MFA DEGREE ADMISSIONS
Refer also to the application requirements available from the Office of Graduate Education.
MFA applicants must have a BFA degree or equivalent, evidenced by 75 undergraduate semester credits in the field of art. This should include 12 credits of art history and a sound preparation in the studio specialization the student intends to pursue as designated on the application.
The Department acknowledges that some MFA applicants many not fit traditional criteria and will consider exceptional bachelor's degree recipients who exhibit relevant backgrounds, strong commitment, and distinct potential in the arts. Applicants with nontraditionally graded undergraduate or graduate transcripts must submit GRE scores and course performance report forms if the transcript contains 25 percent or more of the applicant's credit hours.
MFA application period is from October 1 to January 15 and admission is for the Fall semesters only. Completed applications and academic transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate Division along with the application fee by JANUARY 15. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the academic institution of origin to the University of Hawaii's Graduate Division. Copies of transcripts, faxed, emailed or hand delivered will not be accepted. Incomplete applications for any reason will not be forwarded to the department for review. An online application can be accessed here.
The MFA degree offers the following specialiations: ceramics, drawing and painting, electronic arts, glass, fiber, print media (digital imaging, photography and printmaking) and sculpture. Applicants must designate the area to which they are applying.
The Department requires special supporting materials that must be submitted via slideroom An application fee of $10 will be applied. These supporting materials include:
• Statement of Objectives (maximum 1,500 characters)
• Designation of Area of Specialization
• A minimum of three letters of recommendation from art educators, professionals in the field, and/or individuals who have worked closely with the applicant in art related activities and are well acquainted with the applicant's studio art efforts
• 20 examples of original work that illustrate abilities in an area of specialization, as well as potential for development within the scope of the department's facilities and personnel.
Deficient or incomplete undergraduate preparation may result in additional course work beyond the 60 credits of the MFA degree, at the discretion of the student's Faculty Adviser and the Graduate Chair.
If the applicant would like to be considered for Graduate Assistantships guidelines are downloadable from this page. Applications from incoming MFA students are accepted through slideroom at the time of application to the MFA degree program. Incoming MA and continuing MA & MFA students should apply in accordance with the instructions and deadlines found on the Application Form on this page. Student are encouraged to apply for all GA positions they are qualified, not only those in their areas of specialization.
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