or longer media may be provided in the SlideRoom notes field.

SlideRoom allows applicants to create an inventory of pieces and attach the following information: title, date, medium, dimensions, and notes. Additional guidelines are available on SlideRoom. Do not submit images that are composite of several separate images, unless the composite image is considered an artwork in itself. Unless the descriptive text of a piece is an essential part of it, it should be included not in the image, but in the attached caption, in the notes field.

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

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.