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School of Fine ArtsArt & Art History Department

Graduate Admissions

Thank you for your interest in our graduate program leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree.

Admission to the M.F.A. program is highly competitive. Applications are reviewed in February for admission to begin study during the fall. There are no mid-year, spring term, or summer admissions. Five highly qualified applicants are admitted each year and offered renewable merit-based graduate teaching or research assistantships.

Admission to the M.F.A. program is a multi-step process that requires separate applications be submitted to the Graduate School and the Department of Art and Art History, in addition to a portfolio review.

Studio Art Graduate Application Requirements and Procedures

The Graduate application to the Art & Art History Department requires the completion of the University of Connecticut Graduate School application and the submission of your portfolio through the UConn Graduate SlideRoom.

The deadline for submitting your online application and SlideRoom portfolio is JANUARY 15.

The SlideRoom application process will require you to provide the following information prior to uploading your portfolio:
1. List the schools and degrees earned for which you will be submitting transcripts (Note: Transcripts are submitted electronically with your application through the Graduate School – Transcripts should not be sent directly to the Art & Art History Department.)

2. List the name, institutional affiliation and contact information of three (3) references who will be submitting written recommendations on your behalf through the Graduate School application.

3. Submit a resume including information on your education, employment, exhibition experience, honors and awards.

4. Indicate which one of the following media areas best identifies your intended major focus in graduate school:
◦ Painting/Drawing
◦ Printmaking
◦ Installation/Performance
◦ Photography/Video
◦ Sculpture/Ceramics

5. Submit a personal statement explaining your interest in your identified area of focus and any cross media interests you may have. Tell us your reasons for undertaking graduate work, your immediate aspirations and your goals for the future.

6. Upload your portfolio – Please note we DO NOT accept slides, CDs or DVDs. All portfolios must be uploaded with your Art & Art History M.F.A. Application through our SlideRoom.

Graduate School Application Process
Please review the following list of documentation that you will be required to submit with your application to the Graduate School. Do not submit these documents to the Art & Art History Department.

1. Unofficial Transcripts for any degrees earned to be submitted electronically (official transcripts are required if accepted into the MFA program);

2. The name, institutional affiliation, and contact information for three (3) recommenders to submit letters of recommendation electronically (Graduate School will contact the recommenders directly for the letters).;

3. A resume which lists your education, employment, and exhibition experience, including honors and awards;

4. A personal statement explaining your identified area of focus and any cross media interests you may have. Tell us your reasons for undertaking graduate work, your immediate aspirations and your goals for the future.

Note: There is duplication of information in the two sites. Please complete for each application site.


The Art & Art History Department requires an on-site interview and tour for all top candidates as part of the Spring Semester review process for admission. If you wish to visit UConn and the M.F.A Program before submitting your application, M.F.A. Graduate Student-led tours are available during the Fall Semester only.

Assistantships and Fellowships
To apply for an assistantship or fellowship, select ‘Yes’ after the appropriate question on the Graduate School application for admission. All applicants wishing to be considered for financial aid or graduate assistantships should visit the Graduate School’s Financial Aid page for more information.

Requests for Additional Information
For more information regarding the Graduate School application process, program requirements, or to access an application or apply online, please visit the Graduate School website.

For more information regarding the Art & Art History Department’s M.F.A. application process and program information, contact the Art and Art History office.

Tours
Tours led by current graduate students are available during the Fall Semester only. Email tours for more information.