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: 
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.


Who do I contact for more info?

Dean Kessmann

Associate Professor of Photography 

Director of Graduate Studies: Fine Arts 

phone: 202-994-6514