How to Apply

There are 2 applications to submit for the UW-Madison M.F.A in Studio Art program:

  1. Submit an online application through the UW-Madison Graduate School Application portal and application fee. Submit your:
    1. Transcripts
    2. Resume
    3. Statement of purpose*
      *The statement of purpose is not an artist statement. This statement should be no more than 500 words, and should address specific reasons you wish to attend UW-Madison.
    4. Residency status
    5. Funding needs
    6. Letters of recommendation
  2. Wait for your Graduate School Electronic Application to process and appear in our system.
  3. You will be sent an email with a link to the Art Department MFA admissions application page on SlideRoom. Register your account and apply to: Program 1 – Admittance Application NEW MFA APPLICANTS. Submit your:
    1. Artist statement*
      *The artist statement should discuss your current art practice. The document must be 500 words or less.
    2. Portfolio
    3. Apply for both assistantships and scholarships

The Art Department offers a number of teaching assistantships, both classroom and support positions, along with scholarships to qualified applicants.

Graduate Portfolio Submission

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 uploads, your image files should be sized no larger than 1280x1280px at 72dpi. Video files should be under 20MB and may not exceed five minutes in length.

For all technical assistance, contact:

Application deadline
for Fall 2021:
Wednesday, January 6, 2021

MFA Program Information Sessions

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

RSVP for MFA Information Session - University of Wisconsin - Madison

Use this form to reserve a seat at the Department's fall informational sessions.

Sessions will meet at the Mosse Humanities Building Room: 6111 at 9:30 am. The Humanities Building is located at 455 North Park Street Madison, Wisconsin.

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

City of Madison State Street Campus Garage
415 North Lake Street

Handicap parking is available outside the building. Campus parking information can be found at UW-Madison Parking Services.