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                           THE CITY OF SEATTLE                                       Many computer facilities and services are available
                           The City of Seattle provides a culturally diverse,        to students. Of particular note is the Center for
                           urban environment in a spectacular natural setting.       Advanced Research Technology in the Arts and
                           The city is bordered by Lake Washington, Puget            Humanities (CARTAH). This facility initiates and
                           Sound, and the Cascade and Olympic mountain               supports technology-based creative work and
                           ranges. The University campus, located fifteen            research in the arts and humanities. New initiatives
                           minutes from downtown, shares this beautiful              in technology underscore its growing importance to
                           setting. Noted for its mild climate, Seattle has long     the arts and new media.
                           summer days and a moist but relatively mild winter.       The Henry Art Gallery and the Thomas Burke
                           It rarely snows in the city, although the surrounding     Memorial Museum, located on campus, expand
                           mountains, an hour away, receive significant annual       the visual and cultural arts resources available to
                           snowfall. Because of its location and its role as a       students. The Henry exhibits contemporary art in
                           major seaport, Seattle has a rich mix of cultural and     all media and presents lectures, demonstrations,
                           ethnic influences from throughout the Pacific Rim.        and symposia. Its collection includes European
                           Seattle’s recent influence on the national and            and American paintings, prints, and photographs,
                           international arts scenes reflects its innovative         as well as contemporary American and Japanese
                           and lively arts community. The city boasts many           ceramics. The Thomas Burke Memorial Museum
                           galleries, from the established to the avant-garde,       is a Washington State museum devoted to the
                           as well as the newly-renovated Seattle Art Museum,        collection, preservation, and exhibition of the natural
                           the Seattle Asian Art Museum, and the Olympic             and cultural objects of the human environment, with
                           Sculpture Park.                                           particular emphasis on the Pacific Rim.
                           Three public arts organizations, the Washington State     The School of Music, the Drama Department, the
                           Arts Commission, the Seattle Arts Commission, and         Dance Program, and the Center for Digital Arts &
                           the King County Arts Commission, install publicly         Experimental Media (DXARTS) represent other arts
                           funded works throughout the region. As a result,          programs on campus.
                           there are local works on display by Siah Arajani,         The University of Washington is committed to
                           Herbert Bayer, Scott Burton, Alexander Calder,            providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable
                           Lauren Ewing, Michael Heizer, Doug Hoolis, Robert         accommodation in its services, programs, activities,
                           Irwin, Alexander Liberman, Henry Moore, Robert            education, and employment for individuals with
                           Morris, Isamu Noguchi, Beverly Pepper, Martin             disabilities. For information or to request disability
                           Puryear, Akio Takamori, George Trakas, and George         accommodation, contact: Disabled Student Services
                           Tsutakawa, among others.                                  at (206) 543-8924/voice, (206) 543-8925/
                           In addition to the visual arts, the city has an           TTY, (206) 616-8379/fax, or email at uwdss@u.
                           internationally acclaimed symphony, ballet, and           washington.edu.
                           opera, as well as extremely active music, theater,
                                                                                     THE SCHOOL OF ART AND THE MFA
                           dance, and film communities.
                                                                                     PROGRAM
                           THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON                              The School of Art is a professional school and
                           The University of Washington occupies a 680-              an academic department of the University of
                           acre tract, stretching between the shores of Lake         Washington. As a professional school it trains
                           Washington and Lake Union, in an attractive               students for careers in the visual arts and art history.
                           residential area of Seattle. The University offers a      As an academic department of the College of Arts
                           full range of undergraduate and graduate programs         and Sciences it offers studio, lecture, and seminar
                           to a student body of approximately 42,000. The            courses in art, design, and art history. The School of
                           full-time teaching faculty numbers 4,000.                 Art bases its curriculum on the underlying philosophy
                                                                                     that awareness and understanding of the visual
                           A campus library system of over four million volumes
                                                                                     arts are necessary to a liberal arts education, and a
                           is housed in the Suzzallo and Allen Libraries, the
                                                                                     liberal arts education is necessary to the training of
                           Odegaard Undergraduate Library, the Health
                                                                                     a professional artist.
                           Sciences Library, and seventeen branch libraries,
                           including the Art Library located on the main floor of    There are 42 full-time faculty members, an
                           the Art Building. Holdings include archival materials     estimated 800 undergraduate majors, and 80
                           and manuscripts, maps, newspapers, microfilm,             graduate students. The School offers Bachelor of
                           research reports, media materials, and government         Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Master of Fine Arts
                           publications. The main library also houses a premier      degrees, as well as Master of Arts and Doctor of
                           book arts collection.                                     Philosophy degrees in Art History.
2012 Master of Fine Arts / University of Washington School of Art, Seattle                                                    http://art.washington.edu

Studio faculty members participate regularly in                  is based on an approximation of School of         UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON WEBSITE
invitational and juried exhibitions and are widely               Art BFA requirements of 90 Studio and 15
                                                                                                                    www.washington.edu
represented in private and public art collections.               Art History quarter credit hours, as well as
                                                                 the quality of the applicant’s studio work and
Museums in which they have shown work include                                                                      SCHOOL OF ART WEBSITE
                                                                 extent of experience
the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern               •	   The University of Washington Graduate School       http://art.washington.edu
Art, the Whitney, the Guggenheim in New York, and                requires a four-year bachelor’s degree from
other major museums around the world. Faculty                    an accredited institution and a 3.0 grade point   GRADUATE SCHOOL WEBSITE
members are represented regionally and by galleries              average for the last 90 quarter credit hours
                                                                                                                    www.grad.washington.edu
in New York, California, and other metropolitan                  (or last 60 semester credit hours) earned. The
regions in the United States and abroad. Art History             School of Art requires a 3.0 or B average in
faculty members are widely published nationally and              art courses
internationally.                                            •	   The GRE is not required.
                                                            •	   There is no part-time enrollment option
DEGREE REQUIREMENTS                                         •	   International applicants whose native
The MFA program in the School of Art requires                    language is other than English and whose
students to spend two years of full-time study in                undergraduate degree was earned outside
residence (six quarters excluding summer). Students              the United States must submit a valid, official
are admitted once a year and begin full-time studies             TOEFL score less than 2 years old. Other
in autumn quarter only. There is no part-time option.            requirements for international applicants to
A minimum of 90 graduate level credits is required               the University of Washington are found in the
for the MFA. Each program requires a studio class                Graduate School Application Instructions.
and seminar class each quarter. Also included in the
90 credits are 10 credits minimum of Art History and      TUITION & FEES
10 credits minimum of ART 700, Thesis, which are          Graduate tuition & mandatory fees for the 2011-12
completed in the last two quarters of study.              academic year:
A supervisory faculty committee is appointed for             State resident tuition & fees $12,898.00
each accepted graduate student. Supervisory                  Non-resident tuition & fees $25,768.00
committee members review student progress                 Tuition is set by the Washington State legislature and
quarterly.                                                is expected to increase each year. These figures are
                                                          provided as a frame of reference only.
MFA THESIS EXHIBITION
An annual event, with students exhibiting a cohesive      FINANCIAL AID: LOANS AND WORK/STUDY
body of work in a graduate thesis exhibition, is          DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN
held at the Henry Art Gallery on the University of        ACCEPTED TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID!
Washington Campus. Along with a month-long                The Financial Application for Federal Student Aid
exhibition, an opening reception is held for the          (FAFSA) form should be submitted at the same
graduates, UW students and faculty, and members           time as your graduate application. You do not have
of the local Seattle artist community.                    to accept any student loans that are offered, but you
                                                          should make sure you have applied to give yourself
STUDY IN ROME
                                                          this option. Note: applicants are seldom notified
The School of Art offers its students the opportunity     of offered loan packages until June of the year in
to study in Italy during autumn quarter of each           which they apply.
year. Up to 24 students live and study in Rome
                                                          T h e FA F S A i s a v a i l a b l e o n l i n e a t
for 10 weeks, along with two School of Art faculty
                                                          www.washington.edu/students/osfa
members. During their first year, MFA students may
apply to participate in the Rome program in autumn        MORE INFORMATION
quarter of their second year, with permission of
their faculty.                                            Additional information about the University of
                                                          Washington and the School of Art is available online,
ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES                                  including course catalogs, time schedules, faculty
                                                          information, and more.
The Master of Fine Arts program offers an intense,
full-time, two-year studio and seminar/classroom
experience leading to an advanced degree in the
visual arts. The program builds on prior significant
academic experience and studio work in art and
design. Annual admission to the MFA program is on a
competitive basis. Applicants select a concentration
in 3D4M (Ceramics, Glass, Sculpture), Painting and
Drawing, or Photomedia. On average, five percent
of those who apply are admitted.
    •	   Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or equivalent
         bachelor’s degree is required. Equivalent work




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FACULTY

DIVISION OF ART                           Akio Takamori                                         Robin Wright
                                          Professor, Ceramics                                   Professor, Native American
Paul Berger                               M.F.A. NY State, Alfred University                    Ph.D. University of Washington
Professor, Photography                    akio@u.washington.edu                                 wright@u.washington.edu
M.F.A. State University of NY Buffalo
peberger@u.washington.edu                 Jamie Walker
                                          Professor, Ceramics                                   DIVISION OF DESIGN
David Brody                               M.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design                  Sang-gyeun Ahn
Professor, Painting                       jwalk@u.washington.edu                                Assistant Professor, Industrial Design
M.F.A. Yale University                                                                          M.F.A. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
brody@u.washington.edu                    John T. Young
                                                                                                ahnsang@u.washington.edu
                                          Professor, Sculpture
Lou Cabeen                                M.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design                  Karen Cheng
Associate Professor, Fibers               jtyoung@u.washington.edu                              Associate Professor, Visual Communication Design
M.F.A. Art Institute of Chicago                                                                 M.Des. University of Cincinnati
lcabeen@u.washington.edu                  Mark Zirpel
                                                                                                kcheng@u.washington.edu
                                          Assistant Professor, Glass
Rebecca Cummins                           mzirpel@u.washington.edu                              Magnus Feil
Associate Professor, Photography                                                                Assistant Professor, Industrial Design
Ph.D.. University of Technology, Sydney   DIVISION OF ART HISTORY                               M.F.A. Ohio State University
rcummins@u.washington.edu                                                                       mfeil@u.washington.edu
                                          Cynthea Bogel
Ann Gale                                  Associate Professor, Japanese                         Annabelle Gould
Associate Professor, Painting             Ph.D. Harvard University                              Assistant Professor, Visual Communication Design
M.F.A. Yale University                    cjbogel@u.washington.edu                              M.F.A. Cranbrook Academy of Art
galenic@u.washington.edu                                                                        agould@u.washington.edu
                                          Rene Bravmann
Ellen Garvens                             Professor, African/Oceanic                            Tad Hirsch
Associate Professor, Photography          Ph.D. University of Indiana                           Assistant Professor, Interaction Design
M.F.A. University of New Mexico                                                                 Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
elgarv@u.washington.edu                   Susan Casteras                                        thirsch@u.washington.edu
                                          Professor, 19th & 20th C. European/American
Layne Goldsmith                           Ph.D. Yale University                                 Kristine Matthews
Professor, Fibers                         casteras@u.washington.edu                             Assistant Professor, Visual Communication Design
M.F.A. Cranbrook Academy of Art                                                                 M.F.A. Royal College of Art
lgolds@u.washington.edu                   Meredith Clausen                                      km001@u.washington.edu
                                          Professor, Architectural History
Philip Govedare                           Ph.D. UC Berkeley                                     Christopher Ozubko
Professor, Painting                       mlc@u.washington.edu                                  Professor, Visual Communication Design
M.F.A. Tyler School of Art, Temple                                                              M.F.A. Cranbrook Academy of Art
pgov@u.washington.edu                     Ivan Drpic                                            ozubko@u.washington.edu
                                          Assistant Professor, Byzantine Art
Denzil Hurley                             Ph.D. Harvard                                         Axel Roesler
Professor, Painting                       drpic@u.washington.edu                                Assistant Professor, Interaction Design
M.F.A. Yale University                                                                          Ph.D. Ohio State University
dh1@u.washington.edu                      Patricia Failing                                      roesler@u.washington.edu
                                          Professor, Contemporary/Criticism
Doug Jeck                                 M.A. UC Berkeley
Associate Professor, Ceramics             failing@u.washington.edu
M.F.A. Art Institute of Chicago
dugj@u.washington.edu                     Sonal Khullar
                                          Assistant Professor, Art/Architecture of South Asia
Curt W. Labitzke                          Ph.D. UC, Berkeley
Associate Professor, Printmaking          skhullar@u.washington.edu
M.F.A. University of Notre Dame
cwl@u.washington.edu                      Margaret Laird
                                          Assistant Professor, Roman Art & Archaelogy
Zhi Lin                                   Ph.D. Princeton University
Professor, Painting                       mlaird@u.washington.edu
M.F.A. Slade School, U. of London
zhilin@u.washington.edu                   Estelle Lingo
                                          Assistant Professor, 17th & 18th C. European
Amie McNeel                               Ph.D. Brown University
Assistant Professor, Sculpture            elingo@u.washington.edu
amcneel@u.washington.edu
                                          Stuart Lingo
Helen O’Toole                             Assistant Professor, Italian Renaissance
Associate Professor, Painting             Ph.D. Harvard University
M.F.A. Art Institute of Chicago           lingo@u.washington.edu
toole@u.washington.edu
                                          Marek Wieczorek
Shirley Scheier                           Associate Professor, Modern
Associate Professor, Printmaking          Ph.D. Columbia University
M.F.A. Wisconsin University               marek@u.washington.edu
pearlp@u.washington.edu
                                          Haicheng Wang
                                          Assistant Professor, Chinese Art & Archeology
                                          haicheng@u.washington.edu



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2012 Master of Fine Arts / University of Washington School of Art, Seattle                                                             http://art.washington.edu

3D4M: Ceramics, Glass, Sculpture                                •	   Hand Extruders                                      A program such as this, situated in a major research
                                                                •	   Bluebird Clay Mixer                                 university, benefits from the influence of students
3D4M is a newly formed consortium that includes                 •	   Spray Booth
Ceramics, Glass, and Sculpture. The mission of                                                                           and colleagues from a wide range of disciplines.
                                                                •	   Ball Mill
3D4M is to explore interdisciplinary exchanges that                                                                      Graduate students profit by the experience of a
                                                              Foundry                                                    rigorous conservatory education compounded with
revolve around material study, concept and critical             •	   90# crucible push out furnace for bronze
dialog in a dynamic studio based environment that                                                                        the breadth of exposure that a research university
                                                                •	   10# hand furnace                                    affords.
reflects and supports the nature of contemporary art            •	   80# crucible, gas fired melt furnace
in the context of a leading research university. Five           •	   10# crucible, gas fired furnace
                                                                                                                         FACILITIES
full-time faculty and two instructional technicians             •	   11" ID cupola, melt rate of 90#’s iron every
work directly with up to 14 graduate students.                       12 minutes                                          Each student is given a private studio with appropriate
Studios are located at the Ceramics and Metal                   •	   90 cubic foot burnout furnace                       furnishings at our facility at the old Sandpoint naval
                                                                •	   Solid investment sand systems: green sand,          base. All studios have internet access. There is
Arts Building where there are extensive facilities
                                                                     CO2/sodium silicate, Furan                          a well-equipped wood shop, a conference room,
for ceramics, wood and metal fabrication, foundry,
digital imaging center and a gallery. Glass facilities        Glass                                                      and a gallery at the facility. Painting and Drawing
are currently being installed.                                  •	   Glass specific equipment is being installed at      Program faculty also work in studios at Sandpoint.
                                                                     this time and will provide for slumping, fusing,    This facility is located approximately 15 minutes from
The MFA is two-year course of study emphasizing                      cutting, casting, etc.                              the main campus.
an experimental approach to materials and ideas and
                                                              Metal Fabrication/Welding Studio
is centered on individual directions within the broad           •	   Welding: oxy/fuel, AC/DC straight arc, mig,         VISITING ARTISTS
spectrum of contemporary art making. The program                     tig                                                 The Henry Art Gallery, the School of Art, and
places primary concern on personal development                  •	   Plasma cutting
                                                                                                                         the Painting and Drawing program bring visiting
and the sharing of ideas, allowing for a flexible and           •	   fully pneumatic shop – grinders, sanders, etc
                                                                     usual complement of electric shop tools             artists and critics to the University of Washington.
challenging view open to new concepts.                          •	
                                                                •	   4’ power roller                                     Recent visitors to our campus have included: Vito
FACULTY                                                         •	   power shear                                         Acconci, Gregory Amenoff, William Bailey, Chuck
                                                                •	   8’ sheet metal box brake                            Close, Susanna Coffey, Julia Fish, Louise Fishman,
Doug Jeck, Associate Professor
                                                                •	   sand blasters                                       Andrew Forge, Glenn Goldberg, Dave Hickey,
MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago,
                                                                •	   layout tables                                       Roni Horn, Robert Irwin, Yvonne Jacquette, Lucy
1989
                                                                •	   200# Chambersberg pneumatic impact                  Lippard, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, Michael Mazur, Paul
UW appointment 1996                                                  hammer
                                                                                                                         McCarthy, Clarence Morgan, Catherine Murphy,
Amie McNeel, Assistant Professor                              Other                                                      Charles O‚Connor, Orlan, Martin Puryear, David
MFA, University of California, Berkeley                         •	   12,000 square foot construction yard, security      Reed, Jeremy Gilbert Rolfe, Barbara Rose, Robert
UW appointment 2007                                                  fenced
                                                                                                                         Ryman, Ursula Von Rydingsvaard, Jerome Witkin,
                                                                •	   Lift truck, 3000# capacity reach fork, electric
Akio Takamori, Professor
                                                                •	   Digital imaging facility: Cameras, digital video,   John Yau, Kenji Yanobe.
MFA, Alfred University, 1978
                                                                     editing, printing, etc                              Graduate students have the opportunity for input and
UW appointment 1993                                                  600 sq ft gallery
                                                                •	                                                       involvement with our visiting artist series.
Jamie Walker, Professor, Chair 3D4M
MFA, Rhode Island School of Design, 1983                                                                                 FACULTY
                                                              Painting and Drawing
UW appointment 1989                                                                                                      David Brody, Professor
                                                              The Master of Fine Arts in Painting is an intensive        MFA, Yale University, 1983
Mark Zirpel, Dale Chihuly Endowed Chair of Glass              two-year course of study. Advanced students are
MFA, San Francisco Art Institute, 1989                                                                                   Professor Brody has had solo exhibitions at Gallery
                                                              sought who are highly motivated, self-directed, and        NAGA (Boston), the Gescheidle gallery (Chicago),
UW appointment 2008
                                                              committed to the disciplines of painting and drawing.      Esther Claypool Gallery (Seattle), and Galeria Gilde
                                                              Between five and seven MFA candidates are enrolled         (Portugal). His work has been featured in over
INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNICIANS
                                                              each year, comprising a group of approximately 12          80 group shows including those at the Chicago
Dan Howe                                                      students. Graduate students work with a dedicated          Center for the Print, the Center on Contemporary
MFA, University of Washington                                 faculty of six professors who represent a broad            Art (COCA) and the Frye Art Museum in Seattle,
                                                              range of contemporary painting. The cultivation and        The Museum of Fine Arts at the University of
John Taylor
                                                                                                                         Florida, Tallahassee, and at The Painting Center,
MFA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1992               examination of each student's individual vision within
                                                                                                                         Alternative Museum, and Bridgewater Gallery in
                                                              the discipline is encouraged.                              New York City. His work has also been shown at
FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT                                      Instruction is conducted primarily by the tutorial         the Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporàneo
Ceramics                                                      method. MFA candidates work independently                  (ARCO Art Fair) in Madrid, the RipArte Art Fair in
    •	   Sixteen electric kilns ranging small test kilns to   in their studios with oversight provided by three          Rome, the Trevi Flash Art Museum, Trevi (Italy), the
         a 40 cubic foot car kiln and a 60 cubic front                                                                   FAC Art Fair in Lisbon, and the Chicago Art Fair at
                                                              faculty members who form that student's Graduate
         loader                                                                                                          Navy Pier. Brody has received numerous awards
                                                              Committee. At the end of each quarter, the full            including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial
Gas Kilns                                                     committee meets with each student to appraise              Foundation Fellowship, a Fulbright Grant, a Basil
    •	   60cu.ft. Alpine Updraft                              progress towards the degree.                               H. Alkazzi Award, an Elizabeth Foundation Grant,
    •	   60cu.ft. Alpine Car Kiln
                                                              A comprehensive education in drawing and painting          two Massachusetts Artist Fellowships, and was a
    •	   50 cu.ft. Blaauw Car Kiln
                                                              stresses both breadth and depth. An awareness of           Fellow at the Shave International Artists’ Workshop
    •	   20cu.ft.Catenary Kiln
                                                                                                                         in Somerset, England. His work is the subject of two
    •	   20cu.ft. Soda Kiln                                   the breadth of what is being done in the present
                                                                                                                         monographs, “David Brody, Selected Painting 1985-
    •	   45cu.ft. Salt Kiln                                   and what has been done in the past encourages              1994” (ISBN 0-9674593-1-1) and “David Brody,
    •	   15cu.ft. Test Kiln                                   students to relate their own practice to both the          Selected Painting 2000-2001” (ISBN 0-9674593-
    •	   10cu.ft. Raku Kiln                                   current context and earlier historical ones. With          0-3). His work has been written about in other
    •	   Brent, Shimpo, Thomas Stewart wheels
                                                              this in mind, the study of art history, theory, and        publications including The Boston Globe, the New
    •	   Glaze room
                                                              criticism is required.                                     Art Examiner, Artforum, Art in America, the Spanish
    •	   Slab Rollers
                                                                                                                         journal, Lapiz, and the Lisbon daily O Publico.

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Ann Gale, Associate Professor                           exhibited his work in China, Japan, France, Taiwan        FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT
MFA, Yale University, 1991                              and Pakistan. Lin’s work is included in the collections
                                                                                                                  Graduate students are provided with individual
Professor Gale is represented by Hackett-               of the National Fine Art Museum in Beijing, the
                                                        Slade School of Fine Art in London, and the Frye          studio/office space and access to the program’s
Freedman Gallery, San Francisco; Lyonswier
Packer Gallery, N.Y. and Chicago; and Dean Jensen       Art Museum and Princeton University Art Museum            facilities:
Gallery,Milwaukee. Gale's awards include: Elizabeth     in the U.S. Lin has been the recipient of a Creative        •	   B/W Group Lab - 12 Omega 4x5 enlargers
Greenshields Individual Artist Grant, Guggenheim        Capital Foundation Visual Artist Grant, a Lila Wallace-     •	   Shooting Studio - electronic strobe and
Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts/            Reader’s Digest Artist Grant, a NEA Fellowship in                tungsten lighting
Western States Arts Federation Artist Fellowship,       Painting, a Regional NEA Grant, a Washington Art            •	   Digital Lab - Macintosh workstations, flatbed
University of Washington Royalty Research Scholar       Commission Visual Artist Fellowship, a Missouri                  and film scanners, desktop and wide-format
Grant, Washington Arts Council/Artist Trust Artist      Arts Council Visual Artists’ Biennial Grant, among               Epson ink-jet printers
Fellowship, University of Washington Junior Faculty     many others. He is represented by the Koplin Del          Graduate students have access to the following
Development Award, two Artist Trust GAP awards          Rio Gallery in Los Angeles and the Howard House           campus resources:
and Wisconsin Arts Board Artist Fellowship. She         Gallery in Seattle.                                         •	   The Monsen Photography Study Collection
taught at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design     Helen O'Toole, Associate Professor, Program                      housed in the Henry Art Gallery
from 1992-1995 prior to joining the faculty of the      Co-chair                                                    •	   Center for Digital Arts and Experimental
University of Washington School of Art in 1995.         MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago,                 Media (DXARTS) fosters path-breaking
Philip Govedare, Professor, Graduate Adviser            1989                                                             collaborations across many disciplines
MFA, Tyler School of Art, 1983                          Professor O'Toole moved from Ireland to Chicago                  including visual art, music, theater, film,
                                                        in 1997 to pursue an MFA. In 1989 she was                        architecture, engineering, design and science
Professor Govedare has received numerous awards
                                                        awarded a scholarship to study at the Skowhegan             •	   School of Art Computing Center (SOACC) –
including an individual artist fellowship from the
                                                        School of Painting and Sculpture. In 1991, O'Toole               The School of Art, Art History and Design’s
National Endowment for the Arts in 1993, a Pollack-
                                                        was awarded a fellowship to do a residency at                    general access computing center.
Krasner Foundation Award in painting in 1991, and
                                                        the Fine Arts Work Center Provincetown. She                 •	   Center for Advanced Research Technology
a Fellowship in Visual Arts from the Pennsylvania
                                                        later participated in residency programs at the                  in the Arts and Humanities (CARTAH) -
Council on the Arts in 1988. In 2003 he was
                                                        Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland and the Bemis                     Supports and promotes computer-based
awarded a Royalty Research Fund Scholar Award
                                                        Foundation, Omaha, Nebraska. From 1993-1995                      research and creative work in the Arts and
by the University of Washington. He has exhibited
                                                        O'Toole was a full time lecturer at LaSalle-SIA                  Humanities at the University of Washington
his work in New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San
                                                        College of the Arts, Singapore. She has had                 •	   Animation Research Lab (ARL) - An inter-
Francisco, San Jose, Houston, Seattle, and Rome.
                                                        solo exhibitions in Ireland, Chicago, Pittsburgh,                disciplinary facility for experimental animated
His solo exhibitions include the Morris Gallery of
                                                        Provincetown, and Seattle. O'Toole is currently                  productions, including interactive web-based
the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Paul Cava
                                                        represented by Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle.                    animation and games
Gallery where he was represented in Philadelphia,
and Francine Seders Gallery where he is currently
                                                                                                                  FACULTY
represented in Seattle. In addition to teaching since
1991 at the University of Washington, he has            Photomedia                                                Paul Berger, Professor
taught at Tyler School of Art in both Philadelphia      The MFA program in photomedia invites exploration         MFA, Visual Studies Workshop State University of
and Rome, Italy.                                        in a variety of forms and formats. Most fundamentally,    New York at Buffalo, 1973
                                                        the aim of the program is two-fold: 1) a visual           Although trained in a classical photographic
Denzil Hurley, Professor
                                                                                                                  tradition, Berger has been primarily involved in digital
M.F.A., Yale University                                 articulation of one’s own work, culminating in a thesis
                                                                                                                  manipulation of electronic images since the early
Professor Hurley has been the recipient of two          exhibition, and 2) a verbal articulation of one’s own     1980’s and initiated a sequence of digital imaging
N.E.A. Fellowships in Painting and a Guggenheim         work and the work of others, developed in group           classes within the photography curriculum beginning
Fellowship. He has been a visiting artist and critic    critiques and seminars in photographic aesthetics,        in 1985. A book version of his series Seattle Subtext
at Princeton University, Portland State University,     criticism and research. It is an intensive, two-year      was published in 1984, and a catalog to the Seattle
Oregon, Yale School of Art, Hampshire College, Bard
                                                        experience of classes, seminars, and individual study     Art Museum exhibition The Machine in the Window
College, Dartmouth College, Brandeis University,                                                                  was published in 1990. Paul has received two
Haverford College, American University, New York
                                                        with faculty that culminates in the Master Thesis
                                                        Exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery. Experimentation      NEA grants, in 1979 and 1986, and has exhibited
Studio School, Massachusetts College of Art, Pacific                                                              his photographic and digital artworks widely, both
Northwest College of Art, Reed College, Yale Norfolk    in both form and concept are encouraged. MFA
                                                                                                                  nationally and in Europe. A retrospective exhibition
Program at Norfolk School of Art, and S.M.U.,           students have investigated a wide range of                of his work, Paul Berger, 1973-2003, was held
Dallas, TX. He has participated in exhibitions in New   interests and ideals, producing work ranging from         at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in
York, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, New Haven,        “straight” still imagery to room scale installations to   Chicago, in 2003.
and Dallas. Hurley's work is in public collections,     explorations of video and digital imaging.
including Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, Metropolitan                                                              Rebecca Cummins, Professor
Museum and the Brooklyn Museum in New York,             The number of graduate students is held to a              MA, University of New Mexico, 1982; Doctorate,
Library of Congress in Washington D.C., City of         maximum of six to insure both a lively group dynamic      University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, 2002
Portland and the Portland Art Museum in Oregon,         as well as allowing closer individual interaction         Cummins joined the UW faculty in 2001 from the
and the Yale Art Gallery in New Haven, as well as in    with faculty. Four to six teaching assistantships         University of Sydney, Australia (1985-2001). In her
several private collections.                            are available each year, which offer exceptional          work, the sculptural, experiential and sometimes
                                                        experience for those interested in pursuing a             humorous possibilities of light and the history of
Zhi Lin, Professor, Program Co-chair, Art Division
                                                        teaching career. Graduate students are encouraged         optics are explored in photographs and installations
Co-chair
                                                                                                                  that have been exhibited widely in the U.S., Australia,
MFA, Slade School, University of London, 1989;          to participate in the School of Art Interdisciplinary     Canada, China and Europe. Recent venues include
MFA, University of Delaware, 1992                       Graduate Seminar, to interact with visiting artists       the Shanghai Biennial, the Biennial of Seville, Spain
Professor Lin’s work has been featured in exhibitions   and critics, the strong undergraduate photography         and the Shenzhen Institute of Fine Art and Zendai
in the U.S. and U.K. including at the Albrecht-         program - and the larger University and Seattle arts      MOMA, China. Her Skylight Aperture Sundial,
Kemper Museum of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum          community.                                                commissioned by the Office of Arts & Cultural
of Art, Museum of Art and Archaeology in Columbia,                                                                Affairs and the Seattle Public Library, is permanently
Spartanburg County Museum of Art, the Frye                                                                        installed at the Montlake Branch, Seattle Public
Art Museum, Cambridge University, and the                                                                         Library. She has lectured in numerous institutions
Contemporary Arts Institute in London. He has also                                                                in Europe (especially the UK), the U.S., Canada,
                                                                                                                  China and Australia.


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2012 Master of Fine Arts / University of Washington School of Art, Seattle   http://art.washington.edu

Ellen Garvens, Associate Professor
MFA, University of New Mexico, 1987
Garvens received a Fulbright–Hayes scholarship
to Cameroon, Africa, and an NEA fellowship
in 1986. She joined the UW faculty in 1994.
Her work has been a mixed-media approach to
photography combining the diverse materials of
glass, slate, steel, found objects and various tools
with photographic images. Her work has been in
national and international exhibitions, and been
reviewed in Sculpture Magazine, Creative Camera
(London), San Francisco Camerawork, the Village
Voice, and the New Art Examiner among other
publications. Light Work published Contact Sheet
#150 in January 2009 on her work. She is in the
collections of the Houston Museum of Fine Art, Allen
Memorial Art Museum, and the Museum of Modern
Art Artist Book Collection.




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                                            application instructions                         -   autumn            2012
To apply for the Master of Fine Arts program in Art or Design, applicants must complete 2 parts to the application: The Graduate School
Application and the School of Art MFA Application. BOTH MUST BE COMPLETED FOR AN APPLICANT TO BE CONSIDERED FOR
THE PROGRAM.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION                                     INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE SCHOOL OF ART MFA APPLICATION

DOMESTIC APPLICANTS - DUE FEBRUARY 1ST, 2012                                         DUE FEBRUARY 1ST, 2012 for both Domestic and International applicants.
You are a domestic applicant if you are a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.      This is NOT a postmark deadline. In order to be considered, all materials (in one
                                                                                     envelope) must be received by the School of Art by the deadline. We cannot make
1. Graduate School Application
                                                                                     exceptions for incomplete or late applications.
   The graduate school application is available at
   https://www.grad.washington.edu/applForAdmiss/                                    1. Application Checklist (found on the following page)
2. Application Fee                                                                   2. School of Art MFA Application
   The application fee must be paid online, directly to the Graduate School.            Legibly print your answers to all sections of the application.
                                                                                     3. Copy of Graduate School Application
                                                                                        A printed copy of the Graduate School Application must be included with the School
INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS - DUE FEBRUARY 1ST, 2012
                                                                                        of Art MFA Application. You may log in to your Graduate School application and
1. Graduate School Application                                                          print copies after its submission to the Graduate School.
   The graduate school application is available at
                                                                                     4. Official transcripts*
   https://www.grad.washington.edu/applForAdmiss/
                                                                                        One official (sealed by the registrar’s office) academic transcript from the school
2. Application Fee                                                                      where you earned your undergraduate degree and any subsequent school(s) where
   The application fee may be sent directly to the Graduate School with the             you have completed relevant post-baccalaureate or graduate-level coursework.
   application or it may be paid on-line.
                                                                                     5. Twenty digital images of your recent work
3. Transcripts                                                                          Images should be saved as jpg files and made approximately 2400 pixels in the
   One official (sealed by the school) copy of your academic transcripts from           longest dimension (300 dpi at 8 inches would be the same). Name the files as
   each school from which you earned credit toward your undergraduate degree.           follows: Yourname_01, Yourname_02, etc.
   Transferred academic credits appearing on a later school transcript, from which
                                                                                     6. Image list
   the degree was earned, negate the need for a copy of the transcript from the
                                                                                         Image list must include image number, name of work, date, medium/media and
   previous school.
                                                                                         dimensions of the work.
4. TOEFL
                                                                                     7. Statement of Purpose
   International students who do not hold a bachelor's degree from a U.S.
                                                                                        Type a one-page statement that describes your artistic and academic
   institution must submit a current TOEFL score. (Applicants from the U.K.,
                                                                                        interests and your reasons for pursuing graduate studies at the University of
   Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Canada are exempt from the TOEFL).
                                                                                        Washington.
                                                                                     8. Recommendations (3)*
                                                                                        Each recommendation should be accompanied by a Letter of Recommendation
                                                                                        Cover Sheet included with the MFA Application that follows. The cover sheet and
                                                                                        recommendation must be sealed in the same envelope which should be signed
                                                                                        across the flap by the writer. Three recommendations are necessary to complete your
      APPLICATION TIPS                                                                  application. Recommendations should be from instructors at your previous academic
                                                                                        institution or from other individuals in a position to know and assess your work.
      WORK WELL IN ADVANCE                                                              *Some faculty and Registrar’s Offices insist upon sending recommendations and
                                                                                        transcripts directly to the program to which the student is applying. If this is the case,
                                                                                        we will accept the materials when they arrive and file with the application.
      Obtain an unofficial copy of your transcripts for
      reference when completing the School of Art MFA                                The School of Art welcomes students who have varied cultural experiences or
      Application.                                                                   educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds and feels that these factors
                                                                                     will contribute to the intellectual and social enrichment of the program. If you wish to
                                                                                     have these factors included in the review of your application, please provide a statement
      Do not send notebooks, covers, or plastic sheets. No                           concerning your personal history, family background, and influences on your intellectual
      cardboard or oversized slide sheets.                                           development. This statement should include cultural and educational opportunities (or
                                                                                     lack thereof), social and economic disadvantages that you may have had to overcome,
                                                                                     and the ways in which these experiences affected you. Include your special interests
      DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL ARTWORK.
                                                                                     and abilities, career plans, and future goals.

      TO APPLY TO MORE THAN ONE CONCENTRA-
      TION IN THE SCHOOL OF ART:
      Submit one of everything listed under “Application
      Checklist” FOR EACH CONCENTRATION. This is
      required because separate files are created for each
      concentration. NOTE: You only need to submit ONE
      application and fee to the Graduate School.
                            application checklist      -   autumn   2012
All application materials must be mailed together and this checklist must be included in your applica-
tion package.

Before you submit application materials to the School of Art:
    c    Apply online to the UW Graduate School at https://www.grad.washington.edu/applForAdmiss/
    c    Pay the Graduate School Application Fee
    c    International applicants only: submit TOEFL scores to the Graduate School

Please package the following application materials in the exact order they are listed below:
    c    School of Art MFA Application
    c    Printed copy of UW Graduate School Application
    c    Official transcripts
    c    Twenty (20) digital images on CD/DVD
    c    Printed Image List
    c    Statement of Purpose
    c    Three (3) letters of recommendation with Letter of Recommendation Cover Sheets

Mailing Instructions:
     • Mail all materials together in one (1) envelope
     • Package all materials in the exact order they appear on this checklist
     • Include this checklist in your package; IT IS YOUR COVERSHEET
     • Indicate the program (ie - 3D4M) to which you are applying on the outside of your envelope,
       beneath the mailing address
     • Use the appropriate address listed below


       MAILING (US POSTAL)
       School of Art - MFA Program Manager
       University of Washington
       Box 353440
       Seattle, WA 98195-3440
       ATTN: [Name of specific program you are applying to]


       SHIPPING (FEDEX, UPS, ETC.)
       University of Washington
       MFA Program Manager
       Art Building - Rm 102
       4000 15th Ave NE
       Seattle, WA 98195-3440
       ATTN: [Name of specific program you are applying to]
                                 2012          school of art mfa application ( page                                            1    of    2)
Name:                                                                                                             Previous Degree(s):


Street Address:                                                                                                   School(s):


City, State Zip Code:                                                                                             Dates Attended:


Country:                                                                                                          Major(s):


Phone: (           )


Email:



Indicate the graduate program to which you are applying (check only one):

[ ] 3D4M         [ ] Painting and Drawing           [ ] Photomedia




List the names and professional affiliation of your three references:
Name                                                              Affiliation




If your school has a unique credit system, describe briefly:




Art Courses Cumulative G.P.A. _______________________

All Courses Cumulative G.P.A. _______________________


                                                                                 (continued)

The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status,
disability or statutes as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran in accordance with University policy and applicable federal and state statues and regulations.

The University is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodations in its services, activities, education, and employment for individuals with
disabilities. To request disability accommodations in the application process, contact the School of Art at (206) 685-1714, the Disability Services Office at least ten days in
advance at (206) 543-6450 (v), (206) 685-3885 (fax), or by email: access@u.washington.edu.
                                2012          school of art mfa application ( page                2   of   2)

List current and completed art courses and total number of credits in the following categories:
Do not refer the review committee to your transcripts.

Area                                Course Name(s)                                                              Credits

Art History



Ceramics



Drawing/Painting



Metals



Photography



Printmaking



Sculpture



Textile/Fiber Arts



Other Art Courses



Indicate whether credits were quarter or semester credits: [ ] Quarter    [ ] Semester



You may attach an additional sheet if necessary to list your courses.
                                            letter of recommendation cover sheet

TO THE APPLICANT:
This form should be given to each person you ask to write a letter of recommendation. You may ask a professor, or if you have been out of school for some
time, you may ask others who are able to comment on your work and/or your academic qualifications.

Please ask each respondent to seal this form in an envelope along with his/her letter of recommendation, and sign across the seal of the envelope. The
envelope should be addressed to the MFA Program Assistant / University of Washington, School of Art / Box 353440 / Seattle, WA 98195-3440 and
returned to you to include with your other application materials for the School of Art.

If required, the letter may be sent directly to the address above. We cannot guarantee processing of letters received after the February 1st deadline.

Provide the following information:


Applicant’s Name:                                                                                     Name of reference:


Street Address:


City, State Zip Code:


Indicate the graduate program to which you are applying (check only one):

[ ] 3D4M         [ ] Painting and Drawing     [ ] Photomedia



Waiver of Right to Access:

The letter of recommendation received by the School of Art from the respondent named above will be held in confidence from the public. You may voluntarily
waive your right to inspect the letter after your admission. If you wish to do so, you should sign the following waiver. (Please note that applicants denied
admission do not have access to letters of recommendation.)

I understand that the letter of recommendation from the respondent named above will be held in confidence from me and the public by the School of Art,
University of Washington. Accordingly, I hereby waive any and all rights to inspect the letter under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.



  Applicant’s Name                                         Signature                                                              Date




TO THE RESPONDENT:
If the applicant has not signed the above release, s/he may, after admission as a graduate student and on request, see your letter of recommendation.
Applicants denied admission do not have access to letters of recommendation.

Title IX of the Education Act of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of marital and parental status. We therefore request that in order to prevent such
discrimiation that you do not include such information in your letter of recommendation.



ENCLOSE COMMENTS ON LETTERHEAD STATIONERY OR YOUR OWN STATIONERY. PLEASE SIGN AND DATE THE LETTER, AND INCLUDE
YOUR TITLE AND INSTITUTION, IF APPLICABLE. PLEASE INCLUDE THE NAME OF THE APPLICANT IN YOUR LETTER. THE SCHOOL OF ART
DOES NOT USE A RECOMMENDATION FORM. THANK YOU.
                                            letter of recommendation cover sheet

TO THE APPLICANT:
This form should be given to each person you ask to write a letter of recommendation. You may ask a professor, or if you have been out of school for some
time, you may ask others who are able to comment on your work and/or your academic qualifications.

Please ask each respondent to seal this form in an envelope along with his/her letter of recommendation, and sign across the seal of the envelope. The
envelope should be addressed to the MFA Program Assistant / University of Washington, School of Art / Box 353440 / Seattle, WA 98195-3440 and
returned to you to include with your other application materials for the School of Art.

If required, the letter may be sent directly to the address above. We cannot guarantee processing of letters received after the February 1st deadline.

Provide the following information:


Applicant’s Name:                                                                                     Name of reference:


Street Address:


City, State Zip Code:


Indicate the graduate program to which you are applying (check only one):

[ ] 3D4M         [ ] Painting and Drawing     [ ] Photomedia



Waiver of Right to Access:

The letter of recommendation received by the School of Art from the respondent named above will be held in confidence from the public. You may voluntarily
waive your right to inspect the letter after your admission. If you wish to do so, you should sign the following waiver. (Please note that applicants denied
admission do not have access to letters of recommendation.)

I understand that the letter of recommendation from the respondent named above will be held in confidence from me and the public by the School of Art,
University of Washington. Accordingly, I hereby waive any and all rights to inspect the letter under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.



  Applicant’s Name                                         Signature                                                              Date




TO THE RESPONDENT:
If the applicant has not signed the above release, s/he may, after admission as a graduate student and on request, see your letter of recommendation.
Applicants denied admission do not have access to letters of recommendation.

Title IX of the Education Act of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of marital and parental status. We therefore request that in order to prevent such
discrimiation that you do not include such information in your letter of recommendation.



ENCLOSE COMMENTS ON LETTERHEAD STATIONERY OR YOUR OWN STATIONERY. PLEASE SIGN AND DATE THE LETTER, AND INCLUDE
YOUR TITLE AND INSTITUTION, IF APPLICABLE. PLEASE INCLUDE THE NAME OF THE APPLICANT IN YOUR LETTER. THE SCHOOL OF ART
DOES NOT USE A RECOMMENDATION FORM. THANK YOU.
                                            letter of recommendation cover sheet

TO THE APPLICANT:
This form should be given to each person you ask to write a letter of recommendation. You may ask a professor, or if you have been out of school for some
time, you may ask others who are able to comment on your work and/or your academic qualifications.

Please ask each respondent to seal this form in an envelope along with his/her letter of recommendation, and sign across the seal of the envelope. The
envelope should be addressed to the MFA Program Assistant / University of Washington, School of Art / Box 353440 / Seattle, WA 98195-3440 and
returned to you to include with your other application materials for the School of Art.

If required, the letter may be sent directly to the address above. We cannot guarantee processing of letters received after the February 1st deadline.

Provide the following information:


Applicant’s Name:                                                                                     Name of reference:


Street Address:


City, State Zip Code:


Indicate the graduate program to which you are applying (check only one):

[ ] 3D4M         [ ] Painting and Drawing     [ ] Photomedia



Waiver of Right to Access:

The letter of recommendation received by the School of Art from the respondent named above will be held in confidence from the public. You may voluntarily
waive your right to inspect the letter after your admission. If you wish to do so, you should sign the following waiver. (Please note that applicants denied
admission do not have access to letters of recommendation.)

I understand that the letter of recommendation from the respondent named above will be held in confidence from me and the public by the School of Art,
University of Washington. Accordingly, I hereby waive any and all rights to inspect the letter under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.



  Applicant’s Name                                         Signature                                                              Date




TO THE RESPONDENT:
If the applicant has not signed the above release, s/he may, after admission as a graduate student and on request, see your letter of recommendation.
Applicants denied admission do not have access to letters of recommendation.

Title IX of the Education Act of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of marital and parental status. We therefore request that in order to prevent such
discrimiation that you do not include such information in your letter of recommendation.



ENCLOSE COMMENTS ON LETTERHEAD STATIONERY OR YOUR OWN STATIONERY. PLEASE SIGN AND DATE THE LETTER, AND INCLUDE
YOUR TITLE AND INSTITUTION, IF APPLICABLE. PLEASE INCLUDE THE NAME OF THE APPLICANT IN YOUR LETTER. THE SCHOOL OF ART
DOES NOT USE A RECOMMENDATION FORM. THANK YOU.
                              mfa program frequently asked questions


APPLICATION
Can I apply to more than one studio art program?
    Yes. To do so, you must submit two complete School of Art application packets, but you only need to
    apply online to the UW Graduate School once. If you are admitted to both programs, you will be asked to
    choose the one you wish to enter.
Can I apply for admission in any quarter?
    No. We only admit students for Autumn Quarter.
I have an undergraduate degree, but it's not a BFA. Am I eligible to apply to the program?
     Yes. If your portfolio is competitive with students who have a BFA degree, you will be considered along
     with them.
I do not have a 3.0 GPA. Am I eligible to apply to the program?
     No. The UW Graduate School requires a minimum 3.0 GPA for admission to the UW.
Do I need to submit GRE scores?
     No. GRE scores are not required for application to the MFA program.
What is the minimum TOEFL score required?
    Minimum scores for the TOEFL or other accepted English proficiency tests are available here:
    http://www.grad.washington.edu/Acad/gsmemos/gsmemo08.htm
Is there a separate Scholarship, Fellowship or Teaching Assistantship application?
     No. All MFA applicants are automatically considered for these awards.
I applied last year and was not admitted. Can I use any of last year’s application materials again this year if I decide to
reapply?
     The School of Art keeps application materials for one calendar year, and student’s reapplying in a
     consecutive year may request in writing to reuse transcripts and/or letters of recommendation. However, if
     anything on your transcripts has changed or been added, please submit a new transcript.
Who can I contact if I have questions about the application process?
   If you have questions that are not answered in the instructions or on this FAQ page, please contact the
   MFA Program Manager at gradart@u.washington.edu

APPLICATION DEADLINES
What are the application deadlines for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents?
   U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents must apply online to the Graduate School AND submit the
    additional application materials to the School of Art by February 1.
What are the application deadlines for International Students?
   International Students are encouraged to apply online as early as possible to the UW Graduate School.
    However, international applications are accepted until the February 1 deadline. The School of Art does not
    have a separate application deadline for international students. All MFA application materials are due to the
   School of Art by February 1.
Are the School of Art application deadlines “received-by” deadlines or “mailed-by” deadlines?
     All School of Art application materials must be received by February 1. We are not responsible for
     individual items that do not arrive in our office by the stated deadline. Incomplete applications will not be
     reviewed.
ADMISSION TO THE SCHOOL OF ART MFA PROGRAM
Who determines which applicants are admitted to the MFA program?
   Applications are reviewed by a selection of faculty members in the discipline to which you apply.
When will I find out if I have been admitted?
   Offers of admission to most MFA programs are mailed out by late March.
What happens to my application materials if I am not admitted?
    Most application materials become the property of the University of Washington and are kept on file for one
    calendar year. Portfolios are not mailed back unless you specifically request them returned and provide a
    self-addressed mailer.
Do I have to accept my offer of admission immediately?
     All admitted students must notify the School of Art of their decision in writing by May 1. In accordance
     with the Council of Graduate Schools, students who have been offered scholarships, fellowships and/or
     teaching assistantships are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15.
Do I have to pay an enrollment confirmation fee?
     After the School of Art notifies the Graduate School of your intent to enroll in our MFA program, the
     Graduate School will send you an admissions letter which will include information about submitting your
     non-refundable enrollment confirmation fee. It is due to the University of Washington Registrar by June 1.
     This fee is credited to your tuition account upon registration for courses.

SCHOOL OF ART PROGRAMS
What studio art graduate degree programs do you offer?
   The School of Art awards a Master of Fine Arts degree. We currently offer the following programs: 3D4M
   (Ceramics, Glass, and Sculpture ), Painting & Drawing, Photomedia.
Can I take graduate studio art classes as a part-time, non-matriculated, or visiting student?
    No. The School of Art only accepts full-time, degree-seeking students to the MFA program.
How many credits is the MFA program?
   The MFA program requires 90 credits taken over 6 quarters (two academic years).
What courses are required for the MFA program?
   All MFA programs require a minimum of 10 credits of Art History (some require more) and a combination
    of studio and interdisciplinary seminar coursework. Students establish a thesis committee at the beginning
    of the second year of study and complete two quarters of thesis coursework in preparation for the MFA
   Thesis Exhibition held at the end of the final year of coursework.
Can I take courses at the UW outside of the School of Art toward the fulfillment of my degree?
    Yes. Students must fulfill a certain number of elective credits (determined by your program) and have the
    opportunity to take courses outside of their discipline both within and outside of the School of Art. These
    courses must be upper-division (300-level or higher) courses. Recent students have taken courses in
    Architecture, Engineering, Film Studies, Philosophy, Digital Arts and Experimental Media, and Computer
    Science.
Can I transfer undergraduate or graduate credits from previous schools?
    No. The MFA program does not accept transfer credits. All 90 credits must be taken at the UW.
Can I request a catalogue?
    Neither the School of Art nor the University of Washington prints graduate catalogs, but the School of Art
    provides detailed information about all of our MFA programs on our website:
    http://art.washington.edu/
SCHOOL OF ART SCHOLARSHIPS AND ASSISTANTSHIPS
What awards are available to MFA applicants?
   The School of Art offers Teaching Assistantships, Fellowships and Scholarships in varying amounts.
What does a Teaching Assistantship consist of?
   Teaching Assistantships are teaching appointments requiring 20 hours of teaching and associated work per
   week. Compensation for teaching assistants includes waived tuition in the quarter of employment, teaching
    stipend of approximately $1,525/month for three months of instruction, and optional health benefits.
What does a Fellowship consist of?
   Compensation for Fellowships includes waived tuition in the fellowship quarter and a stipend of $500/
    month for three months.
Are international students eligible for merit-based scholarships, fellowships and assistantships?
     Yes, international applicants are considered for scholarships and assistantships from the School of Art.
     International applicants are not eligible for state or federal financial assistance.

VISITING THE SCHOOL OF ART
Can I meet with faculty or an advisor before applying to the MFA program?
    While the faculty and advising staff do their best to accommodate visitors, whether scheduled or not, it
    may not always be possible to meet one on one with every student. If you know in advance when you will
    be visiting, you are advised to call ahead to inquire about our availability. We regret that we are unable
    to accommodate visitors during the first week of each quarter due to the high volume of current students
    needing our assistance.
Can I bring my portfolio for a preliminary review prior to submitting my application?
    Neither faculty nor School of Art staff review portfolios prior to your formal application to our program.
Do you offer individual or group tours of the facilities and studios?
    No. We do not have the staff resources to provide facility and studio tours and some of our studio facilities
    are actually off-campus. If you are interested in seeing studio space, please contact the program faculty to
    see if other arrangements can be made.




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