graduate | admissions

APPLICATION DEADLINES:
JANUARY 15 - for applications to the MFA in Art

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Applicants for admission to the MFA program must meet the general requirements for admission to graduate study, hold a BA or BFA, and have completed one year of Twentieth-Century Art History (students who have not completed this will be required to do so as part of their graduate studies). In addition, for applications to the MFA in Art, a portfolio of creative work must be submitted by January 15.

HOW TO APPLY

Complete the Online Application for Graduate Admissions.

Applications to the MFA in Art must include the following:  

1. A Statement of Purpose. Length: 1000 words.

2. Three (3) letters of recommendations (recommenders must submit letters via online application).
   
3. A portfolio of 20 images and/or other media samples. Images must include title of the work, size, year, medium, description, and duration of the work, if time-based. 

4. One copy of unofficial transcripts from the Undergraduate institution(s) attended by the applicant. Official transcripts will be requested if and when applicant is admitted and decide to attend UCI. Do not send official transcripts until this time, unless you are requested to do so.  

*Please note that the Personal History Statement is not required; when prompted by the system to enter a statement, enter "Not Required for Art MFA Admission."

ALL PARTS OF THE APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED BY JANUARY 15; NO GRACE PERIOD.

A faculty committee will review all complete applications.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete.  Any incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Recipients of a BA degree from UCI will not be considered for admission to the MFA program until a minimum of one year after receipt of an undergraduate degree.

GRE scores are not required.  TOEFL is required for foreign applicants, with exceptions.

QUESTIONS
If you have any questions regarding the application requirements, please send an e-mail to stuart@uci.edu.
If you have any questions regarding the admission process, please send an email to gradadmissionquestions@uci.edu.

CAMPUS VISITS
Applicants are encouraged to arrange a campus visit between October 1 and December 1 to view the facilities, meet with faculty and/or attend a graduate level class. Appointments are required for Fall Quarter Tours.  Please contact Graduate Student Liaison Joaquin Palting to schedule a visit at jpalting@uci.edu.

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