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Undergraduate Admission

For the BFA in Art Practice, all students including incoming and transfer must submit an entry portfolio before beginning coursework in upperdivision BFA classes.

Beginning early Winter 2018, admission portfolio deadlines will be in January for entry the following year.

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There is no entry portfolio for graphic design students at this time. However, graphic design majors must pass a sophomore portfolio review to be eligible to take 300-  and 400-level graphic design courses. The Review is offered once a year in Spring term.

Click here for information on the Graphic Design Sophomore Porfolio Review

Questions?

Contact a College of the Arts advisor for help!

Graduate Admission

Application for admission to the MFA Contemporary Art Practice: Studio Practice (2 year full residency) and MFA Contemporary Art Practice: Art and Social Practice (3 year low residency) programs must be made by January 8 prior to the fall term in which the student intends to begin work towards the degree.

A $65 non-refundable application fee and a $2 processing fee will be required to successfully complete the application. Payment can be made with a VISA or MasterCard.

In addition to the Portland State University Office of Graduate Studies application, the MFA Studio and MFA Social Practice programs requires a submission of a digital portfolio through SlideRoom.

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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 porfolio of applicant's work. 15-20 images, video, audio or text based examples. Images (jpg, gif, png) up to 5 MB each, videos (flv, wmv, mov) 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 and/or audio clips.
  • 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 committtee in evaluating aptitude for graduate study.
  • Curriculum Vitae outlining art-related achievements and experience.
  • Transcripts fro all degree-granting institutions the applicant attended.
  • Three letters of recommendation

Social Practice

Applicants to the Art and Social Practice concentration must have a B.A., B.S. or B.F.A. degree.

  • Digital porfolio of applicant's work. 15-20 images, video, audio or text based examples. Images (jpg, gif, png) up to 5 MB each, videos (flv, wmv, mov) 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 and/or audio clips.
  • Statement of intent (500 words max). Include applicant's reasons for applying to the MFA program, including relevant aspects from significant past experience and achievements, future plans and any additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating aptitude for graduate study.
    Maximum file size: 10MB. Accepted file formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, txt
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Transcripts from all degree-granting institutions the applicant attended in the past. A legible copy of your transcripts (unofficial transcripts acceptable).
    Maximum file size: 10MB. Accepted file formats: jpg, tif, png, pdf, gif
    More info at https://www.pdx.edu/ogs
  • Names and contact information of three references. Short-listed applicants may be asked to have letters of reference emailed by February 22.
  • An alternative one page Curriculum Vitae specifically for Social Practice. Format should be modeled after a standard CV, but instead of traditional content (formal education, exhibitions, etc.) this CV should focus on less orthodox but equally important aspects from applicant's life of experiences and research that have prepared the applicant for being a social practice MFA student.
  • Three video assignments:
    1. Tour of the highlights in your neighborhood. Create a short video (3 min maximum) of what you consider to be the highlights of your neighborhood. Video quality is not an issue, Cell phone/web cam videos are acceptable.
    2. Ask a stranger the significance of the clothes they are wearing. Create a short video (3 min maximum) of you having a stranger describe for you the significance of the clothes they are wearing. Video quality is not an issue. Cell phone/web cam videos are acceptable.
    3. Demonstrate a talent. Create a short video (3 min maximum) where you demonstrate a talent. Video quality is not an issue. Cell phone/web cam videos are acceptable.

Questions

If you have any further questions, please contact the School of Art + Design at askmfa@pdx.edu or phone 1-800-547-8887, ext. 53515, or 503-725-3515.