MFAIA: How to Apply
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1. Online Application for Admission
Application fee: $65
Where there is a demonstrated financial hardship, the Office of Admission may waive the application fee. Please contact your admissions counselor for instructions.
2. Official Transcripts
Transcripts and other official records must be submitted by the credit-awarded institution directly to Goddard College, Office of Admissions, 123 Pitkin Road, Plainfield, VT 05667.
Applicants to the MFA must submit proof of completion of a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. In rare instances, documentation of an extensive record of professional-level accomplishment (such as publishing, performance/exhibition record, teaching, or editing experience) may be provided in lieu of a bachelor’s degree.
3. Letters of Recommendation
Three (3) letters of recommendation must be submitted in support of your application. At least one letter should address your ability to do graduate-level work. Letters can be from an academic or professional setting; or be from colleagues, advisors or mentors. Recommenders must be send letters of support directly to the Office of Admissions. Email email@example.com or mail to the Admissions Office, Goddard College, 123 Pitkin Road, Plainfield, VT 05667.
4. Artistic/Creative Resume
Artistic/Creative Resume (up to 3 pages) which specifically addresses experience relevant to your creative practice, demonstrating the various ways in which you have developed your art practice, including how you have been actively involved in art and art-making over time. This may include traditional work experience in arts or arts-related fields; formal educational background; exhibitions, performances, screenings, showings and publications; teaching, residencies and guest artist experiences; as well as non-traditional, alternative modes of presentation, art practice and learning such as art interventions and actions, experiments with art and everyday life, etc.
5. Critical Context and Personal Essay
When completing the online application for admission, you’ll be asked to articulate the following:
- Critical context: In no more than one fully developed paragraph, please describe your goals for graduate study and the questions that drive your critical interest. When drafting your response, name at least five theorists, artists or other sources that have informed or influenced your thinking.
- Personal Essay: Help us to understand your particular influences, aspirations and intentions within an interdisciplinary arts context. Please write about your current art practice in relation to your proposed graduate study, reflecting on the history, knowledge(s) and questions you will bring to your studies. Please be sure to address your reasons for pursuing graduate education and how you hope to use this degree. Write no more than 1,000 words.
6. Creative Portfolio
In selecting Creative Work Samples and creating a Context Statement (see detailed instructions that follow), share representative pieces reflective of the experience, full character and range of your existing practice. Please send documentation, not originals of your work. Work samples will not be returned. You may select and submit up to 3 of the following:
- Up to 20, double-spaced pages of writing samples this may include poetry, prose, creative non-fiction, lyrics, critical writing, blog posts, written materials designed to accompany or inform other mediums, etc. (submit as a single document)
- Up to 15 minutes of video or audio documentation (submit a single Word document or PDF with links)
- Up to 20 still images this may include documentation of 2 or 3-D works in any media, images of installation or other performed works, etc. (images should be packaged in a single, upload-able format, such as PDF)
- Up to 2 URLs or links to interactive sites, web-based works or new-media experiences
- Up to 5 print samples of promotional, publicity or other materials related to your work (samples should be packaged into a single, upload-able format, such as PDF)