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Admission Requirements

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Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Application to the MFA program is a two-part process that requires presentation of a comprehensive portfolio in addition to general University admission procedures. Admission is selective and competitive based on the number of well-qualified applicants and the limits of available faculty and facilities.

Application deadline is February 15th.

  1. Students must complete the graduate application through the Office of Graduate & Professional Education.

  2. Submit a portfolio to the department utilizing Slide Room, which will be evaluated by the Graduate Faculty.

Detailed Instructions

  • Applicants must complete the online application including transcripts, resumé, personal statement, and three letters of recommendation through the Office of Graduate & Professional Education. Once you have submitted your application you will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours.

  • Portfolios may include up to twenty still images or 5-10 minutes of video: (.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 pixels @ 72 dpi. Video files must be kept under 20MB.

  • Our SlideRoom portal offers additional instruction for submitting work online. For technical assistance, contact

  • The Department of Art & Design does not require G.R.E. scores. Note, those who meet stated minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet those requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer other appropriate strengths.

Financial Aid

​The University of Delaware offers generous Financial Aid assistance to Art & Design graduate students. The Art & Design Department is able to give several merit-based Graduate Teaching Assistantships (tuition waiver plus a stipend in exchange for teaching and service) and Block Tuitions (tuition waiver plus the possibility of adjunct teaching). The Department works diligently to help support our MFA student and has, historically, been able to fund nearly three-quarters of our students. Please refer to the Office of Graduate & Professional Education for more information.


Important dates to remember when applying for admission to the University of Delaware and the Department of Art & Design.

​February 15: Deadline to sSubmit the Graduate Application to receive consideration for admissions. Submit portfolio and essay to Department of Art & Design via Slideroom.

Mid-March​: ​Decision Notifications Mailed

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  • Department of Art & Design
  • 104 Recitation Hall
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2244