Applying

Artists who seek the stimulation and challenges of an interdisciplinary environment in their pursuit of the M.F.A. degree are invited to apply for admission to the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. Applicants are cautioned that, while the program convenes during the summer months, it is not a residency.

Applying

The 2015 application is now closed. Check back for the 2016.

The application and all supporting materials can be submitted online through SlideRoom

Applications for admission are accepted once per year. Applications and portfolios are reviewed and evaluated by a committee of faculty within the applicant's chosen discipline. Approximately 12 candidates per discipline are selected from this pool and invited to interview at Bard - for 2015 interviews will be held on Saturday, March 8. Initial admission offers are made shortly thereafter; admitted students must pay a $500 enrollment deposit at the time of acceptance in order to secure their position in the program. Candidates placed on our wait list may be accepted at any point through April.

Application Checklist

We do not require the GRE, and we do not have any grade point average requirements. An undergraduate degree is not required for admission; an applicant's life experience may take the place of an undergraduate degree. Students must commence the program with the upcoming summer session. Deferment of admission is not permitted. Admitted candidates who cannot attend the upcoming summer session must reapply to the program for consideration in a future year. The 2015 summer session begins with registration and first-year orientation on June 5 and ends on July 31.
  • 1. Completed online application Expand for more.
  • 2. Application fee of $65 Expand for more.
  • 3. Personal Statement Expand for more.
  • 4. C.V./History of Work in the Arts Expand for more.
  • 5. Letters of Recommendation Expand for more.
  • 6. School Transcripts Expand for more.
  • 7. Portfolio Expand for more.

Portfolio Requirements

Your portfolio should demonstrate what you consider to be your best work over the past three years, with an emphasis on work from the past 12 months. Work-in-progress is welcomed. You may include multiple works from a particular series, but it is recommended that your portfolio not consist entirely of one series of work. If your work spans more than one discipline or medium, you can include work from the other mediums as well. All portfolios are submitted entirely online through SlideRoom.
  • Film/Video Expand for more.
  • Music/Sound Expand for more.
  • Painting Expand for more.
  • Photography Expand for more.
  • Sculpture Expand for more.
  • Writing Expand for more.
  • Mail Portfolio to: Expand for more.

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+ Reapplying

+ Foreign Applicants