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Graduate Admissions: Studio Art

The MFA in Studio Art is a two-year, in-residence degree program that provides an interdisciplinary environment of high expectation: self-motivation, intellectual capacity, and responsibility. Our faculty find these conditions best promote an artist’s ability to develop work of the greatest consequence. Students can choose to work in depth in a particular area or across any of our five disciplines: Painting & Drawing, Photography, Print, Sculpture & Extended Media, and Transmedia (video, digital, performance).

The University of Texas at Austin believes that a highly talented and diverse student body can significantly enhance the character and quality of the academic culture and community. To this end, the university is continuously engaged in an effort to increase the pool of graduate scholars from diverse backgrounds.

As authorized by the Board of Regents and beginning with the academic year 2005-2006, The University of Texas at Austin has added race and ethnicity to the criteria considered for admission of freshmen, graduate students, and law students, and to the awarding of scholarships and fellowships in those cases when an individualized and full file review is conducted as part of the selection process.

Important Admissions Dates

The program admits students for fall semester only, and deferred admission is not allowed.

December 15
Recommended completion of ApplyTexas application

January 5 — 11:59pm
Final application deadline (all materials due); Late applications will not be accepted (no exceptions)

Mid-February
Finalists will be contacted for phone/Skype interviews

Early-to-Mid March
Applicants notified of admission decisions

Application Materials

More information about these materials is included on the Apply page. A GRE score is not required.

  • ApplyTexas Application
  • Application Fees ($75 total for U.S. and Permanent Resident applicants; $100 total for International applicants)
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (submitted electronically by references)
  • TOEFL or IELTS Language Test Score (international applicants only)
  • Portfolio of Visual Work (view requirements)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Artist Statement
  • Resume


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