Go to City College

MFA Application Guidelines

Download MFA Procedures, Guidelines, and Requirements [pdf]

Applications to the program should include the following materials:

  • MFA application form (download [pdf])
  • Transcripts from each degree-granting institution attended
    (unofficial copies are acceptable)
  • Curriculum vitae or artist’s résumé
  • Personal statement(about one page)
  • Digital portfolio consisting of a CD-ROM with 15-20 images in jpeg or tiff format
  • Printed portfolio images, no more than 3 pages total, thumbnail images (i.e., images 2-3 inches in width & height) are fine.
  • Optional DVD (in addition to the CD-ROM) documenting time-based work in video
  • Optional CD-ROM for interactive work
  • List of works documenting the artwork (title, medium, dimensions, date)
  • 2-3 letters of recommendation
  • Self addressed stamped envelope

Please do not bind application materials in any kind of folder or book, as pages must be loose during the selection process. Extraneous portfolios and folders will be discarded. All application materials must fit easily into an 8-1/2 x 11 inch file folder.

Please note, submitted materials will not be returned.

Application Guidelines [continued +]


Please do not submit transcripts separately; include them with the rest of your application materials. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

Curriculum Vitae or Artist’s Résumé

Guidelines for artist’s résumés can be found on the College Art Association website.

Personal Statement

Please discuss your artwork and your reasons for pursuing an MFA at City College. Tell us about your area(s) of proposed concentration.

General Information for Graduate Students

Please refer to the City College website for general information on financial aid, housing, and admissions procedures and to the links below.

The City College Scholarships & Awards »
The City College Tuition & Fees »
The City College Financial Aid »
International Students »
Housing »

HomeAdmissionsProgram DescriptionFacultyGallery & EventsAlumni   © The City College of New York 2007