Graduate Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

IMPORTANT NOTE: The GRE is not required for applicants to the MFA program in the School of Art at the University of Arkansas.

Applicants are expected to have earned a BA or BFA degree or its equivalent, with a major concentration in visual art. Applicants who do not have an art major may present evidence of proficiency in creative work in the visual arts. The GRE is not required. Acceptance to the MFA degree program requires a two-semester art history survey or its equivalent. Failing to meet this requirement, the MFA student is required to complete the appropriate semesters of survey of art history for non-graduate credit.

After admission to the Graduate School and acceptance by the School of Art, the school director will appoint an advisor to work with the student in planning a suitable program of advanced study. Faculty will review the student’s work and progress within the program at least twice each year.

How to Apply

Two-step Application Process

There is a two step application process. Each applicant must apply to BOTH of the following:

  1. The Graduate School & International Education
  2. The School of Art, using a web-based portfolio and document submission system,

MFA Portfolio Image Submission Guidelines

The following materials should be uploaded to SlideRoom:

  1. An artist’s statement focusing on thematic concerns, conceptual and technical development, and artists or theories that have influenced the work.
    (1 to 2 pages in length)
  2. A personal statement outlining goals for graduate study.
  3. Information about your skills if applying for an assistantship.
  4. Resume.
  5. PDF of unofficial transcripts of college-level work from each degree-granting institution you have attended.
    (if you are unable to scan and send transcripts using SlideRoom, they may be sent as hard copy to: MFA Admissions, 1 University of Arkansas, School of Art, 116 FNAR, Fayetteville, AR 72701)
  6. The names and contact information of three references (from your professors or other art professionals) who can discuss your art work, conceptual thinking, work habits, and potential for graduate study in art.
    (The references will receive an email link, which will allow them to upload their letter)
  7. A portfolio of art works (20 pieces, up to 5 of which may be details if needed).

Assembling Your Portfolio

The portfolio of work is the primary material the faculty will look at in making their decision. Examples should feature recent work (preferably from the last 2 years) in the applicant’s proposed area(s) of concentration. Choose your best and most recent work that demonstrates your focus and informed knowledge of contemporary art. Emphasize a consistent line of thought rather than submitting widely varying work from undergraduate class assignments.

Care should be taken to represent the art works as accurately as possible. Images should be properly lit, exposed, and cropped, with no other distracting information in the frame.

Portfolio Submission

You must upload 20 images to SlideRoom. The maximum size allowed is 5MB. If needed, you may also upload videos of no more than 5 minutes.

Arrange images in chronological order, oldest to newest. Images/videos can be labeled and ordered after they are uploaded into SlideRoom. You will need to provide the title of each image, the medium, year created, and dimensions.  Up to five of these images may be details if appropriate for large scale or 3-dimensional pieces.

SlideRoom has comprehensive instructions for resizing and submitting work online.


  • February 1
    MFA admission deadline (fall term only)

Graduate Directors

Kristin Musgnug //

Marc Mitchell // // (479) 575-5202

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