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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. 

To be considered for admission to the MFA program, the applicant must:

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

2. Official transcript(s) from all institutions 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 major and minor areas 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 application;

6. Have three original letters of recommendation submitted directly from art and design professionals. The online admissions application requires applicants to provide names and email addresses of three individuals from whom he/she has requested letters of recommendation. 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 specialization; and the remaining images should demonstrate what you consider to be your best work.

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


Graduate School
211 Tillman Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
800/411-7041 (toll free)
803/323-2292 (Fax)

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