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 DAAH for review. An online application can be accessed here.
The MFA Degree offers the following concentrations: ceramics, drawing and painting, electronic arts, glass, fiber, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Applicants must designate the area to which they are applying. The Department requires special supporting materials that should be sent under separate cover directly to the Graduate Chair, the Department of Art and Art History, 2535 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822, by January 15. These supporting materials must include:
• Statement of Objective (form available from the Office of Graduate Education.)
• 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.
Guidelines: Digital images should be formatted as JPEG (RGB) files, or PDF. JPEGs should be no smaller than 1920 pixels on the longer side, at 72 ppi. Individual JPEG files larger than 3 MB will not be opened. The image files will be reviewed in their alpha-numeric order as listed in the folder so be attentive in naming the files accordingly. Include a contact sheet containing thumbnails of all images provided. Save the images on a regular CD-ROM. Time- or Web-Based Work, Video, Sound, and Animation can be submitted on CD or DVD as Mac OS X compatible .mov, .mp3, .mp4 formats. Provide a URL for web-based work. Provide concise printed instructions for viewing/listening to time-based or web-based work. These instructions are especially important for reviewing web-based material that the reviewers might otherwise browse randomly. Limit time-based or web-based work to 10 minutes total, the maximum that will be reviewed. Include an inventory that identifies each work by title, date, medium, size, and other appropriate information.
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 Advisor and CRC.
If the applicant would like to be considered for Graduate Assistantships Guidelines + Application form are downloadable from this page. All incoming and continuing MA and MFA students are encouraged to apply for all departmental GA positions.
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