Department of Art and Art History Graduate Admissions


Applying to the Program

How long should the statements be?
No more than one page.

What should be in my portfolio?
Your best, most current work that displays a point of view and supports your candidacy in the area in which you are applying.

Do I have to submit 20 images?

Can I include detail images?

Even though I'm applying in one area, can I include work that I did in a different one?
Yes. Please note that only faculty members from the area in which you are applying will be evaluating your work.

Do I have to meet TOEFL/IELTS requirements?
All International Students who did not attend U.S. or other Anglophone undergraduate institutions must meet language requirements. Learn more about this requirement.

Do I have to take the GRE?

Who should my recommenders be?
People familiar with your artwork who have worked with you as teachers or employers.

Do you conduct interviews?
Yes. We will conduct phone or Skype interviews for finalists in each area by mid-February

How do you evaluate the applicants?
Area faculty give a full-file review to all artwork and written material.

How many people apply each year?
There are 200–280 applicants and between 9-12 will be admitted.

When will I find out if I am accepted?
By mid-March.

I studied something else for my undergraduate degree. Can I still apply?
Yes. However, you must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited, four-year institution in-hand by the time you plan to matriculate.

I applied before, can I reapply?
Yes, previous applicant files are reviewed without prejudice.

If accepted, can I defer?
No. You must attend in the semester for which you apply or re-apply in the next admissions cycle as part of a competitive pool.

Can I get a critique of my submitted materials?
Due to the sheer volume of applicants, we cannot offer critiques of files.

Planning a Visit

Can I schedule an individual appointment and/or tour with faculty and/or staff?
Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit campus during November 5 Open House or Info Sessions. Please note that if you are offered admission to the program, you will be given an opportunity to visit in the spring.

Can I sit in on a class?
No. Graduate Studio Art classes are small and constitute artistic communities built over time. Visitors can disrupt and distract from the work that students are there to do.