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Master of Fine Arts Admission Requirements

The completed application should be received by January 15 for the following fall. GRE or GMAT tests are not required.

Application Requirements:
  • University Graduate Application
  • Application Fee of $65 (payable online)
  • Unofficial Transcripts (Official transcript will be requested if you are accepted.) Submit all transcripts from previous colleges and/or art schools
  • 3 letters of recommendation. Recommenders should be people familiar with your academic and
    professional abilities. The recommenders you list in your online application will receive information via email about submitting their recommendation letter online. Ask them to provide the following information:

           • who they are
           • their relationship to you
           • why they think you will succeed in the Graduate Fine Arts Program at the University of Cincinnati

  • Artist’s Statement. Include a statement (up to 500 words) describing the long-term goal to be met by graduate study.  Include the following:

            • a general introduction to the work in the portfolio
            • how you would like to creatively develop in graduate school
            • your professional interests (e.g., teaching, galleries)
            • whether you are interested in teaching while in graduate school

  • Resume
  • Proof of English Proficiency (International Students only: submit directly to UC from the testing agency, use university code of 1833)
Submitting Your Portfolio

We are no longer accepting links to websites or hard copies of portfolios. Submit all portfolio materials online at Acceptd’s website. The application fee is $30.

  • Include portfolio image list/descriptions in separate file with:

title of work, date of work, dimensions, and if applicable, materials

  • Portfolio 
  • For 2D Studio, 3D studio and Photography:

Twenty (20) images. Images should be no more than 1 MB each, at 72 dpi. 

  • For Electronic Art:   

Between two and six works in digital imaging,, animation, sound, video, interactive, game design, coding or other new media artforms. Time-based work should be limited to a total of ten minutes or less. Samples may be submitted via disc or URL (preferred). Only work in which the applicant has played a major role in the project should be submitted. Please attach a brief statement about each work, including an explanation of your role in making the piece.


Application Deadline

The completed application should be received by January 15th for the following fall. GRE or GMAT tests are not required. Applications are accepted thru June 15th but scholarships and assistantships may not be available after the January 15th deadline.

Additional Information

For more detailed application information, you can download the entire information packet.     

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