The School of Art seeks students with a wide range of talents and backgrounds, and approaches admissions based on a holistic consideration of each applicant's portfolio, inclusive of academic and other achievements. Self-motivated students who demonstrate cultural awareness, ambition, and an engagement with various materials, ideas, and contexts will find the School of Art an exceptional environment for developing their artistic practice and future careers in the arts and creative fields.

With a student body hailing from throughout the United States and around the world - including Asia, Europe and the Americas (China, South Korea, Peru, Singapore, UK, Canada) - the The School of Art is a diverse, tight-knit community of approximately 200 students. With a 9:1 student-teacher ratio, students are able to work closely with professors and one another to push the possibilities of what art is and can be.

The School of Art has fostered over 100 years of remarkable alumni and a global network of unique and influential creators. After their time at Carnegie Mellon, students pursue residencies, fellowships, and terminal degrees in the arts as well as related fields across the sciences and humanities. They actively exhibit their work in gallery, museum, and public art contexts, work as part of collaborative teams that reach beyond the studio, and are critical and innovative contributors across fields of community and environmental activism, tech & design, film & television, and institutes of higher learning.

CONTACT

BFA Program
Mark Cato

Assistant Head of Academic Affairs
mdcato@andrew.cmu.edu
412.268.1531

BXA Programs
M. Stephanie Murray

BXA Director & Academic Advisor
msmurray@andrew.cmu.edu
412.268.1745

Carrie Settle Hagan
Associate Director and Academic Advisor
csh@andrew.cmu.edu
412.268.8326

MFA Program
Julie Azzam

MFA Program Coordinator
jazzam@cmu.edu
412.268.6707

Our broad-based, four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is designed to develop the commitment, knowledge and skills necessary to work as an artist in a rapidly changing world. We seek creative students with a wide range of talents, aptitudes and backgrounds.

Many undergraduates receive minors or even double major in other fields, and go on to obtain Master's degrees not only in fine arts, but also in a variety of fields spanning business administration to environmental law.

Undergraduate admissions is conducted through CMU's University Office of Admission in cooperation with School of Art faculty and staff.
HOW TO APPLY

First: Choose a deadline: November 1 or January 1
Second: Start your CMU Admissions Application
Third: Register on SlideRoom to submit your art portfolio

Please note: Applicants admitted to one of the programs in Deitrich College of Humanities, Mellon College of Science, School of Computer Science and a school within College of Fine Arts are automatically admitted into the appropriate BXA degree, with some exceptions in the School of Drama. Please check with your admissions counselor in both colleges and schools.

DEADLINES

  • Nov. 1, 2016 - Early Decision: CMU Application & SlideRoom Portfolio Submission
  • Jan. 1, 2017 - Regular Decision: CMU Undergraduate Application
  • Jan. 15, 2017 - Regular Decision SlideRoom Portfolio Submission

Please note: All applicants are considered for fall semester admission only

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Application Materials:

  • Art portfolio review
  • High school grades
  • Standardized (SAT) test scores
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Recommendations
  • Personal statements

About Slideroom All application materials and portfolios must be submitted through SlideRoom. SlideRoom is an online service will allow you to upload, label, arrange and submit your portfolio electronically, allows digital images, videos, PDF files, audio files and links to external sites like YouTube.

Please note: SlideRoom charges $15.00 to manage your portfolio for the School of Art. SlideRoom is a private company contracted by Carnegie Mellon to manage applicant portfolios; this money does not go to Carnegie Mellon.

EVALUATION OF APPLICANTS

Evaluation: Admission decisions are based on a holistic consideration of each applicant’s portfolio, alongside their academic and other achievements. Portfolios are reviewed by multiple full-time faculty members from the School of Art. We're just as interested in your imagination and creative thinking skills as your technical skills. We particularly love to see what you make for yourself, so we ask that your portfolio include as much work as possible done independently and outside of the classroom.

ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEW (Optional):

Guidelines: In addition to the required SlideRoom portfolio submission, applicants are encouraged to visit campus for an optional interview with professors from the School of Art. This is an excellent opportunity to meet faculty and tour Carnegie Mellon University's campus. Bring a selection of work that you consider the best work in your portfolio. These pieces will serve as a starting point for an interview between you and the faculty members.

On-Campus Interview Dates

  • Nov 1 – Art (1:00 PM) (Early Decision only)
  • Jan 24 – Art (9:00 AM & 1:00 PM)
  • Jan 31 – Art (9:00 AM & 1:00 PM)
  • Feb 7 – Art (9:00 AM & 1:00 PM)

On-Campus Portfolio Materials To Bring: 
6 to 10 artworks comprised of any of the following:

  • Sketchbooks or illustrated journals
  • Actual two-dimensional work such as drawings, paintings, photographs, prints, etc. (Matting and mounting of works isn't necessary. Do apply fixative to works that might smudge.)
  • Small and non-fragile three-dimensional work such as sculpture, ceramics, glass, textiles, etc.
  • Another sketchbook, illustrated journal, etc. (Each of these is considered one item.)
  • Digital images, animation, videos or interactive work. These may be presented from a disc you bring or from your own laptop computer or tablet.

Please Note: For works stored on disc media, please ensure that your disc or thumb drive performs correctly on Mac OS X 10.9+

TRANSFER & EXCHANGE

Transfer Students: Transfer from outside CMU is only available into BFA program. Applicants must complete all admission requirements, including the portfolio review. Transfer students should expect to have freshmen status for at least the first semester at the School of Art. Transfer credit is evaluated after the applicant has studied at the School of Art for a period of time. Course credit is generally transferred in the first semester, prior to spring registration.

Exchange Students: BFA students interested in attending CMU through international exchange programs must register with the international study coordinator at their home schools. Only institutions with active Exchange Protocols with the School of Art are eligible to attend.

As part of the application, students or their school’s international study coordinator must send:

  • Portfolio
  • Passport copy
  • Copy of TOEFL Scores
  • CMU Exchange Application
  • Resume
  • Official Transcript

Once accepted, the School of Art sends a packet of information for students to read and complete that includes:

  • Office of International Education forms
  • Housing Application
  • Acceptance letter
  • Art course registration form
  • Orientation letter

The BXA Intercollege Degree Programs allow students who demonstrate interest in the fine arts, as well as the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences or computer science, to integrate more than one field of study across disciplines. The BXA is not a double-major or dual degree, but an inter-college degree, merging the academic programs of the College of Fine Arts with another college.

Students may enter the BHA, BSA or BCSA program as either an incoming freshman
 or an internal transfer student. Over 50% of BXA students enter the programs as internal transfer candidates. Internal transfer students have the same admission requirements as incoming freshmen.
HOW TO APPLY

First: Deadline for BXA admissions applications is January 1st (no early admission)
Second: Start your CMU Admissions Application
Third: Register on SlideRoom to submit your art portfolio
Please Note: BHA, BSA and BCSA applicants must apply to both colleges of interest and submit an essay of interdisciplinary intent.

Bachelor of Humanities & Arts (BHA) program applicants must apply and be admitted to both the College of Fine Arts and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Bachelor of Science & Arts (BSA) program applicants must apply and be admitted to both the College of Fine Arts and the Mellon College of Science.

Bachelor of Computer Science & Arts (BCSA) program applicants must apply and be admitted to both the College of Fine Arts and the School of Computer Science.

Please note: Applicants admitted to one of the programs in Deitrich College of Humanities, Mellon College of Science, School of Computer Science and a school within College of Fine Arts are automatically admitted into the appropriate BXA degree, with some exceptions in the School of Drama. Please check with your admissions counselor in both colleges and schools.

DEADLINES
  • Jan. 1, 2017 - Regular Decision: CMU Undergraduate Application
  • Jan. 15, 2017 - Regular Decision SlideRoom Portfolio Submission

Please note: All applicants are considered for fall semester admission only

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

About Slideroom All portfolios must be submitted through SlideRoom. SlideRoom is an online service will allow you to upload, label, arrange and submit your portfolio electronically. allows digital images, videos, PDF files, audio files and links to external sites like YouTube.

Please note: SlideRoom charges $15.00 to manage your portfolio for the School of Art. SlideRoom is a private company contracted by Carnegie Mellon to manage applicant portfolios; this money does not go to Carnegie Mellon. Portfolios are reviewed by multiple full-time faculty members from the School of Art. We're just as interested in your imagination and creative thinking skills as your technical skills. We particularly love to see what you make for yourself, so we ask that your portfolio include as much work as possible done independently and outside of the classroom.

EVALUATION OF APPLICANTS

Evaluation: Admission decisions are based on a holistic consideration of each applicant’s portfolio, alongside their academic and other achievements. Applicants are considered for fall semester admission only.

Application Materials:

  • Art portfolio review
  • High school grades
  • Standardized (SAT) test scores
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Recommendations
  • Personal statements
BXA PROGRAM INTERNAL TRANSFER

Guidelines: The BXA Programs only accept Internal Transfers (current CMU students). If interested in transferring to a BXA program from another college or university, please contact the BXA Office at 412.268.8326.

ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEW (Optional):

Guidelines: In addition to the required SlideRoom portfolio submission, applicants are encouraged to visit campus for an optional interview with professors from the School of Art. This is an excellent opportunity to meet faculty and tour Carnegie Mellon University’s campus. Bring a selection of work that you consider the best work in your portfolio. These pieces will serve as a starting point for an interview between you and the faculty members.

On-Campus Interview Dates

  • Jan 24 – Art (9:00 AM & 1:00 PM)
  • Jan 31 – Art (9:00 AM & 1:00 PM)
  • Feb 7 – Art (9:00 AM & 1:00 PM)

Portfolio Guidelines: 
6 to 10 artworks comprised of any of the following:

  • Sketchbooks or illustrated journals
  • Actual two-dimensional work such as drawings, paintings, photographs, prints, etc. (Matting and mounting of works isn't necessary. Do apply fixative to works that might smudge.)
  • Small and non-fragile three-dimensional work such as sculpture, ceramics, glass, textiles, etc.
  • Another sketchbook, illustrated journal, etc. (Each of these is considered one item.)
  • Digital images, animation, videos or interactive work. These may be presented from a disc you bring or from your own laptop computer or tablet.

Please Note: For works stored on disc media, please ensure that your disc or thumb drive performs correctly on Mac OS X 10.9+

CONTACT

M. Stephanie Murray
BXA Director & Academic Advisor
msmurray@andrew.cmu.edu
412.268.1745

Carrie Settle Hagan
Associate Director and Academic Advisor
csh@andrew.cmu.edu
412.268.8326

RESOURCES

CMU Office of Undergraduate Admission
CMU Office of Financial Aid
BFA Curriculum
University Courses
School of Art Handbook

Highly selective, with typically 6 students admitted per year, the Masters of Fine Arts program seeks artists who demonstrate the ability to carry out a significant body of creative work, show an interest in interdisciplinary practice, and a desire to connect artmaking with a larger public sphere.
DEADLINE

Jan. 15, 2018 - submit application & SlideRoom Portfolio materials
Please note: All applicants are considered for fall semester admission only

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
All application materials and portfolios must be submitted through SlideRoom.

  • A bachelor’s degree in any field
  • Completed MFA application form on SlideRoom
  • Completed MFA portfolio/creative work submission on SlideRoom
  • Professional resume
  • Official transcripts of all college work / TOEFL (mail-in, sent directly from institutions)
  • Statement of purpose (max 500 words)
  • Names and contact information for 3 professional references recommendations
  • $50 application fee (non-refundable)

Please note: graduate record examinations (GREs) are not required

Transcripts and TOEFL scores should be mailed to:
Carnegie Mellon University
School of Art Graduate Admissions
College of Fine Arts 300
5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS

The Portfolio Review is the most critical component of the application. Applicants must reveal creative ability in any combination of media, including but not limited to through one or more documentary media including still images, painting, drawing, print media, photography, film, video, audio, and animation, interactive projects, performance, sculpture and installation.

  • 15-25 slides (.JPG files max 1MB / 1000×1000 pixels. No hi-resolution images)
  • Video & Audio files (five 5:00 minutes max). If your work is longer, present an excerpt. Videos are limited to no more than 120MB, and should be uploaded in .MOV, .MP4, .WMV, or .FLV format.If your video uses a soundtrack (such as a song) by someone else, include credits.Audio files are limited to 60MB, and should be uploaded in .MP3 format
  • Interactive work – document interactive software projects with screen-captured demonstration videos, ideally with narration. Please keep documentation under 3 minutes in length, and under 120MB. Let us know which programming languages you used.
  • Professional resume
  • Your Website

About Slideroom:SlideRoom is an online service will allow you to upload, label, arrange and submit your portfolio electronically, allows digital images, videos, PDF files, audio files and links to external sites like YouTube.

Please note: SlideRoom charges $15.00 to manage your portfolio for the School of Art. SlideRoom is a private company contracted by Carnegie Mellon to manage applicant portfolios; this money does not go to Carnegie Mellon.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

International students must also include TOEFL or IELTS scores (mail-in only). Carnegie Mellon University Institution Code: 2074

The new Internet Based TOEFL (IBT) test evaluates reading, listening, speaking, and writing abilities. A score above 20 on each section of the new TOEFL IBT is required for admission. Minimum traditional TOEFL scores of 250 computer based / 600 paper are required for admission. A minimum IELTS score of 7 is required for admission.

VISIT (Optional)

A visit to the campus, though not required, is highly recommended. Contact the MFA Program Coordinator by phone or email.

To register for the School of Art MFA Day on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, please complete this form.

CONTACT

Julie Azzam
MFA Program Coordinator
jazzam@cmu.edu
412.268.6707

RESOURCES

CMU Office of Financial Aid
MFA Curriculum
University Courses
School of Art Handbook

+ Overview
The School of Art seeks students with a wide range of talents and backgrounds, and approaches admissions based on a holistic consideration of each applicant's portfolio, inclusive of academic and other achievements. Self-motivated students who demonstrate cultural awareness, ambition, and an engagement with various materials, ideas, and contexts will find the School of Art an exceptional environment for developing their artistic practice and future careers in the arts and creative fields.

With a student body hailing from throughout the United States and around the world - including Asia, Europe and the Americas (China, South Korea, Peru, Singapore, UK, Canada) - the The School of Art is a diverse, tight-knit community of approximately 200 students. With a 9:1 student-teacher ratio, students are able to work closely with professors and one another to push the possibilities of what art is and can be.

The School of Art has fostered over 100 years of remarkable alumni and a global network of unique and influential creators. After their time at Carnegie Mellon, students pursue residencies, fellowships, and terminal degrees in the arts as well as related fields across the sciences and humanities. They actively exhibit their work in gallery, museum, and public art contexts, work as part of collaborative teams that reach beyond the studio, and are critical and innovative contributors across fields of community and environmental activism, tech & design, film & television, and institutes of higher learning.

CONTACT

BFA Program
Mark Cato

Assistant Head of Academic Affairs
mdcato@andrew.cmu.edu
412.268.1531

BXA Programs
M. Stephanie Murray

BXA Director & Academic Advisor
msmurray@andrew.cmu.edu
412.268.1745

Carrie Settle Hagan
Associate Director and Academic Advisor
csh@andrew.cmu.edu
412.268.8326

MFA Program
Julie Azzam

MFA Program Coordinator
jazzam@cmu.edu
412.268.6707

+ BFA
Our broad-based, four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is designed to develop the commitment, knowledge and skills necessary to work as an artist in a rapidly changing world. We seek creative students with a wide range of talents, aptitudes and backgrounds.

Many undergraduates receive minors or even double major in other fields, and go on to obtain Master's degrees not only in fine arts, but also in a variety of fields spanning business administration to environmental law.

Undergraduate admissions is conducted through CMU's University Office of Admission in cooperation with School of Art faculty and staff.
HOW TO APPLY

First: Choose a deadline: November 1 or January 1
Second: Start your CMU Admissions Application
Third: Register on SlideRoom to submit your art portfolio

Please note: Applicants admitted to one of the programs in Deitrich College of Humanities, Mellon College of Science, School of Computer Science and a school within College of Fine Arts are automatically admitted into the appropriate BXA degree, with some exceptions in the School of Drama. Please check with your admissions counselor in both colleges and schools.

DEADLINES

  • Nov. 1, 2016 - Early Decision: CMU Application & SlideRoom Portfolio Submission
  • Jan. 1, 2017 - Regular Decision: CMU Undergraduate Application
  • Jan. 15, 2017 - Regular Decision SlideRoom Portfolio Submission

Please note: All applicants are considered for fall semester admission only

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Application Materials:

  • Art portfolio review
  • High school grades
  • Standardized (SAT) test scores
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Recommendations
  • Personal statements

About Slideroom All application materials and portfolios must be submitted through SlideRoom. SlideRoom is an online service will allow you to upload, label, arrange and submit your portfolio electronically, allows digital images, videos, PDF files, audio files and links to external sites like YouTube.

Please note: SlideRoom charges $15.00 to manage your portfolio for the School of Art. SlideRoom is a private company contracted by Carnegie Mellon to manage applicant portfolios; this money does not go to Carnegie Mellon.

EVALUATION OF APPLICANTS

Evaluation: Admission decisions are based on a holistic consideration of each applicant’s portfolio, alongside their academic and other achievements. Portfolios are reviewed by multiple full-time faculty members from the School of Art. We're just as interested in your imagination and creative thinking skills as your technical skills. We particularly love to see what you make for yourself, so we ask that your portfolio include as much work as possible done independently and outside of the classroom.

ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEW (Optional):

Guidelines: In addition to the required SlideRoom portfolio submission, applicants are encouraged to visit campus for an optional interview with professors from the School of Art. This is an excellent opportunity to meet faculty and tour Carnegie Mellon University's campus. Bring a selection of work that you consider the best work in your portfolio. These pieces will serve as a starting point for an interview between you and the faculty members.

On-Campus Interview Dates

  • Nov 1 – Art (1:00 PM) (Early Decision only)
  • Jan 24 – Art (9:00 AM & 1:00 PM)
  • Jan 31 – Art (9:00 AM & 1:00 PM)
  • Feb 7 – Art (9:00 AM & 1:00 PM)

On-Campus Portfolio Materials To Bring: 
6 to 10 artworks comprised of any of the following:

  • Sketchbooks or illustrated journals
  • Actual two-dimensional work such as drawings, paintings, photographs, prints, etc. (Matting and mounting of works isn't necessary. Do apply fixative to works that might smudge.)
  • Small and non-fragile three-dimensional work such as sculpture, ceramics, glass, textiles, etc.
  • Another sketchbook, illustrated journal, etc. (Each of these is considered one item.)
  • Digital images, animation, videos or interactive work. These may be presented from a disc you bring or from your own laptop computer or tablet.

Please Note: For works stored on disc media, please ensure that your disc or thumb drive performs correctly on Mac OS X 10.9+

TRANSFER & EXCHANGE

Transfer Students: Transfer from outside CMU is only available into BFA program. Applicants must complete all admission requirements, including the portfolio review. Transfer students should expect to have freshmen status for at least the first semester at the School of Art. Transfer credit is evaluated after the applicant has studied at the School of Art for a period of time. Course credit is generally transferred in the first semester, prior to spring registration.

Exchange Students: BFA students interested in attending CMU through international exchange programs must register with the international study coordinator at their home schools. Only institutions with active Exchange Protocols with the School of Art are eligible to attend.

As part of the application, students or their school’s international study coordinator must send:

  • Portfolio
  • Passport copy
  • Copy of TOEFL Scores
  • CMU Exchange Application
  • Resume
  • Official Transcript

Once accepted, the School of Art sends a packet of information for students to read and complete that includes:

  • Office of International Education forms
  • Housing Application
  • Acceptance letter
  • Art course registration form
  • Orientation letter

+ BXA
The BXA Intercollege Degree Programs allow students who demonstrate interest in the fine arts, as well as the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences or computer science, to integrate more than one field of study across disciplines. The BXA is not a double-major or dual degree, but an inter-college degree, merging the academic programs of the College of Fine Arts with another college.

Students may enter the BHA, BSA or BCSA program as either an incoming freshman
 or an internal transfer student. Over 50% of BXA students enter the programs as internal transfer candidates. Internal transfer students have the same admission requirements as incoming freshmen.
HOW TO APPLY

First: Deadline for BXA admissions applications is January 1st (no early admission)
Second: Start your CMU Admissions Application
Third: Register on SlideRoom to submit your art portfolio
Please Note: BHA, BSA and BCSA applicants must apply to both colleges of interest and submit an essay of interdisciplinary intent.

Bachelor of Humanities & Arts (BHA) program applicants must apply and be admitted to both the College of Fine Arts and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Bachelor of Science & Arts (BSA) program applicants must apply and be admitted to both the College of Fine Arts and the Mellon College of Science.

Bachelor of Computer Science & Arts (BCSA) program applicants must apply and be admitted to both the College of Fine Arts and the School of Computer Science.

Please note: Applicants admitted to one of the programs in Deitrich College of Humanities, Mellon College of Science, School of Computer Science and a school within College of Fine Arts are automatically admitted into the appropriate BXA degree, with some exceptions in the School of Drama. Please check with your admissions counselor in both colleges and schools.

DEADLINES
  • Jan. 1, 2017 - Regular Decision: CMU Undergraduate Application
  • Jan. 15, 2017 - Regular Decision SlideRoom Portfolio Submission

Please note: All applicants are considered for fall semester admission only

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

About Slideroom All portfolios must be submitted through SlideRoom. SlideRoom is an online service will allow you to upload, label, arrange and submit your portfolio electronically. allows digital images, videos, PDF files, audio files and links to external sites like YouTube.

Please note: SlideRoom charges $15.00 to manage your portfolio for the School of Art. SlideRoom is a private company contracted by Carnegie Mellon to manage applicant portfolios; this money does not go to Carnegie Mellon. Portfolios are reviewed by multiple full-time faculty members from the School of Art. We're just as interested in your imagination and creative thinking skills as your technical skills. We particularly love to see what you make for yourself, so we ask that your portfolio include as much work as possible done independently and outside of the classroom.

EVALUATION OF APPLICANTS

Evaluation: Admission decisions are based on a holistic consideration of each applicant’s portfolio, alongside their academic and other achievements. Applicants are considered for fall semester admission only.

Application Materials:

  • Art portfolio review
  • High school grades
  • Standardized (SAT) test scores
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Recommendations
  • Personal statements
BXA PROGRAM INTERNAL TRANSFER

Guidelines: The BXA Programs only accept Internal Transfers (current CMU students). If interested in transferring to a BXA program from another college or university, please contact the BXA Office at 412.268.8326.

ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEW (Optional):

Guidelines: In addition to the required SlideRoom portfolio submission, applicants are encouraged to visit campus for an optional interview with professors from the School of Art. This is an excellent opportunity to meet faculty and tour Carnegie Mellon University’s campus. Bring a selection of work that you consider the best work in your portfolio. These pieces will serve as a starting point for an interview between you and the faculty members.

On-Campus Interview Dates

  • Jan 24 – Art (9:00 AM & 1:00 PM)
  • Jan 31 – Art (9:00 AM & 1:00 PM)
  • Feb 7 – Art (9:00 AM & 1:00 PM)

Portfolio Guidelines: 
6 to 10 artworks comprised of any of the following:

  • Sketchbooks or illustrated journals
  • Actual two-dimensional work such as drawings, paintings, photographs, prints, etc. (Matting and mounting of works isn't necessary. Do apply fixative to works that might smudge.)
  • Small and non-fragile three-dimensional work such as sculpture, ceramics, glass, textiles, etc.
  • Another sketchbook, illustrated journal, etc. (Each of these is considered one item.)
  • Digital images, animation, videos or interactive work. These may be presented from a disc you bring or from your own laptop computer or tablet.

Please Note: For works stored on disc media, please ensure that your disc or thumb drive performs correctly on Mac OS X 10.9+

CONTACT

M. Stephanie Murray
BXA Director & Academic Advisor
msmurray@andrew.cmu.edu
412.268.1745

Carrie Settle Hagan
Associate Director and Academic Advisor
csh@andrew.cmu.edu
412.268.8326

RESOURCES

CMU Office of Undergraduate Admission
CMU Office of Financial Aid
BFA Curriculum
University Courses
School of Art Handbook

+ MFA
Highly selective, with typically 6 students admitted per year, the Masters of Fine Arts program seeks artists who demonstrate the ability to carry out a significant body of creative work, show an interest in interdisciplinary practice, and a desire to connect artmaking with a larger public sphere.
DEADLINE

Jan. 15, 2018 - submit application & SlideRoom Portfolio materials
Please note: All applicants are considered for fall semester admission only

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
All application materials and portfolios must be submitted through SlideRoom.

  • A bachelor’s degree in any field
  • Completed MFA application form on SlideRoom
  • Completed MFA portfolio/creative work submission on SlideRoom
  • Professional resume
  • Official transcripts of all college work / TOEFL (mail-in, sent directly from institutions)
  • Statement of purpose (max 500 words)
  • Names and contact information for 3 professional references recommendations
  • $50 application fee (non-refundable)

Please note: graduate record examinations (GREs) are not required

Transcripts and TOEFL scores should be mailed to:
Carnegie Mellon University
School of Art Graduate Admissions
College of Fine Arts 300
5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS

The Portfolio Review is the most critical component of the application. Applicants must reveal creative ability in any combination of media, including but not limited to through one or more documentary media including still images, painting, drawing, print media, photography, film, video, audio, and animation, interactive projects, performance, sculpture and installation.

  • 15-25 slides (.JPG files max 1MB / 1000×1000 pixels. No hi-resolution images)
  • Video & Audio files (five 5:00 minutes max). If your work is longer, present an excerpt. Videos are limited to no more than 120MB, and should be uploaded in .MOV, .MP4, .WMV, or .FLV format.If your video uses a soundtrack (such as a song) by someone else, include credits.Audio files are limited to 60MB, and should be uploaded in .MP3 format
  • Interactive work – document interactive software projects with screen-captured demonstration videos, ideally with narration. Please keep documentation under 3 minutes in length, and under 120MB. Let us know which programming languages you used.
  • Professional resume
  • Your Website

About Slideroom:SlideRoom is an online service will allow you to upload, label, arrange and submit your portfolio electronically, allows digital images, videos, PDF files, audio files and links to external sites like YouTube.

Please note: SlideRoom charges $15.00 to manage your portfolio for the School of Art. SlideRoom is a private company contracted by Carnegie Mellon to manage applicant portfolios; this money does not go to Carnegie Mellon.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

International students must also include TOEFL or IELTS scores (mail-in only). Carnegie Mellon University Institution Code: 2074

The new Internet Based TOEFL (IBT) test evaluates reading, listening, speaking, and writing abilities. A score above 20 on each section of the new TOEFL IBT is required for admission. Minimum traditional TOEFL scores of 250 computer based / 600 paper are required for admission. A minimum IELTS score of 7 is required for admission.

VISIT (Optional)

A visit to the campus, though not required, is highly recommended. Contact the MFA Program Coordinator by phone or email.

To register for the School of Art MFA Day on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, please complete this form.

CONTACT

Julie Azzam
MFA Program Coordinator
jazzam@cmu.edu
412.268.6707

RESOURCES

CMU Office of Financial Aid
MFA Curriculum
University Courses
School of Art Handbook