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Graduate Art Admission Requirements

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    Individuals seeking admission to graduate study within the Department of Art must meet the general admission standards and adhere to academic policies established by the School of Graduate Studies and Research at IUP.

    These specific policies of the School of Graduate Studies and Research are described in the Graduate Catalog.

    An applicant must either be a graduate of an accredited BFA, BA, or equivalent degree program or be judged to possess the necessary prerequisite studio proficiency. Admission into the MA or MFA program of the Department of Art is based on the nature, extent, and quality of preparation in studio, art history, criticism, and other academic subjects. If an applicant is deemed to be deficient in any of these particular areas, the graduate committee may require satisfactory completion of certain undergraduate courses.

    For inquiries about the graduate art program and to schedule a visit, please contact the Department of Art graduate coordinator Susan Palmisano at palmisan@iup.edu or Sean Derry at sean.derry@iup.edu .

    All application information can be requested by visiting Graduate Admissions. You may also contact the School of Graduate Studies and Research by e-mail at graduate-admissions@iup.edu or by calling 724-357-2222.

    Artwork above: Omkar, MFA Thesis Exhibition (detail)

    Application for Admission to the School of Graduate Studies and Research

    1. Application form and fee
    2. Official transcripts (include all undergraduate/graduate coursework)
    3. Résumé
    4. Artist/goal statement (one page) articulating the subject matter and artistic content of the applicant's work as well as professional goals
    5. Two letters of recommendation. These letters should be written by professional artists or educators in the arts with whom the applicant has recently studied or worked and who can assess the applicant's studio and scholastic competencies.
    6. CD Portfolio: Twenty images representing the applicant's professional artistic work. Each image should be numbered and identified by medium, size, and date of completion. Please limit jpegs to 1200 x 1600 ppi.

    Application Deadlines

    All of the application materials must be received by the School of Graduate Studies and Research before a review of materials can take place. Students seeking assistantships must apply by the February 15 deadline for priority consideration. Applications are accepted for:  

    • Summer-only admission to MA program
    • Fall admission to MFA program

    Department of Art Requirements

    1. First admission consideration and applications for assistantships February 15
    2. Final admission consideration: Extended to May 1

    Please allow ample time for materials to arrive at IUP. If any are missing, the applicant will not be reviewed. Please note dates above are not postmarked dates. Students seeking assistantships must apply by the February 15 deadline for priority consideration.