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Graduate Admissions

The information below is for students interested in pursuing an M.F.A. in Studio Art with an emphasis in one of the following areas: Ceramics; Digital Art; Graphic Design; Metalsmithing/Jewelry Design; Painting; Photography; Printmaking; Sculpture; or Textiles. Applicants must choose a single area of study at the time of application.

All programs will require the completion of 60 credit hours. Most programs are 3 years and require a 3-year residency with the exception of Painting. Painting is a 2-year program and requires a 2-year residency.

VISITING THE SCHOOL: We do not arrange personal tours of the facilities.  You are welcome to visit at any time and explore what we have to offer.  We recommend that you speak to the faculty in your area of interest prior to your visit.  This will ensure that you are able to access locked buildings, studios, etc.  Please note that many members of faculty are not on campus on Fridays.

To inquire about arranging a visit to a particular area, please contact the area head directly to make arrangements for a suitable time to visit. Portfolios are not formally reviewed at this time, but you may inquire with specific faculty and are welcome to bring representative evidence for conversations when you visit.

OCTOBER 30, 2015

All area studios will be open to the public.
Join us to see work in progress and meet current MFA students.

Tim Mather

Digital Art
Margaret Dolinsky

Graphic Design
Paul Brown

Jewelry & Metalsmithing
Nicole Jacquard

Caleb Weintraub

James Nakagawa

Tracy Templeton

Blane De St. Croix

Carissa Carman

Application Deadlines

Domestic Students: All application materials must be received no later 5 pm January 15, 2016

International Students: All application materials must be received no later 5 pm December 1, 2015.

The School of Fine Arts accepts applications for fall admission only. Students choose one area of concentration when applying to the program. The application process is self-managed by the applicant. Due to the volume of mail, the School cannot notify applicants of missing documents or confirm the receipt of materials. Students should send all materials by certified mail for this purpose. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not a requirement.


Application Steps

Your online application to IU (Step 1) should be submitted at least 2 weeks before the actual deadline in order for your recommenders to have the opportunity to respond by the deadline. Your portfolio will not be considered if you do not submit this application. Please notify your recommenders of the deadlines.

1. Complete the Online Application

You must provide the following information in the online application:

• When asked to indicate your Academic Program, please select “Fine Arts – Studio” in the drop down menu, then choose the Academic Plan “Fine Arts – Studio MFA”.  Then, please choose one program that you intend to pursue: Ceramics, Digital Art, Graphic Design, Metalsmithing/Jewelry Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, or Textiles.

• Statement of Intent/Artist Statement: Submit a written statement (500–700 words) outlining your artistic goals and interest in pursuing graduate study. This statement can be submitted electronically at the end of the online application.

• Resume: Submit a resume or time line of activities including exhibitions, awards, employment and other related professional pursuits.

• Three Letters of Recommendation: The contact information (including names, street addresses, phone numbers and email addresses) of three people who will submit your letters of recommendation via the online application system. The online system will then email your contacts with instructions on how to submit their references online. The online recommendations should address your potential for academic success in a graduate program.

Domestic Students: Click HERE to begin the online application process

International Students: Click HERE to begin the online application process

2. Submit Your Portfolio Online

Submit your portfolio online at Slideroom is an online system that accepts images and short videos. Images must be saved as .jpg, .png or .gif, up to 2MB each. The optimal image size for good image quality and fast upload, image size should not exceed 1280 x 1280 pixels @ 72 dpi. Videos must be in the .flv, .mov or .wmv format, under 20MB each. For technical assistance, please contact Slideroom directly at

When submitting the portfolio online, click on the “Start a New Submission” button. Then click on “MFA Programs” under the “Categories” heading. Finally, click on the “Apply Now” button next to the area in which you are interested to access the application. It is possible to submit time-based work using The cost to submit your portfolio online is $10. Your portfolio should contain 20 images which best represents your work.

3. Pay the Application Fees

The cost for submitting the application for the M.F.A. in Studio Art is $65 for Domestic Applicants and $75 for International Applicants. The application fee is comprised of a $55/Domestic Applicant and $65/International Applicant fee paid upon submission of the online IU application and a $10 fee paid upon submission of the online portfolio. The application fees are non-refundable.

4. Send Your Official Transcripts

Send official transcripts from all of your undergraduate institutions attended, as well as from any graduate programs (if applicable). The transcript must demonstrate a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. For international students, if the original documents are not in English, a verified translation must be sent with your official transcripts in your native language.

If you are in the process of completing a Bachelor’s degree when you apply, a transcript showing your current enrollment in your course of study is acceptable. If admitted to IU, you must submit a final, official transcript verifying the completion of your degree and the date your degree was awarded directly to IU prior to your matriculation.

Mail official domestic transcripts to:
Graduate Services Coordinator
School of Fine Arts – Studio Art
1201 E. 7th Street, Room 123
Bloomington, IN  47405

Mail official international transcripts (with English translation) to:
International Admissions
Poplars 221
400 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

For Domestic Students: If your institution(s) can submit official transcripts electronically, please have them emailed to

5. Submit Your TOEFL Results (International students only)

Foreign Language (TOEFL), regardless of where you were educated. The testing service should report the TOEFL scores directly to IU Bloomington. IU Bloomington’s TOEFL code is 1324. For information regarding TOEFL requirements:

• If your native language is not English, we require you to take IU’s English Proficiency Examination (IEPE) upon arrival at the university to determine if they must take any English courses. Students must agree to take any English courses prescribed from the results of this examination. Fees for special part-time English courses are the same as for other courses; however, credits earned in these English courses do not meet degree requirements.

• If the results of the proficiency exam indicate that full-time work in English is required, you will be assigned to the Intensive English Program (IEP). Students enrolled in IEP do not take academic courses until they achieve adequate English proficiency. If you have serious doubts about your English ability and are not financially prepared to undertake the additional time and expense of an intensive English program here, you may consider delaying your application to a future semester.

• Finally, students who are eligible for an associate instructorship position must meet additional English language requirements including passing the Test of English Proficiency for International Associate Instructor Candidates.

Questions? Contact the Graduate Services Coordinator at (812) 855-0188 or email at