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, 2013 (Recommended)
Graduate School via ApplyTexas

January 10, 2014 (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 2012 semester:
46 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.

We believe this MFA Design program is well-suited for people dedicated to developing their work and interests through interdisciplinary resources, full-time research and rigorous investigation; therefore we assess the potential and fit of an applicant’s area of interest (research agenda) within the resources of this non-traditional design program.

From the portfolio and the statement, we seek people with strong design skills, experience and knowledge that would benefit from further intensive explorations in both the making of artifacts as well as the research into the philosophical, theoretical and/or historical aspects of 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.