MFAIA: How to Apply


Daphne Kinney-Landis
Admissions Counselor
800-468-4888 ext. 301

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 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:

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: