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.

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

  • 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;
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended;
  • Digital Portfolio with Image List; 20 images of artwork and/or up to 10 minutes of time-based work (see below).
Digital Portfolio Guidelines: The Image List and Images must be compiled into a single PDF document.  If you have video or sound files, please include a page in your PDF portfolio document with a link to Vimeo or Soundcloud along with any necessary passwords.  


Application Deadlines

Fall semester deadline—February 1

Fellowships deadline—February 1

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?

James Sham
Director of Graduate Studies: Fine Arts
Assistant Professor of Innovation Arts
phone: 202-994-6089
office: Smith Hall 314