Yes. The best time to visit is to attend the Thesis Exhibition in mid-July. You can find details on this year's Thesis Exhibition here. All admissions events will take place virtually via Zoom. Dates are listed on our Admissions Timeline. To visit Bard at another time, contact our office at 845-758-7481 or email [email protected].
Can I submit my application if my recommendation letters have not been uploaded?
Yes, you can submit your application whenever you are ready, up through the deadline of January 12, 11:59 PM EST. Your recommenders can still upload or mail their letters after you have submitted; the deadline for letters of recommendation is January 17.
Do you accept transfer credits?
No. Applicants who transfer from another MFA program must complete all program requirements.
Do you require the GRE?
No. Applicants who have taken a GRE test may submit their scores if they wish.
How competitive is the admissions process?
The admissions process is highly competitive; in 2016 we received over 350 applications. Of these 70 people, were invited to interview, and 28 were admitted to the program. Painting is the most competitive discipline, receiving well over 100 applications. Each discipline accepts 4-5 students each year. There are about 12-15 students (3 class years worth) in each discipline, and a total student body of approximately 80.
How do I apply for financial aid?
Applicants who are invited for an interview must submit the 2022-2023 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by February 1, 2023. You can complete the FAFSA online after January 1, 2023 at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA is used to apply for all need-based financial aid: scholarships and loans. International applicants must submit a copy of the International Student Financial Aid form. You will also need to submit a copy of your most recent tax return to Bard as proof of income. Fellowships are awarded based on merit and do not require an application.
How is the program structured?
Students in Bard's MFA program are in residence for three summers (8 weeks each, in June and July). During the rest of the year (August-May) students complete an independent study project, which they come back and present the following summer. During the third and final summer students present their thesis projects to the public, either through a joint exhibition or as part of an evening presentation. Students who start the program in summer 2023 can complete the program at the end of the 2026 summer session. Official graduation and receipt of diploma are the following May.
How should I submit my letters of recommendation?
The preferred method of submission for letters of recommendation is through the online application, as it is fast, reliable, and matches your letter with your application automatically. You will need to start your online application before your recommenders can upload their letters, but it is ok to submit your application before all letters are received.
If you have applied in the past two years, you can re-use any letters that were previously submitted through the application portal by contacting us to add them through our administrative portal. Email [email protected] or call 845-758-7481.