The MFA Portfolios Track will lay out all the materials you’ll need to provide to apply to an MFA program in studio art. An MFA portfolio requires a level of maturity and engagement with critical thinking. A sampling of homework assignments from your undergraduate degree isn’t going to cut it for an MFA application! At the MFA level, the concerns shift from technical skills to developing a unique artistic vision.
Should I do an MFA?
We recommend watching this video on whether an MFA program is a good fit for your goals. It’s common for people to think they need an MFA degree, but in many cases, other options like our Premium Tracks, artist residencies, conferences, or simply experience in the field is all that is required. For example, you do not need an MFA degree to work as a freelance illustrator.
If you’re really not sure, we recommend purchasing an artist call with Prof Lieu or Teaching Artist Lauryn Welch to determine whether an MFA is the right fit for you. Visit our MFA section and our Pro Development section for more related content.
Do the track at your own pace! Taking the time to process the content is important, so we don’t advise putting pressure on yourself to finish the track quickly.
Share your progress
Self-critique the current state of your portfolio and create a plan of action for how you will develop your portfolio.
Write artist statements, of varying lengths, that provide insight into your art practice.
Write an artist CV (curriculum vitae) that is a history of your practice as an artist.
Mock mfa interview
Practice speaking about your artwork and other possible interview questions.
- Submit your images + info via this upload form.
- You’ll receive a hard copy certificate from us via snail mail! (this includes international people)
- We will post your name + one link here on this page.
- Your work from the track will be featured in an Art Prof Share segment in one of our live streams on YouTube.