Application Requirements for the MFA program:
Students apply to the MFA program at Maryland in one of the following areas of concentration:
- Digital Media/New Genre
• An undergraduate degree with a major in Art from an accredited college, university or art school, or its equivalent, is encouraged, but not required, for admission to graduate study in the Department of Art. The applicant should have a minimum of 30 credit hours of undergraduate work in studio art courses and approximately 12 credit hours in art history. Other humanities courses should be a part of the candidate's undergraduate preparation.
• General graduate admission application forms can be requested from the Enrollment Service Operations, University of Maryland, College Park 20742, (301) 405-4198. An application for admission with transcripts should be sent directly to the Graduate School. Please note under "Application Instructions" on page 2 of the Graduate School application that: Applicants are solely responsible for making certain that their transcripts have, in fact, been received.
• All application submissions MUST arrive in the Department by January 15th. Students are only admitted for the Fall semesters. Three letters of recommendation and documentation of your best work (see requirements below) should be sent to:
University of Maryland
Enrollment Service Operations
Application for Graduate Admissions
0130 Mitchell Building
College Park, Maryland 20742-1311
• Applicants are solely responsible for making certain that all letters of recommendation arrive on time. The Graduate School strongly encourages applicants to use electronic letters of recommendation. Submitting electronic letters significantly reduces the processing time of your documents.
•All decisions made by the Graduate Review Committee of the Department of Art are final. Please be assured that each applicant receives thorough consideration by every member of the committee. All aspects of the application will be reviewed, including the slide portfolio, statement of purpose, academic strength, art related background, and recommendations.
• Upon acceptance of admission, the student should notify the Department of Art and schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor and make initial plans for a course of study. This may be done by phone or upon arrival prior to the beginning of the semester. General information is available from the Graduate Administrator. Studios will be assigned by August 15. Check with the Graduate Administrator after this time to obtain assignment.
Portfolio Submission for MFA Application:
All portfolio submissions are done through Slideroom.com, submissions can be completed here: http://umdart.slideroom.com
Applicants should submit 20 images of recent work and/or up to 10 minutes of video documentation of time-based or performance-based work. Please include dimensions, date, and media for each image.
Submission of Websites or Software:
The following requirements apply to website and software submissions:
Through Slideroom, submit screenshots of software or web-based artworks and supply a URL for the online project or software download.
General Application Requirements:
To apply to the MFA Program applicants must complete the Graduate School Application, available online at www.gradschool.umd.edu, and submit the requisite application fee.
Required Application Materials
- A completed application form
- A non-refundable application fee of $75
- One complete set of transcripts reflecting all undergraduate and graduate work completed or in-progress
- A Maryland in-state status form (for those who wish to apply for Maryland resident status
- Three letters of recommendation
- Statement of Goals, Research Interests and Experiences
If at any time you wish to check on the status of your application materials you may do so by visiting www.gradschool.umd.edu