Prospective MFA

MFA Application Requirements 
Prerequisite: a bachelor's degree in studio art or related field, and/or a strong portfolio and statement of purpose.

•       Two (2) Letters of Recommendation;

•       A 250-500 word Statement of Purpose describing your artistic intent, conceptual foundation, research interests, and impetus to complete an MFA degree;

•       Digital Portfolio with Image List; 20 images of artwork and/or up to 10 minutes of time-based work;

•       Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

All applications must be submitted online through the Application for Graduate Study portal. 

•       Portfolios and supporting documents that cannot be uploaded through the Application for Graduate Study portal should be mailed to:

Columbian College Graduate Admissions
801 22nd Street, NW
Phillips Hall, Suite 107
Washington, DC 20052

•       Digital Portfolio Guidelines:
The portfolio should be submitted digitally with images formatted as JPGs, 1200 x 800 px in scale, 150 ppi maximum resolution. Time-based work should be no more than 10 minutes in length and presented in a commonly accessible format or via secure Vimeo link. Powerpoint portfolio documentation will not be reviewed.

Name your files in the following manner: 
FirstnameLastnameSlide#.jpg
Example: PatSmith1.jpg
Include an image list with the following text: file name, title of work, media, size, date of completion, and a brief description of the work.

•       Portfolios may be sent on a CD, DVD or flash drive and must be viewable on a Mac computer. Powerpoint portfolio documentation will not be reviewed.


Application Deadlines


Fall semester deadline—February 1


Fellowships deadline—January 5 


Spring semester deadline –October 1

For full GWU admission requirements and to apply, please click here. The links to the online application system can be found under "Apply Now" in the left column.

MFA FAQ

Who do I contact for more info?

Dean Kessmann

Associate Professor of Photography 

Director of Graduate Studies: Fine Arts 

phone: 202-994-6514

emailkessmann@gwu.edu