Graduate Admission

Application for admission to the MFA Contemporary Art Practice: Studio Practice (three-year full-residency) must be made by February 1st prior to the fall term in which the student intends to begin work towards the degree.

In addition to the Portland State University application, the MFA Studio program requires a submission of a digital portfolio through SlideRoom.


Application Requirements

Studio Practice

Applicants to the Studio Practice concentration must have a B.A., B.S. or B.F.A. degree with an emphasis in any of the following: drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation, photography, video, new genres, or intermedia. Exceptions may be made for those with a degree in another field who have significant related experience and a solid art history background.

  • Digital portfolio of applicant’s work. 15-20 images, video, audio or text based examples. Images (jpg, gif, png) up to 5 MB each, videos up to 250 MB each, audio (up to 30MB mp3) up to 10 MB each, documents (pdf) up to 10 MB each. You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud. Faculty will review up to 5 minutes total of video or audio clips, so please send short clips or indicate exactly which sections of longer files you would like faculty to review.
  • Statement of intent (500 words max). Applicant’s reasons for applying to the Studio Practice program, including relevant background, significant past experience and achievements, future plans and any additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating aptitude for graduate study.
  • Curriculum Vitae outlining art-related achievements and experience.
  • Transcripts from all degree-granting institutions the applicant attended.
  • Three letters of recommendation. 

Financial Assistance

Each year, tuition assistance is available through Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships through Portland State University.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships (GAs) will be offered to incoming students each year as they are available. Applicants do not apply for GAs. GAs provide students with opportunities to assist instructors and eventually teach their own courses. GAs provide a tuition remission and a stipend. Learn more about Graduate Assistantships.


Learn more about Scholarships available through the College of the Arts and Scholarships through Portland State University.