MFA Art Admission
The application deadline for the MFA Art program is Tuesday, January 15, 2020.
Admission to the program is competitive. Applicants must hold a BFA, BA, or equivalent from an accredited institution, submit a USC Graduate Application, and meet all application requirements described below, including the submission of a portfolio.
Graduate Information Sessions | October 8, November 19 and December 3
We encourage potential applicants to attend one of our regularly scheduled Info Sessions in the fall. These informative "open house" events feature an overview of the program and application requirements, along with a tour of the new MFA Art facilities and studios at the USC Roski Graduate Building in the Los Angeles Arts District. They are scheduled for 4 - 6pm on Tuesday, October 8 2019; Tuesday, November 19, 2019; and Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Info Sessions are held at the USC Roski Graduate Building in the Los Angeles' Art District located at 1262 Palmetto Street, LA, 90013.
RSVP here to confirm your attendance.
Each Info Session will be followed by a Roski Talk presented by an artist, designer, or scholar: details here. Prospective students are also encouraged to attend other weekly Roski Talks during the fall and spring semesters.
The instructions below are in two sections: Application Requirements, which outlines the essentials of the MFA Art application, and Explanation of Application Requirements, which more fully describes each requirement.
For more information please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator here or by phone at 213.743.1804.
1. USC Graduate Application
As part of the USC Graduate Application, you will be asked to submit the following:
a) A complete USC Graduate Application;
b) Three (3) letters of recommendation;
c) Official transcripts (also referred to as "academic records") from ALL post-secondary schools attended;
d) TOEFL or IELTS scores, for international applicants whose native language is not English.
NOTE: The Roski School’s MFA Art program does not require GRE test scores.
a. Submit your portfolio online at http://roski.slideroom.com
b. Submit your artist's statement online at http://roski.slideroom.com
c. Submit your resume online at http://roski.slideroom.com
EXPLANATION OF APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
1a. The USC Graduate Application
The online application is required for all graduate applicants to USC. It can be accessed at: https://gradadm.usc.edu/apply/. You may return to work on your application over several sessions. Only after you submit your application will it be available for review by the admissions staff. When you are ready to submit your application, you must pay the application fee via credit card online (Visa, MasterCard and Discover cards are accepted).
1b. Three letters of recommendation
You are required to submit three (3) letters of recommendation from instructors or persons able to comment on your art practice and potential as a graduate student. These should be sent electronically via the online Slideroom system, which is the preferred method of submission. If necessary, letters may also be sent in hard copy form directly from your recommender(s) to the USC Roski School of Art and Design.
1c. Official transcripts (also referred to as "academic records")
You must request that official transcripts from ALL post-secondary schools you have attended be sent to the USC Office of Graduate Admission. For details, see: https://gradadm.usc.edu/lightboxes/international-students-transcript-requirements/.
1d. TOEFL or IELTS scores
International applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. If you are sending TOEFL scores, the institution code for USC is 4852 (no department code required). If you are sending IELTS scores, please choose USC from the list of available institutions.
More information about proficiency requirements in English are here: http://gradadm.usc.edu/lightboxes/international-students-english-proficiency/
International students should also complete the Financial Statement of Personal or Family Support along with bank verification documents. A checklist of required documents for international students is here: http://gradadm.usc.edu/apply/international-students/after-you-apply/
The portfolio part of the application should be accessed thru the USC Graduate Application, in the supplemental materials section at the end of the application. The USC application and the portfolio must be received no later than Wednesday, January 15, 2020. See details below for submission guidelines. The portfolio submissions should include one or more of the following:
-Still images (20 - 25 images)
All still images should be submitted at http://roski.slideroom.com. Please use http://roski.slideroom.com Media Details feature to input titles, medium, dimensions, and year of creation for each image submitted. The images should constitute a cohesive body of work, while also providing a sense of the scope of the applicant's practice.
-Non-Interactive media (video, film, performance documentation, animation)
Applicants are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to submit their time-based media at http://roski.slideroom.com. However, if their work exceeds http://roski.slideroom.com 60 MB capacity they may either (1) Post works online and provide a link, or (2) Send a non-returnable DVD with their Roski School of Art and Design Supplemental Application. IMPORTANT NOTE: Applicants must utilize http://roski.slideroom.com -- the Documents file is an easy option -- to indicate the presence of time-based work posted online or in a hard-copy, mailed DVD. The faculty admissions committee will be reviewing works on http://roski.slideroom.com first, and will not find the alternatively provided materials without your bringing it to our attention. Furthermore, DVDs should include a menu with two viewing options for each clip submitted: Short (a five-minute or shorter excerpt OR a compilation of important clips) and Long (the full version). For group or collaborative projects, be sure to indicate your role on the project. For excerpts of video projects, it is especially important to include information to contextualize the clip provided.
-Interactive media (interactive DVD-Video, Flash, HTML, Director, etc.)
Applicants may either (1) Post interactive works online and provide a link, or (2) Send a non-returnable DVD with their Roski School of Art and Design Supplemental Application. NOTE: Applicants must utilize http://roski.slideroom.com -- the Documents file is an easy option -- to indicate the presence of interactive work posted online or in a hard-copy, mailed DVD. The faculty admissions committee will be reviewing works on http://roski.slideroom.com first, and will not find these materials without your bringing it to our attention. Interactive media should be prepared as a guided tour or linear movie. Text or voice annotation should be provided as necessary, as well as sufficient screen or video captures. Be sure to provide a synopsis of each interactive piece, including the title and date created.
NOTE: Submissions in DVD-Video format must be playable on a standard DVD player. Future digital formats such as Blu-Ray or HD-DVD are not supported at this time. The recommended pixel dimensions for any video project is no less that 640 x 480 (standard) or 720 x 480 (wide screen), but you may wish to include a recommended viewing size for playback on a PC or Mac.
2b. Artist's Statement
The artist's statement is submitted electronically at http://roski.slideroom.com. The artist's statement should describe the goals and philosophical underpinnings of your work, and discuss how attending USC will further these goals.
NOTE: The artist's statement is the same as the personal statement requested in the USC Graduate Application.
Please also include your text only resume with relevant education and experience outlined.