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