A low-residency, intensive year round program providing the conceptual, critical, historical, and practical knowledge needed to sustain a successful studio.

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  • Overview of Deadlines

    • February 20th
      The preferred application deadline however,
      applications are still accepted beyond this date on a case by case basis

    • February 20th
      Deadline for fall

    • March 1st
      FAFSA due to financial aid

    • March 15th
      Notification date

    • Application fee: $60

    The majority of applicants who wish to be considered for the MFA program in Book Art + Printmaking apply between January and March of the incoming year. Applicants will still be considered after this date, but acceptance will depend on available space. The program is highly selective.

    Applications received after March 15th may be reviewed on a space-available basis. Applicants after this date may be wait-listed for that year, or may be pushed for consideration to the following year.

    For financial aid, applicants should complete a FAFSA (Federal Application For Student Aid) by March 1st, which will be reviewed by Student Financial Services in order to determine eligibility for federal aid. The FAFSA does not affect potential merit awards for the program.

  • Application checklist

    Applicants must hold a bachelors degree from an accredited four-year institution.

    The degree does not need to be in fine art, but the applicant should be able to demonstrate the required knowledge and ability through their statement and portfolio work.

    • Application
      Complete the online application and pay the application fee on The University of the Arts Admissions application page.

    • Résumé/CV
      This document should highlight all the professional accomplishments of the applicant, such as employment, honors, exhibitions, and publications. Must be submitted with online application.

    • 3 Letters of Recommendation
      Letters of recommendation can come from teachers, employers or other mentors who know you and your professional studio work. They should be sent directly to the admissions office in signed and sealed envelopes.

    • Official Transcripts
      Official transcripts must be submitted from each undergraduate institution attended. If entire undergraduate degree was achieved outside the US (not study-abroad) then you will need to follow the directions for International Applicants.

    • Statement of Intent
      A one to two-page description of the applicant’s interest in the program and his or her professional plans/goals.

    • Interview
      The interview can be in person for traveling or regional applicants, or for applicants who cannot interview at the university, interviews can be conducted via telephone or Skype. Interviews will not be conducted by email. To make an appointment for an interview, please e-mail Cynthia Thompson at cythompson@uarts.edu.

    • Portfolio of 20-30 digital images
      Portfolios are submitted online via SlideRoom. Directions for uploading your portfolio and a video tutorial can be found on the SlideRoom website.

    Portfolio images should represent the applicant’s full range of studio experience, specifically printmaking and book arts. Images must be clearly identified and must be accompanied by an image list providing title, size, medium and date of completion. Original work may be shown at the time of the interview. Your portfolio should show your strengths as an artist and should highlight your desired focus discipline. The review committee is looking for both breadth and depth in a portfolio, exhibiting an ability to think critically and conceptually, and showing room for growth. There is no such thing as a “bad” portfolio, but image quality and content are extremely important. If possible, images should be professionally taken and should be clear, correct in color, and viewable on all computer platforms. We do not accept slides, original work or photographs.

    International Applicants

    Please see The University of the Arts international application guidelines. If you have questions regarding international applications, you may contact Kate Arillo, the Assistant Director for Graduate Recruitment at the Office of Admissions.

    Michael Smith
    Associate Director of Admissions
    msmith@uarts.edu
    215-717-6035

    Office of Admissions
    admissions@uarts.edu
    800-616-ARTS (2787)
    215-717-6030

    Mailing address for submitting application materials
    The University of the Arts
    Office of Admissions
    320 South Broad Street
    Philadelphia PA 19102

  • Graduate Tuition

    Current tuition rate and fees can be found here. The program is a total of 60 credit hours.

    Financial Aid and Merit Scholarship

    For financial aid, applicants should complete a FAFSA (Federal Application For Student Aid) by March 1st, which will be reviewed by Student Financial Services in order to determine eligibility for federal aid. The FAFSA does not affect potential merit awards for the program.

    Teaching Fellowship

    Several Graduate Students are selected to receive a highly competitive teaching fellowship based on merit. This fellowship provides an honorarium and also provides the opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience within the department.

    Internships

    Graduate students can apply for and be awarded various paid internships at prestigious institutions.

    Teaching Assistantships

    Currently, the MFA program offers a limited number of teaching assistantships for the fall and spring semesters. It is based solely on merit and availability.

    Work Study

    There are a number of workstudy positions available through the program. Students must be eligible for federal workstudy and complete the necessary paperwork after acceptance.

    Employment

    Depending on class scheduling, students may be able to work full- or part-time while completing the program. The University has job fairs and placement services.

    Questions regarding financial aid should be directed to:

    The University of The Arts
    Office of Financial Aid
    800-717-ARTS x6170
    215-717-6170
    215-717-6178 FAX
    finaid@uarts.edu

  • Your portfolio should show your strengths as an artist and should highlight your desired focus discipline. The review committee is looking for both breadth and depth in a portfolio, exhibiting an ability to think critically and conceptually, and showing room for growth. There is no such thing as a “bad” portfolio, but image quality and content are extremely important. If possible, images should be professionally taken and should be clear, correct in color, and viewable on all computer platforms. We do not accept slides, original work or photographs.

    Portfolio Requirements and Submission

    • Applicants should submit 18-20 digital images or time-based media.
    • Portfolios are submitted online using Slideroom.
    • Please refer to the instructions in the ‘Portfolios’ section of the application instructions.
  • Want more information about the MFA in Book Arts + Printmaking Program?

    Please send your name and mailing address to cythompson@uarts.edu and we will send you a packet of information about the University of the Arts and the program.

    You can also visit the program for a tour, interview, or on graduate open house days. Please contact Cynthia Thompson, Director of the MFA programs in Book Arts + Printmaking and Studio Art at cythompson@uarts.edu to set up a meeting.