Department of Art and Art History Graduate Admissions

Design Graduate Admissions Overview

  • Admission is for fall semester only; no spring or summer admission (no exceptions)
  • No deferred admission
  • No admission for non-degree seeking students

Application Deadlines

Application materials are submitted electronically to two entities (1. UT–Austin Graduate School, 2. Department of Art and Art History) and must be received by:

December 15, 2014 (Recommended)
Graduate School via ApplyTexas

January 9, 2015 (Required)
Department of Art and Art History via SlideRoom

Late applications will not be accepted (no exceptions)

Decisions are made early-to-mid March

Admissions Statistics

For fall 2014 semester:
47 applicants, 5 matriculated

Acceptance Criteria

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Portfolio of Recent Work
    (made within the past two years)

Note: GRE scores are not required.

The UT MFA Design program seeks self-motivated, creative people whose academic records and interests suggest they would benefit from access to the resources of a research university. The program requires full-time research and rigorous investigation both in the making of artifacts as well as the reading and writing about the theoretical and contextual aspects of design. An undergraduate major in design is not required for admission; however, students with little previous background in design may be required to take or audit undergraduate courses in design in order to address deficiencies. Please note: The program admits students into the fall semester only.

Admission to the MFA Design program is based on the evaluation of three areas: a written statement of interest, visual portfolio of the candidate’s work, and three letters of recommendation. Your statement should discuss your research interests within the field of design, and explain, if applicable, how the work in the portfolio relates to them. Letters of recommendation may come from individuals both within and outside of the field of design. The GRE is not required for the MFA in Design.

The University of Texas at Austin believes that a highly talented and diverse student body can significantly enhance the character and quality of the academic culture and community. To this end, the University is continuously engaged in an effort to increase the pool of graduate scholars from diverse backgrounds.

As authorized by the Board of Regents and beginning with the academic year 2005–2006, The University of Texas at Austin has added race and ethnicity to the criteria considered for admission of freshmen, graduate students, and law students, and to the awarding of scholarships and fellowships in those cases when an individualized and full file review is conducted as part of the selection process.