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Master of Fine Arts Application Requirements

Materials and applications are due by March 1 for the fall semester or September 1 for the spring semester. Final admission decisions cannot be made until all information has been received.

To be considered for admission to the M.F.A. program, the applicant must:

1. Submit an online Graduate School application for admission and non-refundable application fee;

2. Have official transcript(s) sent from all institutions you attended for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Transcripts must be sent directly to Winthrop's Graduate School office from the issuing institution(s). We cannot accept transcripts (even sealed, official transcripts) from individuals.

3. Have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale;

4. Submit a written statement of purpose reflective of your creative goals in the intended area of study. As writing and communication skills are vital to a candidate's success, this is an important component of the application. The statement should indicate how the applicant envisions his or her work developing and why it is important to pursue a graduate degree; 

5. Submit a resume via the online admissions portal;

6. Have three original letters of recommendation submitted directly from art and design professionals. This is managed through the online admissions portal. After submitting the online application, you can view Supplemental Items in the admissions portal. Under Recommendation Requests, click "Start" to indicate the name and email address of each recommender. These three people will then receive an email instructing them to upload the recommendation letters into our online application system. Applicants should talk with these individuals ahead of time so they will be expecting the recommendation request email when they receive it.

7. Submit one CD/DVD containing up to 20 digital images, saved in jpeg format and named using the following convention: “lastname_01.jpg”. Images should be optimized for screen media (72 dpi) and be no larger than 2 MB each. Please also provide a corresponding printed image checklist consisting of titles, date, medium, description and small thumbnail for each work included in the portfolio. Of the 20 images, five images should demonstrate foundational competency in drawing; five should demonstrate foundational competency in area of interest; and the remaining images should demonstrate what you consider to be your best work.

8. Arrange and participate in an admissions interview with the M.F.A. Advisor and appropriate Fine Arts faculty. The M.F.A. advisor's contact information is: Mr. Tom Stanley, 803-323-2653,

A limited number of graduate assistantships and other awards are available for qualified applicants. Also, a limited number of graduate teaching positions may be available for qualified graduate students after they have completed 18 semester graduate hours. 



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