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Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art

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Graduate Admission

By permission of the Kansas Board of Regents, application for admission to graduate programs in the Department of Visual Art may be refused if available instructional space does not allow addition of more students. The quota of new Master of Fine Arts students who can be accepted into these programs is sometimes filled by January 15.

To be admitted, students must have undergraduate backgrounds judged by the graduate faculty to be appropriate preparation for the specific specialization selected for graduate study. A strong preference exists for applicants whose undergraduate backgrounds are in visual art.

Departmental faculty selection and review committees evaluate each applicant’s transcripts, portfolios, and letters of recommendation to determine their qualifications for admission. The committees expect applicants to have the B.F.A. degree or equivalent experience. In general, committees expect applicants to present about 70 hours of undergraduate credit in studio or related professional courses including about 36 hours of studio credit in a major area, to have maintained an undergraduate overall grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and in the proposed major, and to have had a minimum of 9 hours of credit in art history. The department encourages full-time residence.

Submit your graduate application and fee online, print it, and send it along with

  • 1 official transcript of all college and university course work,
  • statement of purpose,
  • 3 letters of recommendation,
  • digital portfolio,
  • printed image index,
  • application form for financial aid,
  • statement of financial resources (international students) and
  • proof of proficiency in English (international students)

in one envelope to the department:

The University of Kansas
Department of Visual Art
Director of Graduate Studies
Art and Design Bldg.
1467 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 300
Lawrence, KS 66045-7531

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