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MFA Graduate Admissions

The University of Wisconsin-Madison


MFA in Studio Art

The graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is part of an internationally known research university with a remarkable history. Graduate students take part in a three-year, interdisciplinary program with a focus on diverse approaches to contemporary artistic practice, theory and criticism.  The program emphasizes advanced visual research and includes extensive one-on-one interaction with faculty, guest critics and visiting artists. We actively encourage a wide range of material practices, experimentation and collaboration with other areas of the Art Department and the larger university. The strength of the program hinges on a renowned group of faculty who teach within specific disciples while working with graduate students from across the department. 


Criteria for entrance into the MFA Program is based on: 

1. Strength of a portfolio of your most recent work. Images should demonstrate strong artistic promise. 
2. Review of your past academic record verifying you meet the standards set forth by the Graduate School. Click here to see requirements for admission
3. Your art practice and its compatibility with faculty research interests and department facilities. 

The Art Department does not require the GRE for entrance into the MFA Program, though the Graduate School requires proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS) for non-native English speakers.

For additional information please visit the following links:

Graduate School Catalog for Art
Funding Opportunities

MFA Program Information Sessions 

These sessions take about two hours including a tour of the facilities. 


Fall 2016 Sessions: 

Friday October 7 
Friday November 4

Please ​register here

The November 4th session will ​meet in ​room 6127 of the George L. Mosse Humanities building at 9:30 am. The Humanities building ​is located at 455 North Park St. Madison, Wisconsin.   

Hourly parking:
Lake and Johnson Street Ramp
301 North Lake Street

​Campus parking information can be found at UW-Madison Parking Services

How to Apply

1. Submit a online application through the Graduate School and pay the $​75.00 application fee (non US residents pay an additional $6.00 international document processing fee). The application can be found at the UW - Madison Graduate School Application portal.

IMPORTANT: Be sure to upload your transcripts (one from each University you attended). Transcripts and reference letters should be submitted electronically to the Graduate School's application. Referees may also mail in their letters. Please know, you do not have to wait for your referees to upload their letter(s). You may submit your application prior to them being uploaded. Referees may mail their letters to the following address. 

Branden Mart​z
Graduate Coordinator
University of Wisconsin-Madison Art Department
6241 Humanities, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706-1483

All mailed materials must be post marked before January 6 2017. 

It takes 24 hours for your Graduate School Electronic Application to process and appear in our system. Generally, the link to the SlideRoom application is sent the following day. Once you receive a confirmation e-mail, you will be able to register with SlideRoom, log in, and complete the Department's admission application.

2. After you have filled out the UW Graduate School Electronic Application and paid the Application Fee, you will be sent an email with a link to the MFA admissions application page (SlideRoom). After you register your account you will apply to Program 1 - Admittance Application NEW MFA APPLICANTS and pay a $10.00 application fee. 

This application will walk you through the process of uploading your portfolio, resume, cover letter(s) as well as applying for funding opportunities. The Department offers a number of teaching assistantships, both classroom and ​support positions along with scholarships to qualified ​applicants. You will also be asked to upload a portfolio of 20 images of your recent work. 

Your portfolio must be submitted through SlideRoom mailed portfolios will not be reviewed. Applicants may upload images (jpg, gif, or png), video (mov, wmv, flv) or PDF documents. For good image quality and fast upload, your image files should be sized no larger than 1280 x 1280 px @ 72 dpi. Video files should be under 20MB and not exceed five minutes in length. Our site offers additional instruction for submitting work. For all technical assistance, contact support@slideroom.com.

All application materials must be submitted/received (postmarked) before January 6. Late applications will not be considered.

Application deadline: ​​Friday, January ​​6, 2017

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