How to Apply

There are two steps to the UW-Madison M.F.A in Studio Art Application.

1. Submit an online application through the UW-Madison 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.

This application will allow you to submit your transcripts, resume, statement of purpose, residency status, funding needs and letters of recommendation. Note: the statement of purpose is not an artist statement. This statement should be no more than 500 words, and should outline specific reasons you wish to attend UW-Madison.

It will take 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.

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 Art Department MFA admissions application page (SlideRoom). After you register your account you will apply to Program 1 – Admittance Application NEW MFA APPLICANTS.

The Art Department application will allow you to submit your artist statement, portfolio and apply for both assistantships and scholarships. Note: the artist statement should discuss your current art work/practice. The document must be 500 words or less.

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.

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.

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Application deadline
for Fall 2020-21:
Monday, January 6, 2020

MFA Program Information Sessions

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

Check back for new dates to be announced

Sessions will meet in the atrium of the Art Lofts building at 9:30 am. The Art Lofts is located at 111 N. Frances Street Madison, Wisconsin.

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

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

*This session has been filled, please attend an available date.