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Graduate Studio Art Program FAQ

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Application Process


Can I do the program part-time or through distance learning?


Do you have double or dual programs with other graduate programs?


Do I only study with faculty in my own medium/area?

No. Once admitted, students can study with any Graduate Studies Faculty member with whom a mutual working relationship is agreed.


How much does it cost?

The most updated tuition and fees for the entire two-year, 60-credit-hour MFA in Studio Art program, can be estimated using the UT Tuition Calculator. Current rates estimate tuition at appx. $7,000 per semester for in-state students and $13,600 for out-of-state and international students. These costs may be offset by scholarships, fellowships, and/or assistantships. 

Review information about Tuition and other Costs of Attendance.

How do I fund my degree?

Assistantships, scholarships,  and fellowships are available, but not guaranteed. Financial support will be included in letters of admission. 

Do I have to submit a separate application to receive fellowships, grants, or teaching assistantships?

No. All candidates who are offered admission are automatically considered for funding possibilities. However, to meet students’ financial need as best as possible, we strongly recommend that all U.S. applicants submit a FAFSA application as soon as possible, regardless of whether or not they intend to take out student loans or grants. 

Visiting Campus

Can I schedule an individual appointment and/or tour with faculty and/or staff?

Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit campus during the annual Open House for prospective grads. 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 classes are small and constitute artistic communities built over time. Visitors can disrupt and distract from the work that students are there to do.

Application Process

How long should the statements be?

Statements should not exceed 750 words. 

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. See the Portfolio Requirements page for specific information.

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 area?

Yes, but 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 language requirements?

All International Students who did not attend U.S. or other Anglophone undergraduate institutions must meet language requirements. Learn more about the requirements in Step 2 on the Apply page.

Do I have to take the GRE?


Who should my recommenders be?

People familiar with your artwork who have worked with you as instructors or employers.

Do you conduct interviews?

Yes. We will conduct Zoom or phone 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, written material and interview.

How many people apply each year?

Between 150-200 applicants are considered for 9-12 seats. The most updated admissions data may be found here:

When will I find out if I am accepted?

Admissions decisions are generally sent by the end of February, and at the latest, 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?

Generally, students must attend for the semester in which they apply. Only under extenuating circumstances and with the program’s agreement can an applicant defer.

Can I get a critique of my submitted materials?

Due to the sheer volume of applicants, we cannot offer critiques of files.

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