Round 1 Deadline (no application fee): December 17

Round 2 Deadline: January 17

Round 3 Deadline: March 20

The Low-Residency M.F.A. in Studio Art is designed for serious artists who want to develop a professional body of work in a low-residency program. The program selects students who can devote their summers to work and study at MICA while working independently during the academic year.

A portfolio exhibiting a level of mastery is the primary prerequisite for the M.F.A. Applicants must have at least 40 credits of studio work and 9 credits in art history and/or criticism.

Students considering the Summer M.F.A. program may also want to consider MICA's full-time M.F.A. programs including the Mount Royal School of Art, Rinehart School of Sculpture, Hoffberger School of Painting, or the M.F.A. in Photographic and Electronic Media.

Application Requirements & Procedures for the Studio Art Summer Low-Residency M.F.A.

1. Graduate Admission Application Form: completed and submitted online via

2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume

3. Statement of Purpose / Designer Statement

Applicants are asked to submit a written statement (500-700 words). The statement should directly reference the portfolio of artwork, as well as address the applicant's interest in low-residency graduate study.

4. Three (3) Letters of Reference

Recommendations are submitted online via SlideRoom.

5. Proof of Degree or Equivalent

Digital transcripts from the last degree-granting institution can be uploaded to SlideRoom. Official transcripts are not required for the initial review process, however, the Graduate Review Committee may request additional or official documentation before decision notification. 

6. Portfolio of Artwork

Applicants should submit 18-20 digital images or time-based media for review online via Slideroom allows applicants to create an inventory of pieces and attach the following information: title, date, medium, dimensions, and notes. 

Applicants should submit their portfolio materials for review with their application via Specific technical guidelines addressing the submission of digital images, video files, sound files and text files are available in the SlideRoom system.

7. $75 Application Fee

Payable via credit card during the application submission stage online.

8. Additional Requirements for International Applicants

International candidates whose primary language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in both written and spoken English. Additionally, certified translations of all letters of reference, transcripts and school documentation must be provided. For additional information on international applicant requirements, please visit Information for International Graduate Applicants.