Teaching MFA

MFA Teaching – Admissions & Portfolio Requirements


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Art & Art Education Program Office

Teachers College, Columbia University

444 Macy Hall

525 West 120th Street, Box 78

New York, NY 10027

(212) 678-3360

Deadline (Fall): January 15, 2014


  • Application
  • Writing Sample
  • Interview
  • Personal Statement
  • Portfolio



  1. Application Form (Mailed directly to Art & Art Education Program Office)
  2. List of art education experiences:

On a separate piece of paper, list all art and art education experiences. These may include courses (with instructors’ names), exhibitions, teaching experiences, and professional publications and presentations.

(Art and art education experiences may be listed in resume form)

  1. Writing sample: 1-2 samples you have done in the past
  2. Interview: Please call the Art and Art Education Program Office at (212) 678-3360 or email arted@tc.edu for an appointment.
  3. Personal Statement:
  • Discuss your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate study at this time.
  • What do you feel to be the role(s) of art education in today’s world?
  • At this stage of your personal and professional development, what do you see as your ultimate intellectual and artistic goals and objectives in the field of art education?


  • 15-20 images (digital images only) of your own artwork (do not send originals); and/or 15-20 images (digital images only) of student artwork, if you have teaching experience (do not send originals); and/or Examples of publications, grant applications, videos or other professional materials related to your art education experience and creative pursuits (again, digital versions only please).Resolution requirements for images: Please send images in a 72dpi , 4 x 6 inch format

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Ashcan Studio Student Work for MFA  Teaching Admissions 



Professor Herman Jiesamfoek,

Brooklyn College, School of Education,

2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210.

Deadline: March 15, 2014 Rolling Admission                        

The art education program at Brooklyn College is committed to preparing quality art teachers (K-12) who are skilled makers of art, insightful observers of visual culture, and articulate advocates for art education in public and independent schools. For students who hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in either art or art education, we offer two master of arts degrees in art education.


  • Application
  • Official Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • Undergraduate Degree


  1. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended;
  2. Two letters of recommendation;
  3. Resume
  4. Personal statement explaining why you are choosing to become an art educator
  5. TOEFL (paper 550, computer 213, internet 79)
  6. An undergraduate degree with a major in art or appropriate course work in art.
    Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate scholastic index of 3.00. A minimum average of 3.00 in graduate courses is required to maintain matriculation.


  • Send to Professor Herman Jiesamfoek, Brooklyn College, School of Education, 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210.
  • Submit a portfolio with slides that demonstrate a working knowledge of a variety of media in addition to your specialty (10 to 15 slides or a CD of art work).


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Office of Graduate Admissions
Joseph & Violet Pless Hall
82 Washington Square East, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003-6680
212 998 5030
212 995 4328 (fax)

Deadline (Summer): February 1, 2014

This program leads to eligibility for New York State initial teachers certification.


  • Online Application
  • Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Official copy of transcripts



  1. Application (online only)
  2. Application Fee of $75 (payable by Major Credit card only)
  3. Statement of Purpose: A typewritten, double-spaced, two- to three-page statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your particular program. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and to inform the Admissions Committee about your goals, interests, and career plans as they relate to your intended academic pursuits.  Some programs require other statements and essays in additional to or in lieu of  the statement of purpose.
  4. Resume/Curriculum Vitae: A copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae.
  5. 3 Letters of Recommendation: Letters should come from individuals who can assess your qualifications and potential for graduate study.
  6. One official copy of transcripts from all institutions attended or attending (see transcript information below)
  7. GRE is NOT required
  8. See TOEFL requirements information below:

Although we do not have a required TOEFL score, successful applicants score 100 or above on the Internet-based test or 600 or above on the paper-based test.


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Ashcan Studio Student Work for MFA Teaching admissions 

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Aileen Wilson
Acting Chair of Art & Design Education
316 Steuben Hall
200 Willoughby Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11205

Deadline (Fall): January 5, 2014

A 38 credit hour program is open to individuals with a minimum of 25 credit hours in the appropriate technical courses in art and the history of art from a regionally accredited higher education institution or one that is approved by the New York State Department of Education.


  • Online Application
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Interview
  • Three credit course in child psychology and three credit course in a foreign language
  • Completion of a four year undergraduate program


  1. Online Application
  2. The required written statement of purpose is given significant consideration.
  3. A three credit course in child and adolescent psychology and a three credit course in a foreign language are also required as pre- or co-requisites.
  4. Applicants must have completed a four year undergraduate program with a minimum of 25 credit hours in the appropriate technical courses in studio art or design and the history of art from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or one that is approved by the New York State Department of Education.
  5.  A TOEFL of 600 (250 or 100 Internet) is required for international students.
  6. All applicants are encouraged to schedule a visit to the department by calling 718.636.3637 or emailing awilson2@pratt.edu.


  • All applicants must submit a portfolio of 15 images of work (submit online at pratt.slideroom.com).





Office of Graduate Admissions

209 East 23 Street

New York, NY 10010

Tel: 212-592-2107


Deadline (Fall 2014): January 15, afterwards Rolling Admission


  1. Online Application
  2. Non-refundable $80 Application fee
  3. Statement of Purpose: 250 – 500 words describing applicant’s reason for pursuing graduate study
  4. Resume
  5. Official transcripts: required from each college or university attended
  6. Letters of recommendation
  7. English proficiency: A minimum score of 79 (internet-based) or 213 (computer-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  8. International student: Declaration and Verification of Finances
  9. Permanent resident: Submit a copy of your permanent Resident Card
  10. Interviews: Personal interviews are required. Prospective students living beyond a 1,000-mile radius of New York City may request to waive the in-person interview. In such instances, a telephone interview is required



  • Portfolio: A CD with 15 to 20 images must be submitted (jpeg or tiff, and at least 600×500 pixels). Images should be in a folder with your name on it, titled and numbered sequentially, i.e., Smith_John_001.jpg. Portfolios should include at least 10 images of work in a major studio art medium, and at least 2 examples of work in painting, drawing and three-dimensional media. If the portfolio does not demonstrate proficiency in painting, drawing and three-dimensional media, completion of additional coursework may be required for acceptance into the program.
  • Special Coursework: Applicants are required to have completed a minimum of 30 credits in studio art, 12 credits in art history and 30 credits in liberal arts and sciences. Coursework in a language other than English is also required.

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Sharp Building
37 S. Wabash Ave., suites 713 & 711
Phone: 312.899.7481

Deadline: January 15, 2014


  • Online Application
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Interview
  • 33 semester credits of studio coursework
  • Official college transcript
  • Two letters of reference
  • Portfolio


  1. Online Application
  2. $80 non-refundable application fee
  3. Statement of Purpose (500-1000 words): autobiographical statement, statement of career goals
  4. Interview is required
  5. Prerequisites: Students must complete 33 semester credits of studio coursework prior to entering the program. Studio coursework may include courses in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, fiber, painting, performance art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, etc. The 33 semester credits should include 12 semester credits of upper division (junior, senior, or graduate-level) studio coursework.
  6. IELTS, if English is native language
  7. Official college transcript
  8. Two letters of reference


In addition to your application, you must submit an ePortfolio by 11:59 p.m. (CST) on January 16. Your portfolio should include work that represents your area of highest achievement in an arts profession. For example, studio-based work accompanied by descriptions, creative or scholarly writing, or documentation of art education projects in schools, museums, or community-based settings.

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Teresa Unseld

at tunseld@uarts.edu or 215-717-6483.

Deadline: January 15, 2014         


  • Online Application
  • Application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Grade “B”
  • Official transcripts
  • Portfolio


  1. Online Application
  2. Non-refundable $60 application fee
  3. Bachelor’s degree in Art Education or in a program that the Admissions Committee deems appropriate for the applicant’s degree objective
  1. B or better cummulative average
  2. Students not holding degrees in the visual arts can expect to complete 18 credits of core studies and/or up to 50 credits of studio work
  3. Application Form: http://cs.uarts.edu/uploads/media_items/m-ed-grad-cert-finalv5-pdf.original.pdf
  4. Official transcripts from each school attended



  • Applicants should submit  a statement of intent and samples of academic or professional writing that demonstrate the following: focus, clarity of thought, and adherence to the conventions of standard academic English. Examples might include papers written at the college or university level; material written for business or professional organizations; grant applications. Applicants who are artists may submit images of their work.   All digital images, time-based media and writing samples should be submitted  for review online via  http://uartsgrad.slideroom.com.  Applicants may upload images (jpg), video (mov, wmv, flv) or .pdf documents. For good image quality and fast upload, images should be sized no larger than 1280 x 1280 px @ 72dpi. Video files must be kept under 20MB. Our Slide Room portal offers additional instructions for submitting work online.

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Center for Art Education
Maryland Institute College of Art
1300 W. Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217

Deadline: January 15, 2014

The MAT at MICA is for students who have a passion for art, a commitment to children and young people, and a desire to seek certification as K-12 teachers.


1.       Graduate Admission Application Form: Completed and Submitted Online via mica.slideroom.com
  1. Application fee $70
    1. Resume
  1. MAT Essay (unique requirement)
    1. Submit an essay discussing the development of your interest in teaching art (500 words).
    2. In addition, provide a sample of scholarly writing, uploaded to SlideRoom. This can be an academic paper, published article or other critical writing.
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. Send transcripts from ALL post-secondary schools attended. Submit transcripts in sealed, institution-envelopes to the Office of Graduate Admission
6.       Proof of Degree or Equivalent
8.       Additional Requirements for International Applicants

International candidates whose primary langauge 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.


  • Applicants should submit 18-20 digital images or time-based personal artwork for review online via mica.slideroom.com.
  • The system allows applicants to create an inventory of pieces and attach the following information: title, date, medium, dimensions and notes. Additional technical and submission guidelines are available on SlideRoom.


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